Heather L Johnson


Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Director & Chair, Family & Women's Nurse Practitioner Program
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Care of Military Veterans and Families
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Doctor of Nursing Practice The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 2012
Master of Science in Nursing, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD 1999
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 1991


Dr. Heather Johnson is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has dedicated her professional career to helping veterans and families navigate the complex healthcare and education systems. She is an invited speaker and author on topics surrounding access and interdisciplinary care for veterans, military families and exceptional children. She is a member of the Parenting Collaborative for the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine and has been an invited speaker for the NASEM Collaborative on Cognitive and Behavioral Health of Children. She maintains an active clinical practice at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Cabrera Family Health Center. Dr. Johnson is the Director & Chair of the Family & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

2017-Present Program Director & Chair, Family/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs USU Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD

2015-2017 Acting Program Director/Chair, Family/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs USU Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD

2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Practice (Daisy Award)

2014 Scholarly Practice Award, Graduate School of Nursing, USU

2013 Inaugural Recipient: USU Alumni Association Graduate School of Nursing Alumni Award

2012 Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

2011 Distinguished Military Faculty Award, Graduate School of Nursing, USU

Johnson, H.L. & Taylor, L.A. (2017). Bedside to Bench and Beyond: Evolution of Group DNP Projects. 43rd Annual Meeting, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Washington, DC.

Johnson, H.L. (2015). Inter-professional Collaboration in Support of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). The American Association of Nurse Practitioners Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, H.L. & Ling, C.G., McBee. E.C. (2014). Elderly in Disasters: An Integrative Review. Learning in Disaster Health National Workshop, Fort Myer, VA. (Refereed) *Outstanding Poster Award


*Henry, M. & Johnson, H.L. (in press). The construction of an appropriate education program by Florida Administrative Law Judges Pre-Rowley, Post-Rowley, and Post-IDEA 2004. Power and Education.

Ling, C.G., Fuller, A., Taylor, L., & Johnson, H.L. (2018 [e-pub ahead of print Nov 2017]). Triangulation of multifactorial assessment: bringing objectivity to OSCE evaluation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 16, 40-47. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2017.10.009

Johnson, H.L. & DeLeon, P. (2016). Accessing Care for Children with Special Healthcare Needs. Practice Innovations, 1(2), 105-116.

*Johnson, H.L., Ling, C.G. & McBee, E.C. (2015 [e-pub ahead of print Nov 2014]). Multi-disciplinary care for the elderly in disasters: An integrative review. Prehospital & Disaster Medicine, 30(1), 72-79. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X14001241.

Ling, C.G., McBee, E.C., & Johnson, H.L. (2014). Curriculum Recommendations for Disaster Health Professionals: The Elderly Population. National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health: Rockville, MD. http://ncdmph.usuhs.edu/KnowledgeLearning/2014-GeriatricPopulation.htm.

Johnson, H.L., Ling, C.G., & Gulley, K. (2013). Curriculum Recommendations for Disaster Health Professionals: The Pediatric Population. National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health: Rockville, MD. http://ncdmph.usuhs.edu/KnowledgeLearning/2013-PediatricCurrRecs.htm.

*Johnson, H.L., Gaskins, S.C., & Seibert, D.C. (2013 [e-pub ahead of print Nov 2012]). Clinical skill & knowledge requirements of healthcare providers caring for children in disaster, humanitarian and civic assistance operations. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 28(1), 61-68. doi:10.1017/S1049023X12001550.

Rossiter, A.G., Ling, C.G., d’Aoust, R., Wilmoth. M.C., Morrison-Beedy, D., & Johnson, H.L., (2017). Ethical Considerations of Veteran and Military Family-Focused Academic and Research Initiatives. Symposium at 2017 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International, Dublin, Ireland.

Johnson, H.L., & Rossiter, A.G. (2017). Joining Forces: Kids Serve, Too! 2017 National Conference, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Philadelphia, PA.

Johnson, H.L. (2017). Parent Engagement. Stakeholder meeting aligning support for parents of children ages 0-8, Collaborative on Healthy Parenting in Primary Care, National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine, Washington, D.C.