Julene Johnson, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Nursing|
|Department||Institute for Health Aging|
|Address||3333 California Street|
San Francisco CA 94118
||2017||Fulbright Specialist Roster |
|University of Jyvaskyla, Finland||2010||Fulbright Scholar |
Julene K Johnson, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist, Professor and Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. She also has an appointment at the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. Her research program focuses on cognitive aging and covers two primary themes: 1) developing cost-effective and novel community-based programs to promote health and well-being of diverse older adults and 2) studying mild cognitive impairment as a risk for dementia and functional decline. Her research on community-based health promotion involves culturally and ethnically diverse older adults. She is currently collaborating with the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services to study the effect of a community choir program on the health and well-being of culturally diverse older adults. In 2010, she was a Fulbright scholar in Finland where she studied how singing in a community choir influences quality of life and well-being. She is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster (2012-2017).
Her studies about mild cognitive impairment aim to develop new approaches to promoting cognitive health of older adults and better understanding the dysexecutive presentation of mild cognitive impairment.
Community of Voices study website: www.communityofvoices.org
Dr. Johnson is serving on the Board for the UC Music Experience Research Community Initiative (UC MERCI), is a multi-campus initiative to augment the scientific study of musical experience, communication, and behavior across the University of California. UC MERCI was one of five multicampus UC proposals (from among 200 submitted) to receive a 2015 UC President’s Research Catalyst Award. UC MERCI will encourage and facilitate UC researchers sharing their unique experimental resources and expertise while collaboratively developing and applying new methods to better understand and enhance the ability of musical experience and communication to affect and even transform the human mind and body. In the coming year a group of research students will have the opportunity to perform relevant research across UC campuses. http://merci.ucsd.edu/
Dr. Johnson was the UCSF campus representative and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the University of California Humanities Research Institute (2013-2016) http://uchri.org/uchri/advisory-committee/
Gerontology, aging, health promotion, mild cognitive impairment, music, humanities, history of medicine, global health, cognition, cognitive neuroscience, well-being, community based participatory research, arts, health disparities
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