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  • Jean L. Johnson

    Associate Professor

    Department(s)

    • Center on Disability Studies

    Degree(s)

    • 1963 BSE Deaf EducationMA, AudiologyMPH, Maternal and Child HealthDrPH, Public Health Administration University of Tennessee
    • 1964 MA Audiology Northwestern University
    • 1977 MPH Maternal Child Health University of Hawaii
    • 1992 DrPH Public Health University of Hawaii

    Area(s) of Interest

    • Special Education, Deaf Education, Maternal and Child Health, Audiology, Newborn Hearing, Early Childhood, Autism, Developmental Screening

    Brief Biography

    Jean Johnson, Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii, has been with the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) for the past two decades, serving as Acting Director (2004-2005 & 2013-2014) and Associate Director (2006-2013). She holds an undergraduate degree in Special Education (teaching the deaf), a masters degree in Audiology, a MPH in Maternal and Child Health, and a doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of Hawai‘i. Before joining CDS, she was the Coordinator of the Zero-to-Three Hawaii project to provide services to infants and toddlers with special needs. She spent many years in Guam and Micronesia establishing programs for children and adults with disabilities. Currently, she serves as Principal Investigator on several Native Hawaiian preschool projects and on a number of newborn hearing screening projects in the Marshall Islands and American Sāmoa. In 2006, she received the Leadership Award from the College of Education Faculty Congress and the Easter Seals National Humanitarian Award. The Special Parent Information Network named her Professional of the Year in 2009. In 2011, she received the National Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EDHI Excellence and in 2014, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Hawaii’s College of Education. Since 2009, she has served on the Access to Justice Commission and currently Chairs the Committee on Overcoming Barriers to Access to Justice (COBAJ). Dr. Johnson is passionate about issues of social justice, especially as they relate to young children, persons with disabilities, and Micronesians.

    Contact Information

    Office Phone

    808-956-2653

    Office

    Center on Disability
    Studies

    Email

    jeanj@hawaii.edu

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    Curriculum Vitae

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    Scholarly Works

      Journal Articles

    • Johnson, J. (2012). American Samoa Embraces Newborn Hearing Screening. The Hearing Journal, Vol. 65, Issue 6, 34-36.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2012). Access to Justice for Hawaii's Migrants from Pacific Islands Associated with the United States. Hawaii Bar Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, 5-16.   Publication Details
    • McDermott, H., & Johnson, J. (2011). Is the Prevalence of Down Syndrome Births in Hawai‘i Increasing?. Hawaii Medical Journal, Vol. 70, Issue 4, 72-76.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Brown, S., Chang, C., Nelson, D., & Mrazek, S. (2011). The Cost of Serving Infants and Toddlers Under Part C. Infants and Young Children, Vol. 24, Issue 1, 101-113.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2010). A Free and Appropriate Education: Fact or Fiction for Hawaii's Children with Disabilities. Hawaii Bar Journal, Vol. 14, No. 12, 4-14.   Publication Details
    • Nishita, C. M., Johnson, J., Silverman, M., Koller, L., & Ozaki, R. S. (2009). Hawaii's "Going Home Plus" Project: A New Option to Support Community Living. Hawaii Medical Journal, Vol. 68, Issue 7, 166-169.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Spivak, L., Meyer, S., White, K. R., Vohr, B. R., James, M., Widen, J. E., Gravel, J. S., Kennalley, T., Maxon, A. B., Weirather, Y., & Sullivan-Mahoney, M. (2005). A Multisite Study to Examine the Efficacy of the Otoacoustic Emission/Automated Auditory Brainstem Response Newborn Hearing Screening Protocol: Introduction and Overview of the Study. American Journal of Audiology, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 178-185.   Publication Details
    • Gravel, J. S., Spivak, L., Johnson, J., Meyer, S., White, K. R., Vohr, B. R., James, M., Widen, J. E., Kennalley, T., Maxon, A. B., Weirather, Y., & Sullivan-Mahoney, M. (2005). A Multisite Study to Examine the Efficacy of the Otoacoustic Emission/Automated Auditory Brainstem Response Newborn Hearing Screening Protocol: Recommendations for Policy, Practice, and Research. American Journal of Audiology, Vo. 14, Issue 2, 217-228.   Publication Details
    • White, K. R., Meyer, S., Spivak, L., Johnson, J., Vohr, B. R., James, M., Widen, J. E., Gravel, J. S., Kennalley, T., Maxon, A. B., Weirather, Y., & Sullivan-Mahoney, M. (2005). A Multisite Study to Examine the Efficacy of the Otoacoustic Emission/Automated Auditory Brainstem Response Newborn Hearing Screening Protocol: Research Design and Results of the Study. American Journal of Audiology, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 186-199.   Publication Details
    • Widen, J. E., Spivak, L., Johnson, J., Meyer, S., White, K. R., Vohr, B. R., James, M., Gravel, J. S., Kennalley, T., Maxon, A. B., Weirather, Y., & Sullivan-Mahoney, M. (2005). A Multisite Study to Examine the Efficacy of the Otoacoustic Emission/Automated Auditory Brainstem Response Newborn Hearing Screening Protocol: Results of Visual Reinforcement Audiometry. American Journal of Audiology, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 200-216.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Spivak, L., White, K. R., James, M., Vohr, B. R., Holstrum, J., Widen, J. E., Gravel, J. S., Kennalley, T., Maxon, A. B., Weirather, Y., & Sullivan-Mahoney, M. (2005). A Multicenter Evaluation of How Many Infants With Permanent Hearing Loss Pass a Two-Stage Otoacoustic Emissions/Automated Auditory Brainstem Response Newborn Hearing Screening Protocol. Pediatrics, Vo. 116, Issue 3, 663-672.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Woll, J. (2003). A National Disgrace: Health Disparities Encountered by Persons with Disabilities. Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 1, 61-74.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Okamoto, J., Shapiro, B., Sia, C. C. J., & Weirather, Y. (2002). Universal Newborn Hearing Screening: A Goal Being Achieved in Hawaii. Hawaii Medical Journal, Vol. 61, No. 2, 26-29.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Johnson, R., Holstrum, J., Guinan, M. M., & Weirather, Y. (2001). Universal Newborn Hearing Screening: A Promise Moving Toward Achievement. Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2, on-line.   Publication Details
    • Presentations

