A leading neuroscientist, Bankole Johnson is a respected global authority in both psychiatry and neuroscience. His considerable education and expertise dates to the 1970s, when he received his first general studies diplomas.
In subsequent years, he earned his Medicinae Baccalaureum et Chirurgiae Baccalaureum (an M.D. equivalent) from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Bankole Johnson also received his UK Board Certification in Psychiatry from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, his Master of Science in Neuropsychiatry at the University of London, his Ph.D. in Biomedical Studies from Oxford University and the University of Glasgow, and his Doctor of Science degree, also from the University of Glasgow.
In addition to these qualifications, Bankole Johnson has also received United States certifications from both the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. His resume includes postgraduate studies and training in a range of psychiatric specialties.
Today, Bankole Johnson is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician throughout both Europe and the United States. He serves as a respected collegiate authority in his field at a leading university in the United States. At the University, Dr. Bankole Johnson is the Dr. Irving J. Taylor Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Brain Science Research Consortium, as well as a professor of pharmacology, anatomy and neurobiology, and neurology. Johnson also serves as the Director of the Department of Psychiatry Clinical Neurobehavioral Center in Columbia, Maryland and as a member of the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force.
Along the way, Bankole Johnson has also been the recipient of numerous high-profile awards in his fields and industries of specialty. In 2001, he received the Dan Anderson Research Award for his research contributions focused on “the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery.” He won the 2002 Distinguished Senior Scholar of Distinction Award from the National Medical Association and a 2006 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American Psychiatric Association.
In 2009, the APA honored Bankole Johnson again, this time with the Solomon Center Fuller Award. The honor recognizes pioneering research that has benefited the quality of life for African-Americans. Also, in 2013, the U.S. National Institutes of Health honored Bankole Johnson with the Jack Mendelson Award, an award given annually to a researcher who has made substantial contributions to the understanding of alcohol addiction, treatment, recovery, and prevention. In addition to these honors, Bankole Johnson is an inductee into the Texas Hall of Fame and a fellow in many highly selective industry associations.
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