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Carolyn C JohnsonCarolyn C. Johnson, PhD, NCC, LPC
Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences
Tulane Cancer Center Contributing Member

Contact Information
Phone: 504-988-4068
Address: 1430 Tulane Ave., Box SL-29, New Orleans, LA 70112

Biographical Narrative

After obtaining a business degree from Soulé College, New Orleans, and extensive experience in the business arena, Dr. Johnson received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 1982, a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Applied Biopsychology from the University of New Orleans in 1990. Dr. Johnson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and has been associated with the Tulane Center for Cardiovascular Health since 1986. Dr. Johnson's primary area of research is behavioral medicine, specifically those lifestyle choices that can contribute to health or disease such as tobacco and alcohol use, diet, sedentary behavior, teen pregnancy and stress. Most of Dr. Johnson's research has been school-based in the elementary, middle and high school grades in a health education/health promotion capacity. Studies that she designed, implemented and evaluated in the Bogalusa Heart Study included assertive communication and learned helplessness, as well as Type A behavior, alcohol and tobacco use. Every year she is involved in and chairs grant review panels for the U. S. Army in their prostate and cancer programs. Regarding health promotion for the prevention of cancer, Dr Johnson has been involved in promoting the 5-a-day concept and smoking prevention among high school students. She has conducted a stress reduction program for New Orleans inner-city school teachers and developed, implemented and evaluated the Heart Smart Family Health Promotion Program for high risk children and their parents. The field of school-based health education and promotion is especially important because of the need for children and adolescents to learn healthy lifestyles at young ages in order to establish good habits over a lifetime.

Selected Publications
Beech BM, Rice R, Myers L, Johnson CC, Nicklas TA. Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to fruit and vegetable consumption of high school students. J Adol Health 24(4): 244-250 (1999)

Nader PR, Stone EJ, Lytle LA, Perry CL, Osganian SK, Kelder S, Webber LS, Elder JP, Montgomery D, Feldman HA, Wu M, Johnson CC, Parcel GS, Luepker RV. Three-year maintenance of improved diet and physical activity. The CATCH Cohort. Arch Ped Adol Med 153: 695-704 (1999)

Johnson CC, Shi R, Farris R, Webber LS, Nicklas TA. Social support and self-efficacy for the consumption of fruit and vegetables by adolescents: "Gimme 5" - A fresh nutrition concept for students. Ecol Food Nutr 39: 357-374 (2000)

Johnson CC, Li D, Epping J, Lytle LA, Cribb PW, Williston BJ. A transactional model of social support, self-efficacy and physical activity of children in the Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH). J Health Ed 31(1): 2-9 (2000)

Nicklas TA, Johnson CC, Myers L. Using a media-marketing campaign for promoting increased awareness about fruit and vegetable consumption among high school students: Gimme 5 Program. J Child Nutr Mgmt 24(1): 27-34 (2000)

Oginska-Bulik N, Johnson CC. A comparison of anger in cardiovascular high risk and normal adolescents. Acta Universitatis Lodziensis 3: 29-38 (2001)

Johnson CC, Myers L, Webber LS, Boris NW. Profiles of the adolescent smoker: models of tobacco use among 9th grade high school students: Acadiana Coalition of Teens against Tobacco (ACTT). Prev Med Sep;39(3):551-8 (2004)


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