Norah Louise Johnson, Ph.D., RN, CPNP-PC

Norah Louise Johnson
Norah Louise Johnson, Ph.D., RN, CPNP-PCMarquette University

Clark Hall, 325

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3857

Associate Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., Marquette University

Courses Taught

Nursing 3900:  Family Centered Nursing of Children

Nursing 6000:  Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Nursing 6500:  Family Centered Nursing of Children for direct entry students

Nursing 6540:  Seminar in Child and Family Health

NURS 8982:  Doctoral Research Practicum

NURS 9988:  Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Preparation

NURS 9998:  Doctoral Dissertation Continuation

Research Interests

Interventions to improve the health of families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Family care giving stress, family functioning and Quality of life; Nursing interventions to improve readiness for hospital discharge for families of children with ASD; iPhone autism Health Care Manager app. Curriculum evaluation. Education evaluation.  

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child & Family Health

Autism Society of South Eastern Wisconsin

International Family Nurses Association

Midwest Nursing Research Society

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Sigma Theta Tau Delta Gamma

St. Coletta of Wisconsin, Board Member

Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Wisconsin Nursing Association


Pediatric Primary Care


Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (CPNP-PC)


King, A., Garnier-Villareal, M., Johnson, N., Simanek, A. Testing allostatic load factor structures among adolescents: A structural equation modelling approach. The American Journal of Human Biology, in press, 2019

Cleek, E., Johnson, N., Sheetz, L., (2019). Interdisciplinary Collaboration Needed in Obtaining High-Quality Medical Information in Child Abuse Investigations. In press,  Child Abuse and Neglect.

Sawin, K., Weiss, M., Johnson, N., Gralton, K., Malin, S., Klingbeil, C., Lerret, S., Thompson, J., Zimmanck, K., Kaul, M., Schiffman, R. (2017). Development of a self-management theory-guided discharge intervention for parents of hospitalized children. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49 (2), 202-213.

Weiss, M., Sawin, K., Gralton, K., Johnson, N., Klingbeil, C., Lerret, S., Yakusheva, O., Schiffman, R. (2017). Discharge teaching, readiness for discharge, and post-discharge outcomes in parents of hospitalized children. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 34, 58-64.

Lerret, S., Johnson, N., Haglund, K. (2017). Parents’ Perspectives on Caring for Children after Solid Organ Transplant. (3rd ed., vol. 22, pp. e12178): Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing.

Johnson, N., Gregor, N. S., Van Abel, M., Dolan, B., Van Hecke, A. V., Ahamed, S. I. (2017). Autism and Research Study Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Journal of Radiology Nursing, 36 (4), 245-252.

Polfuss, M., Johnson, N., Bonis, S., Hovis, S., Sawin, K. (2016). Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Child’s Weight–Related Behaviors:  A Parents’ Perspective. No. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31 (6), 598-607.

Schiffman, R., Ziebert, C., Totka, J., Schmitt, C., Doyle, L., Stetler, A., Johnson, N., Stonek, A., Weiming, K., Johnson, N. (2016). Transition of Experienced and New Graduate Nurses to a Pediatric Hospital. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 32 (4), 198-204.

Bultas, M., Johnson, N., Burkett, K., Reinhold, J. (2016). Translating Research to Practice for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Part 2: Behavior Management, The Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Special Issue on Behavior Management, January, 2016., 30 (1), 27-37.

Johnson, N., Burkett, K., Reinhold, J., Bultas, M. (2016). Translating research to practice for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder part I: Definition, associated behaviors, prevalence, diagnostic process, and interventions. no. The Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Special Issue on Behavior Management, 30 (1), 15-26.

Lerret, S., Haglund, K., Johnson, N. (2016). Parents' perspectives on shared decision-making for children with solid organ transplants. (vol. 30, pp. 374-380): Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Honors and Awards

Journal of Pediatric Health Care's Leah Harrison Excellence in Clinical Writing Award for 2017.

Copyright Recognition Award for: Going to MRI for a Research Study iPad Application 2016

Developmental Behavioral Mental Health (DBMH) SIG Advocacy Award 2016


Presidents Challenge Next Step Clinic. Johnson Controls (Amy Van Hecke PI). Role: Co-I, January 2019.

Johnson, N. L. (Principal), Bekhet, A. (Principal), "A Swimming  Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Impact of Child Challenging Behaviors and Caregiver's Psychological Well-Being," Sponsored by Committee on Research Marquette University SFF/RRG, Marquette University. (January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019).

Johnson, N. (Co-Principal), Bekhet, A. (Co-Principal), Van Hecke, A. V. (Co-Investigator), Ng, A. (Co-Investigator), "Development of an effective fitness intervention for caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder," Sponsored by Autism Society of South Eastern Wisconsin, Marquette University. (January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019).

Johnson, N. (Co-Principal), Lerret, S. (Principal), Garnier-Villarreal, M. (Co-Investigator), Ahamed, S. I. (Co-Investigator), Dobrozsi, S. (Co-Investigator), Gibson, C. (Supporting), "Peds THINk (Transition to Home INtervention):  Nursing Interventions to Improve Discharge Outcomes," Sponsored by CTSI, Marquette University. (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019).

Johnson, N. (Principal), Lerret, S. (Principal), Polfuss, M. (Co-Investigator), "Pediatric SM - THINk (Self-Management Transition to Home Intervention): Nursing Intervention to Improve Hospital Discharge Outcomes," Sponsored by Pediatric Nursing Consortium of Milwaukee, Local. (September 1, 2018 - September 1, 2021).

Van Hecke, A. V. (Principal), Carlson, M. E. (Co-Principal), Krueger, W. (Co-Principal), Johnson, N. (Co-Principal), Young, T. (Co-Investigator), Makky, K. (Co-Investigator), Levine, E. (Supporting), Barrington, A. (Supporting), Walker-Dalhouse, D. J. (Co-Investigator), "Explorer Challenge: Interdisciplinary Autism Initiative," Sponsored by Marquette University, Marquette University. (July 2018 - July 2019).

Johnson, N., "Knowledge exchange in child & family nursing: University College Dublin School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, Dublin Ireland," Sponsored by Fulbright Specialist: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, Marquette University. (February 2, 2018 - February 23, 2018).

Johnson, N. (Principal), Van Hecke, A. V. (Co-Principal), "WI Act Early ECQUiP Project Univ of WI Subaward No. 734K753 to Marquette Univ (MSN197506)," Sponsored by Health Research Services Administration, State. (May 15, 2017 - August 31, 2017).

Johnson, N. (Principal), Ahamed, S. I. (Supporting), "Using an iPad application to prepare for Imaging," Sponsored by Marquette University Innovation Funds, Marquette University. (June 30, 2016 - January 1, 2018).

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