Lee Johnson III is a graduate student in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science. Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Lee has always had a unique love for learning. Lee graduated from Shelton State Community College, receiving his Associate of Science Degree in Music Education in August of 2010. Lee began his studies at The University of Alabama shortly thereafter in the fall of 2010. Lee studied Music Therapy for two years and began to develop a passion for Early Childhood Education. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education in December 2014.
Within 3 years of working with children at Arts ‘N Autism and utilizing music as a form of therapy, Lee decided to further explore the connection between music and health. After admission to the online Masters of Health Studies program, Lee enrolled in an independent study experience under the supervision of Dr. David Birch, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Science. The independent study experience took place at Vogel Alcove School in Dallas, Texas, a pre-school for homeless children. Combining his passion, experience, and education, Lee explored the effects of music on self-regulation and social and emotional health among infant, toddler, and preschool-age children dealing with homelessness. Lee based his work on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). This model was the focus of a book co-edited by Dr. Birch. Upon completion of the 6-week experience, Lee received a national endorsement as an IMH-E® (I) or Level I Infant and Family Associate by the Texas Association of Infant Mental Health (now known as First3Years). Lee will receive his Masters of Arts Degree in Health Studies from The University of Alabama in May 2016.
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