Dr. Johnson received her BSN from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in 1996 and a MSN in 2001 from the Capstone College of Nursing. In 2013, Dr. Johnson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama/University of Alabama at Birmingham in Health Education and Health Promotion. Dr. Johnson began her nursing career as a staff nurse at UAB Hospital in Birmingham in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In addition to critical care nursing, Dr. Johnson has extensive experience in clinical research conducting trials in the areas of hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, depression, bipolar disease, and post-operative pain management. She received certification as a certified clinical research coordinator in 2003. Most recently, Dr. Johnson’s clinical focus has been in community and public health nursing.
Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of the Capstone College of Nursing in 2005 and has taught in various undergraduate courses including Human Pathophysiology, Adult Health Nursing, Concepts of Nursing Practice and Evidence Based Practice. Presently she teaches Community Health Nursing in the undergraduate program and Population Health in the graduate program.
Dr. Johnson received the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award from the Capstone College of Nursing in 2015 and the Outstanding Scholarship Award in 2016. Dr. Johnson is a faculty senator and served on the University Provost Search Committee in 2016. Dr. Johnson serves as the Treasurer for Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter and as a Member Director for the Alabama League of Nurses. Dr. Johnson also is the faculty advisor for the Eventing team and the CCN Research Society at the University of Alabama.
Dr. Johnson conducts Community Based Participatory Research with a focus on health promotion and wellness across the lifespan. She has published in the areas of childhood obesity, cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome and innovative teaching strategies.