Sheri Johnson

Position title: UW Population Health Institute Director; Principal Investigator, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps; Professor of Population Health Sciences


Sheri Johnson is currently Director of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Principal Investigator of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, and Professor (CHS) of Population Health Sciences. She is also an affiliated member of the University of Wisconsin Institute for Diversity Science. Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, and a member of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board.

Dr. Johnson has dedicated her career to partnering with children, families, community organizations and systems to advance health and well-being. Awed by the resilience of individuals and communities, she is motivated to remove unfair obstacles and conditions that create and perpetuate health inequities. She completed undergraduate studies at Brown University; earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Boston University and served as a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She was previously Director of Behavioral Health at Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., a federally qualified health center and served as the Administrator and State Health Officer for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Immediately prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, she was Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Advancement of Underserved Children.