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

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

Clark Hall, 325

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3857

Professor, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Director

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., Marquette University

Courses Taught

NURS 3956H:  Honors Nursing Practicum

NURS 6007: Ethics, Policy and Health Care Advocacy

NURS 6010:  Research and Evidence

NURS 6540:  Seminar in Child and Family Health

NURS 8001: Foundations for Scholars

NURS 8982:  Doctoral Research Practicum

NURS 9988:  Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Preparation

NURS 9998:  Doctoral Dissertation Continuation

Research Interests

The aim of Dr. Johnson's research is the development of knowledge and interventions to decrease child challenging behaviors and improve the health of persons with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers. She works with an interdisciplinary team as part of the Marquette Autism Initiative. She studies family care-giving stress, family functioning and quality of life as well as exercise as medicine including swimming programs for children with autism and their caregivers. Her community engaged program of research uses mixed methodology. She developed a copyrighted iPhone autism Health Care Manager app. She is also a member of the Milwaukee Pediatric Nursing Research Consortium involved in translational research, implementation evaluation, and developing and evaluating staff development curriculums for pediatric hospitals.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Nursing bioethics expert panel

American Nursing Association

Autism Society of South Eastern Wisconsin

Centers for Independence, Milwaukee, Board Member

International Family Nurses Association

International Society Autism Research (INSAR)

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

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)


Link to Marquette University E-Publications - Johnson

Honors and Awards

American Academy of Nursing, Fellow (2021)

Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award, Children’s Wisconsin (2020)

Fulbright Specialist in Global Public Health (2017-2022)

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


2021: Battling the Bottleneck: Increasing Capacity for ASD Diagnosis within Primary Healthcare Across WI, Co-I, Medical College of Wisconsin/Advancing Healthier Wisconsin (PI K.Koth Medical College of WI)

2019: Co-I (PI: McDermott, K. & Costello, A.) Evaluating the Implementation of an Innovative Intradisciplinary, Multi-Patient Simulation Experience Pilot in a University Setting, NAPNAP Wisconsin Chapter Research Award grant.

2019: PI ( CO-PI Bekhet, A., Ng, A., VanHecke, A.) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Funding for the Development of an effective fitness intervention for caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Marquette University Athletic and Human Performance Research Center.

2019-2021: CO-I (PI Van Hecke, A. & Jepsen, L.) “Presidents Challenge Next Step Clinic". Johnson Controls

2019: Co-PI (Co-PI Bekhet, A.) "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.

2019: Co-PI (Co-PI: Bekhet, A., Co-I: Ng, A., VanHecke, A.) "Development of an effective fitness intervention for caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder," Autism Society of South Eastern Wisconsin.

2018-2019: Co-PI (Co-PI: Lerret, S. Co-I: Garnier-Villarreal, M. Ahamed, S. I.) "Peds THINk (Transition to Home INtervention):  Nursing Interventions to Improve Discharge Outcomes," CTSI/ NIH Traditional Pilot Award. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Award Number UL1TR001436.

2018-2021: Co-PI (Co-PI: Lerret, S., Co-I: Polfuss, M. (Co-Investigator), "Pediatric SM - THINk (Self-Management Transition to Home Intervention): Nursing Intervention to Improve Hospital Discharge Outcomes," Pediatric Nursing Consortium of Milwaukee

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

2018: "Knowledge exchange in child & family nursing: University College Dublin School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, Dublin Ireland," Fulbright Specialist: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State.

2017-2019: CO-PI (Co-PI: Van Hecke, A. V.). "WI Act Early ECQUiP Project University of WI Subaward No. 734K753 to Marquette University (MSN197506), Health Research Services Administration, State.

2016-2018: PI ( Supporting: Ahamed, S. I.) "Using an iPad application to prepare for Imaging," Marquette University Innovation Funds, Marquette University.