    • Ramsey, C., Johnson, J., Schmidt, C., Rockett, C., & Tanaka, N. R. (2013, Oct). Hawaii Preschool Positive Engagement Project: Parent Perceptions. Presented at the Hawaii Association of Behavior Analysis 9th Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2013, Aug). Newborn Hearing Screening Across the Pacific Ocean. Presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Tokyo, Japan.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Tanaka, N. R. (2013, May). Hawaii Preschool Positive Engagement Project: What's Going Right. Presented at the YAI International, New York City, New York.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2013, Jan). Newborn Hearing Screening in Island Nations: Good News - and Not just for Babies!. Presented at the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health, Nashville, Tennessee.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Mrazek, S., Laygo, R., Rockett, C., & Tanaka, N. R. (2013, Jan). Hawaii Preschool Positive Engagement Project: What's Going Right?. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Johnson, R. (2013, Jan). Hawaii's Visions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Tanaka, N. R. (2012, Dec). Hawaii Preschool Positive Engagement Project: Initial Implementation in Hawaii Preschools. Presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Conference, Washington, DC.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Moore, M., & Kanae, M. (2012, Oct). `Ekolu `Eha `ike Pono: School Readiness Project. Presented at the 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, California.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Tanaka, N. R. (2012, Jul). Results of Three Years of First Step to Success for Hawaii Preschool Children. Presented at the Georgetown Mental Health Training Institutes, Orlando, Florida.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Erteschik, L. (2012, Jun). Overcoming Disability Barriers, Justice in Jeopardy: Expanding Access to Justice in Challenging Economic Times. Presented at the 2012 Access to Justice Summit, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Weirather, Y. (2012, Jun). Identifying Deaf Babies and Helping Their Families in the Rural and Remote Islands of the Pacific. Presented at the Newborn Hearing Screening 2012 Conference, Cernobbio, Italy.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Tanaka, N. R. (2012, May). Results of Three Years of First Step to Success for Hawaii Preschool Children. Presented at the YAI Network 33rd Annual Conference, New York, New York.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Weirather, Y. (2012, May). Challenges in Providing Early Intervention Services to Children and Families in Remote Pacific Islands. Presented at the 1st International Conference on Family-Centered Early Intervention for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Bad Ischl, Austria.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2012, Apr). First Step to Success: Implementation with At-Risk Preschoolers in Hawaii. Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children 2012 Convention & Expo, Denver, Colorado.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2012, Mar). Audiology Update: 2012. Presented at the All Ears Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2012, Mar). Consultation on UNICEF 2012 Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities and Development. Presented at the UNICEF, Bangkok, Thailand.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2012, Mar). Leonard Cheshire UNESCAP Conference on Disability. Presented at the UNESCAP Conference on Disability, Bangkok, Thailand.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2012, Mar). Understanding Disabilities Around the World. Presented at the All Ears Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Laygo, R., Whitney, L., Mrazek, S., & Tanaka, N. R. (2012, Mar). First Step to Success in Hawaii Preschools. Presented at the 28th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Laygo, R., Whitney, L., & Tanaka, N. R. (2012, Mar). Hawaii Positive Parent Engagement Project. Presented at the 28th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Bettag, D. (2012, Mar). Project SPIRIT. Presented at the 28th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Tanaka, N. R. (2012, Mar). First Step to Success: Implementation with At-Risk Preschoolers in Hawaii. Presented at the 25th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, Tampa, Florida.   Publication Details
    • Scheier, C., Teo, R., Scanlan, S., Asuega, J., & Johnson, J. (2012, Mar). EHDI Data Systems: Design for Change. Presented at the 11th Annual EHDI Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Sablan, V. (2012, Feb). Creating Successful EHDI Programs in the Rural and Remote Islands of the Pacific. Presented at the 2012 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Annual Conference, Washington, DC.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2011, Nov). Disability Studies 101. Presented at the Easter Seals Board Orientation, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2011, Nov). Three Year Results of Implementation of First Step to Success in Hawaii. Presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Conference, Crystal City, Virginia.