Kaprea Johnson

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Associate Vice Provost, Academic Affairs Administration | Faculty Eminence
Professor, Department of Educational Studies


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Kaprea Johnson, is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition in the Office of Academic Affairs. In addition, she is a Full Professor in the Counselor Education program, in the Department of Educational Studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology. Her research interests are broadly situated in interrogating education and healthcare systems as it relates to addressing social determinants of health needs, equity, access, and justice. Her leadership interests are related to creating equitable academic environments for faculty and students that promote thriving personally and professionally. Lastly, Dr. Johnson is the 2023 recipient of the National American Counseling Association (ACA) David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award.


  • PhD. Counselor Education and Supervision, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed. Counseling, Howard University in Washington DC
  • B.A. Psychology, Norfolk State University in Norfolk VA

Research Summary

My research is focused on the social determinants of health (SDOH), which are non-medical factors, such as food insecurity, discrimination, and healthcare access that influence health and wellness outcomes for all populations. I am particularly interested in the impact of SDOH for historically marginalized Black and Brown people across the lifespan. Within this research, I am making valuable contributions to knowledge about: (1) provider training needs; (2) equity issues in SDOH intervention, assessment, and screening approaches; and (3) the cumulative impact of SDOH needs on the well-being and mental health of youth and transitional aged adults. 

Selected Grants

  • Better Birth Outcomes and Experiences Through Technology, Education, and Reporting  (BETTER), 07/01/2022 - 06/30/2026, The American Heart Association (AHA). AHA Award Number: 22HERNPMI985237. Funded $2,200,535.50. PI: Dr. Ann Scheck McAlearney, Role: Co Principal Investigator, responsible for developing motivational interviewing protocol/training, and supporting the SDOH core.
  • Examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the college and career readiness of high school students. 07/01/2022 - 06/30/2024, Columbus City School District. AWD-112582. Funded $149,493.00. PI: Dr. Edward Fletcher, Role: Co Principal Investigator.
  • eRacism: Developing a culturally competent virtual reality experience to eliminate healthcare-related racism in Ohio. Medicaid Simulation Project (Federal), 01/15/22 - 09/15/22, Funded at 10% effort. Co-Principal investigator, supporting assessment, evaluation, and SDOH/ culturally competent content/training development.
  • Antiracist Inclusive Model of Systems Supervision (AIMSS): An Exploratory Investigation of Pre-Service and Practicing School Counselors, 2021 ACES Research Grant Award, Funded $2,200. Principal Investigator Dr. Kara Ieva and Co-PIs Kaprea F Johnson, Sam Steen, Ann Shillingford-Butler, & Jordan Beasley.
  • The VCU Primary Care Psychology and Counseling Collaborative: Expanding Integrated Care for Underserved Populations, Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Grant Number - M01HP31388-05-00. 09/01/2021 - 06/30/2025, Funded $1.4 million (NOA 06/05/21). Principal Investigator Dr. Heather A. Jones and Co-Principal Investigator/ School Counseling Trainees Supervisor Kaprea F. Johnson.
