Suzanne B Johnson Ph.D.

Suzanne B Johnson Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine

Main Campus

Dr. Johnson received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook. Dr. Johnson has had more than 40 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for her research on psychosocial aspects of childhood diabetes. She is considered an international expert on medical regimen adherence and the psychosocial aspects of genetic testing in children. She has expanded her research focus to include pediatric obesity since the epidemic levels of pediatric obesity in the U.S. have led to an unprecedented rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes in children. She has received numerous awards for her research, including the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Significant Research Contributions Award in Pediatric Psychology (1996), the Association of Medical School Psychologists’ Distinguished Research Contributions Award (2002), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International’s Mary Jane Kugel Award for service to scientific review and the American Diabetes Association’s Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Lectureship for Distinguished Contributions (2007). Dr. Johnson was the first recipient of the FSU College of Medicine’s Senior Research Award in 2006. in 2012, she served as President of the American Psychological Association, the largest publisher of psycholocial science in the world. 


State University of New York at Stony Brook,

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology



Cornell University,

B.A., Psychology




  • Medical regimen adherence
  • Psychosocial aspects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children
  • Psychosocial aspects of genetic testing on children and families
  • Pediatric obesity


Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. McIver, K.L., Pate, R.R., Dowda, M., Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Yang, J., Butterworth, M., Liu, X. Cross-Country comparisons of physical activity and sedentary behavior among 5-year-old children. International Journal of Pediatrics, 2020:7912894; doi: 10.1155/2020/7912894
  2. Driscoll, K., Tamura, R., Johnson, Suzanne Bennet, Gesualdo, P., Clasen, J., Smith, L., Jacobsen, L., Larsson, H., Haller, M., the TEDDY Study Group. Adherence to oral glucose tolerance testing in children in stage 1 of type 1 diabetes: the TEDDY Study. Pediatric Diabetes, 2020:1-9; doi: 10.1111/pedi.13149
  3. Smith, LB., Lynch, K.F., Driscoll, K.A., Johnson, Suzanne Bennet. Parental monitoring for type 1 diabetes in genetically at-risk young children:The TEDDY study. Pediatric Diabetes, 2921, 1-12; doi: 10.1111/pedi.13173
  4. Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Lynch, K., Roth, R., Lundgren, M., Hemang, P., Akolkar, B., Hagopian, W., Krischer, J., Rewers, M., She, J.-X., Toppari, J., Ziegler, A., Lernmark, A., the TEDDY Study Group. First-appearing islet autoantibodies for type 1 diabetes in young children: maternal life events during pregnancy and the child’s genetic risk. Diabetologia, 2021;64(3):591-602; doi: 10.1007/s00125-020-05344-9.
  5. O'Donnell, H.K., Vigers, T., Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Pyle, L., Wright, N., Deeb, L.C., Driscoll, K.A. Pump It Up! A Randomized clinical trial to optimize insulin pump self-management behaviors in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 2021;102:106279;  doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106279.
  6. O'Donnell, H.K., Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Sileo, D., Majidi, S., Gonder-Frederick, L., Driscoll, K.A. Psychometric properties of the hypoglycemia fear survey in a clinical sample of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes and their caregivers. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 2021, 1-11; doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsab093
  7. Melin, J., Lynch, K.F., Lundgren, M., Aronsson, C.A., Larsson, H.E., Johnson, Suzanne Bennett. Is staff consistency important to parents' satisfaction in a longitudinal study of children at risk for type 1 diabetes: the TEDDY study.BMC Endocr Disord. 2022 Jan 10;22(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s12902-021-00929-w.PMID: 35012530
  8. Rosado, J.I., Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Wang, Y., Fundingslad, S., Salazar, J. Addressing childhood obesity among Latino agricultural families: Data from a feasibility study at a community health center. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2022;33:286-300. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2022.0021.PMID: 35153220
  9. O'Donnell, H.K., Vigers, T., Johnson Suzanne Bennett, Pyle, L., Gonder-Fredrick, L., Hendrieckx, C., Driscoll, K.A. Bring Blood Glucose Down! An intervention to reduce fear of hypoglycemia in caregivers of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Study design and participant characteristics. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 May 16:106792. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2022.106792.
  10. Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Tamura, R, McIver, KL, Pate, RR, Driscoll, KA., Melin, J., Larsson, HE, Haller, MJ, Yang, J and the TEDDY Study Group. The association of physical activity to oral glucose tolerance test outcomes in multiple autoantibody positive children: The TEDDY Study. Pediatric Diabetes, 2022;23(7):1017-1026. doi: 10.1111/pedi.13382
  11. Liu, X., Johnson, Suzanne Bennett, Lynch, K.F., Cordan, K., Pate, R., Butterworth, M.D., Lernmark, A., Hagopian, W., Rewers, M., McIndoe, R., Toppari, J., Ziegler, A., Akolkar, B., Krischer, J., Yang, J. and the TEDDY Study Group. Physical activity and the development of islet autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes in 5–15-year-old children followed in the TEDDY Study. Diabetes Care 2023;46(7):1–8.
  12. Driscoll, K., Melin, J., Lynch, K., Smith, L., and Johnson, Suzanne Bennett. SAI-CH-6: Development of a short form of the State Anxiety Inventory for children at-risk for type 1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 2023;48:861–869.
  13. Melin, J., Lynch, K., Lundgren, M., Aronsson, C., Larsson, H. and Johnson, Suzanne Bennet. Factors assessed in the first year of a longitudinal study predict subsequent study visit compliance: the TEDDY study. European Journal of Medical Research, 2023;28:592.
  14. Rosado, R., Johnson Suzanne Bennett, Wang, Y. and Gerend, M. A community health center childhood obesity program for Latino families from an agricultural community: Mental health and physical activity outcomes. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, in press.