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Regina Jones Johnson, Dr. PH, M.S.N, RN | Associate Professor

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Phone: 512 475-6351
Fax: 512 475-9179

Office: NUR 4.156
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Family & Public Health Nursing and Nursing Systems. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Johnson had 20 years of experience as a staff nurse in the areas of critical care and trauma.  In addition, she was a Renal Transplant Coordinator and a Rheumatology Coordinator. Dr. Johnson's research interests include childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault, violence against women and children, drug use, substance abuse, determinants of health behaviors, ethical and legal issues in health care and nursing, international and family health and sexual risk behaviors.

Dr. Regina Johnson has authored or co-authored numerous publications within the past 23 years. Her publications have primarily focused on childhood sexual abuse among males, and homeless adolescents. In addition, she has published refereed articles on drug use among adult and juvenile arrestees, comparing drug use between welfare receiving arrestees and non-welfare-receiving arrestees, and cocaine use and syphilis trends.

Dr. Johnson is known for her expertise in public health. She has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate level courses in community/public health. Her courses have a strong focus on population health, program development, implementation, evaluation and policy.

Program Grant Consultant

  • 2010-2011: Noël Bridget Busch, Principal Investigator, The Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Program Evaluation: Non-Report Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Program, $50,000. Consultant, Regina Jones Johnson, Dr. PH, M.S.N., R.N.

Research Grants Funded

Minority Investigator

  • 2003-2005: Minority Supplement, Sexual Health Practices of Homeless Adolescents (Long term minority supplement) - # 3 RO1 NRO4820-05S1, funded by National Institute of Nursing Research and National Institutes of Health (NINR/NIH). $263,453. Principal Investigator, Lynn Rew, parent grants 1-R01-NR04820-03 and 2-R01-NR04820-04.