  • Advanced Social Determinants of Health Training for Frontline staff and Providers at a Majority Minority Serving Community Health Center, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and Johnson & Johnson “Our Race to Health Equity” Workforce Development Grant, 06/2021-12/2021, Funded $10,000. Principal Investigator Barbara Willis (Chief Executive Officer, Hampton Roads Community Health Center) & Co-Principal Investigator/SDOH Curriculum Developer and Trainer.
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and Social Determinants of Health: Use of Lifescreen, a novel tool for screening social needs of youth, Co-Principal Investigator ( Principal Investigator Dr. Anshu Gupta, M.D. of Virginia Commonwealth University) Children's Hospital of Richmond Foundation, 06/2021 - 07/2023, Funded $9,150. 
  • Exploring PreK-12 Public School Systems' Pandemic Preparedness During COVID-19 School Closures, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Dwayne Cormier of Virginia Commonwealth University) COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, VCU COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding program & Vice President for Inclusive Excellence matched funding, 5/1/20-5/1/21, $20,000. [25% FTE]
  • Development and Pilot of a Culturally Responsive Animated Social Health Screening Tool for Youth, Principal Investigator, VCU SOE Seed Funding, 1/15/2020-06/1/2021, $1500 ($750 matching funds from department).
  • Answering the Call to “Stay Late”: How High School Counselors Can Combat the Summer Melt Through the Perspectives of Students, Faculty Advisor for Dana Brookover Doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Association for Counselor  Education and Supervision (VACES), Spring 2019, $500.
  • Improving Integrated Behavioral Health Care Training across the lifespan for Masters Level Counselors and Clinical Supervisors, Principal Investigator & Project Director, Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 9/30/17 - 8/1/22,  $1,920,000.  https://www.odu.edu/news/2017/11/counseling_grant#.W9Cxz0tKi70 
  • The Story Map Project, Recording the Stories of Community Health Workers in RVA, Personnel & Theoretical/Methodological Content Expert,NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award; Grant Number: UL1TR002649; [FTE: 2/1/19 – 4/31/19 (30%; $7,950); 5/1/19 - 4/31/2020 (20%; $15,900), Total Funding $23,850.
  • Experiential Training for Master’s-Level Counselors and Clinical Supervisors in Integrated Behavioral Care Settings with Children, Adolescence, and Transitional Aged Youth, Co-Principal Investigator & Curriculum Development/Assessment Lead (Principal Investigator Dr. Jeffrey Moe of Old Dominion University), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 9/15/16-9/30/17, $364,000.
  • Interprofessional Education and Clinical Collaboration for Advanced Practice Nurses, Medicine, Speech Pathology, and Counseling, Co-Principal Investigator & Clinical Counseling/Quantitative Methodology Lead (Principal Investigator Carolyn Rutledge, of Old Dominion University), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 9/1/14-6/30/17, $1,120,320. 
  • Interprofessional Collaboration Between Graduate Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy, and Clinical Counseling, Co-Principal Investigator & Clinical Counseling Lead (Principal Investigator Carolyn Rutledge, of Old Dominion University), Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 9/1/12-6/30/15, $1,046,157. 
  • Virtual Healthcare Neighborhood (VHN) for Homebound Elderly with Dementia and Their Caregivers, Co-Principal Investigator & Mental Health/Wellness Curriculum Lead (Principal Investigator Christine Fowler, of Old Dominion University), Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund (ARDRAF), 8/15/13 – 7/30/14, $40,000. 