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Laygo, R., Whitney, L., Mrazek, S., & Tanaka, N. R. (2011, Nov). First Step to Success: Implementation with At-Risk Preschoolers in Hawaii. Presented at the Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Washington, DC.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, R., & Johnson, J. (2011, Nov). Hawaii's Visions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Conference, Crystal City, Virginia.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2011, Sep). Implementing Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Services in the Remote and Rural Islands of the Pacific. Presented at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health, House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, California.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Vaughan, G. (2011, Sep). All Ears Cambodia. Presented at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health, House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, California.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Tanaka, N. R. (2011, Sep). Three Year Results of Implementation of First Step to Success with At-Risk Preschoolers in Hawaiii. Presented at the 9th Biennial International Conference on Children and Youth with Behavioral Disorders, New Orleans, Louisiana.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Mrazek, S., Laygo, R., Golly, A., & Tanaka, N. R. (2011, Sep). Three Year Results of Implementation of First Step to Success with At-Risk Preschoolers in Hawaii. Presented at the The Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Delera, J. (2011, Jun). Access to Justice for Individuals with Disabilities. Presented at the 2011 Access to Justice Summit, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2011, May). Disability Studies 101. Presented at the Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert Law Firm, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert Law Firm, Honolulu, HI.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Brown, S., Chang, C., Mrazek, S., & Nelson, D. (2011, May). Costs of Serving Infants and Toddlers under Part C of IDEA. Presented at the International Society on Early Intervention International Conferenced, New York, New York.   Publication Details
    • Tanaka, N. R., Laygo, R., Johnson, J., & Mrazek, S. (2011, May). First Step to Success in Hawaii Preschools. Presented at the International Society on Early Intervention International Conferenced, New York, New York.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Sablan, V. (2011, May). Identifying and Serving Deaf Babies in the Pacific Islands. Presented at the International Society on Early Intervention International Conferenced, New York, New York.   Publication Details
    • Yuen, S., & Johnson, J. (2011, May). Working Together on a Common Project to Build our Global Commitment to Families. Presented at the Asia-US Partnership Meeting, Manila, Philippines.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Laygo, R., Mrazek, S., & Tanaka, N. R. (2011, Apr). Evaluation of First Step to Success in Hawaii Preschools. Presented at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Lam, P., Laygo, R., Mrazek, S., & Tanaka, N. R. (2011, Apr). First Step to Success in Hawaii Preschools. Presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Anderson-Asuega, J. (2011, Apr). Identifying and Serving Deaf Babies and their Families in the Pacific Islands. Presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Kanae, M., & Johnson, J. (2011, Apr). LDAH - School Readiness Project. Presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2011, Jan). An Introduction to Newborn Hearing Screening. Presented at the All Ears Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2011, Jan). Audiology in the Developing World with Emphasis on Newborn Hearing Screening Programs. Presented at the International Mekong Sante, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2010, Nov). Making EHDI a Reality in the Remote and Rural Islands of the Pacific. Presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Conference, Washington, DC.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2010, Nov). The Cost of Serving Infants and Toddlers under Part C of IDEA. Presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Conference, Washington, D.C..   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Mrazek, S., Laygo, R., Golly, A., & Tanaka, N. R. (2010, Nov). First Step to Success in Hawaii's Preschools. Presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Conference, Washington, DC.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2010, Nov). Expanding Newborn Hearing Screening Services to the Pacific Islands. Presented at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, Colorado.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2010, Nov). What is the Cost of Serving Infants and Toddlers under Part C of IDEA?. Presented at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, Colorado.   Publication Details
