Brian Johnson, Ph.D.
Children & Youth Institute Associate Director
Dr. Brian Johnson joined MSU Extension as associate director of the Children and Youth Institute in 2021. Before coming to MSU Extension, Johnson was an assistant professor with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the MSU College of Social Science since 2018. Prior to this position, Johnson taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan – Flint; in total, Johnson has more than ten years of experience in higher education instruction and administration. In addition to postsecondary education, Johnson, who is a certified elementary teacher, has taught in numerous K-12 settings and served in administrative roles in a variety of K-16 pipeline programs. Also a licensed attorney, Johnson earned his J.D. from Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School and has a scholarly focus on the constitutionality of laws and policies that affect youth, college-age populations, and families, as well as perceptions of the justice system across the lifespan.