Selected Publications


Book Chapter

  • Ieva, K. P., Johnson, K.F., Shillingford-Butler, A., & Steen, S. (2022). Antiracist inclusive model of systems supervision (AIMSS). In C. Holcomb-McCoy (Eds.), Antiracists counseling in schools and communities (pp. unknown). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Johnson, K.F. (2023). Voices from the field: QuantCrit in Counseling and Counselor Education Research. In A. Puig, J. Swank, L. Haynes-Thoby, and D. Paladino, Foundations in Becoming a Professional Counselor: Advocacy, Social Justice, and Intersectionality (pp. unknown). Springer Publishing, New York. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

*Only publications from 2022-2023 included

  • Johnson, K. F., Kim, H., Molina, C. E., Thompson, K. A., Henry, S., & Zyromski, B. (2023). School counseling prevention programming to address social determinants of mental health. Journal of Counseling Development, 00, 1– 14.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcad.12471
  • Johnson, K.F. (2023). Development and initial validation of the addressing client needs with social determinants of health scale (ACN: SDH). BMC Health Services Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-023-09292-z (IF=2.908)
  • Williams, C. D., DeLaney, E. N., Moreno, O.,Santana, A., Fuentes, L., Muñoz, G., Elias, M. J., Johnson, K. F., Peterson, R. E., Hood, K. B., The Spit for Science Working Group, Vassileva, J., Dick, D. M., & Amstadter, A. B. (2023). Family home disruptions during COVID-19 predicting emerging adults’ mental health over time: Protective effects of family relationship quality. The Journal of Family Psychology. (IF=3.32)
  • Johnson, K.F., Cunningham, P., Tirado, C., Moreno, O., Gillespie, N., Duyilbe, B., Hughes, D., Goodman Scott, E., & Brookover, D. (2023). Social determinants of mental health considerations for counseling children and adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 9(1), 21-33. https://doi.org/10.1080/23727810.2023.2169223
  • Johnson, K.F., Cheng, S. L., Brookover, D. L., & Zyromski, B. (2022). Adverse Childhood Experiences as Context for Youth Assessment and Diagnosis. Journal of Counseling & Developmenthttps://doi.org/10.1002/jcad.12460*Selected as a featured article for the American Counseling Association. (March 2023 quarter)
  • Johnson, K.F., Brookover, D.L., Gantt-Howrey, A., Clemons, K.L., & Robins, L.B. Anti-Racism Internship: Applying the Ecological Social Justice School Counseling Theory. (2022). Counselor Education & Supervision, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1002/ceas.12253
  • Johnson, K. F., Hood,K. B.Moreno, O., Fuentes, L, Williams, C. D., The Spit for Science Working Group, Vassileva, J., Dick, D. M., & Amstadter, A. B. (2022). COVID-19 Induced Inequalities and Mental Health: Testing the Moderating Roles of Self Rated Health & Race/Ethnicity. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-022-01389-1 (IF=3.54) 
  • Townsend, T. G., Johnson, K.F., & Derlan, C. (2022). Public safety redefined: Mitigating trauma by centering the community in community mental health. American Psychologist.
  • Robins, L. B., Johnson, K. F., Duyile, B., Gantt-Howrey, A., Dockery, N., Robins, S. & 
  • Wheeler, N. (2022) Family Counselors Addressing Social Determinants of Mental Health in Underserved Communities. The Family Journal, 31(2), 213-221.  https://doi.org/10.1177/10664807221132799
  •  Brookover, D.L., Johnson, K.F., & Crane, E. (2022). Exploring School Counselors’ and Interns’ Socioeconomic Construct Understanding and Awareness. Counselor Education & Supervision61(4), 349-361. https://doi.org/10.1002/ceas.12248
  • Johnson, K.F., Ieva, K., & Byrd, J. (2022). Introduction to the special issue on school counselors addressing education, health, wellness, and trauma disparities. Professional School Counseling, 26(1b), 1-4. *invited* DOI: 10.1177/2156759X221105451
  • Brookover, D. L. & Johnson, K.F. (2022). A  National Investigation on the Effect of  College Readiness Counseling on Postsecondary Outcome. Journal of College Access, 7(2), 1-20. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jca/vol7/iss2/5 
  • Johnson, K. F., Robins, L. B., Suggs, B. G., & Cannedy, M. (2022). Social Justice in Action: Mental Health Counselors Addressing Social Determinants of Health. Journal of Counseling Research and Practice.
  • Johnson, K.F., Sherif, Y., Spence, A., & Brookover, D.L.(2022).Using the Protection Motivation Theory to understand the mental health impact of surviving Covid-19. ADULTSPAN Journal, 21(1), 2.https://mds.marshall.edu/adsp/vol21/iss1/2
  • Brookover, D.L., Boulden, R., Hanley, E., & Johnson, K.F. (2022). “She Went  Above and Beyond”: How Comprehensive School Counseling Programs Benefit First-Generation College Students through Personalized Support. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas, 95(4), 166-177. https://doi.org/10.1080/00098655.2022.2080632
  • Moreno, O., Williams, C., Muñoz, G., Elias, M.J., Santana, A., Fuentes, L., Garcia-Rodriguez, I., Hernandez, C, Hood, K., Johnson, K.F.,               Montemayor, B.N., The Spit for Science Working Group, Vassileva, J., Dick, D.M., & Amstadter, A.B. (2022). Moderating role of healthcare disruptions on friend and family pandemic-related negative life events predicting Latines’ anxiety and alcohol use over time. International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-022-00853-7 
  • Waters, J. M., Gantt, A., Worth, A., Duyile, B., Johnson, K. F. & Mariotto, D. (2022). Motivated but challenged: Counselor Educators’s experiences teaching about social determinants of health. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 15(2),1-30. https://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/jcps/vol15/iss2/6

