PhD Prepared Faculty

Alisha H. Johnson


  • Assistant Professor

Faculty Mentoring Status / Research & Teaching Emphasis Areas

Johnson Alisha

Dr. Johnson’s program is focused on understanding the complex care of older adults and how nursing care models can improve the lives of an aging population. Using systems and team/organizational theories, she seeks to understand how the nursing profession can improve organizational environments such as long-term care settings as well as how nursing care models can improve the lives of aging adults in all healthcare settings to maximize healthy aging in the place of their choosing. Based on her doctoral and postdoctoral research, she is specifically interested in understanding how utilization of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in care of older adults, inside and outside of the institutional setting, contributes to sustained positive outcomes, reduces hospitalizations, and positively influences all levels of nursing.

  • Care in Aging, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Missouri, Sept. 2021-Aug. 2022
  • 2022 Distinguished Abstract, Midwest Nursing Research Society, March 30- April 1, 2022
  • Dissertation Award- Midwest Nursing Research Society, Health Policy, Systems and Informatics Research and Implementation Interest Group, March 2022
  • Co- PI: Nursing Innovation Grant Program (NIGP), $120,000, “Supporting Clinical Learning Experiences to Mitigate Impediments due to COVID-19”, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas State University School of Nursing, 2020-2022
  • Outstanding Clinical Instructor, Awardee, Texas State University School of Nursing, May 2020
  • Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching, Awardee, College of Health Professions, Texas State University, August 2019
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Awardee, College of Health Professions, Texas State University, August 2015

  • Johnson, A.H., & Harrison, T. (June, 2022). Advanced practice registered nurse transition to practice in the long-term care setting: An ethnography. Global Nursing Qualitative Research. Doi: 10.1177/23333936221108701
  • Young, C., Kesler, S., Johnson, A.H., Walker, V., Harrison, T. (in press, 2022). An online mindfulness-based intervention for certified nursing assistants in long-term care. Journal of Holistic Nursing.
  • Harrison, T.C., Blozis, S. A., Schmidt, B., Johnson, A., Moreno, R., Mead, S., Gayle, M. (2021). Music therapy compared to auditory books: a randomized controlled study among long-term care residents with Alzheimer ’s disease or related dementia. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 22(7); 1415-1420. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2021.01.086
  • Johnson, A.H., Benham-Hutchins, M. (2020). The influence of bullying behaviors on nursing practice errors: A systematic review. AORN Journal, 111(2): 199-210 DOI: 10.1002/aorn.12923
  • Benham-Hutchins, M., Brown, S.A., Donovan, E.E., Guevara, H., Johnson, A.H. (2018).
  • Spanish-speaking Hispanic patients’ information-sharing preferences during hospitalization: An exploratory pilot study, Journal of Participatory medicine. 10(4): e10782 DOI: 10.2196/10782

In the news

Dr. Johnson

Faculty group Connection empowers professor through academic shift 

School of Nursing Assistant Professor, Alisha Johnson finds support and encouragement in career switch to research from faculty group Connection.


Research Faculty Made November a Month for Impressive Outreach

Faculty and student researchers at the Sinclair School of Nursing traveled to conferences during the month of November presenting and earning numerous awards.

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Advanced practice registered nurses key to improving nursing home care, SSON study finds

University of Missouri researcher finds APRNs are often overlooked, underutilized in nursing homes.