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Norah Johnson PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of College ofnursing

3965 South Camrose Ave
New Berlin, WI 53151
Fax: 414-288-1939

1980 - 1983 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - BSc
1983 - 1985 Humber College, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada - Dip
1992 - 1993 St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, IN - BSN, Nursing
1996 - 2001 Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI - M.S.N. - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
2004 - 2009 Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI - PhD. - Nursing

1992 - 1995 Instructor, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Lafayette, IN
2004 - 2005 Clinical Instructor, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
2005 - 2007 Research Assistant, Marquette University
2005 - 2007 Clinical Instructor, Marquette University
2010 - Present Assistant Professor, Marquette University
2010 - Present Assistant Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin

01/01/2014 - Present Pediatric Primary Care Option Coordinator, College of Nursing, Marquette University

Nurse Practitioner, Department of Medicine, Section of Pediatrics, Urgent Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, WI

Board Certified
Issue DateExpiration
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
1999 - Present Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society Induction.
2008 Lamplight Scholarship, Milwaukee District Nursing Organization Milwaukee WI
2008 Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award, , Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI.
2008 Paint the Country Purple Creativity Award., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
2009 PhD graduating class speaker., Marquette University
2011 - Present Greater Wisconsin Chapter Excellence in Nursing Research Award., Society of Pediatric Nurses
2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award Family Research Section., Midwest Nursing Research Society
2013 Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award. , Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI.
01/06/2014 Semi Finalist Nurse Faculty Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2014 Early Investigator Award Family Research Section., Midwest Nursing Research Society
2015 - Present Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

International Society of Nursing and Genomics
(Sigma Theta Tau International)
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
Midwest Nursing Research Society

Journal Review
2010 - Present Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
2011 - Present Infant Mental Health
2012 - Present Research in Developmental Disabilities
2012 - Present Special Care in Dentistry
2012 - Present Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders
2013 - Present Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program at the Center for Scientific Review
2013 - Present Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
2013 - Present Journal of Pediatric Nursing
2013 - Present Quality of Life Research

2015 - 2018 Liaison to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Pratitioners, Psychosocial Aspects of Family Health, American Academy of Pediatrics

Peer Review
Understanding Relationships of HRQL for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation / Pfizer Community Innovations
Principal Investigator
2007 - 2009
Direct Funds:
Effects of Positive Cognitions and Resourcefulness on Autism Spectrum Disorder Caregiver's Burden
American Psychiatric Nurse Association
Co Investigator
2011 - 2012
Direct Funds:
Effect of a social script iPAD application for children with autism spectrum disorder undergoing medical imaging procedures.
Principal Investigator
2011 - 2014
Direct Funds:
Validation of a Behavior Observation tool for children with ASD in the Hospital Setting (ASD/HCS),
Sigma Theta Tau Delta Gamma at Large, $3000.
Principal Investigator
2012 - 2013
Direct Funds:

