Dana E. Johnson

Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Pediatrics and member of the Divisions of Neonatology and Global Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota where Dr. Johnson co-founded the International Adoption Clinic in 1986, the first academic program focused on understanding the the medical needs of adopted children. Over the course of his career he has reviewed the medical records of over 20,000 children and counselled potential adoptive parents on the likely medical needs of these adoptees. His research centers on the short- and long-term effects of early social, medical and nutritional deprivation on child well-being. Current projects include investigating the physiological links between stress, growth, pubertal development and cognitive abilities through the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, the first randomised, controlled study of foster vs. institutional care.
This work affirms the critical importance of a permanent, nurturing family in normal child development. He has authored numerous scholarly works including co-editing Adoption Medicine published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Joint Council for International Children’s Services, the Friend of Children Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the Harry Holt Award from Holt International. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Adoption, OneSky and SPOON Foundations he is a Senior Fellow at the National Center
on Adoption and Permanency and serves on the Editorial Board of Adoptive Families and the Advisory Boards of the Rudd Adoption Research Program and Both Ends Burning.
Dr. Johnson has an adopted son from India, two birth daughters and three stepdaughters.