Lee Ann Johnson, PhD, RN, earned a BA in psychology, with an emphasis on experimental psychology and neuroscience, and English from the University of Mississippi Sally McDonnel Barksdale Honors College. After a Fulbright Scholarship took her to Malaysia, she earned an MSN in psychiatric-mental health nursing and PhD in nursing science from Vanderbilt University. Prior to becoming a faculty member at UVA, she worked in head and neck cancer research at Vanderbilt and for the Oncology Nursing Society.
Johnson’s research is focused on palliative and end-of-life care outcomes in individuals with advanced lung cancer, and the stigma associated with the diagnosis. As a PI, she has received funding from the American Cancer Society, the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, and the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. Johnson's specific work examines health disparities, especially as they relate to rural health care, and health and treatment outcomes in those who have a life-limiting diagnosis of lung cancer.
Honors and Awards
- Scholar-Teacher Award, East Carolina University
- Nightingale Award, Vanderbilt University
- Phi Beta Kappa, University of Mississippi
Research FocusReducing palliative care disparities in rural residents with advanced cancer
- Planting the Seeds: A Community-based Palliative Care Model for Latinos with Advanced Cancer, Principal Investigator, Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation (2020-2021)
- A Comparative Analysis of Lung Cancer Treatment in a Local and National Sample with Lung Cancer, Principal Investigator, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (2019-2020)
Teaching FocusQuantitative methods
Advance Online Publications
Parajuli, J., Berish, D., Jao, Y., Liao, Y., Johnson, L.A., Walsh, A. (2021). Prevalence and health outcomes in individuals with comorbid cancer and dementia: A longitudinal analysis from the HRS study. Aging and Mental Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2021.2003298
Johnson, L. A., Briley, P., Bolin, L. P., Kitko, L., & Ellis, C. (2022). Disparities in comorbidities in lung cancer: Findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Cancer Nursing, 45(6), E883-889. https://doi.org/10.1097/ncc.0000000000001049
Johnson, L. A., Melendez, C., & Larson, K. (2022). Using participatory action research to sustain palliative care knowledge and readiness among Latino community leaders. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 39(5), 511-515. https://doi.org/10.1177/10499091211060008
Davis, S. P., Crane, P. B., Bolin, L., & Johnson, L. A. (2022). An integrative review of physical activity in adults with inflammatory bowel disease. Intestinal Research, 20(1), 43-52. https://doi.org/10.5217/ir.2020.00049
Larson, K. L., Dominado, G. D., Maldonado, M. F., & Johnson, L. A. (2022). Call the rezadora: Aiding Latino families at the end of life. Hispanic Health Care International, 20(2), 147-155. https://doi.org/10.1177/15404153211028992
Larson, K. L., Mathews, H. F., Moye, J. P., Congema, M. R., Hoffman, S. J., Murrieta, K. M., & Johnson, L. A. (2021). Four kinds of hard: An understanding of cancer and death among Latino community leaders. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 8, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1177/23333936211003557
Johnson, L. A , Melendez, C., Larson, K., Moye, J., Schreier, A. M., & Ellis, C. (2021). Using demographics to predict palliative care access in inpatient facilities in rural North Carolina. The Journal of Rural Health, 37, 412-416. https://doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12507
Johnson, L. A., Bell, C., Ridner, S., & Murphy, B. (2021). Healthcare professionals' perceived barriers to effective cancer pain management in the home hospice setting: Is dying at home really best? Journal of Death and Dying, 83(3), 587-600. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1177/0030222819857871
Johnson, L. A., Swanson, M., & Schreier, A. M. (2020). Dimensions of distress in lung cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 47(6), 732-738.
Schreier, A. M., Johnson, L. A., Vohra, N. A., Muzaffar, M., & Kyle, B. (2019). Post-treatment symptoms of pain, anxiety, sleep disturbance and fatigue in breast cancer survivors. Pain Management Nursing, 20(2), 146-151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2018.09.005
Johnson, L. A., Schreier, A. M., Moye, J., Swanson, M., & Ridner, S. (2019). Relationships of stigma to quality of life and factors related to quality of life in advanced lung cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 46(3), 318-328. https://doi.org/10:1188/19.ONF.
Johnson, L. A., Blew. A., & Schreier, A. M. (2019). Health disparities in hospice utilization and length of stay in a diverse population with lung cancer. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 36(6), 513-518. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1177/1049909118823721
Johnson, L. A., Dias, N., Clarkson, G., & Schreier, A. M. (2019). Social media as a recruitment tool: Can a diverse sample of bereaved parents be reached? Applied Nursing Research, 50(12), 151-201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2019.151201