John received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park after earning his BA in psychology from Albany State University. Before moving to St. Louis, John was engaged in public health research at Morehouse School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he focused on health disparities and health equity. He was drawn to WashU because it offered the opportunity to work more directly with students and help to advance the institution’s diversity efforts as the director for the PreHealth & Science Peer Mentoring Program and a senior scholar in the Health Communication Research Lab in the Brown School of Social Work. John has a genuine interest in each student and attempts to help students draw upon their strengths to pursue their interests at Washington University and beyond.
A huge sports fan, John continues to cheer for the same Georgia teams (Bulldogs, Falcons, Hawks, Braves) he rooted for as a kid growing up in Augusta, GA. In addition to watching sports, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, listening to audiobooks, and travelling, and he would have a dog if his wife would let him.