Waldo E. Johnson, Jr.

Author: CFFPP . Date: May 22, 2017

Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor with the School of Social Service Administration and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. His research interests focus on the physical and behavioral health status of African American males across the life course, fatherhood among low-income African American males and the social construction of masculinity in urban contexts.

He is Principal Investigator for the Chicago Parenting Initiative Evaluation Study, a multi-year evaluation study funded by the Office of Adolescent Parenting Programs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that assesses the impact of paternal enhancement services to young fathers on the wellbeing of adolescent African American and Latina parenting mothers and their children. He is also Community Engagement Chair for the South Side Health and Vitality Studies, a family of medical, public health, social science and community–based participatory research studies of the Urban Health Initiative designed to improve health, vitality and wellbeing of Chicago residents residing in 34 community areas served by the University of Chicago Medicine.

Johnson is family formation and stability consultant for the Urban Institute’s Race, Place and Poverty: An Urban Ethnographer Symposium on Low-Income Men, an empirical research and policy forum supported by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and research consultant for Mathematica Policy Research’s Parents and Children Together (PACT), a multi-year, national mixed-methods program impact and implementation evaluation study of the Administration of Children and Family’s (ACF) Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grants initiative. He has been a research consultant for the Warren Institute of Berkeley Law School, The California Endowment, Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago in developing African American Male initiatives. He is also an investigator with the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.

His memberships include Ford Foundation Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Wellbeing of African American Males; the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) Welfare and Economic Self-Sufficiency Technical Working Group; 2025 Network for Black Men and Boys; Chair, Commission on Research, Council on Social Work Education and editor, Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy (Oxford University Press, 2010).

He received his B.A. degree in Sociology and English at the Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, MSW degree from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Chicago. He was also a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at the Program for Research for Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.