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David R. Johnson

David R. Johnson

Professor of Sociology, Demography, and Human Development and Family Studies

413 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-9564

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. 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

Selected Publications


  • Choi, H,,  Yorgeson, J, Johnson, D.R.  Marital Quality and Health in Middle and Later Adulthood: Dyadic Associations.  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 2016.
  • Young, R. & Johnson, D.R.  Handling Missing Values in Longitudinal Panel Data With Multiple Imputation. Journal of Marriage and Family. 2015. 77: 277–294 DOI:10.1111/jomf.12144
  • Shreffler, K., Greil, A., McQuillan, J. & Johnson D. R. Surgical Sterilization, Regret, and Race: Contemporary Patterns. Social Science Research 2015. 50: 31–45 DOI:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.10.010
  • Young, R. & Johnson D. R.  Methods for handling missing secondary respondent data.  Journal of Marriage and Family 2013. 75: 221 – 234 DOI:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.01021.x
  • 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.

Research Interests:

Families, Relationships, and Interpersonal Networks:

Marital quality over the life course, family and mental health, family and hormones, marital naming


Marital instability, rural health, infertility

Quantitative Methods:

Structural equation models, multilevel models, multiple imputation, methods of survey research

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