DC ProjectConnect

Avon Hart-Johnson, PhD is the president and co-founder of DC Project Connect, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide crisis support, advocacy, and psychoeducational services for families affected by mass incarceration.


She is veteran Congressional Black Caucus panelist, an international keynote speaker, and international keynote and workshop presenter. Her subject matter expertise is mass incarceration and her groundbreaking research, Symbolic Imprisonment, Grief, and Coping, SIG-C®, Theory helps to explains the psychological and social trauma of a loved one’s incarceration. 


Dr. Hart-Johnson chairs the Prisoner Family Conference’s International Advocacy in Action Coalition whose mission is to humanize the prison family and ameliorate the adverse impacts of mass incarceration. She is on the Board of Directors at Washington, D.C.’s only halfway house for women, where she designed a mentoring curriculum that produced a success rate of 100% graduation rate with no recidivism.


She is a peer reviewer for academic journals, a researcher, author of journal articles and books on mass incarceration and an advocate for social justice issues. Dr. Hart-Johnson is a professor at University of Maryland University College and Walden University. She holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Management, a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, and a PhD in Human Services.   

​To request Dr. Hart-Johnson as a Keynote speaker, contact her through dcprojectconnect@gmail.com her administrators will respond within 24 hours.