  • 2007-2009: Co-Investigator, Noël Bridget Busch, Principal Investigator, The Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, award from the Texas Legislature based on passage of House Bill 1751 (80th legislative session), $125,000 for prevention of sexual assault research.
  • 2007-2008: Investigator, Noël Bridget Busch, Principal Investigator, Johnson, R.J., Co-Investigator, The Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault project, funded by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Population Research Center, Gender and Health Microgrant, Refining a methodology to study the prevalence and predictors of men’s sexual assault perpetration behaviors against women, $3,500, awarded March 2007.
  • 2005-2007: Co-Investigator, Dr. Noël Bridget Busch, Principal Investigator, The Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Project, Funded by Dr. George Kozmetsky RGK Foundation, $180,000.
  • 2001-2002: Co-Principal Investigator, Global Health Initiative Strategic Plan Awarded by the United Nations Association-USA, New York, NY.
  • 1994-1995: Co-Principal Investigator, Professional Nursing Incentive Grant Program for Student Retention. Awarded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin TX.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Peters, R., Johnson, R.J., Savage, C., Meshack, A., Espinoza, P. & Jefferson, T. (2010). Female and relationship devaluation among African and Latino-American youth: Is what’s normal really normal? Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 3(1), 13-24.
  • Soloman, A.B., Shelton, A.J., & Johnson, R.J. (2010). Dietary intake and body mass index in a multi-ethnic sample of adolescent girls. Texas Public Health Journal, 62 (3), 20-24.
  • Peters, R., J., Johnson, R.J., Meshack, A., & Savage, C.  (2010). Sexuality education issues and methodologies tailored towards African American inner city boys. American Journal of Sexuality Education.5(2), 116-127.
  • Horton, S., & Johnson, R.J. (2010). Improving access to health care for uninsured elderly patients.  Public Health Nursing. 27(4), 362-370.
  • Barroso, C. S., Peters, R. J., Johnson, R.J.J., Kelder, S.H., & Jefferson, T. (2010). Beliefs and perceived norms concerning body image among African-American and Latino teenagers. Journal of Health Psychology. 15(6), 858-870. DOI: 10.1177/1359105309358197, 1-13.
  • Johnson, R.J., Rew, L., Fredland, N., & Bowman, K. (2010). Sexual self-concept in sexually abused homeless adolescents. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 5(1), 44-51.
  • Amos C., Peters R., Williams L., Johnson R.J., Martin Q., & Yacoubian G. (2008). The link between recent sexual abuse among drug use among African American male college students: It's not just a female problem in and around campus. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 40(2), 161-166.
  • Johnson, R.J. (2008). Advances in understanding and treating childhood sexual abuse: Implications for research and policy. Family & Community Health, supplement to Vol 31, (1S), S24-S31.
  • Peters, R.J., & Johnson, R.J., Kelder, S., Meshack, A. F., & Jefferson, T. (2007). Beliefs and social norms about sidenafil citrate misuse and perceived consequences among Houstonian teenage males. American Journal of Men’s Health, 1(3), 208-212.
  • Taylor-Seehafer, M., Johnson, R.., Rew, L., Fouladi, R.T., Land, L., & Abel, E. (2007).  Attachment, and sexual health behaviors in homeless youth. Journal for Specialists in Pediatrics Nursing, 12(1), 37-48.
  • Johnson, R.J., Rew, L., & Sternglanz, R.W. (2006).  The relationship between childhood sexual abuse and sexual health practices of homeless adolescents. Adolescence, 41 (162), 221-234.   
  • Johnson, R.J., Rew, L., & Kouzekanani, K. (2006). Gender differences in victimized homeless adolescents. Adolescence, 41 (161), 39-53.
  • Carvajal, R. I., Ross, M.W., Byrd, T., Shelton, A., & Johnson, R. J. (2006).  HIV counseling and testing program for female inmates: Analysis of data from the Harris County Jail. Journal of Correctional Health, 11 (3), 271-287.
  • Johnson, R.J., Ross, M. W., Taylor, W. C., Williams, M. L., Carvajal, R. I. , & Peters, R. J. (2006). Prevalence of childhood sexual abuse among incarcerated males in county jail.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 30 (1), 75-86.
  • Ross, M.W., J. Risser, R.J. Peters, Jr., & R.J. Johnson (2006). Cocaine use and syphilis trends: Findings from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) Program and Syphilis Epidemiology in Houston, The American Journal on Addictions, 15, (6), 473-477.
  • Johnson, R.J., Ross, M. W., Taylor, W. C., Williams, M. L., Carvajal, R. I. , & Peters, R. J. (2005). A history of drug use and childhood sexual abuse among incarcerated males in a county jail.  Substance Use & Misuse, 40 (2), 211-229.
  • Martin, Q., Peters, R. J., Amos, C.E., Yacoubian, G.S., Johnson, R.J., Meshack, A., & Essien, E.J. (2005).  The relationship between sexual abuse and drug use:  A view of African-American college students in Texas.  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 4(1), 23-33.
  • Peters, R.J., Tortolero, S.R., Johnson, R.J., Yacoubian, G.S., Addy, R.C., Markham, C.M., Escobar-Chaves, S. L., & Lewis, H. (2005).  The relationship between future orientation and street drug use among Texas alternative school students.  The American Journal on Addictions, 14(5), 478-485.
  • Junious, D., Johnson, R.J., Peters, R., Markham, C., Kelder, S., & Yacoubian, G. (2004). A study of school nurse job satisfaction. Journal of School Nursing, 20(2), 88-93.
  • Rew, L., Johnson, R.J., Jenkins, S.K., & Torres, R. (2004).  Developing holistic nursing interventions to improve adolescent health.  Journal of Holistic Nursing, 22(4), 303-319.
  • Yacoubian, G.S. Jr, VanderWall, K.L., Johnson, R.J., Urbach, B.J., & Peters, R.J. Jr.(2003) Comparing the validity of self-reported recent drug use between adult and juvenile arrestees. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 35(2): 279-84.
  • Yacoubian, G. S., Urbach, B. J., Larsen, K.L., Johnson, R.J., & Peters, R.J. (2002). Exploring benzodiazepine use among Houston arrestees. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 34(4), 393-400.
  • Yacoubian, G., Peters, R., Urbach, B.J., & Johnson, R.J. (2002). Comparing drug use between welfare receiving arrestees and non-welfare-receiving arrestees.  Journal of Drug Education, 32(2), 139-47.
  • Yacoubian, G. S., Peters, R.J. & Johnson, R.J., (2002). Using ADAM data to identify intrajurisdictional drug use patterns. Offender Substance Abuse Report, 2(1), 1, 12-14.
  • Peters, R.J., Yacoubian, G., Baumler, E.R., Ross, M.W., & Johnson, R.J. (2002). Heroin use among southern arrestees: Regional findings from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 22(2), 50-60.
  • Johnson, R.J., Braumler, E. R., Yacoubian, G. S., Peters, R.J., Ross, M.W., & Urbach, B.J. (2001). A longitudinal analysis of drug use reporting among Houston arrestees. Journal of Drug Issues, 31(3), 757-766.
  • Yacoubian, G. S., Urbach, B. J., Larsen, K.L., Johnson, R.J., & Peters, R.J. (2000). A comparison of drug use between prostitutes and other female arrestees. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 46(2), 12-25.
  • Johnson, R.  (1993) Isolation controversy. The American Journal of Nursing, 93(5), p. 20.
  • Cush, J., Jasin, H., Johnson, R., & Lipsky, P. (1990). Relationship between clinical efficacy and laboratory correlates of inflammatory and immunologic activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 30, 623-633.

