Chaya Spears Johnson, PhD


Department of Family & Community Medicine



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Dr. Spears-Johnson is an anthropologist with interests in science literacy and the ethical conduct of health research, scientific integrity and community-based participatory health research, and the utility of social network analysis and geographic information systems for dissemination of health information.  She has conducted research on the factors that influence low-income, rural, and minority mothers' willingness to participate in health research.  She is currently pursuing funding to investigate methods to disseminate environmental health research and biomonitoring results to participants and broader social and political communities; the factors that influence the scientific integrity of community-based participatory health research studies; and health education methods to reduce heat related illness among underserved Latino farmworker children.




         Northern Illinois University
         DeKalb, IL
         B.S. Degree, Anthropology

       Northern Illinois University
       DeKalb, IL
       M.A. Degree, Anthropology

2011           University of Kansas
       Lawrence, KS
       Ph.D. Degree, Anthropology



Academic Career


2009 – 2011    Research Associate
    Department of Family and Community Medicine
    Wake Forest School of Medicine
2011 – presentInstructor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine


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