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Johannes, Elaine
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Kansas State University
KSU School of Family Studies and Human Services
343 Justin Hall, 1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

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Youth Development - Instructor
Community Development - Instructor
Family & Community Services - Instructor


Elaine Johannes is an associate professor and extension specialist-youth development in the School of Family Studies and Human Services (FSHS) at Kansas State University (KSU).  Johannes has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, master’s degree in Adult and Community Counseling, and a doctorate in Lifespan Human Development from KSU.

In 2014, Johannes won the College of Human Ecology’s Dean Barbara Stowe Professional Development Award for her work in adolescent health, and in 2010 she was awarded the Faculty Extension Excellent Award for her community-based, health promotion work featuring effective youth/adult partnerships. Having been awarded a contract in 2014 from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Family Health, she completed Kansas’ first adolescent health needs assessment for submission with the state’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Plan. The results of that assessment have led to two U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA)―Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration supported community assessment and prevention projects to index behavioral health needs. Johannes now serves on Kansas' Maternal and Child Health Council for the Department of Health and Environment. She currently serves on the national Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Extension Community on Planning/USDA Health Initiative.

As a member of KSU Research and Extension faculty, Johannes focuses on adolescent health and development, risk reduction for unique populations of youth (such as rural or frontier or impoverished populations) and collective impact evaluation.  Johannes has experience in conducting applied research projects that promote “youth voice” (youth engagement), social connection and hardiness among families and adolescents in poverty.

Johannes’ competitive grant portfolio includes being a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI of external funded projects totaling $5,439,264. Two five-year USDA Children, Youth, and Families at Risk grants for $2.5 million aimed to prevent problem behaviors often associated with adolescence and to promote positive development and life-skills among youth through the development of after-school program and collaboration networks.

Johannes also directs U.S. Department of Defense-funded projects to establish state-wide and community networks that build resilience among military youth and their families. She has been awarded funds to begin the first Health Extender program in Kansas in partnership with The University of Kansas Medical Center and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

She directs the Youth Development graduate program in FSHS at KSU, and she teaches graduate courses in adolescent health, adolescents and their families, and youth program management/administration. She has been appointed assessment coordinator for the multi-state Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance within which six universities jointly offer the Youth Development graduate program


Ph.D. in Life Span Human Development, Kansas State University, 2003
M.S. in Adult and Community Counseling and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Kansas State University, 1982
B.S. in Psychology, emphasis in psychometrics, Kansas State University,1979