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Karen E. Johnson, PhD, RN | Assistant Professor

Email Karen E. Johnson

Phone: 512 471-7971

Office: NUR 4.143
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Research Interests

Dr. Johnson is an assistant professor and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. She joined the 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:

  • Establishing a statewide public health surveillance system for alternative high schools in Texas
  • 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 at-risk for school dropout (e.g., Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Minnesota Student Survey)
  • Developing intergenerational interventions that link students at-risk for school dropout with community-dwelling older adults.

Education

  • PhD (2012) – Nursing, Public Health Nursing/Adolescent Health emphasis (minor in Epidemiology), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow (2008-2012) – Adolescent Health, Center for Adolescent Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • BS (2007) – Nursing, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
  • BA (2005) – Sociology (minor in Political Science), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • American Public Health Association
  • Western Institute of Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
  • Texas Public Health Association

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • 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.
  • Radhakrishnan, K., Martin, K., Johnson, K.E., Garcia, A. (2016). Effective teaching-learning strategies for the Omaha System. Home Health Care Now, 34(2), 86-92. doi 10.1097/NHH. 0000000000000335.
  • 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.
  • Morrison-Sandberg, L., Kubik, M.Y. Johnson, K.E. (2011). Obesity prevention practices of elementary school nurses in Minnesota: Findings from interviews. Journal of School Nursing, 27(1), 13-21.
  • Johnson, J.E. & Johnson, K.E., (2006). Ambiguous chronic illness in women: A community health nursing concern. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 23(3), 159-167.

Book Chapters

  • 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.

Published Abstracts

Presentations

  • Johnson, K.E., Goyal, M., Morris, M., & Rew, L. (2016). School nurses’ involvement in Texas alternative schools. Podium presentation, Western Institute of Nursing, Anaheim, CA.
  • Johnson, K.E., Morris, M., McRee, A.L., & Simonton, A.J. (2016). School nurses’ role in addressing health-risk behaviors during sports physicals. Poster presentation, Western Institute of Nursing, Anaheim, CA.
  • Rew, L. & Johnson, K.E. (2016). Predictors of health behaviors among rural adolescents. Poster presentation, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Washington DC. 
  • 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. Poster presentation, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Washington DC.
  • 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. Poster presentation, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Washington DC.
  • Xie, B., Zhou, L., Yoder, L., Johnson, K., Garcia, A., Kim, M., & Gao, J. (2016). Ebola-related information obtained by older versus younger health professionals. To be presented at the Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 16-20, 2016.
  • Perry, E.L., Carter, P., Becker, H., Garcia, A. Mackert, M., Johnson, K.E., Buchanan, G.R. (upcoming, May 2016). Health literacy in adolescents with sickle cell disease. The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Xie, B., Zhou, L., Yoder, L., Johnson, K. E., Kim, M., & Garcia, A. (2015). Ebola-related information wanted and obtained by healthcare providers. To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, Arlington, VA.
  • Swenson, S., Monsen, K.A., Johnson, K.E. (2015). Empirical Evaluation of a Standardized, Evidence-based Care Plan for Public Health Nurse Family Home Visiting. American Public Health Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Johnson, K.E.,, Guillet, N., Murphy, L., Horton, S.E.B., & Todd, A. (2015). In Their Shoes: A community-based poverty simulation exercise. Podium presentation, Western Institute of Nursing, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Johnson, K.E. & Bruening, M. (2015). Community-based and school- based extracurricular activities among adolescents experiencing food insecurity: associations with health-risk behaviors. Poster presentation, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Bruening, M. & Johnson, K.E. (2015). Social support mediates the relationship between food insecurity and weight status among adolescents in New Mexico. Poster presentation, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Johnson, K.E., Eisenberg, M.E., Bearinger, L.H., Fulkerson, J.A., & Sieving, R.E. (2014). Health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students who play sports. Poster presentation, Western Institute of Nursing, Seattle, WA.
  • 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? Oral presentation at the Pre-participation Evaluation of the Adolescent Athlete Workshop, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Austin, TX.
  • 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? Poster presentation, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Austin, TX.
  • 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. Poster presentation, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Austin, TX.
  • Johnson, K.E. (February, 2014). Health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students from 2001-2010. Poster presentation, Southern Nursing Research Society, San Antonio, TX.
  • Johnson, K.E., McMorris, B.J., & Monsen, K.A. (April 2013). Using effect sizes to determine impact of public health nursing interventions. Poster presentation, Western Institute of Nursing, Anaheim, CA.
  • Johnson, K.E., Sieving, R.E., Bearinger, L.H., Lando-King, E.A., Fulkerson, J.A., & Eisenberg, M.E.. (March 2013). Studying the playbook: Mediating variable in relationships between sports team participation and health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students. Poster (general session) and podium presentation (Nursing SIG), Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Atlanta, GA.
  • Johnson, K.E., Monsen, K.A. (October, 2012). Evaluation of evidence-based practice for
    adolescent mothers in public health nursing home visiting care. Podium presentation, American  Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Monsen, K.A., Areba, E.M., Radosevich, D.M., Brandt, J.K., Lytton, A.B., Kerr, M.J., Johnson, K.E., Farri, O., & Martin, K.S. (June, 2012). Evaluating effects of public health nurse home visiting on health literacy for immigrants and refugees using standardized nursing terminology data. Poster presentation, 11th Annual Congress on Nursing Informatics, Montreal, Canada.
  • Johnson, K.E., Kubik, M.Y., McMorris, B.J. (June, 2010). Overweight/obesity and dietary and physical activity practices among regular and alternative high school students in Minnesota. Podium presentation, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Johnson, K.E., McMorris, B.J., Kubik, M.Y. (April, 2010). Sexual-risk behaviors among alternative high school students in Minnesota. Podium presentation. Western Institute of Nursing, Glendale, AZ.
  • Morrison-Sandberg, L., Johnson, K.E., Kubik, M.Y. (April, 2010). Obesity prevention practices of elementary school nurses in Minnesota: Findings from interviews. Poster presentation, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Kansas City, MO.
  • Johnson, K.E., Kubik, M.Y., McMorris, B.J. (November, 2009). Prevalence and social-environmental correlates of sports team participation among alternative high school students. Podium presentation, American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Johnson, J.E. & Johnson, K.E., (April, 2006). Deconstructing Ambiguous Chronic Illness in Women: Nursing Implications. Podium presentation, Western Institute of Nursing, Albuquerque, NM. 

Principal Investigator

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Salas-Wright, C. (Co-PI) & Johnson, K.E. (Co-PI). Examining Hispanic adolescent alcohol use and health-risk behavior: The feasibility of a biobehavioral approach. Funded by St. David’s Center for Health Promotion Research in Underserved Populations, 01/2014-01/2015. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

Co-Investigator

  • Rew, L. (PI). A Possible Selves Intervention to Promote Healthy Behaviors in Homeless Youth. Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, [R01 HD083576-01A1], 04/01/2016-03/31/2020. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Xie & Zhou (PIs). RAPID: Collaborative Research: Ebola-related Information Obtained by Healthcare Providers: Effects of Formal and Informal Communication Channels and Organizational Structure. Funded by the National Science Foundation, 12/2014-12/2015. Role: Co-Investigator.