Carolyn Johnson, PhD

Usdin Family Professor in Community Health Sciences
Head, Maternal and Child Health Section
Director, Tulane Prevention Research Center
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Rm 2218
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-4068
Fax: (504) 988-3540


Research Interests:

  • Behavioral medicine
  • Modification of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases, such as smoking, diet, physical activity, and stress
  • School-based health promotion
  • Community prevention
  • Women's health


Educational Background:

  • PhD - University of New Orleans
  • MS - San Diego State University
  • BA - University of New Orleans

Personal Statement:

My major interests are in the area of behavioral medicine, i.e. those behaviors that influence either health or the development of disease. Examples are tobacco and alcohol use, nutrition, physical activity, stress, and teen pregnancy/sex education. Included with my interest in these areas are all variables that influence the performance of these behaviors, such as environmental factors, social factors (family, peers), and personal factors, such as self-image, self-referencing thought, motivation, etc. I am also keenly interested in the theoretical principles that help explain and consolidate all of the factors involved in health behaviors. Another interest is the documentation and data collection for process evaluation that helps to explain intervention implementation and program outcomes. My school-based research in health education and health promotion demonstrate the interests identified above.

Selected Publications:

Webber LS, Rice JC, Johnson CC, Rose D, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Cardiovascular risk factors and physical activity behavior among elementary school personnel: baseline results from the ACTION! worksite wellness program. J Sch Health. 2012 Sep;82(9):410-6.

Madkour AS, Johnson CC, Clum GA, Brown L. 2011.Disaster and youth violence: the experience of school-attending youth in new Orleans. J Adolesc Health. Aug;49(2):213-5. [PubMed - in process]

Johnson CC, Lai YL, Rice J, Rose D, Webber LS.  ACTION Live: Using process evaluation to describe implementation of a worksite wellness program.  J Occupational & Environ Medicine Supplement:S14-21, 2010. (NIH HL079509)

Johnson CC, Webber LS.  Home Care Association of Louisiana (HCLA) Donate Life Workplace Partnership for Organ Tissue Donation.  In Siegel JT, Alvaro EA (Eds), Understanding Organ Donation, Applied Behavioral Science Perspectives. Oxford, West Sussex, United Kingdom:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp 177-199.  

Hartline-Grafton HL, Rose D, Johnson CC, Rice JC, Webber LS.  Are school employees role models of healthful eating?  Dietary intake results from the ACTION worksite wellness trial.  JADA, 109:1548-56, 2009. PMID: PMC2799115.  

Johnson CC, Myers L, Webber LS, Boris NW, He H, Brewer D.  A school-based environmental intervention to reduce smoking among high school students: The Acadiana Coalition of Teens against Tobacco (ACTT).  Int. J Environ Res Public Health, 6:1298-1316, 2009.  PMID:  PMC2681204  

Johnson CC, Webber LS, Myers L, Boris NW, Berenson GS.  Co-use of alcohol and tobacco among ninth-graders in Louisiana. Prev Chronic Dis, 6(3):1-9, 2009.  PMID:  PMC2722390 


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Professional Achievements:

  • 2000 "Champion of Public Health," Tulane University SPHTM
  • 2003 Society of Behavioral Medicine, Poster Citation Award
  • 2000-03 Chair, Curriculum Committee, Tulane University SPHTM
  • 2002-03 President, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Eta Chapter
  • 2003-05 Vice-Chair & Chair, General Faculty, Tulane University SPHTM
  • 2005 Fellow, American Academy of Health Behavior
  • 2005 Outstanding Research Award, American School Health Association

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