Natasha Johnson is a second year doctoral student in the joint Social Work & Psychology program at the University of Michigan. She graduated in 2012 from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Overall she is interested in examining protective factors associated with socially and economically disadvantaged populations in an agenda to promote improvement of mental health, academic success, civic engagement, and self-efficacy. Currently, her research examines contextual factors associated with racial identity shifts and stability. She also serves as the Social Chair for the Doctoral Student Organization in social work and the treasure of the Black Psychological Student Association.
Upon completing obtaining completing her program Natasha hope to find an academic space where she can engage in interdisciplinary research and collaborate with stakeholders in the community. Moreover, one of her career goals is to develop future researchers while promoting the growth of ethnic minorities in professional academia settings.