Craig W. Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Johnson, a multiple winner of the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award, has been a faculty member of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston since 1982. Prior to his arrival at UTHealth, later as the Associate Director of the UT Office of Educational Development and Research, and currently as an associate professor in Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Johnson has taught or advised thousands of faculty and students in the design, development, implementation, analysis, interpretation and publication of health science, behavioral, and educational research and evaluation studies.

During the 1980's, Dr. Johnson developed and implemented the student evaluation of instruction system employed from 1988 through 1998 by the University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences and authored the first computer-based AIDS education game, BlockAIDS – The AIDS Education Game. This game won international recognition, operated in kiosks in the Houston Museum of Natural Science and multiple other museums around the United States, and was publicized in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines (e.g., U.S. News & World Report, World Book Science Year 1989). At the dawn of the World Wide Web in 1993, he developed, validated, and published the evidence-based HyperTutor Model for Web-based instruction, based on empirical educational research covering more than a century. He has implemented this model, beginning in 1997, in the design, delivery of instruction, evaluation, and upgrades of all his online course content. Forty-eight Hypertutorial instructional lesson modules, deliver over 1500 pages of student-centered, Web-based, online health informatics statistics, research design, and evaluation instruction with hypertext linked glossaries and elaborative learning resources, embedded practice exercises with immediate feedback, end-of-lesson quizzes, and extensive learner control. More recently, he coauthored the first predictive validity studies (Johnson, Johnson, Kim & Mckee, 2009; Johnson, Johnson, Mckee & Kim, 2009) of a diagnostic and prescriptive instrument, the Personal Background and Preparation Survey (PBPS), for averting events leading to attrition among diverse populations of health science professions students.

Dr. Johnson has presented or published hundreds of scholarly research papers concerning effective use of information technologies for research (e.g.,Web Browser as Medical Educator/Researcher using HTML & JavaScript; Hypertutor Therapy for Interactive Instruction; Microcomputer as Teacher/Researcher in a Nontraditional Setting; Randomized Comparisons among Health Informatics Students Identify Hypertutorial Features as Improving Web-based Instruction; Using the Personal Background Preparation Survey to Identify Health Science Professions Students at risk for Adverse Academic Events). Dr. Johnson's recent research documents successful individualized proactive informatics solutions for reducing student attrition in the health science professions pipeline, especially for underrepresented minorities, using the PBPS to diagnose, predict, and target individualized cognitive and noncognitive interventions to ameliorate social determinant risks to academic success and employing Advanced Academic Training to train students to more effectively cognitively process course information for long-term retention, critical thinking, and problem solving, via spaced-repetitive practice implementing a cognitive informatics Retrieval Regimen.

As principal or coprincipal investigator on multiple recent grants by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Dr. Johnson has documented statistically significant (p < .001) reductions of student adverse academic status events, saving 339 students from nonadvancement, and $2,721,000 in nonproductive State funding expenditures, following individualized PBPS- and Advanced Academic Training-based ameliorative research interventions. As a result of these collaborative efforts, Dr. Johnson received a Houston Community College Coleman College for Health Sciences’, 2012 John B. Coleman Pathfinder Award.

Contact

Craig.W.Johnson@uth.tmc.edu
Phone: 713.500.3923
Fax: 713.500.3929

Staff Support

David Hyden
Phone: 713.500.3632

Education

  • Ph.D., 1978, University of Nebraska (Ed Psych-Learning, Statistics, Research Des.)
  • M.A., 1973 University of Nebraska (Special Ed. for the Emotionally Disturbed)
  • B.S., 1967 University of Nebraska (Mathematics; Psychology)
  • B.A., 1966 University of Nebraska (Philosophy)

Research Areas

  • Conducting design, analysis, interpretation, and publication of education and health oriented research and evaluation studies
  • Statistics
  • Human learning

Selected Publications (from over 150):

1. Johnson, C.W. (1976) Effectiveness of a Phone Help Line as Indicated by Students Awareness and Use. Journal of College Student Personnel, May 1976, 227-231.

2. Johnson, C.W. , Bukacek, S.E. (1979) Goal Attainment and Locus of Control: Life Planning Impacts. Journal of College Student Personnel, 353-357.

3. Johnson, C.W. , Pinkney, J.W. (1980) Outreach: Counseling Service Impacts on Faculty Advising of Students. Journal of College Student Personnel, January 1980, 80-84.

4. Johnson, C.W.  (1982) Microcomputer-administered Research: What it Means for Educational Researchers. Educational Researcher, 11(3): 12-16.

