MSUM alumnus Blair T. Johnson named UConn distinguished professor

On March 25, the UConn Board of Trustees confirmed two faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as UConn distinguished professors: Professor of Philosophy Jc Beall and Professor of Psychology Blair T. Johnson.

The designation is the University’s highest academic honor, and is given in recognition of exceptional distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service at UConn.

Throughout his career, Blair T. Johnson has been an international leader on the “big data” approach called meta-analysis, which pools the results of independent studies focused on a particular topic. His scholarly program on improving methods of meta-analysis has helped to make meta-analysis conventional and better performed across the sciences. Johnson is also a substantive expert on of social influence, health promotion, and HIV prevention, including psychosocial strategies to reduce risk for HIV.

Blair T. Johnson, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology (Christine Buckley/UConn Photo)

He has published more than 150 scientific articles and reviews, and his work has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1995, along with such other funding organizations as the National Science Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.Johnson was the 2013 winner of an Excellence in Research Award in Behavioral and Life Sciences from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and in 2012 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is past recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, among other fellowships. He is senior editor of the journal Social Science & Medicine.

Johnson’s early support helped to establish the UConn Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP), and he continues to serve in key roles to help fulfill CHIP’s mission. He has been advisor to the American College of Sports Medicine on the process underlying the creation of evidence-based position stands, and he serves as the secretary-treasurer of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

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