Dr. Will Livingston Johnson

Title: Emeritus Associate Professor of Sociology
Company: California State University, East Bay
Location: Oakland, California, United States

Will Johnson, Emeritus Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, East Bay, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social services instruction and administration.

After initially earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1969, Dr. Johnson followed with a Master of Social Work in 1973 from the University of California, Berkeley. He continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in social welfare from the same school in 1982. 

Following superior service as a lecturer for the department of social work at San Francisco State University from 1982 to 1983, Dr. Johnson lectured with the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley from 1986 to 1987, with the department of public administration with Golden Gate University from 1992 to 1999 and the department of public affairs and administration with the Department of Social Work at California State University, East Bay, from 1987 to 2006. He flourished as assistant professor of sociology and social services, California State University, East Bay, from 2007 to 2013 and associate professor of sociology and social Services with California State University, East Bay from 2013 to 2018, after which he has served as Emeritus Associate Professor of Sociology since the latter year.

In addition, Dr. Johnson made an impact as an assistant staff analyst, management analyst and program development manager with Alameda County Social Services Agency from 1976 to 1977, project director and research director of the California Structured Decision Making (SDM) Project with the California Department of Social Services from 1997 to 2003 and director of the office of evaluation, research, and program performance with the Alameda County Social Services Agency from 2004 to 2006 and as a senior research analyst with the Office of the President of the Welfare Policy Research Project at the University of California from 2006 to 2007.

Dr. Johnson has served as a statistician and transportation consultant with K. T. Analytics and as a consultant with the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University Foundation, Hershey Business Systems, the Department of Human and Regulatory Affairs, State of Texas, the Children’s Division of the American Humane Association and the Children’s Research Center of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. In addition, he has authored or co-authored “Child Abuse/Neglect Risk Assessment Under Field Practice Conditions: A Test of External Validity and Comparison to Heart Disease Prediction,” in the Children and Youth Services Review in 2015; “The Validity and Utility of the California Family Risk Assessment Under Practice Conditions in the Field: A Prospective Study,” in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal in 2012 and the book “Predicting the Recurrence of Child Abuse” in 1984. After Dr. Johnson published this book, the United States adopted the goal for itself of preventing a recurrence of child abuse.

As a career highlight, Dr. Johnson cites his published work in the Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal. He is also proud of spending a summer as a visiting scientist with Kassel University in Germany. In the coming years, he is hoping to return to writing.

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