Johnnetta Davis-Joyce is the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Through this position, she provides national leadership in the development of policies, programs, and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use; and promotes effective substance abuse prevention practices that enable states, communities, and other organizations to apply prevention knowledge effectively.
Ms. Davis-Joyce has 25 years of experience in the public health field. Before joining federal service, Ms. Davis-Joyce was the Senior Director for Research and Evaluation at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. In this role, she created and implemented a strategy to increase capacity to support evaluation and research for health departments across the nation by establishing partnerships with colleges and universities. Previous to that position, Ms. Davis-Joyce served as the Director of Health Programs at Econometrica. Ms. Davis-Joyce also served as Center Director of Public Health Improvement and Innovation at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. In that capacity, she provided strategic leadership for the Center by overseeing a diverse staff of over 200 employees, consultants, and volunteers to implement policies, practices and training to prevent underage drinking. Ms. Davis-Joyce was also the Deputy Director, Office of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse at the American Medical Association.
An accomplished manager, professor, public speaker, and conference facilitator, Ms. Davis-Joyce has worked with youth, policy makers, law enforcement, parents, universities, medical and judicial communities, and business owners on substance use prevention efforts. She has specialized in training and program implementation, translating research to practice, quality assurance, and developing quality measures.
Ms. Davis-Joyce has served as a Board Member for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation and has held various leadership positions with the American Public Health Association.