Lee Michael Johnson, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences


Mike Johnson is chair of the department of Behavioral Sciences. His scholarly expertise is in criminology and criminal justice. He joined PNW in 2019.

Research Overview

Dr. Johnson has researched and published journal articles and book chapters on topics in victimization and fear of crime, juvenile delinquency and justice, corrections, policing, and perceptions of criminal justice system effectiveness.


Recent Publications

Johnson, Lee M., Danielle Watson & Nathan W. Pino. 2019. “Police Officers’ Fear of Crime: An Analysis of Interviews with Officers in Trinidad & Tobago.” International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 8(4): 77-93.

Johnson, Lee M., Leah E. Daigle & Sarah Napper. 2017. “Precautionary Behavior and Violent Victimization: Do Safer Drinking Strategies Reduce Risk?” Victims & Offenders 12(3): 381-400.

Johnson, Lee M., Susan M. Lebold & Paul Elam. 2016. “Use of Research Evidence by Juvenile Justice and Youth Service Professionals: A Research Note.” Criminal Justice Policy Review 27(4): 402-419.




Lee "Mike" Johnson


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  • Ph.D. – Sociology, Iowa State University, 2001
  • B.A. – Sociology & Psychology, St. Ambrose University, 1996
  • A.A. – Social Work, Scott Community College, 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Juvenile Delinquency & Justice
  • Victimology
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice System Effectiveness
  • Crime & Social Inequality

Curriculum Vitae