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Elaine Johannes

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Associate Professor

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Departments & Academic Units:
Contact Info:
343M Justin Hall
(785) 532-7720
Courses I Teach:
  • Administration and Program Management
  • Adolescents and Their Families
  • Foundations of Youth Development
  • Problems in Youth Development
  • Grant Development and Management
  • Improving the Health of Adolescents
  • Army Family: from Challenge to Resilience
Areas of Specialization:
  • Youth development
  • Promotion of healthy lifestyles and community capacity-building
  • Reduction of risk of obesity among Kansas teens
  • Prevention of youth-related problem behaviors (e.g., substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout, delinquency, and violence)
  • Unique social and mental health needs of youth whose parents are deployed through the National Guard or Reserves.
  • B.S. in Psychology, Kansas State University (1979)
  • M.S. in Adult and Community Counseling, Kansas State University (1982)
  • Ph.D. in Life Span Human Development, Kansas State University (2003)

Short Biography

Elaine Johannes is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Youth Development in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. Johannes has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Masters degree in Adult and Community Counseling and a doctorate in Lifespan Human Development from the School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University.

As a member of K-State Research and Extension faculty, Johannes focuses on youth development, healthy lifestyles and community capacity-building. She also supports evidence-based programming for 4-H Youth Development. In addition to teaching courses for Great Plains-IDEA, Elaine manages grant-funded projects that promote health through youth/adult partnerships, as well as building the capacity of rural communities to embrace and encourage “youth voice”. In 2010, Elaine won the College of Human Ecology’s Faculty Extension Excellent Award for her community-based, health promotion work featuring effective youth/adult partnerships. Other projects include grant funded projects addressing the unique needs of military-connected youth and those professionals who provide military families and service members social services during times of deployment.

Elaine has directed two five-year USDA/CYFAR grants for a total of $2.5 million to prevent risk behaviors among youth and to promote adolescent health. She has also directed Extension’s Rural Mental Health Project, Kansas Emergency Flood Recovery Assistance Center, and three Disaster Crisis Counseling Projects.

Prior to joining Extension in 1991, Johannes provided community-based services to older adults and their families in 18 counties as Director of Community Services for the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging. In that capacity she also established a rural housing authority and a housing rehabilitation function for the agency.

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College of Human Ecology
Kansas State University
119 Justin Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
+1 (785) 532-5500

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