- Ph.D., in Sociology, Vanderbilt University, 1972
Research and Teaching Interests
Areas: Survey research methods; quantitative methodology, family, mental health
Current research interests included marital quality over the life course; handling missing data in surveys; analysis of longitudinal panel data; health and marital quality; social factors in infertility; and hormones and family behavior. Teaching interests include survey research methods, quantitative methodology and statistics, and family.
Professional Awards and Achievements
- Editorial Board Journal of Marriage and the Family 1985-currently
- Deputy Editor, Journal of Marriage and Family. 2007-2009
- Investigator on the Marital Instability over the Life Course project (Alan Booth, PI) funded by NIA and other agencies from 1980 – 2002.
- Principal investigator on “The Community Context of Rural and Urban Child Neglect” funded by NIMH 2001-2005.
- Co- Principal Investigator “Infertility: Pathways and psychosocial outcomes” funded by NICHD (Lynn White co-PI) 2004-2010.
- University of Nebraska Distinguished Teaching Award 1989.
- Rueben Hill Award for 2002 from National Council on Family Relations (for best article in 2001 combining theory and empirical research in the family)
- Distinction in the Social Sciences Award. College of Liberal Arts, Penn State University 2010
- National Conference on Family Relations Fellow 2011
- Johnson, D.R. and R. Young. “Toward best practices in analyzing datasets with missing data: Comparisons and recommendations,” Journal of Marriage and Family, 2011 73:926-945.
- Johnson, K. and D. R. Johnson. Partnered Decisions? U.S. Couples and Medical Help-Seeking for Infertility. Family Relations, 2009 58:431-444.
- Yorgason, J., A. Booth and D. R. Johnson. Health, Disability, and Marital Quality: Is the Association Different for Older Persons? Research on Aging, 2008 30:623-648.
- Johnson, D. R. “Two-wave panel analysis: comparing statistical methods for studying the effect of events and transitions,” Journal of Marriage and Family, 2005. 67:1061-1075.
- Amato, P.R. , D.R. Johnson , A. Booth and S.J. Rogers . "Continuity and Change in Marital Quality between 1980 and 2000." Journal of Marriage and Family, 2003 65(1):1-22.
- Johnson, David R., & Jian Wu. “AAn empirical test of crisis, social selection, and role explanations of the relationship between marital disruption and psychological distress: a pooled time-series analysis of four-wave panel data”, Journal of Marriage and the Family, 2002 64:211-224.
- Vanlaningham, Jody, David R. Johnson, & Paul Amato. “Marital happiness, marital duration, and the U-shaped curve: evidence from a five-wave panel study”, Social Forces, 2001 79:1313-1342
- Booth, Alan, Johnson, David. R., & Granger, Douglas A. “Testosterone and men=s depression: The role of social behavior.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 40 (June 1999).
- Johnson, David R. & Elliott, Lisa. “Sampling Design Effects: Do They Affect the Analyses of Data from the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)?” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 1998. 60:993-1001.
- Johnson, David R. , & Booth, Alan. “Is marital quality a product of the dyadic environment or individual factors? Panel evidence from individuals in successive marriages,” Social Forces, 1998. 76:883-904.
- Johnson, David R. & Scheuble, Laurie K. "Marital naming in two generations: A national study," Journal of Marriage and the Family. 57 (August 1995).
- Johnson, David R. "Alternative methods for the quantitative analysis of panel data in family research: Pooled time-series models," Journal of Marriage and the Family, 1995. 57:1065-1077.
- Johnson, David R., Amoloza, Theodora, & Booth, Alan. "Stability and developmental change in marital quality: a three-wave panel analysis," Journal of Marriage and the Family, 1992. 54(3).
- Booth, Alan, Johnson, David R., & Edwards, John. "Social integration and divorce," Social Forces, 1991 70 (1):207-224.
- Johnson, David R., & Scheuble, Laurie K. "Gender bias in the disposition of juvenile court referrals: The effects of time and location," Criminology 1991 29(4): 677-699.
- Family Specialization in Sociology:
Marital quality over the life course, family and mental health, family and hormones, marital naming
Marital instability, rural health, infertility
- The Quantitative Methods Specialization in Sociology:
Structural equation models, multilevel models, multiple imputation, methods of survey research