5. Johnson, C.W.  Microcomputers in Educational Research, ERIC/TM, Princeton, N.J., 1982. 

6. Butler, P.G., Johnson, C.W. , Shreve, W.E. (1985) Evaluation of a Psychiatry Clerkship: Factors in Success. Journal of Psychiatric Education, 9(4).

7. Johnson, C.W. , Adams, M.A., Bruning, R. (1985) Keywords and Vocabulary Acquisition: Some Words of Caution about Words of Assistance. Educational Communication and Technology Journal, 33(2).

8. Johnson, C.W. , Orban, D.A. (1985) Light Pen as Magic Wand: Computerize Classroom Visual Aids using an Extended BASIC. Educational Technology, 25(3): 20-24.

9. Johnson, C.W.  (1986) A More Rigorous Quasi-Experimental Alternative to the One-Group Pretest-Post-test Design. Educational and Psychological Measurement, Autumn 1986, 46(3): 585-591.

10. Johnson, C.W. , Hickson, J.F., Fetter, W.J., Reichenbach, D. (1987) Microcomputer as Teacher/Researcher in a Nontraditional Setting. Computers in Human Behavior, 1987, 3(1): 1-10.

11. Johnson, C.W. , Fetter, W.F., Koleosho, O.J., Fay, M.A., Smith, G.G. (1988) A Computer-Based AIDS Education Game. Microcomputers in Education.

12. Johnson, C.W., Fetter, W.J., Koleosho, O.J., Fay, M.A. (1989) The Block AIDS Quiz. US VideoTel. 

13. Johnson, C.W. , Grover, P.A. (1993) Hyper tutor Therapy for Interactive Instruction,. Educational Technology, January 1993, 33(1): 5-16.

14. Turley, J.P., Johnson, C.W., Johnson, T.R., Zhang, J. (2000) A Clean Slate: initiating a graduate program in health informatics. MD Computing, 18(1): 47-48.

15. Johnson, C.W. (2001) Dental Postgraduates Prefer Hyper tutorial Statistics Lessons in Randomized Web Course Comparisons. Proc, AMIA.

16. Johnson, C.W. , Katyal, P., Frenzel, J., Ali, A. Hypertutorial and Conventional Web-Based Lessons Evaluated Similarly by Dental Postgraduates in Health Informatics Statistics Course. Proceedings of the IMIA Working Group on Education Conference, Portland, April, 2003.

17. Johnson CW, Xing Y, Yang L. Randomized Comparisons among Health Informatics Students Identify Hypertutorial Features as Improving Web-based Instruction. Proc AMIA Symp 2003::328-30.

18. Johnson C.W., Vinh DT, Phelps CL., One-hour lecture/demo produces mastery level back safety transfer skills self-efficacy in randomized comparisons among hospital nurses, Medinfo 2004: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 107(Pt 2):889-93, 2004.

19. Johnson C.W., Vinh DT, Phelps CL., One-hour lecture/demo produces mastery level back safety transfer skills self-efficacy in randomized comparisons among hospital nurses, Medinfo 2004: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 107(Pt 2):889-93, 2004.

20. Bernstam, E.V., Sagaram, S., Walji, M., Johnson, C.W. , Meric-Bernstam, F. (2005) Usability of quality measures for online health information: can commonly used technical quality criteria be reliably assessed?. Int J med Inf, 74(7-8):675-83.

21. Edmonson SR, Esquivel A, Mokkarala P, Johnson CW, Phelps CL. Using technology to teach technology: design and evaluation of bilingual online physician education about electronic medical records, AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005;:946.

22. Walji, M., Sagaram, S., Meric-Bernstam, F., Johnson, C.W. , Bernstam, E.V. Searching for cancer-related information online: unintended retrieval of complementary and alternative medicine information. Int J Med Inf, 74(1):685-93, 2005.

23. Johnson, C.W. , Johnson, R., McKee, J.C. Targeted Early Alert and Intervention for Retention of Health Workforce Students: Academic Risk Factors and Adverse Academic Status, Proceedings of the 2007 Health Workforce Diversity Regional Conferences, Lubbock, TX, March 6, 2007.

24. Johnson, C.W. , Johnson, R., McKee, J.C. Targeted Early-Alert and Early-Intervention for Retention of Nursing Students, Proceedings of the 2007 Student Success Conference: Promoting a Successful Transition from Applicant to Registered Nurse, Houston, TX, April 15, 2007.

