My research focuses on 21st century social and cultural change, with a particular focus on cultural understandings of mental health and social media’s effect on mental wellbeing. Methodologically, I use quantitative survey analysis, age-period-cohort methodologies, interviews, and experiments.
I'm also passionate about making statistics and statistical software approachable to students of all backgrounds. I exercise this passion through my teaching assistantship work at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and through research on effectively integrating statistical software into course curricula.
I have a BA from Wellesley College, where I majored in Sociology and Spanish and wrote my thesis on anxiety in the coming of age process. In addition to my work in the Sociology Department, I work as a graduate research assistant at the Stanford VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Lab and for the American Voices Project, as a software consultant for Social Science Data and Software (SSDS), and as a Center for Teaching and Learning consultant.
Johnson, Amy L. 2021. “Changes in Mental Health and Treatment, 1997-2017.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022146520984136
Johnson, Amy L. and Rebecca Gleit. 2021. “Teaching for the Future: Intentionally Building Competency with Statistical Software.” Teaching Sociology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0092055X211033632
Carian, Emily K. and Amy L. Johnson. 2020. “The Agency Myth: Persistence in Individual Explanations for Gender Inequality.” Social Problems. https://doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spaa072