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Fannie G. Gaston-Johansson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emerita
Fannie Gaston-Johansson
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Family Health
  • Global Health


The first African-American woman to be a tenured full professor at Johns Hopkins University, Fannie Gaston-Johansson is an internationally renowned nurse educator, researcher, and clinical practitioner. In 2007, she was named the first chair of the School of Nursing Department of Acute and Chronic Care. Dr. Gaston-Johansson directed the Center on Health Disparities Research, which works to advance understanding of health disparities across the lifespan. Her research focuses on end-of-life issues with an emphasis on strategies to manage pain and other symptoms in patients with cancer and terminal or chronic illnesses. She was named to the Maryland Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement by former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, is the recipient of the National Black Nurses Association's Trailblazer Award, and has received citations from the U.S. Congress and the government of Sweden for her international and domestic research endeavors.

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    Kenne-Sarenmalm, E., Browall, M., Gaston-Johansson, F., (2013). “Symptom Burden Cluster: A Challenge for Targeted Symptom Management. A Longitudinal Study Examining Symptom Burden Clusters in Breast Cancer.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. May 22. 2013.

    Gaston-Johansson, F., Haisfield-Wolfe, M.E., Reddick, B., Goldstein, N., Lawal, T.A. (2013). “Understanding the Relationship among Coping Strategies, Religious Coping, and Spirituality in African American Women with Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy.” Oncology Nursing Forum 40 (2).

    Gaston-Johansson, F., Fall-Dickson, J., Nanda, J.P., Kenne-Sarenmalm, E., Browall, M., Goldstein, N. (2013). “Long term effect of the self management, comprehensive coping strategy program on quality of life in patients with breast cancer treated with high dosage chemotherapy.” Psycho Oncology 22: 530-539.

    Browall, M, Sarenmalm EK, Nasic S, Wengstrom Y, Gaston-Johansson F. (2012) “Validity and Reliability of the Swedish Version of the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS): An instrument for the Evaluation of Symptom Prevalence, Characteristics, and Distress.” J of Symptom Management.

  • Awards/Honors

    2011 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Inductee into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

    2010 Who’s Who in Black Baltimore

    2009 National Black Nurses Association Institute of Excellence Inductee

    2008 Ways & Means Committee, Johns Hopkins University

    2008 Maryland Governor’s Task Force on Healthcare Access & Reimbursement

    2007 Key to the city of Hickory, NC

    2007 Proclamation of research and international activities, Hickory, NC

    2007-2010 Chair, Acute & Chronic Care Department, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    2007 Promotion of Faculty to Full Professor, Chair, Ad Hoc Committee, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

    2006 Honorary Tribute to research and establishment of the PhD program at Goteborg University and serving as the first female Dean of the University

    2006 Chief Marshall, Johns Hopkins University 130th Commencement

    2005 Elected member, Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in Sweden (established in 1753)

    2005 Recipient of Johns Hopkins University Diversity Recognition Award

    2004-2006 Vardalstifelsen, Board of Directors (appointed by the Swedish Government)

    2003 Recipient of Links INC International Trends and Service Award

    2002 Recipient of Certificate of Congressional Recognition–United States Congress

    2002 Recipient of the National Black Nurses Association’s “Trailblazer Award”

    2000 Recipient of the 2000 ONS/Astra Zeneca Excellence in Pain Management Award

    1999 Elected member of Board of Directors, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

    1999 Living Women History Makers’ Award presented by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club

    1998-1999 Elected and Appointed Member, American Academy of Nursing, Selection Committee for New Members

    1996 Keynote address “Pain: State of the Art” for the Swedish Association of Health Officers

    1995 Appointed as visiting Endowed Soule Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    1995 Invited to Sweden by the Göteborgs Universitet and two other collaborative institutions to deliver keynote address for inauguration of a new professor

    1995-present Board of Visitors, Winston-Salem State University, NC

    1994 National Press Conference for American Medical Association as an expert in the measurement and management of pain

    1994 Invited by Swedish Government Department of Health & Welfare to speak to health care leaders about research and quality performance in health care

    1994-present National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

    1994 Invited keynote speaker to deliver commencement address at Winston-Salem State

    1994 Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Winston-Salem State University, NC

    1994-1996 National Black Health Leadership Directory

    1993 Named Elsie M. Lawler Endowed Research Chair at Johns Hopkins University

    1992 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

    1991 U.S. Patent for Pain-O-Meter, Patent Number 5,018,526; also approved in England, France, Germany, and Sweden

    1988-1992 Who's Who in American Nursing

    1988 Nursing Excellence Award for Professional Achievement in Research awarded by Nebraska Nurses' Association District II. Established the Research Nurse Intern Program

    1988 Graduate Fellow, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    1987 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Gamma Pi Chapter

    1986 Omaha Network of Outstanding Women

    1986 Graduate Faculty, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    1977 Outstanding recognition for teaching and curriculum design

    1965-1966 University of Uppsala, Sweden, selected to participate in the International Program

    1964-1965 San Francisco State College, Outstanding Teacher of the Year (elected by the students)

    1962-1963 University of California-San Francisco, Federal Nurse Traineeship for Study

    1959 Winston-Salem State University, Outstanding Scholarship in Medical Nursing