Blair T. Johnson

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Psychological Sciences


Ph.D., 1988, Purdue University

Research Interests

Dr. Johnson specific research deals with health promotion, specifically exercise, mindfulness, and music performance anxiety. He also studies social structure dealing with the role of community attitudes and stigma levels underlying other phenomena. He also has an interest in data science using methods consisting of, spatiotemporal methods, meta-analysis and other big data strategies.


PSYC 3105

PSYC 5133

PSYC 6732



Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar


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.

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.

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.

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.

*Signifies student or post-doctoral associate.

Blair Johnson
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