Darrin K. Johnson, Jr., PhD, MPA

Research Assistant Professor
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

I currently serve as the Prevention Programs Manager at PowerHouse Project, the HIV prevention and education department of Quality Comprehensive Health Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to community-based work, I am a Research Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In this role, I pursue collaborative and independent research and other scholarly activities that are specific to HIV prevention and treatment among vulnerable and marginalized populations. Also, I teach Program Evaluation in the School of Social Work. I have worked in HIV prevention, treatment and research for approximately 12 years. Much of my experience is attributed to HIV program development, implementation, and evaluation in community-based organizations. I’ve also held adjunct faculty and Research Operations Manager appointments in the School of Social work at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). While Research Operations Manager at UNC Charlotte, I was the Project Director on a $1.1 million research study funded through the Minority AIDS Research Initiative (MARI) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I worked directly with my mentor and Principal Investigator, Dr. Diana Rowan, to develop a social media website to assess if online HIV prevention strategies were effective for Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and Black transgender women who have sex with men.

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