Shantalea Johns

Shantalea Johns

Assistant Professor Clinical, Director of Continuing Education

 Expert in neurobiology of trauma, trauma recovery, and African American children, youth and families


Shantalea Johns


Johns, assistant professor and director of continuing education leads the development and administration of continuing education credits (CEs) to social workers and allied health professionals. Before her current position, Johns was an Academic Services Officer III with the School of Social Work. As an Academic Services Officer, she received numerous awards for best practices in academic advising and service to the advising profession. In 2016, Johns was named an emerging leader by the Global Community for Academic Advisors (NACADA). Her contribution to the advising profession includes publications, conference planning, and local, national, and international presentations. She is also an appointed member of the research and publication divisions of NACADA.

As a community-engaged scholar, Johns partners with local organizations to study the use of prevention interventions in education settings for urban African American youth from adolescence to early adulthood. In addition to this work, Johns research interest includes the neurobiology of trauma and trauma recovery and the social determinant of poor mental health in urban communities.

Johns has a doctorate in education with a focus in leadership and policy studies from Wayne State University. Johns also earned her bachelor's and master's degree in social work from Wayne State. She has graduate certificates in college and university teaching from Wayne State and in mixed methods research from the University of Michigan.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ed.D, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Wayne State University
  • Certificate in Mixed Methods Research, University of Michigan
  • Certified Child and Adolescent trauma professional, International Trauma Training Institute
  • Certified Youth, Adult, Higher Education, Public Saftey, and Fire and EMS Mental Health First Aid Instructor, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, Wayne State University
  • M.S.W., Wayne State University
  • B.S.W., Wayne State University
  • Telehealth Certification , Old Dominion University

Research Interests

  • The Neurobiology of Trauma and Trauma Recovery
  • Mental health and substance use
  • African American Children, Youth, and Families
  • Research methods
  • Suicide

Courses taught by Shantalea Johns

Fall Term 2023 (future)

Winter Term 2023 (current)

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021

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