    • Tanaka, N. R., Johnson, J., Mrazek, S., Laygo, R., & Golly, A. (2010, Nov). Evaluation of First Step to Success in Hawaii Preschools. Presented at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, Colorado.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, R., & Johnson, J. (2010, Nov). Visions for Hawaii's Persons with Developmental Disablities. Presented at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, Colorado.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., & Sablan, V. (2010, Oct). Identifying and Serving Deaf Babies and Their Families in the Pacific Islands. Presented at the Division for Early Childhood, 26th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Kansas City, Missouri.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Brown, S., Chang, C., Nelson, D., & Mrazek, S. (2010, Oct). Costs of Serving Infants and Toddlers under Part C of IDEA. Presented at the Division for Early Childhood, 26th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Kansas City, Missouri.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Laygo, R., Mrazek, S., Golly, A., & Tanaka, N. R. (2010, Sep). First Step to Success in Hawaii Preschools. Presented at the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2010 Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2009, Aug). The American Dream Belongs to Everyone! United States Policies for Children and Youth with Disabilities. Presented at the International Seminar, National Youth Policy Institute, Seoul, South Korea.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J., Hue, P., Chun, L., & McFarlane, E. (2009, May). Building Partnerships with Families to Create Systems of Care. Presented at the Asia-United States Partnership Meeting, Shanghai, China.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2008, Jul). It's More than Just Language: Cultural Competence in Today's Global Environment. Presented at the 2008 Youth Information, Training, and Resource Centers, 2008 Technical Assistance Institute, Washington, DC.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2008, Mar). Palau Regional Newborn Hearing Screening Technical Assistance. Presented at the Sponsored by Republic of Palau, Koror, Palau.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2002, Apr). NEC*TAS Leadership Acacemy for Part C Administrators. Presented at the Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Nashville, Indiana.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2001, Jun). NEC*TAS Leadership Academy for Part C Administrators. Presented at the Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Park City, Utah.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (2000, May). NEC*TAS Symposium on Financing Early Intervention Services. Presented at the Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1999, Jun). Georgetown University Symposium on Mental Health Services for Young Children. Presented at the Georgetown University Symposium on Mental Health Services for Young Children, Stowe, Vermont.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1998, Jul). Creating a Statewide System of Newborn Hearing Screening. Presented at the National Symposium on Hearing in Infants, Sponsored by the Marion Downs Children's Hearing Endowment, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, Colorado.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1998, Apr). NEC*TAS Regional Finance Meeting. Presented at the Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Santa Fe, New Mexico.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1997, Oct). Hawaii's Program of Newborn Hearing Screening. Presented at the CDC Workshop on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Sponsored by the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities of the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1997, Jun). NEC*TAS Managed Care Meeting. Presented at the Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Cincinnati, Ohio.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1997, Jan). Managed Care: Implications for Children's Mental Health Services and Systems of Care. Presented at the Sponsored by Center for Child Health and Mental Health Policy, Georgetown University Child Development Center, Washington, DC.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1996, Oct). Sorting out the Roles of Medicaid, Managed Care Plans, and Publicly Funded Programs Serving Children with Chronic Conditions. Presented at the Sponsored by the National Health Policy Forum, George Washington University, Washington, D.C..   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1995, Dec). Meeting the Needs of Young Children: Professional and Community Strategies That Work. Presented at the Sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Carnegie Corporation, Honolulu, Hawaii.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1995, Dec). Systems on the MOVE. Presented at the Sponsored by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Dallas, Texas.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1995, Jul). NEC*TAS Managed Care Meeting. Presented at the Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Chicago, Illinois.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1994, Jul). NEC*TAS Health Care Reform. Presented at the Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Salt Lake City, Utah.   Publication Details
    • Johnson, J. (1993, Oct). Task Force for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Presented at the Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and Maternal and Child Helath Bureau, Seattle, Washington.   Publication Details