Selected Presentations

*Only presentations from 2022-2023 included

Invited Presentations

  • Johnson, K.F., Dollarhide, C., Lemberger-Truelove, M., Steen, S. (March 2023). You can publish research too. Panel for the Evidenced Based School Counseling Conference Research Day in Columbus, OH.
  • Johnson, K.F., Jones, J., Jenkins, A., Kepic, M., & Robins, L. (March 2023) Current trends and opportunities for publishing in adult development and aging. American Counseling Association (ACA) national conference in Toronto, ON.
  • Johnson, K.F. (March 3, 2023). Spring into Writing: Writing Tips and Write On-Site. SACES Women's Interest Network. 3-hour Virtual Session.
  • Johnson, K.F., Chisolm, D., Grobman, W. (Feb 16, 2023). Strategies for the promotion of Women's health. Panel for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon in Columbus, OH.
  • Boulden, R., Johnson, K.F., Owen, L. (March 10, 2022). Meaningful Grant Work in Schools. Panel Presentation for Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference. Virtual.

Peer-Reviewed International Presentations

  • Johnson, K.F. (2022, December). Development of an Animated Technology Enhanced Social Risk Screener for Children. World Conference on Psychology. South Africa.
  • Johnson, K.F. (2022, July). Social determinants of mental health for youth: Addressing provider competence and action. RANZCP Section of Youth Mental Health 2022 Conference in Alice Springs, Australia.

Peer-reviewed National Presentations

  • Olvera RG, Melnyk H, MacEwan S, Thomas N, Johnson, KF, Roth L, Bitangacha M, Rush L, Grobman W, McAlearney AS. (June 2023). Pregnant patients’ perspectives on sharing social health needs with healthcare providers. Academy of Health Annual Research Conference in Seattle, Washington.
  • Johnson, K.F., & Clemons, K.L. (March 11-12, 2023). Anti-Racism School Counseling Internship: Applying the Ecological Social Justice School Counseling Theory. The Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference in Columbus, OH.
  • Williams, C. D., DeLaney, E. N., Moreno, O., Santana, A., Fuentes, L., Muñoz, G., Elias, M. J., Johnson, K. F., Peterson, R. E., Hood, K. B., The Spit for Science Working Group, Vassileva, J., Dick, D. M., & Amstadter, A. B. (2022). Family home disruptions and relationships during COVID-19 predicting mental health. Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Moreno, O., Williams, C. D., Munoz, G., Santana, A., Hernandez, C., Elias, M.J., Chartier, K.G., Hood, K. B., Johnson, K.F., Middleton, T., Montemayor, B. N., The Spit for Science Working Group, Vassileva, J., Dick, D. M., & Amstadter, A. B. (2023, March). Interpersonal ethnic-racial discrimination and tobacco products: The moderating role of critical action. Paper talk submitted to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco annual conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Moreno, O., Williams, C., Muñoz, G., Elias, M.J., Santana, A., Fuentes, L., Garcia-Rodriguez, I., Hernandez, C., Hood, K., Johnson, K., Montemayor, B.N., The Spit for Science Working Group, Vassileva, J., Dick, D.M., & Amstadter, A.B. (2022, October).  Negative life events, healthcare disruptions, anxiety, and alcohol use over time among Latinxs during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Oswaldo Moreno & Thania Galvan (Co-Chairs).  Latinx Healthcare Disparities during the Global Pandemic [Symposium]. National Latinx Psychological Association, Denver, CO, United States.
  • Johnson, K.F., White, A., & Robins, L. (February 2022). Advancing College Student Wellbeing Through Addressing the Social Determinants of Health. American College Counseling Association Conference, LAs Vegas, NV. 90 minutes