Karen Johnson, PhD, RN, FSAHM is an Assistant Professor, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Alumna (2014 cohort), and a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She joined the UT School of Nursing in 2012 as an Assistant Professor in Public Health Nursing after completing her PhD in Nursing and a four year pre-doctoral fellowship in adolescent health at the University of Minnesota. She is an adolescent health and public health nursing researcher with foci on:
- The social determinants of health
- Health and social disparities experienced by youth from historically marginalized groups
- Health in alternative high schools that serve students at-risk for school dropout, including:
- Establishing public health surveillance systems for alternative high schools in order to track health-risk behaviors and mental health, risk and protective factors, school health policies, and disparities between alternative and traditional high school settings
- The role of school nurses in promoting health and addressing health-risk behaviors
- The role of sport and physical activity in promoting resilience and positive youth development and preventing health-risk behaviors through sport and physical activity
- Surveillance and secondary analyses of large epidemiological data sets that track health-risk behaviors and risk/protective factors among adolescents (e.g., Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Minnesota Student Survey)
- Addressing health-risk behaviors and mental health during sports physicals, particularly for youth from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.
Johnson received her Ph.D. in Nursing, Public Health Nursing/Adolescent Health emphasis (minor in Epidemiology) from the University of Minnesota. She earned a BS in Nursing from the University of Colorado Denver and a BA in Sociology (minor in Political Science) from Colorado State University.
- Johnson, K.E., Salas-Wright, C.P., Córdova, D., *Ugalde, J., *Todic, J., *Mendoza Lua, F. (in press). The acceptability of biobehavioral research with Latino youth in the United States. Journal of Adolescent Research.
- Simonton, A.J., Young, C.Y., Johnson, K.E. (in press). Physical activity interventions to decrease substance use in youth: A review of the literature. Substance Use and Misuse.
- *Perry, E.L., Carter, P.A., Becker, H.A., Garcia, A.A., Mackert, M., & Johnson, K.E. (2017). Health literacy in adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 36, 191-196. doi 10.1016/j.pedn.2017.05.012
- Johnson, K.E., Goyal, M., *Simonton, A.J., *Richardson, R., *Morris, M., & Rew, L. (2017). Methods matter: tracking health disparities in alternative high schools. Public Health Nursing, 34(3), 303-311. doi: 10.1111/phn.12314
- Monsen, K.A., *Swenson, S.M., Klotzbach, L., Mathiason, M.A., & Johnson, K.E. (2017). Empirical evaluation of change in public health nursing interventions after implementation of an evidence-based family home visiting guideline. Kontakt, 19(2), e75-e85. doi 10.1016/j.kontakt.2017.03.002
- Johnson, K.E., Morris, M.*, Rew, L., & Simonton, A.J.* (2016). A systematic review of consent procedures, participation rates, and main findings of health-related research in alternative high schools from 2010-2015. Journal of School Nursing. doi 10.1177/1059840515620841.
- Johnson, K.E., Guillet, N., Murphy, L., Horton, S.E.B.*, & Todd, A.T. (2015). “If only we could have them walk a mile in their shoes”: A community-based poverty simulation exercise for BSN students. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(9 Suppl), S116-S119. doi 10.3928/01484834-20150814-22.
- Rew, L., Arheart, K., Johnson, K.E., Spoden, M. (2015). Changes in ethnic identity and competence in middle adolescents. Journal of Transcultural Nursing,28(3), 227-233. doi: 10.1177/1043659614524250.
- Johnson, K.E., Bearinger, L.H., Eisenberg, M.E., Fulkerson, J.A., Sieving, R.E., Lando-King, E.A. (2014). Studying the playbook: Which pathways mediate relationships between sports team participation and health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students? Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 217-224. doi 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.05.025.
- Rew, L., Johnson, K.E., & Young, C.Y. (2014). A systematic review of interventions to reduce stress in adolescence. Issues in Mental Health Nursing,35, 851-863. doi 10.3109/01612840.2014.924044.
- Johnson, K.E. & McRee, A.L. (2014). Health-risk behaviors among high school athletes and preventive services provided during sports physicals. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. doi 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.05.007.
- Johnson, K.E., Eisenberg, M.E., Bearinger, L.H., Fulkerson, J.A., Sieving, R.E. (2014). Relationships between sports team participation and health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students. American Journal of Health Education, 45, 158-165. doi 10.1080/19325037.2014.893852.