Refereed Manuscripts in Press

  • Peters, R. J., Kelder, S. H., Johnson, R.J., Prokhorov, A., Meshack, A., & Jefferson, T., Essien, E.J. (in press). Cigarette smoking topography among alternative school youth: Why African American youth smoke less but are at high long-term risk? Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
  • Busch-Armendariz, N.B., Johnson, R., Buel, S., & Lungwitz, J. (in press). Building community partnerships to end interpersonal violence: A collaboration of the Schools of Social Work, Law, and Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, The Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA). Violence Against Women.

Refereed Manuscripts in Review

  • Peters, R. J., Meshack, A., Amos, C., Johnson, R.J., Savage, C., & Mitchell, B. (in review). The relationship between hurricane IKE residency damage or destruction and intimate partner violence among African American male youth. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. (AJMH-2009-09-049)
  • Campbell, L., & Johnson, R.J. (in review) Mentally ill offenders experiences in a community-based supervised treatment program. Journal of Issues in Mental Health Nursing.

Abstracts in Proceedings

  • Taylor, M.A., Johnson, R.J., Rew, L., Fouladi, R.T., Land, L.N., & Abel, E. (2005).  An exploration of attachment and sexual health behaviors in homeless youth, Journal of Adolescent Health, 36(2), 142-3.
  • Rew, L., Taylor, M., Johnson, R.J., & Land, L. (2004). Perceived Health Status, Knowledge, and Sexual Health Beliefs of Homeless Adolescents. 17th Annual Pacific Nursing Research Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Johnson, R., & Lipsky, P. (1988) An arthritis patient education series in a county hospital clinic setting. Arthritis & Rheumatism (Supplement) 32:S156.

Book Chapters

  • Yacoubian, G., Peters, R., & Johnson, R. (2004).  Using ADAM data to identify intrajurisdictional drug use patterns.  In K. Knight and D. Farabee (Eds.), Treating Addicted Offenders. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.
  • Johnson, R. (1999). Oral rehydration therapy in Haiti: A practical, cost effective, life saving public health intervention to decrease infant and child mortality rates. In K. Fatemi & S. Nichols (Ed), Globalization in the 21st century, vol. 3 (pp. 1025-1036). Calexico, CA: International Trade and Finance Association.


  • Johnson, R.J. (2002). Childhood sexual victimization: Risk factor for drug use and sexual risk behaviors. Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas. UMI Number: 3146401, copyright 2005.

Masters Thesis

  • Johnson, R. (1995) Sensations experienced by hospitalized patients during endotracheal suctioning (Masters Thesis, The University of Texas at Arlington). Masters Abstracts International, Vol. 33-06, Page 1840, 00067 pages (Accession No AAI1375070), UMI Microform 137507, copyright 1995.