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NAMEByron R. Johnson, Ph.D.
EDUCATION Ph.D. (Criminology) - Florida State University, 1984
Byron JohnsonByron Johnson is a distinguished senior fellow in the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (CRRUCS), and director of the Office for the Study and Prevention of Domestic Violence, both at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a senior fellow at the National Institute for Healthcare Research. Before arriving at the University of Pennsylvania, Johnson directed the Center for Crime and Justice Policy at Vanderbilt University, and remains a senior scholar at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies.

Professor Johnson's research focuses on quantifying the effectiveness of faith-based organizations to confront various social problems. His research also examines the dynamics of domestic violence with a view to developing coordinated community responses that will reduce this form of violent behavior. Recent publications include two monographs on domestic violence published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and two studies published by the Manhattan Institute on the efficacy of the "faith factor" in reducing crime and drug use among at-risk youth in urban communities.

Professor Johnson is a member of 13 academic and professional associations and has directed some twenty-five research projects. He is currently beginning the last phase of a five-year recidivism study of the nation's first faith-based prison in Texas. Along with other research intermediaries, Johnson and CRRUCS colleagues are launching a groundbreaking study of faith-based and secular mentoring to Philadelphia's most disadvantaged and at-risk population -- the children of prisoners.
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