“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie

Our team is comprised of executive level associates with a combined work history of over 30 years whose high level of expertise and industry experience have made them highly sought after consultants with the work history and results necessary to meet the mission and goals of every individual client. Johnson Research Associates is a team, a small team, albeit a powerful one in terms of strength, intelligence and work ethic among other traits. We are a team of researchers, lawyers, and statisticians dedicated to executing sound research for our clients.

Cicely K. Johnson, Ph.D.

Having been diagnosed with asthma at the age of 9, Dr. Johnson began researching the incidence of asthma in young children, and the differences in these rates by geographic location and race. It was her passion for research that continued throughout her life, as she went on to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Legal Communications, a Masters Degree in Public Policy, a second Masters Degree in Labor Studies, and a Doctoral Degree in Sociology with specializations in Medical Sociology and Social Inequality. While pursuing and furthering her education, Cicely remained rooted in research and advocacy work, striving to propel both smaller nonprofit organizations and large companies and organizations towards fulfilling their work and mission. Prior to starting Johnson Research Associates, Dr. Johnson has had the honor of working for the Children’s Defense Fund, 1199SEIU New York, Greenpeace USA, the Leimert Park Community Development Corporation under the 8th Council District of Los Angeles, and the D.C. Department of Health. Simultaneously Dr. Johnson has served as a researcher for the U.S. Department of Energy and as the Executive Director of Research and Training for the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. Currently, she simultaneously conducts research with the Hunter College Center for Cancer Health Disparities Research (CCHDR). Her research focus areas are rooted in disparities research, public health, education, public policy, and labor relations. Additionally, Cicely is an adjunct professor, teaching courses in research and social and behavioral sciences (sociology, psychology, criminology and anthropology) at multiple college and university campuses.

Deborah Rawls J.D.

Deborah I. Rawls is an Illinois licensed attorney. She has worked extensively on corporate in-house legal matters involving healthcare and wellness compliance, corporate governance, and employment law. She has drafted and negotiated a number of contracts for nonprofit and for-profit entities. Ms. Rawls has written “Corporate Social Responsibility: What Your Company Can Do,” an article, which outlines opportunities for organizations to improve their corporate social responsibility practices.

Ms. Rawls earned her Master of Laws in Business and Finance in 2012 from The George Washington University Law School, her Juris Doctor in 2010 from The John Marshall Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2006 from DePaul University.