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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 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:

  • 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

  • Rew, L., Johnson, K.E., & Young, C.Y. (in press). A systematic review of interventions to reduce stress in adolescence. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
  • Johnson, K.E. & McRee, A.L. (in press). Health-risk behaviors among high school athletes and preventive services provided during sports physicals. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
  • Johnson, K.E., Eisenberg, M.E., Bearinger, L.H., Fulkerson, J.A., Sieving, R.E. (in press). Keeping score: Relationships between sports team participation and health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students. American Journal of Health Education.
  • Rew, L.,  Arheart, K., Johnson, K.E., Spoden, M. (in press). Changes in ethnic identity and competence in middle adolescents. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.
  • 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.

Published Abstracts

  • 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].

Presentations

  • 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

  • Johnson, K.E. (PI) and McRee, A.L. (Co-I). A qualitative exploration of addressing health-risk behaviors during sports physicals. Funded by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 07/2014-07/2015. Role: 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.