Blair T. Johnson

Roles in Program: Faculty Member
Degree: Ph.D., 1988, Purdue University
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Research Interests:
  • Health promotion (exercise, mindfulness, music performance anxiety)
  • Social structure (the role of community attitudes and stigma levels underlying other phenomena)
  • Data science (spatiotemporal methods; meta-analysis; other big data strategies)
  • PSYC 5131: Meta-analysis: Theory & Practice (Graduate or Honor’s Students)—Fall Semesters, Odd-Numbered Years
  • PSYC 6732: Attitude Organization & Change (Graduate or Honor’s Students)—Fall Semesters, Even-Numbered Years
  • PSYC 3770W: Current topics in Social Psychology—Psychology of the Arts—Spring Semesters (starting 2022)
Students in Research:
  • UConn undergraduate students should see the SHARP lab webpage for more information; to inquire, use the form here
  • I am interested in new graduate students to join my lab in Fall, 2022; visit the SHARP lab webpage for more information and to inquire.
Recent News:
  • Appointed Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2020 (UConn Today and AAAS)
  • Editor, Psychological Bulletin, 2021-2026 (Interview)
  • Senior Editor, Health Psychology section, Social Science & Medicine, 2014-2023
  • Associate Editor, Psychological Bulletin, 2015-2020
  • Appointed University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, 2015 (story)
Recent Media:
Recent Publications: Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar
Representative Recent Publications:
  • Johnson, B. T. (2021). Toward a more transparent, rigorous, and generative psychology. [Editorial.] Psychological Bulletin, 147(1), 1-15. DOI: 10.1037/bul0000317
  • Marshall, I. J., Johnson, B. T., Wang, Z., & Rajasekaran, S. (2020). Semi-automated evidence synthesis in health psychology: Current methods and future prospects. Health Psychology Review, 2020, 14(1), 145-158. DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2020.1716198
  • Protogerou, C.,* McHugh, R. K., Johnson, B. T. (2020). How best to reduce unhealthy risk-taking behaviours? A meta-review of evidence syntheses of interventions using self-regulation principles. Health Psychology Review, 14(1), 86-115. DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2019.1707104
  • Hennessy, E. A.,* Johnson, B. T., Acabchuk, R. L.,* McCloskey, K.,* & Stewart-James, J.* (2020). Mechanisms of health behaviour change: A systematic meta-review of meta-analyses, 2006-2017. Health Psychology Review, 14(1), 6-42. DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2019.1679654
  • Hennessy, E. A.,* & Johnson, B. T. (2020). Examining overlap of included studies in meta-reviews: Guidance for using the corrected covered area index. Research Synthesis Methods, 11(1), 134-145. DOI: 10.1002/jrsm.1390
  • Johnson, B. T., & Hennessy, E. A.* (2019). Systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the health sciences: Best practice methods for research syntheses. Social Science & Medicine, 233, 237-251. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.05.03
  • Hennessy, E. A.,* Johnson, B. T., & Keenan, C. (2019). Best practice guidelines and essential steps to conduct rigorous and systematic meta-reviews. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 11(3), 353-381. DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12169

    McCloskey, K.,* & Johnson, B. T. (2019). Habits, quick and easy: Perceived complexity moderates the associations of contextual stability and rewards with behavioral automaticity. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1556-1575. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01556

  • Albarracín, D., & Johnson, B. T. (Eds.). (2019). The Handbook of Attitudes, Volume 1: Basic Principles. Routledge.
  • Albarracín, D., & Johnson, B. T. (Eds.). (2019). The Handbook of Attitudes, Volume 2: Applications. Routledge.
  • Johnson, B. T., Landrum, A. R., & McCloskey, K.* (2019). Attitudes in the 21st Century: Accomplishments, challenges, and gaps. In The Handbook of Attitudes, Volume 1: Basic Principles (pp. 627-652). Routledge.
  • Johnson, B. T., Wolf, L. J., Maio, G. R., & Smith-McLallen, A.* (2019). Communication-induced persuasion or resistance: Processes and effects of who says what to whom. In The Handbook of Attitudes, Volume 1: Basic Principles (pp. 557-601). Routledge.
  • Marrouch, N.,* & Johnson, B. T. (2018). Using space to enhance social psychological research. Measurement in Social Psychology, 201.
  • Johnson, B. T., Cromley, E. K., & Marrouch, N.* (2017). Spatiotemporal meta-analysis: Reviewing health psychology phenomena over space and time. Health Psychology Review11(3), 280-291.
  • Johnson, B. T., & Acabchuk, R. L.* (2017). What are the keys to a longer, happier life? Answers from five decades of health psychology research. Social Science & Medicine, 196, 218-226.
  • Acabchuk, R. L.,* Kamath, J., Salamone, J. D., & Johnson, B. T. (2017). Stress and chronic illness: The inflammatory pathway. Social Science & Medicine, 185, 166-170.
  • ohnson, B. T., Low, R. E.,* & MacDonald, H. V.* (2015). Panning for the gold in health research: Incorporating studies’ methodological quality in meta-analysis. Psychology & Health30(1), 135-152.
  • Pescatello, L. S., MacDonald, H. V.,* Ash, G. I.,* Lamberti, L. M.,* Farquhar, W. B., Arena, R., & Johnson, B. T. (2015). Assessing the existing professional exercise recommendations for hypertension: a review and recommendations for future research priorities. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 90, 801-812.
  • Johnson, B. T., Low, R. E.,* & MacDonald, H. V.* (2015). Panning for the gold in health research: Incorporating studies’ methodological quality in meta-analysis. Psychology & Health, 30(1), 135-152. 10.1080/08870446.2014.953533
  • 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. (Download here)
  • Reid, A. E.,* Dovidio, J. F., Ballester, E.,* & Johnson, B. T. (2014). 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. (doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000230)
  • LaCroix, J. L.,* Pellowski, J. A.,* Lennon, C. A.,* & Johnson, B. T. (2013). 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)
  • 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. [link]
  • 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. [link]

*Signifies student or post-doctoral associate.