Donna B. Johnson

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Nutrition is a major determinant of health. In order to take advantage of the potential of nutrition to enhance quality of life and the health of the population we must continue to explore effective methods of nutrition promotion.

Professor, Health Services

Education

PhD   University of Washington, 1995   (Nutritional Science)
MS   Syracuse University, 1979   (Nutrition)
BS   Iowa State University, 1973   (Nutrition)

Contact Info

email:   djohn@u.washington.edu

office:   306B, Raitt Hall

address:
Interdisciplinary Program in Nutritional Sciences
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   353410
voice:   206-685-1068
fax:   206-685-1696

About

Professor Johnson is also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Program in Nutritional Sciences and is Associate Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition. She has a focus on public health nutrition practice, and works closely with state and local health departments on planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health nutrition programs. Dr. Johnson is an investigator at the CDC funded Health Promotion Research Center.


Research Interests

Pediatric nutrition; efficacy of public health nutrition interventions; public health approaches to obesity

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Recent Publications



Johnson DB, Quinn E, Sitaker M, Ammerman A, Byker C, Dean W, Fleischhacker S, Kolodinsky J, Pinard C, Pitts SB, Sharkey J. Developing an agenda for research about policies to improve access to healthy foods in rural communities: a concept mapping study. BMC Public Health. 2014 Jun 12;14:592. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-592.  PMID: 24919425    PMCID: PMC4064519
   

Herman DR, Taylor Baer M, Adams E, Cunningham-Sabo L, Duran N, Johnson DB, Yakes E. Life Course Perspective: evidence for the role of nutrition. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Feb;18(2):450-61. doi: 10.1007/s10995-013-1280-3.  PMID: 23780476
  

Delaney SL, Monsivais P, Johnson DB. Physical Activity Levels in Family Child Care Homes. J Phys Act Health. 2013 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24368811
 

Johnson DB, Quinn EL, Podrabsky M, Beckwith-Stanley N, Chan N, Ellings A, Kovacs T, Lane C. Perceived impact and feasibility of strategies to improve access to healthy foods in Washington State, USA. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Dec;16(12):2178-87. doi: 10.1017/S1368980013002085. Epub 2013 Aug 7.  PMID: 23920357
  

Johnson DB, Payne EC, McNeese MA, Allen D. Menu-labeling policy in King County, Washington. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3 Suppl 2):S130-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.05.014.  PMID: 22898162
  

Dissertation, Thesis & Capstone Committees (recent HSERV graduates)

2013
Chair, thesis committee for Tara Corbridge
Food security among families with children with special health care needs

2013
Member, thesis committee for Katharine Lutz
Parent perception of the food quality within their neighborhood and most frequented food stores, proximity to food stores, and child diet quality

2012
Member, thesis committee for Grace Lim
The association between frequency of fast food restaurant visits and diet quality

2010
Member, dissertation committee for Tracy Hilliard
Understanding socioeconomic, sociocultural, and environmental determinants of obesity among African Americans

2010
Chair, thesis committee for Patricia Mortell
The Association Between Grocery Store Location and Transportation on Fruit and Vegetable Intake of Families Participating in the WIC Program

External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

Pediatric Obesity COIIN
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Schiff           Dates:    9/1/2014 - 5/31/2015

Fresh Bucks Incentive Program
Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/1/2014 - 6/29/2015

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

Analysis of the policy process to improve comprehensive and coordinated systems for breastfeeding equity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2014 - 3/31/2016

Impact of Access to Free and Appealing Water in High Schools on Sugary Beverage Consumption
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    2/1/2014 - 7/31/2015

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    1/1/2014 - 6/29/2014

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    9/29/2013 - 12/29/2013

Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    7/1/2013 - 6/30/2018

Fresh Bucks Incentive Program
Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    7/1/2013 - 12/31/2013

Washington State Survey of Nutrition and Physical Activity Practices and Policies in Child Care
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    5/15/2013 - 12/31/2013

Washington State Survey of Nutrition and Physical Activity Practices and Policies in Child Care
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    5/15/2013 - 12/31/2013

Examining the outcomes of collaborative networks to improve school nutrition environments
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    5/1/2013 - 4/30/2015

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/29/2013 - 9/29/2013

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    2/22/2013 - 9/29/2013

Measuring the Impact of School Menu Labeling and Menu Labeling Education Over Time
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    12/1/2012 - 5/31/2014

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    10/1/2012 - 9/29/2013

Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/30/2012 - 6/29/2013

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/30/2012 - 6/29/2013

Health Promotion Research Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/30/2011 - 9/29/2012

Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/30/2011 - 6/29/2012

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/30/2011 - 6/29/2012

Assessing the impact of menu labeling in schools
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    11/15/2010 - 5/15/2012

Health Promotion Research Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/30/2010 - 9/29/2011

ARRA-CPPW Coalition for Safety and Health in Early Learning
Community Pediatric Foundation of Washington
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    9/1/2010 - 3/19/2012

ARRA, “Communities Putting Prevention to Work- Treeswing/UW
Treeswing
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    8/1/2010 - 3/19/2012

Collaborative Research Infrastructure to Transform School Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    7/1/2010 - 6/30/2013

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers: Special Interest Project Competitive Supplements (SIPS) (U48)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/30/2009 - 9/29/2014

Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    7/1/2008 - 6/30/2013

Projects

Policy Nutrition and Legislation: What works to improve student health? (PLAN)

A three year research grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the impact of changes in school nutrition policies in Washington middle schools.


Washington Active Bodies Active Minds (WAABAM)

Development, dissemination and evaluation of resources to ensure that environments for children ages 2-5 encourage minimum screen time and maximum physical activity


Partnership with the Washington State Department of Health for Nutrition and Physical Activity in Prevention of Obesity

Implementation and evaluation of the Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan through ongoing efforts of multi-sectoral partners and targeted initiatives in five Healthy Communities.


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