Norah Louise Johnson

Office Phone
(414) 288-3857

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Urgent Care Clinics

Highest Degree and Institution
Ph.D. Marquette University

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
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. Curriculum evaluation. Education evaluation.

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Johnson, N. & Van Hecke, A. (2015) Increasing autism awareness in inner-city churches: a brief report. Epub ahead of print, Journal of Pediatric Nursing.                 DOI:10.1016/j.pedn.2015.04.008

Zafke, A., Jain, N., Johnson, N., Mohammad Arif Ul, A., Magiera, M., Ahamed, S. (2015) iCanLearn: A Mobile Application for creating flashcards and social stories™ for children with autism. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics.  Helal, S., Gu, T., & Mokhtari, H. (Eds.), Smart Home and Telematics, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8456, 225-230.

Johnson, N., Bree, O., Lalley, E., Rettler, K., Grande, P., Gani, Md., & Ahamed, S.I. (2014) Effect of an IPAD application for medical imaging procedure preparation for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29(6), 651-659. DOI:10.1016/j.pedn.2014.04.007

Johnson, N. & Bree, O. (2014) Social script iPad application versus usual care before undergoing medical imaging: Two case studies of children with Autism. Journal of Radiology Nursing, 33(3), 121-126.

Schaefer-Campion, C. & Johnson, N.(2014).Fostering Mobility in a child with Rett Syndrome: A Case Study.Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics,[Epub ahead of print]. Available online at DOI: 10.3109/01942638.2014.899287.

Johnson, N., Bekhet, A., Robinson, K. & Rodriguez, D. (2013).Attributed Meanings and Strategies to Prevent Challenging Behaviors of Hospitalized Children with Autism: Two Perspectives, published online 18 November 2013,Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Johnson, N. & Rodriguez, D. (2013). Children with autism spectrum disorder in a pediatric hospital: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Pediatric Nursing, 39(3), 131-141.

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

Johnson, N., Giarelli, E., Lewis, C. & Rice, C. (2013). Understanding Genetics and Genomics of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal Nursing Scholarship, 45(1) 69-78.

Bekhet, A., Johnson, N., & Zauszniewski, J.A. (2012). Resilience in family members of persons with autism spectrum disorder: A review of the literature. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33(10), 650–656.

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.

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.

Johnson, N., Lashley, J., Stonek, V., & Bonjour, A. (2012). Behavioral Challenges Staff Education at a Pediatric Hospital. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 742-749. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2012.02.009

Johnson, N., Frenn, M., Feetham, S., & Simpson, P. (2011). Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parenting stress, family functioning and health related quality of life. Family, Systems, & Health, 29(3), 232-252.

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.

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.

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.

Recent Presentations

Schiffman, R., Johnson, N., Lerrett, S., Sawin, K., Weiss, M. Nurses Clinical Decision   Making for Discharge Preparation of Parents of Hospitalized Children, 12th International Family Nursing Conference, Odense, Denmark, August 18-21, 2015. Podium Presentation. 

Gregor, N., Scheidt, R., VanHecke, A., Johnson, N. Integration of Visual and Proprioceptive Perception of Movement Kinematics in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). Salt Lake City Utah, May 14, 2015. Poster Presentation.

Johnson, N., Bultas, M., Reinhold, J. and Burkett, K. Translating Research to Practice for Children with Autism: From Primary Care to Acute Care at NAPNAP’s 36th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care to be held March 11 -14, 2015, Las Vegas, NV. Three hour Workshop.

Johnson, N., Miles, M., Simpson, P., and Phetrasuwan, S. The Parenting Stress Scale for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): An Analysis of Two Studies of Parents of Children with ASD. 2014 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: Optimizing Health by Addressing Complexity. Washington, DC. September 18-20, 2014. Podium Presentation.

Lerrett, S., Haglund, K. & Johnson, N. Listening to Families of Children with Solid       Organ Transplants. Midwest Nursing Research Society, Family Research Section          Competitive Symposium, Indianapolis IN. March 2015. Podium Presentation.

Schaefer-Campion, C. & Johnson, N. A creative approach to fostering ambulation for a pre-school child with Rett syndrome. Combined Sections Meeting of the American     Physical Therapy Association. February 5-7, 2015. Indianapolis, IN. Poster Presentation.

Johnson, N.  Social Story Procedure Preparation for Children with Autism Spectrum    Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities. 19th Annual Midwest Conference on     Professional Issues, Milwaukee WI. November 8-9, 2014. Podium presentation.

Johnson, N.& VanHecke, A. Evaluation of Health Ambassador Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Awareness Training in Inner-City Churches. Knowledge Translation and Family Science Symposium, Midwest Nursing Research Society conference, St. Louis, Missouri, March 27-30, 2014. Podium Presentation.

Grants or Awards

2015 Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

2014 Pediatric Nursing Donna Wong Literary Award for "Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a Pediatric Hospital: A Systematic Review of the Literature.

2014 Semi-Finalist Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Program.

2014 Midwest Nursing Research Society Early Investigator Award Family Research Section

Autism Society of South Eastern Wisconsin Research program sponsorship funding, $1,000. Role: P.I.

Scheidt, R., Wang, P., VanHecke, A., Johnson, N. & Ahamed, S. Robotically - enhanced neuroimaging of memory and prediction in children with autism spectrum disorders – a pilot study.CTSI / NIH, Local $50,000. Role: Co-I.

Validation of the Behavior Observation Tool for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Health Care Setting (BOT: ASD/HCS), Sigma Theta Tau Delta Gamma at Large, $3000

2012 MNRS Dissertation Award Family research Section

Society of Pediatric Nurses Greater Wisconsin Chapter Excellence in Nursing Research Award, 2011.

ORSP Summer Faculty Fund / Regular Research Grant, Awarded $11,256, 2011

American Psychiatric Nurse Foundation $5,000 grant: Bekhet, A. & Johnson, N. Effects of Positive Cognitions and Resourcefulness on Autism Spectrum Disorder Caregivers’ Burden, 2011-2012.

Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI., 2008

Center for Disease Control: Paint the Country Purple Creativity Award, 2008

Milwaukee District Nursing Organization Lamplight Scholarship, 2008

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation / Pfizer Community Innovations grant, 2008

Autism Society of South Eastern Wisconsin grant, 2008

Professional Memberships



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