Most Interesting and Influencial 2006: Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson

Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson
Psychologist and Advent House Shelter Volunteer

     Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson is the Owner and Director of the East Lansing Center for the Family located in East Lansing.
     She obtained her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1975, and has been making an impact on the community  ever since.
    She is currently serves as the board Chairperson of the African American Health Institiute and Catholic Social Services/St. Vincent Home, Inc.  She also sits on the African American Family Reunion/Parade Board, Advent House Ministries Board, State of Michigan Mental Health Commission Board, Loaves and Fishes Core Community Board, Ingham County Child Death Review Board, CEI Community Mental Health Board of Directors,  African American Health Institute Board of Directors, Catholic Social Services/St. Vincent Home, Inc. Board of Directors and Loaves and Fishes Core Community Board.
    She has served on many other boards in the past as well, including the City of Lansing Human Relations and Community  Services Advisory Board, Lansing School District Teen Pregnancy Advisory Board, Child Abuse Prevention Board, Black Child & Family Institute Board of Directors, Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders Board of Directors and the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Board.
      Dr. Jackson Johnson has made many civic contributions to the community.  She is a volunteer for Advent House Day Shelter.  She and a group of committed volunteers prepares and serves meals the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays and every Sunday morning.  They also prepare food boxes every 3rd, 4th, and 5th Saturday for 30-40 families.  Once a  month she prepares a meal for Loaves and Fishes.  They provide emergency short-term housing and advocacy services for homeless men, women and children, and long-term transitional housing and advocacy services for single mothers and their families and for single men in a caring Christian environment.
  She is a member of the Michigan Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Michigan Association of Black Psychologists, American Association of Black Psychologists and the American Association of Forensic Psychologists.
   Her other affiliations include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American Foster Parent Association, NAACP and a position as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.