India R. Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology

Research Areas:
Clinical Psychology


Current research interests

I am the principal investigator of the Transforming Health Research & Interventions Via Equity (THRIVE) Lab. As an intergroup relations researcher, my body of work examines evidence-based interventions to promote the success of singly and multiply marginalized persons across a variety of organizational environments. My lab primarily utilizes experimental methods, but also utilizes mixed-methods to identify strategies and behaviors that engender identity-safety, allyship, and other clinically relevant outcomes for marginalized persons.

My most recent projects have adopted an intersectional perspective and we have examined how pro-diversity interventions aimed at singularly marginalized persons (e.g., white women) are ineffective at signaling identity-safety among persons with intersecting, marginalized identities (e.g., Black women). I am also exploring how individuals can convey allyship to Black individuals in STEM and health contexts (e.g., Black birthing persons in maternal & reproductive clinical settings), and how allyship and identity-safety has implications for health outcomes and addressing health disparities.

Current undergraduate student(s)

Lydia Peterson, Diversity Research Program Scholar

Dr. Johnson will be accepting new PhD students in Clinical Psychology for Fall 2024. Students desiring to earn a PhD in the ASOP program (which is currently on hiatus) should not apply.

Graduate students that would be a good fit for my lab

As Principal Investigator of the THRIVE Lab, my research focuses on evidenced-based interventions that promote more positive, clinically-relevant outcomes and behaviors among marginalized populations. Much of my research centers Black individuals and investigates basic processes that facilitate disrupting and dismantling health inequities. Students that have strong interests in developing, testing, and implementing health interventions for Black individuals of all genders and desire to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology would be the best fit for my research lab.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, 2012, The Ohio State University, Area: Social Psychology
  • M.A., Psychology, 2009, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Psychology, 2007, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Publications & Professional Activity


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Professional Activity

  • 2022-present, Editorial Board Member, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • 2020-2023, Co-organizer, Gender Preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • 2020-present, Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement, Advisory Group, Butler University
  • 2019-present, Editorial Board Member, Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • 2018 -present, Founder & Principal Consultant, EVOLVE Diversity Consulting Services, LLC
  • 2016-present, Editorial Board Member, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology


  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology (Fellow)
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Midwestern Psychological Association
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology