Kalisha Bonds Johnson
Dr. Kalisha Bonds Johnson is an Assistant Professor, Tenure track at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2012 from Vanderbilt University, specializing as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Most recently, Dr. Bonds Johnson graduated with a PhD from Oregon Health & Science University in 2019. During her PhD program, she was funded through several mechanisms, including the SAMHSA at American Nurses Association Minority Fellowship Program and the Jonas Foundation as a Veterans Healthcare Scholar. In her PhD studies, Dr. Bonds Johnson focused on how the caregiving experiences of African American dementia dyads (i.e., African American persons living with dementia and their African American family caregivers) were associated with their quality of life. Specifically, Dr. Bonds Johnson focused on interpersonal factors such as decision making and the relationship quality. In her postdoctoral fellowship, she advanced this line of inquiry to focus on the decision-making processes regarding healthcare services for African American persons living with dementia and how these decision-making processes affect the quality of life of African American persons living with dementia and their families. Dr. Bonds Johnson hopes to improve health outcomes from African American persons living with dementia and their families through the development of culturally tailored clinical interventions.
Areas of Expertise
Bonds Johnson, K., Epps, F., Song, M., Lyons, K. S., Driessnack, M. (2021). Using poetry as data to explore daily and formal care decision making within African American dementia dyads. Geriatric Nursing. 42(4): 919-925. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.05.001
Brewster, G. S., Bonds, K., McLennon, S., Moss, K. O., Epps, F., & Lopez, R. P. (2020). Missing the Mark: The Complexity of African American Dementia Family Caregiving. Journal of Family Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074840720945329
Bonds, K., Song, M., Whitlatch, C. J., Lyons, K. S., Kaye, J. A., & Lee, C. S. (2020). Patterns of dyadic appraisal of decision-making involvement of African American persons living with dementia. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnaa086
Bonds, K., Whitlatch, C. J., Song, M., & Lyons, K. S. (2020). Factors influencing quality of life in African American dementia dyads. Aging & Mental Health, 10:1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2020.1711865
Bonds, K., & Lyons, K. S. (2018). Formal service use by African American persons with dementia and their caregivers: An integrative review. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 44(6):33-39. https://doi.org/10.3928/00989134-20180509-06
I expect the students will achieve three skills after completing my course(s). First, students will learn to collaborate with diverse groups. To be an effective nurse, one should be able to work with patients and health care team members of different ethnicities or racial backgrounds, sexual orientation and/or religious affiliations to name a few. Second, students will have the ability to apply their scientific knowledge to real-world problems. Nursing requires the application of complex medical knowledge be applied to signs and symptoms of patients. Third, students will improve their critical thinking skills. To efficiently treat patients, nurses must be able to triage based on acuity, prioritize treatments for multiple patients and make judgements about when to seek input from other members of the healthcare team. To teach these specific skills to the students, I plan to use active learning strategies (NRC, 2000). Active learning promotes deeper understanding and greater retention of new knowledge (NRC, 2000). I will foster active learning through the encouragement of metacognition (Freeman et al., 2014) and incorporating different learning styles (Leite, Svinicki, & Shi, 2009). I am an expert. My role is to model for the students the complex ways of thinking so that they can develop the same habits of mind as professionals in the nursing field. I engaged and motivated the students during clinical instruction, and I plan to continue this effort when I teach. I will use several active learning techniques: short videos, small group discussions, and case studies. I will include modern technology in my classroom. I plan to use the clicker system, if available, if not I will have students use a related app, such as poll everywhere. I am willing to create and/or teach an online course. I was an online-distance learner for the first year of my PhD program. I understand some of the challenges as a learner and would use my insights to improve the experience for future students.
My program of research employs innovative dyadic methods and culturally relevant frameworks to examine how Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias caregiving occurs within African American families prior to long-term care placement. Specifically, my program of research focuses on daily care (e.g., activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living) and formal care (e.g., paid services usually provided by a healthcare institution) decision making and how these decisions influence the quality of life of African American dementia dyads (i.e., African American persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their African American caregivers). My long-term research goal is to become a successful and independently funded investigator with expertise in dementia caregiving within the African American community with a focus on answering important questions across the dementia trajectory and identifying novel interventions to improve the quality of life of these dyads and families.
MFP/ANADr. Hattie Bessent Research Award 2021
Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association
The Dr. Hattie Bessent Research Award is in recognition of innovative nursing
research in mental health.
Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) Vice Chair-Elect 2021
Gerontological Society of America
Carol A. Lindeman Award 2019
Oregon Health & Science University
The Carol A. Lindeman Award bears the name of the second dean of the School of
Nursing. This award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated
excellence in nursing, innovative leadership, and a vision for health care.