FANNIE GASTON-JOHANSSON, the Elsie M. Lawler Professor, is the first African American female at the university to have both tenure and full professorship. She served as director of international and extramural affairs at the School of Nursing from 1995-2005. Her specific research expertise and interests include symptom management with a special focus on pain, coping strategies for pain, management of other symptoms (fatigue, psychological distress, nausea) at end of life, and quality of life. Her work has included pain management for cardiovascular diseases, postoperative care, breast cancer and other cancer diagnoses.
Currently, Dr. Gaston-Johansson is the principal investigator and director of the Center on Health Disparities Research. She is also the principal investigator and program director for the Minority Global Health Disparities Research Training Program.
Dr. Gaston-Johansson was the chief marshall for The Johns Hopkins University's 136th commencement. She received Hopkins' 2005 Diversity Recognition Award, a Links INC International Trends and Service Award, the National Black Nurses Association's "Trailblazer Award," and a citation from the U.S. Congress for her international and research endeavors.
In 2012, Dr. Gaston-Johansson was appointed University Distinguished Professor.