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University of Connecticut Department of Psychology Social Psychology

Blair T. Johnson

Blair Johnson

Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., 1988, Purdue University
Lab webpage: SHARP lab
Other pages: Twitter, SPN, CHIP, Meta-Analysis Blog, Google Scholar, Human Rights Institute
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Research Interests:

  • Social structure (the role of community attitudes and stigma levels)
  • Health promotion (HIV prevention, exercise, mental health)
  • Theory and practice of meta-analysis and other ways to model big data


  • Meta-analysis: Theory & Practice (Spring semesters of even-numbered years) (Graduate or Honor's Students)

  • Attitude Organization & Change (Spring semesters of odd-numbered years) (Graduate or Honor's Students)
  • Health Psychology (Undergraduate Students)
Recent News
Students in Research
  • Dr. Johnson is considering new students to enter the social psychology graduate program in the Fall 2015 semester. Prospective students should visit his research lab website SHARP to get a sense of the team's more recent research. Dr. Johnson's recent articles are another good place to learn about the group's work. Finally, students with strong analytic skills with big datasets are quite desirable, either meta-analytic or in terms of large surveys (visit Dr. Johnson's Meta-Analysis Blog).
  • Undergraduate students interested in doing research in the SHARP research group should contact graduate students Robert E. Low or Hayley V. MacDonald. There is limited space for new students during the Fall, 2014 semester, although inquiries from highly motivated and able students for Spring, 2015, and Fall, 2015, are welcome.
Representative Publications

Johnson, B. T., & Eagly, A. H. (2014). Meta-analysis of social-personality psychological research. In H. T. Reis & C. M. Judd (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in social and personality psychology (2nd Ed., pp. 675-707). London: Cambridge University Press.

Reid, A. E. Dovidio, J. F., Ballester, E., & Johnson, B. T. (in press). HIV prevention interventions to reduce sexual risk for African Americans: The influence of community-level stigma and psychological processes. Social Science & Medicine, 103, 118-125. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.06.028)

LaCroix, J. M., Snyder, L. B., Huedo-Medina, T. B., & Johnson, B. T. (2014). Effectiveness of mass media interventions for HIV prevention, 1986-2013: A meta-analysis. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 66, S329-S340.

LaCroix, J. L., Pellowski, J. A., Lennon, C. A, & Johnson, B. T. (in press). Behavioral interventions to reduce sexual risk for HIV in heterosexual couples: A meta-analysis. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 89(8), 620-627. (doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2013-051135).

Finitsis, D. J., Pellowski, J., & Johnson, B. T. (2014). Text message intervention designs to promote adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART): A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e88166. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088166)

Scott-Sheldon, L. A., Walstrom, P., Carey, K. B., Johnson, B. T., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors among individuals infected with HIV: A systematic review and meta-analysis 2012 to early 2013. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 10(4), 314-323. (doi: 10.1007/s11904-013-0177-5)

Boynton, M. H., Portnoy, D. B., & Johnson, B. T. (2013). Exploring the ethics and psychological impact of deception in psychological research. IRB: Ethics & Human Research, 35(2), 7-13.

Eaton, L. A., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Kalichman, S. C., Pellowski, J. A., Popat, A. R., Sagherian, M., & Johnson, B. T. (2012). Meta-analysis of single-session behavioral interventions for STI/HIV prevention: Implications for bundling multiple prevention packages. American Journal of Public Health, 102, e34–e44. (doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300968)

Lennon, C. A., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Gerwien, D. P., & Johnson, B. T. (2012). A role for depression in sexual risk reduction for women? A meta-analysis of HIV prevention trials with depression outcomes. Social Sciences & Medicine, 75, 688-698. (doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.01.016)

Lee, I., Pratto, F., & Johnson, B. T. (2011). Intergroup consensus/disagreement in support of group based hierarchy: An examination of socio-structural and psycho-cultural factors. Psychological Bulletin, 137(6), 1029-1064. (doi: 10.1037/a0025410)

Brown, J. C., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Pestacello, L. S., Pestacello, S. M., Ferrer, R. A., LaCroix, L. M., & Johnson, B. T. (2012). The efficacy of exercise in reducing depression among cancer survivors: A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30955. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030955)

Johnson, B. T., & Huedo-Medina, T. B. (2011). Depicting estimates using the intercept in meta-regression models: The moving constant technique. Research Synthesis Methods, 2(3), 204-220. (doi: 10.1002/jrsm.49)

Brown, J. C., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Pestacello, L. S., Pestacello, S. M., Ferrer, R. A., & Johnson, B. T. (2010). Efficacy of exercise interventions in modulating cancer-related fatigue among adult cancer survivors: A meta-analysis. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Ferrer, R. A., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Johnson, B. T., Ryan, S. M., & Pescatello, L. S. (2010). Exercise interventions for cancer survivors: A meta-analysis of quality of life outcomes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. (doi: 10.1007/s12160-010-9225-1)

Johnson, B. T., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Huedo-Medina, T. B., & Carey, M. P. (2011). Interventions to reduce sexual risk for HIV in adolescents: A meta-analysis of trials, 1985-2008. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 165, 77-84. (doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.251)

Johnson, B. T., Redding, C. A., DiClemente, R. J., Dodge, B. M., Mustanski, B. S., Sheeran, P., Warren, M. R., Zimmerman, R. S., Fisher, W. A., Conner, M. T., Carey, M. P., Fisher, J. D., Stall, R. D., & Fishbein, M. (2010). A Network-Individual-Resource model for HIV prevention. AIDS & Behavior, 14(Suppl 2), 204-221. (doi: 10.1007/s10461-010-9803-z)

Johnson, B. T., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., & Carey, M. P. (2010). Meta-synthesis of health behavior change meta-analyses. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 2193-2198. (doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.155200).

Johnson, B. T., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., LaCroix, J. M., Smoak, N. D., Anderson, J., & Carey, M. P. (2009). Behavioral interventions for African-Americans to reduce sexual risk of HIV: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 51, 492-501.

Kirsch, I., Deacon, B. J., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Scoboria, A., Moore, T. J., & Johnson, B. T. (2008). Initial severity and antidepressant benefits:  A meta-analysis of data submitted to the FDA. PLoS Medicine, 5, e45. [Link]

Johnson, B. T., & Boynton, M. H. (2008). Cumulating evidence about the social animal: Meta-analysis in social-personality psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 817-841. [Link]

Smith-McLallen, A., Johnson, B. T., Dovidio, J. F., & Pearson, A. R. (2006). Black and white: The role of color bias in implicit race bias. Social Cognition, 24, 42-69.

Johnson, B. T., Carey, M. P., Chaudoir, S., & Reid, A. E. (2006). Sexual risk reduction for persons living with HIV: Research synthesis of randomized controlled trials, 1993 to 2004. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 41, 642-650.

Albarracín, D., Johnson, B. T., Fishbein, M., & Muellerleile, P. A. (2001). Theories of reasoned action and planned behavior as models of condom use: A meta-analysis.Psychological Bulletin, 127, 142-161.

Johnson, B. T., Smith-McLallen, A., Killeya, L. A., & Levin, K. D. (2004). Truth or consequences: Overcoming resistance to persuasion with positive thinking. In E. S. Knowles & J. Linn (Eds.), Resistance and persuasion (pp. 215-233). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.