Jeanne D. Johnston

Coordinator, MPH Physical Activity

Associate Department Chair

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Public Health-Bloomington
(812) 855-5073
PH 042

  • Indiana University, Ph.D. in Human Performance, 2006
  • Indiana University, M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology, 1998
  • Ithaca College, B.S. in Physical Education, 1985
  • SPH K417 Physical Activity and Disease
  • SPH K553 Physical Activity and Health
  • SPH K556 Physical Activity Assessment
Research Grants

Johnston J.D., Massey A.P., and Lee S. BloomingLife: The Skelton Chase ARG. Influencing Physical Activity in the College Population. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $184,743. Role: PI. May 2008 - December 2009.

Gassman, R., Johnston, J.D., Middlestadt, S.M., Van Puymbroeck, M., Youssefagha, A.H. Catalyst for Cross-disciplinary Research within the School of HPER: A Health Risk Behavior and Outcomes Survey. January 2009 - December 2009, $25,000. Role Co-PI.

Johnston J.D. and Lindeman, A.K. Impact of a Multi-Level Intervention on Health Status and Behaviors within the College Student Population. HPER FRSP, April 2008 - May 2009, $17,000. Role: PI

Johnston J.D., Marker-Hoffman, R.L., and Clausing, S. It Pays to Play Each Day. Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, $1,000. May 2009 - December 2009. Role: PI.

Johnston, J.D. and Kennedy, C.A. Indiana University Residential Programs and Services. Impact of a Living and learning Fitness and Wellness Center on College Student Health and Well-Being. September 2007 - May 2011. $68,200.

Johnston J.D., Kennedy, C.A., and Hornsby W. AAU/Bell-Updyke-Willett Kinesiology Research Fund, Indiana University. Effects of Lifestyle Physical Activity Intervention vs. a Structured Exercise Program on Physical Activity, Health and Quality of Life in a Worksite Population. June 2007 - September 2008. $20,370.

Johnston, J.D., Kennedy, C.A. and Hornsby, W. CSX Railroad Corporation. Implementation and Evaluation of the Active Living Program within a Worksite Population. January 2007 - January 2008, $20,000.

Stager J.M. & Johnston J.D.United States Masters Swimmers Association and Senior Games. Biological Markers of Aging in Active Competitive Masters Swimmers. $15,000, August 2006.

Stager, J.M. & Johnston, J.D. AAU/Bell-Updyke-Willett Kinesiology Research Fund, Indiana University. Muscle Mass and Muscle Function in a Physically Active Aging Population. $10,000. March 2005

Johnston J.D. & Stager J.M. United States Masters Swimmers Association. Age Associated Changes in Total Body Skeletal Muscle Mass and Strength in the Master Swimmers Population. $7,000, October 2004.

Johnston, J.D.Indiana University, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Grant-in-Aid. Swimming Energy Expenditure Measurement Utilizing an Actical (registered trademark) Accelerometer. $500, April 2004.

Stager, J.M. & Johnston, J.D. Mini Mitter Corporation. Swimming Energy Expenditure Measurement Utilizing an Actical (registered trademark) Accelerometer. $9,000 gift in kind of equipment, October 2003.

Stager, J.M. & Johnston J.D.USA Swimming: Science & Technology Grant. Accelerometry as a Means of Quantifying Work, Workouts, and the Training Plan. $15,000, November 2004.

Stager J.M. & Johnston J.D.United States Masters Swimmers Association. Swimming Energy Expenditure Measurement Utilizing an Actical (registered trademark) Accelerometer. $5,000, September 2003.

Zwissler C. & Johnston J.D.Hoosiers Outrun Cancer. The W.I.S.E. Program: An Exercise Program for Cancer Patients and Survivors. $15,000, February 2001.

Zwissler, C. & Johnston, J.D. Bloomington Community Foundation. The W.I.S.E. Program: An Exercise Program for Cancer Patients and Survivors. $5000, November 2000.

Research Interests

My interest resides in utilizing physical activity as a means to prevent chronic disease, improve function in chronic diseased populations, and improve quality of life across the lifespan. Populations of interest include college students, work site, master athletes, older population, and the cancer survivor population. In addition, I have expertise in physical activity assessment methods and utilizing technology as a means to influence physical activity.

Selected Publications

Gorczyca AM, Eaton CB, LaMonte MJ, Garcia D, Johnston JD, He K, Bidulescu A, Goodman D, Groessl E, Lane D, Stefanick ML, Newcomb P, Mouton C, Chomistek AK. (2017). Association of physical activity and sitting time with incident colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women. European Journal of Cancer Prevention.