Refereed Journal Publications/Original Papers
1. Schaefer-Campion, C. & Johnson, N. Fostering Mobility in a child with Rett Syndrome: A Case Study. In press, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics.
2. Johnson, N., Bekhet, A., Robinson, K. & Rodriguez, D. (2013). Attributed Meanings and Strategies to Prevent Challenging Behaviors of Hospitalized Children with Autism: Two Perspectives. In press Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
3. Johnson, N., Giarelli, E., Lewis, C. & Rice, C. (2013). Genomics and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Special Issue of Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 45(1), 69-78. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01483.x. (Requested Peer-Reviewed Evidence Review)
4. Johnson, N., & Rodriguez, D. (2013). Children with autism spectrum disorder at a pediatric hospital: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Pediatric Nursing, 39(3), 131-141.
5. Johnson, N. & Simpson, P. (2013). Lack of father involvement in research on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Maternal parenting stress and family functioning. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34(4), 220-228 doi:10.3109/01612840.2012.745177
6. Bekhet, A., Johnson, N. & Zauszniewski, J. (2012). Effects on resilience of caregivers of persons with autism spectrum disorder: The role of positive cognitions. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 18(6), 337 - 344. DOI 10.1177/1078390312467056.
7. Bekhet, A., Johnson, N. & Zauszniewski, J. (2012). Resilience indicators of caregivers of persons with autism: A review of the literature. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33, 650-656.
8. Drake, J., Johnson, N., Stonek, V., Martinez, D. & Massey, M. (2012). Evaluation of a Coping kit of items to support children with developmental disorders in the hospital setting. Pediatric Nursing, 38(4), 215-221.
9. Johnson, N., Lashley, J., Stonek, V., & Bonjour, A. (2012). Behavioral Challenges Staff Education at a Pediatric Hospital. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27(6), 742-749.
10. Johnson, N., Frenn, M., Feetham, S., & Simpson, P. (2011). Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parenting stress, familiy functioning and health related quality of life. Family, Systems, & Health, 29(3), 232-252.
11. Johnson, N., Klingbeil, C., Melzer-Lange, M., Humphreys, C., Scanlon, M. & Simpson, P. (2009). Intimate Partner Violence: Evaluation of a Curriculum for Screening Parents of Children at a Pediatric Hospital. Pediatrics, 123(2), 562-568.
12. Klingbeil, C., Johnson, N., Totka, L., & Doyle, L. (2009). When not to go on-line: How to choose the appropriate educational strategy for nurses. Journal of Nursing Staff Development, 25(6), 287-291.
13. Weiss, M., Johnson, N., Malin, S., Jerofke, T., Sherburne, E., & Lang, C. (2008). Readiness for Discharge for Parents of Hospitalized Children: Predictors and Outcomes. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 23(4), 262-285.
14. Johnson, N., Campbell, K & Haglund, K. (2012). Marquette Neighborhood Health Center and Marquette University: An Academic Practice Linkage for Sustainable, Accessible, High Quality Primary Care. Advance for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants on line November
15. Johnson N, Van Hecke A. Increasing Autism Awareness in Inner-City Churches: A Brief Report. J Pediatr Nurs. 2015;30(6):e63-9.
16. Johnson N, Bree O, Lalley EE, Rettler K, Grande P, Gani MO, Ahamed SI. Effect of a social script iPad application for children with autism going to imaging. J Pediatr Nurs. 2014;29(6):651-9.
17. Schaefer-Campion C, Johnson NL. Fostering Ambulation for a Preschool Child with Rett Syndrome: A Case Report. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2015;35(4):354-64.
18. Johnson N, Frenn M, Feetham S, Simpson P. Autism spectrum disorder: parenting stress, family functioning and health-related quality of life. Fam Syst Health. 2011 Sep;29(3):232-252.
19. Klingbeil CG, Johnson NL, Totka JP, Doyle L. How to select the correct education strategy: when not to go online. J Nurses Staff Dev. 2009;25(6):287-91.
20. Johnson NL, Klingbeil C, Melzer-Lange M, Humphreys C, Scanlon MC, Simpson P. Evaluation of an intimate partner violence curriculum in a pediatric hospital. Pediatrics. 2009 Feb;123(2):562-8.
21. Weiss M, Johnson NL, Malin S, Jerofke T, Lang C, Sherburne E. Readiness for discharge in parents of hospitalized children. J Pediatr Nurs. 2008 Aug;23(4):282-95.
22. DeBusk K, Johnson N, Evans C, Sandler A, Ramalingam SS, Campbell A. Development Of A Patient-Reported Outcome (Pro) Assessment Of Core Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (Nsclc) Symptoms. Value Health. 2015 Nov;18(7):A471.
23. Johnson NL, Burkett K, Reinhold J, Bultas MW. Translating Research to Practice for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Part I: Definition, Associated Behaviors, Prevalence, Diagnostic Process, and Interventions. J Pediatr Health Care. 2016;30(1):15-26.
24. Bultas MW, Johnson NL, Burkett K, Reinhold J. Translating Research to Practice for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Part 2: Behavior Management in Home and Health Care Settings. J Pediatr Health Care. 2016;30(1):27-37.