- Rew, L., Arheart, K., Thompson, S.J., & Johnson, K.E. (2013). Predictors of adolescents’ health-promoting behaviors guided by Primary Socialization Theory. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 18(4), 277-288.doi 10.1111/jspn.12036.
- Johnson, K.E., McMorris, B.J., Raynor, L.A., & Monsen, K.A., (2013). What big size you have! Using effect sizes to determine the impact of public health nursing interventions. Applied Clinical Informatics, 3(4), 434-444.
- Johnson, K.E., McMorris, B.J, Kubik, M.Y. (2013). Comparison of health-risk behaviors among alternative high school and regular high school students in Minnesota. Journal of School Nursing, 29(5), 343-352. doi 10.1177/1059840512469409.
- Johnson, K.E., Taliaferro, L.A. (2012). Health behaviors of students attending alternative high schools: A review of the research literature. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17(2), 79-97.
- Johnson, K.E., Taliaferro, L.A. (2011). Relationships between physical activity and depressive symptoms among middle and older adolescents: A review of the research literature. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16(4), 235-251.
- Johnson, K.E., Kubik, M.Y., McMorris, B.J. (2011). Prevalence and social-environmental correlates of sports team participation among alternative high school students. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, (8)5, 606-612.
- Taliaferro L.A., Eisenberg M.E., Johnson K.E., Nelson, T.F. & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2011). Sport participation during adolescence and suicide ideation and attempts. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 23(1), 3-10.
Invited Manuscripts and Book Chapters
- Johnson, K.E. & Jackson, C. (2016). Considerations for promoting healthy development and extracurricular activity involvement among adolescents with disabilities. Paper for the Center of Excellence for Long-Term Care, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.
- Horner, S.D., Young, C.Y., Johnson, K.E. (in press). Working with community agencies. Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist.
- Johnson, K.E., Sales, A., Rew, L., & Crosnoe, R. (2018). Patterns of substance use and associated health-risk behaviors in Texas alternative high school students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62(2S), S114.
- Rew, L, Johnson, K.E., Banner, M., & Brown, A. (2018). An intervention for homeless youths: Who stays and who strays? Journal of Adolescent Health, 62 (2S), S119.
- Johnson, K.E., & Rolin, D. G. (2017). Depressive Symptoms Among Students in Texas Alternative High Schools: Prevalence, Correlates, & School Policies. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2(60), S94.
- Johnson, K.E., McRee, A. L., & Morris, M. (2017). Addressing Health-Risk Behaviors During Sports Physicals: Perspectives of Primary Care Providers. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2(60), S59.
- Johnson, K.E., Haussler Garing, J., Oliphant, J.A., & Roberts, D.K. (2016). Promoting positive youth development through sport: Continuing education opportunities for coaches and future directions for health promotion of athletes. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(Suppl)2, S86-S87.
- Rew, L. & Johnson, K.E. (2016). Predictors of health behaviors among rural adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(Suppl)2, S46.
- Brown, R.A., Johnson, K.E., Bloom, E.L., Meltzer, S., Matsko, S.V., Minami, H., Hecht, J.P., Richardson, R. (2016). A Facebook group to support healthy choices involving substance use following a high school motivational speaker: Results from a mixed methods pilot study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(Suppl)2, S86-S87.
- Johnson, K.E. & Bruening, M. (2015). Community-based and school-based extracurricular activities among adolescents experiencing food insecurity: associations with health-risk behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(Suppl1)(2), S103-S104.
- Bruening, M. & Johnson, K.E. (2015). Social support mediates the relationship between food insecurity and weight status among adolescents in New Mexico. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(Suppl1)(2), S101-S102. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.10.202.
- Johnson, K.E. & McCree, A.L. (2014). Education and guidance about health risk behaviors during sports physicals—what do adolescent athletes need, and what do health care providers discuss? Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(Suppl1)(2), S71.
- Johnson, K.E., Xie, B., Karadkar, U.P., Stults-Kolehmainen, M., Rew, L. (2014). Social media use and physical activity: Search for opportunities to connect adolescents and older adults for health promotion. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(Suppl1)(2), S71-S72.
- Johnson, K.E. Sieving, R.E., Bearinger, L. H., Lando-King, E .A., Fulkerson, J.A., & Eisenberg, M. E. (2013). Studying the playbook: Mediating variables in relationships between sports team participation and health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(Suppl. 1)(2), S77-S78 [published abstract].