Gorczyca AM, Eaton CB, LaMonte MJ, Manson JE, Johnston JD, Bidulescu A, Waring ME, Manini T, Martin LW, Stefanick ML, He K, Chomistek AK. (2017). Change in physical activity and sitting time after myocardial infarction and mortality among postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative-Observational Study. Journal of the American Heart Association, 6(5).

Thosar S.S., Bielko S.L., Mather K.J., Johnston J.D., and Wallace J.P. (2015). Effect of prolonged sitting on endothelial function. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 47(4(, 843-9.

Johnston J.D. & Marker-Hoffman, R.L. (2013). Technology and Games as a means to Influence Physical Activity. Health Education Monograph, 30 (1), 54 - 58.

Johnston, J.D., Massey, A.P., and DeVaneaux C.A. (2012). Innovation in weight loss programs: A 3-Dimensional Virtual-World Approach. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14(5):3120

Johnston, J.D., Massey, A.P., and Marker-Hoffman, R. (2012). Influencing college students' physical activity: Results of a game-based intervention, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 6(4), 828-838.

Gassman, R. A., Agley, J., Johnston, J.D., Middlestadt, S. E., Van Puym broeck, M., and YoussefAgha, A. (2012). Catalyzing trans-disciplinary studies in public health: A college health survey and data platform. Health Promotion Practice, 13(1), 90-97

Thosar, S., Johnson, B., Johnston, J., & Wallace, J. (2012). Sitting and endothelial function: the role of shear stress. Medical Science Monitor. In press.

Johnston, J.D. Further research required to determine the efficacy of interactive computer games. British Medical Journal (, December 28, 2007.

Johnston, J.D., Schlader, Z.J., Stickford, J.L., Mickleborough, T.D., and Stager, J.M. (2007). Nutritional Considerations for the Endurance Athlete Glycogen Replenishment following Intense Exercise. ArgoFood Industry HI-Tech, 18(5), 11-14.

Karp J.R., Johnston, J.D., Tecklenburg S., Mickleborough T.D., Fly A., & Stager J.M. (2006). Chocolate Milk as a Post-Exercise Recovery Aid. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 16, 78-91.

Massey A.P., Brown S.A, & Johnston J.D. (2005). It's All Fun and Games…Until Students Learn. Journal of Information Systems Education, 16 (1), 9-14.

Stager J.M. & Johnston, J.D. (2004). Swimming in the Fountain of Youth. Swim Magazine, 20(1), 14-16.

Conference Proceedings

Johnston, J.D., Massey, A.P., and DeVaneaux, C. Innovation in weight loss intervention programs: An examination of a 3D virtual world approach, Proceedings of the 42nd Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, January 2012. {Track Best Paper runner-up}.

Book Chapters

Johnston, J.D., Sheldon, L., and Massey, A.P. Influencing physical activity and healthy behaviors in college students: Lessons from an Alternate Reality Game, In Cannon-Bowers, J. and Bowers, C. (Eds). Serious Game Design and Development: Technologies for Training and Learning, IGI Global, 2012, 270-288.

Selected Presentations

Lederer, A.M., Coe, E.E., Middlestat, S.E., and Johnston, J.D. Utilization of CAM-based stress management practices among college students. American Public Health Association, San Francisco, November 2012.

Johnston, J.D., and Frey, G. Live it...Love it...Learn it...Daily Activity for a Healthy Lifestyle. Indiana Joint National Public Health Week Conference, Indianapolis, IN April 2 - 4.

Mooradian, E., Miller, M., and Johnston, J.D. Salient Beliefs Held by Obese Youth Regarding Physical Activity. Thematic Poster. American College of Sports Medicine, May 2012, San Francisco, CA.

Johnston, J.D. Preventing and Treating Obesity across the Lifespan. Indiana Dietetic Association Meeting, Indianapolis, IN April 13, 2011.

Johnston, J.D., Thosar, S., Agley, J., Gassman, R., Middlestat, S.E., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Youssefagha, A. Physical Activity and Sedentary Patterns During College Transition Years. Peer-reviewed oral presentation at the American Public Health Association annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 6 - 10, 2010.

Johnston, J.D., Massey, A.P., and Sheldon, L. Impact of a Game Based Intervention on Physical Activity Within the College Student Population. Peer-reviewed oral presentation at the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO, November 6 - 10, 2010.

Massey, A.P., Johnston, J.D., and Sheldon, L. This is Not a (Physical Activity) Game: Designing Games for Health. Fun and Games, Leuven Belgium, September 15 - 17, 2010.

Johnston, J.D., Massey, A.P., and Sheldon, L. Influencing Physical Activity Levels of College Students: Lessons from an Alterntive Reality Game. Games for Health, Boston, June 2009.