25. Lerret SM, Haglund KA, Johnson NL. Parents' Perspectives on Shared Decision Making for Children With Solid Organ Transplants. J Pediatr Health Care. 2016;30(4):374-80.
26. Lerret SM, Johnson NL, Haglund KA. Parents' perspectives on caring for children after solid organ transplant. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2017 Jul;22(3).
27. Sawin KJ, Weiss ME, Johnson N, Gralton K, Malin S, Klingbeil C, Lerret SM, Thompson JJ, Zimmanck K, Kaul M, Schiffman RF. Development of a Self-Management Theory-Guided Discharge Intervention for Parents of Hospitalized Children. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2017 Mar;49(2):202-213.
28. Weiss ME, Sawin KJ, Gralton K, Johnson N, Klingbeil C, Lerret S, Malin S, Yakusheva O, Schiffman R. Discharge Teaching, Readiness for Discharge, and Post-discharge Outcomes in Parents of Hospitalized Children. J Pediatr Nurs. 2017;34:58-64.
29. Klingbeil C, Schiffman RF, Ziebert C, Totka JP, Schmitt CA, Doyle L, Stelter A, Stonek AV, Ke W, Johnson N. Transition of Experienced and New Graduate Nurses to a Pediatric Hospital. J Nurses Prof Dev. 2016;32(4):198-204.
30. Polfuss M, Johnson N, Bonis SA, Hovis SL, Apollon F, Sawin KJ. Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Child's Weight-Related Behaviors: A Parents' Perspective. J Pediatr Nurs. 2016;31(6):598-607.
31. Schonfeld DJ, Demaria T, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ADVISORY COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crises. Pediatrics. 2015 Oct;136(4):e1120-30.
32. Johnson NL, Lerret S, Klingbeil CG, Polfuss M, Gibson C, Gralton K, Garnier-Villarreal M, Ahamed SI, Riddhiman A, Unteutsch R, Pawela L, White-Traut R, Sawin K, Weiss M. Engaging Parents in Education for Discharge (ePED): Evaluating the Reach, Adoption & Implementation of an Innovative Discharge Teaching Method. J Pediatr Nurs. 2020;54:42-49.
33. King AL, Garnier-Villarreal M, Simanek AM, Johnson NL. Testing allostatic load factor structures among adolescents: A structural equation modeling approach. Am J Hum Biol. 2019 Jul;31(4):e23242.
34. Cleek EA, Johnson NL, Sheets LK. Interdisciplinary collaboration needed in obtaining high-quality medical information in child abuse investigations. Child Abuse Negl. 2019 Jun;92:167-178. PMCID: PMC6513678
35. Lerret SM, Johnson NL, Polfuss M, Weiss M, Gralton K, Klingbeil CG, Gibson C, Garnier-Villarreal M, Ahamed SI, Adib R, Unteutsch R, Pawela L, White-Traut R, Sawin K. Using the Engaging Parents in Education for Discharge (ePED) iPad Application to Improve Parent Discharge Experience. J Pediatr Nurs. 2020;52:41-48.
36. Johnson NL, Lerret S, Polfuss M, Gralton K, Gibson C, Ahamed SI, Riddhiman A, White-Traut R, Brown RL, Sawin KJ. One Size Does Not Fit All: Discharge Teaching and Child Challenging Behaviors. West J Nurs Res. 2022 Sep;44(9):863-873. PMCID: PMC9842074
37. Johnson N, Sangasy P, Robinson K. "No one could calm him down": Mothers' experience of autism diagnosis and obtainment of resources in an urban public school district. Fam Syst Health. 2020 Sep;38(3):255-264.
38. Johnson NL, Bekhet AK, Karenke T, Garnier-Villarreal M. Swim Program Pilot for Children with Autism: Impact on Behaviors and Health. West J Nurs Res. 2021 Apr;43(4):356-363.
39. Johnson NL, Krueger W, Jilek E, Haglund K. Conversations With Health Care Providers and Parents Before Autism Diagnosis: A Qualitative Study. J Pediatr Health Care. 2020;34(5):453-461.
40. Whitmore KE, Johnson NL, Park J, Salama S, Sobiesk RJ. Improving Inclusion for Children With Special Health Care Needs in Childcare Settings: Results From a Statewide Survey of Childcare Professionals. J Pediatr Health Care. 2023;37(2):e1-e10.
41. Christianson J, Johnson N, Nelson A, Singh M. Work-Related Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Nurse Intention to Leave the Profession During COVID-19. Nurse Lead. 2022 Jun 29. PMCID: PMC9239979
42. Klingbeil CG, Gibson C, Johnson NL, Polfuss M, Gralton K, Lerret SM. Nurses' Experiences Implementing e PED : An iPad Application to Guide Quality Discharge Teaching. Comput Inform Nurs. 2022 Dec 01;40(12):848-855. PMCID: PMC9522919
43. Johnson NL, Bekhet AK, Sawdy R, Zint E, Wang J, Pena S, Zurcher H, Enea N. Parent Physical Activity: A Systematic Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Phys Act Health. 2022 Feb 01;19(2):132-147.
Non-Peer Reviewed Educational Products
1. Johnson, N., Watson, D., & Herteen, B. (2011). Here we go to the dentist.
2. Johnson, N., Rather, T., Watson, D. & Herteen, B. (2009). Here we go for an EEG.
3. Johnson, N. Watson, D. & Herteen, B. (2009). Here we go to the hospital.
4. Johnson N. & Weisberger, M. (2008). Revision of the Pediatric Fluids and Electrolytes self study guide. Available at
5. Johnson, N. (2007). Quick judgments must foster community, not contempt. Nursing Matters, 18(8), 17.
6. Johnson, N. & Totka, J. (2007). IV Smart Training e-learning CD. Available at
7. Totka, J. & Johnson, N. (2007). IV Smart Instructor Manual. Available at
8. Roach, A. & Johnson, N. (2006). Pediatric Medication Administration: A self-study text, fifth edition. Available at
9. Johnson, N. (2006). Situation Background Assessment Recommendation (SBAR) training e-learning CD. Available at