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About

Johnson-Motoyama, Michelle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Pronouns: She/Her

614-688-2491
johnson-motoyama.1@osu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education
PhD - University of California, Berkeley - Social Welfare
MSW - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Social Work
BS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Media

Areas of Expertise
Child maltreatment prevention
Social disparities in child welfare
Immigration and child welfare
Policy research
Quantitative methods
Community-based participatory research

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Child maltreatment prevention
Social disparities in child welfare
Immigration and child welfare
Research design
Policy research
Quantitative methods
Mixed methods
Community-based participatory research

Bio

Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, Ph.D., MSW is Associate Professor at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Social Work and Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Population Research. Her scholarship examines the role of social policies and programs in violence prevention and the reduction of disparities in child and family health and well-being. Her current work examines the effects of state economic and social safety net policy changes on child maltreatment rates over time, highlighting the critical role of economic factors in child abuse and neglect prevention. She also serves as Principal Investigator for the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund’s implementation of Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families, funded by the federal Administration for Children and Families. In this study, she and her colleagues from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Pittsburgh are examining the implementation and outcomes of a multi-tiered intervention inclusive of financial education and support in the primary prevention of child maltreatment.

Professor Johnson-Motoyama’s research has been supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other sponsors. At OSU she teaches graduate courses on prevention strategies, policy research methods, and intervention research methods. She has also taught at UCLA and The University of Kansas. She currently serves as Chair of the Society for Social Work and Research’s Child Welfare Special Interest Group and is a member of the leadership team supporting the Grand Challenge for Social Work “Build Healthy Relationships to End Violence.” Professor Johnson-Motoyama holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.