25. Johnson, C.W. , Johnson, R., McKee, J.C. Targeted Early Alert and Intervention for Retention of Health Workforce Students: Academic Risk Factors and Adverse Academic Status, (Research Update 1), Proceedings of the 2007 Health Workforce Diversity Regional Conferences, El Paso, TX, May 4, 2007.

26. Johnson, C.W. , Johnson, R., McKee, J.C. Targeted Early Alert and Intervention for Retention of Health Workforce Students: Academic Risk Factors and Adverse Academic Status, (Research Update 2), Proceedings of the 2007 Health Workforce Diversity Regional Conferences, Houston, TX, June 12, 2007.

27. Johnson, C.W. , Johnson, R., McKee, J.C. Targeted Early Alert and Intervention for Retention of Health Workforce Students: Academic Risk Factors and Adverse Academic Status, (Research Update 3), Proceedings of the 2007 Health Workforce Diversity Regional Conferences, McAllen, TX, July 12, 2007.

28. Bernstam E.V., Walji M.F., Sagaram S., Sagaram, D., Johnson, C.W. , Meric-Bernstam, F.(2008)  Commonly cited Web site quality criteria are not effective at identifying inaccurate online information about breast cancer. Cancer, 112(6), 1206-13. 

29. Johnson, C.W., Johnson, R., Mckee, J.C., & Kim, M.. Using the personal background preparation survey to identify health science professions students at risk for adverse academic events. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 14(5):739-752. DOI 10.1007/s10459-009-9156-4.

30. Johnson, C.W., Johnson, R., Kim, M., & Mckee, J.C. (2009) Personal Background Preparation Survey for early identification of nursing students at risk for attrition. Journal of Nursing Education. 48(11):606-613. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20090716-06.

31. Willcockson, I.U., Johnson, C.W., Hersh, W., & Bernstam, E.V. (2009) Predictors of student success in graduate biomedical informatics training: introductory course and program success. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 16(6):837-846.

32. D'Amore, J.,  Murray, J., Powers, H.  Johnson, C. (2011). Does Telephone Follow-up Predict Patient Satisfaction and Readmission? Population Health Management. 14(5) 249-55.

33. Nauert, R., Pepper, C., Nguyen, V., & Johnson, C.W. Predictors of Health Information Technology (HIT) Adoption in Texas Long-Term Care Facilities,  Proc. AMIA 2012.

34. Vijayan, S., Johnson, R., Johnson,C.W., Informatics Support for an Online Scalable Diagnostic and Prescriptive Student Retention System for Health Science Community Colleges. Proc. AMIA 2012.

35. Tata, D., Johnson, R., Johnson, C.W., A Diagnostic-Prescriptive Technology for Nursing Student Retention Proc. AMIA 2012.

36. Joffe, E. Turley, J.P., Hwang, K.O., Johnson, T.R., Johnson, C.W., & Bernstam, E.V. (2013) Evaluation of a problem-specific SBAR tool to improve after-hours nurse-physician phone communication: A randomized trial. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 39(11), 495-601.

37. Willcockson, I.U., Herskovic, J.R., Sutton, M.A., Hoyt, R.E., Johnson, C.W., Johnson, T.R., & Berntam, E.V. Using Early Quizzes to Predict Student Outcomes in Online Introductory Biomedical Informatics Courses. Proc. AMIA, November 2013, 1495.

38. Joffe, E. Byrne, M.J. Reeder, P., Herskovic, J.R. Johnson, C.W., McCoy, A.B., Sittig, D.F., Bernstam, E.V. A benchmark comparison of deterministic and probabilistic methods for defining manual review datasets in duplicate records reconciliation. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013;0:1–8. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2013-001744.

39. Joffe, E. Turley, J.P., Hwang, K.O., Johnson, T.R., Johnson, C.W., & Bernstam, E.V. (2013) Errors in after-hours phone consultations: a simulation study. BMJ Quality & Safety Online First, published on 13 December 2013 as 10.1136/bmjqs-2013-002243.

40. Gautham, M., Iyengar, M.S., & Johnson C.W. (2014) Mobile phone-based clinical guidance for rural health providers in India. Health Informatics Journal, DOI: 10.1177/1460458214523153,1-14. 

41. Valenza, J.A., Taylor, D., Walji, M.F., Johnson, C.W.  Assessing the benefit of a personalized EHR-generated informed consent in a dental school setting. Journal of Dental Education, 78(8), 1182 – 1193, 2014.

42. Johnson, C.W., Harrington, C., Howell, R. & Akinwande, T. Online quiz taking: Does allowing repeated tries without penalty for incorrect responses increase guessing?  Proc. AMIA 2014.

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