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 Focus

Reducing palliative care disparities in rural residents with advanced cancer

Recent Grants

  • 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 Focus

Quantitative methods


Journal Articles

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. doi: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.

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. doi: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. doi: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.

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. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2019.151201