Shantalea Johns

Shantalea Johns

Assistant Professor Clinical, Director of Continuing Education

 Expert in neurobiology of trauma, trauma recovery, behavioral health, 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. In 2023, Johns was inducted into the Academy of Teachers and named 40 under 40 by the Michigan Chronicles. 

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 Harvard University's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ed.D, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Wayne State University
  • M.S.W., Wayne State University
  • B.S.W., Wayne State University
  • Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, Wayne State University
  • Higher Education Teaching Certificate, Harvard University's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Telehealth Certification , Old Dominion University
  • CIT Certified Coordinator, Crisis Intervention Team International
  • 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


Research Interests

  • Behavioral Health Disparities 
  • The Neurobiology of Trauma and Trauma Recovery
  • African American Children, Youth, and Families


Courses taught by Shantalea Johns

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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