Dr. Johnson’s program of research focuses on identifying determinants of health behaviors among vulnerable populations. He has focused most of his research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people.
His research currently focuses on cervical cancer screening behaviors among female-to-male transgender people. He has conducted quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research, and has published his work in numerous high impact nursing and health journals. He has also received extramural funding for his program of research.
Dr. Johnson has also been very active in his service contributions. He helped to establish the first-ever nursing organization specific to LGBT+ health, Nurses Advancing LGBT Health Equality, and served as the chair for two years (2015 - 2017). He has conducted numerous workshops for healthcare organizations on providing safe environments and affirmative care for LGBT+ people. He has been an invited speaker on LGBT+ health and has consulted with journals on LGBT manuscripts. He is a reviewer for numerous journals.
Dr. Johnson has taught across all programs (BSN, MSN, and Ph.D.) and has successfully mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate student projects. He has also served as an external committee member for students in other disciplines conducting LGBT+ research studies. Finally, his areas of clinical expertise include psychiatric mental health and community health nursing.