Nina Johnson


Nina Johnson is a second year Columbia School of Social Work Master’s student. Nina is studying Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming with a concentration in Contemporary Social Issues. Nina who is originally from the Chicago suburbs, received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Coe College. After graduation, Nina worked as the Program Director at the Office of Community Engagement there. The next year Nina worked in a Chicago suburb as the Birth to 3 Program Director for a school district.

Nina’s research assistant experience includes working in a human development and a social neuroscience lab at the University of Chicago. Nina has helped collect and analyze data for a longitudinal study about the emotional physical effects of loneliness and she has helped manage research about how humans react to stressful and unexpected situations. Nina also has experience working with male chicks for understanding the effects of methamphetamines. Nina currently works with Courtney D. Cogburn’s Research Group as a research assistant at the Columbia School of Social Work that focuses on the virtual reality project, the 1000 cut series. Nina’s current research interests include how environment impacts overall wellbeing and developmental disparities between different racial communities.

In her free time, Nina enjoys exploring New York and teaching Zumba® for the students, faculty, and staff at both Columbia University and Barnard.