Lisa  Johnson 

Associate Professor

Professional Practice

Bachelor's Degree(s): Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Mississippi University for Women, 1982.
Master's Degree: Kinesiology, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1997.
PhD: Kinesiology, Louisiana State University, 2006.
Phone: 225-578-3552
Fax: 225-578-3680
Office: 93A Huey P. Long Field House


Lisa G. Johnson, PhD, HFS, PES is an Associate Professor–Professional Practice currently serving as the Director of the Fitness Studies Concentration and Coordinator of the Health Science Minor. Johnson is active professionally, as demonstrated by her numerous presentations at international, national, regional and state conferences, including the Hawaii International Conference on Education, the annual meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). She has published over 15 articles in referred journals and served as a guest reviewer for Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, and Human Kinetics. She also served as the primary investigator and co-coordinator of the GeauxHeart Baton Rouge, a community service grant implemented in 2009-2010 targeting underserved populations at higher risk for cardiovascular disease in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Johnson’s other research interests include physical environmental influences on physical activity and health and endocrine responses to exercise. Johnson has been on the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD) Board of Directors for over 12 years serving as President, Vice President of the General Division, Vice President of the Physical Education Division, and Chair of the Exercise Science and Higher Education Sections. She also served as Southern District AAHPERD Vice President for the Health Division and a member of the Southside YMCA Board of Directors. Johnson teaches Exercise Testing and Prescription (service learning course), Introduction to Health Promotion, Methods of Teaching Wellness Education and coordinates the Fitness Studies Concentration internship program. Other courses she teaches include Scientific Basis for Exercise, Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology, Principles of Conditioning, Health and the Aging Process, and Community Safety Education. She also coordinates and actively promotes undergraduate research and community service efforts at local facilities such as the Leo S. Butler Community Center, BREC, YMCA and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Awards & Honors

Dr. Johnson was the recipient of the 2012 College of Education Partnership Award.  In 2008, Johnson received the LAHPERD Honor Award, Southeastern Louisiana University’s (SELU) College of Nursing and Health Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award, the SELU Kinesiology and Health Studies Outstanding Alumnus Award, and was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame. She received the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1999 and 2003.

Selected Publications

Daray, L.A., Henagan, T.M., Zanovec, M., Earnest, C.P., Johnson, L.G., Winchester, J., Tuuri, G., and Stewart, L.K. (2011).  Endurance and resistance training lowers C-reative protein in young, healthy females.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 36(5):660-70.

Zanovec, M., Johnson, L. G., Marx, B. D., Keenan, M. J., and Tuuri, G. (2009). Self-reported physical activity improves prediction of body fatness in young adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41: 328-335.

Zanovec, M., Lakkakula, P., Johnson, L.G., & Tuuri, G. (2009). Physical Activity is Associated with Percent Body Fat and Body Composition but not BMI in White and Black College Students, International Journal of Exercise Science, 2:175-185

Selected Presentations

Solmon, M. & Johnson, L.G. (2012). Making Schools and Communities Healthy Spaces: Using Research Evidence to Promote Physical Education and Physical Activity. Presented at the Southern District AAHPERD Convention, Orlando, FL.

Johnson, L.G., Castle, R., Daray, L., McGregor, A., Cargo, C., Thibodaux, J., Ray D., Gremillion, S., Waits, T. (2011, January). GeauxHeart Baton Rouge: Implementing Internships And Service Learning Through A Community Service Research Grant Targeting At-Risk Populations. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI

Castle, R., Johnson, L.G., Ray D., Gremillion, S., Daray, L., McGregor, A., Dailey, D. (2011, January). GeauxHeart Baton Rouge:  Impacting At-Risk Cardiovascular Populations Through Community And Faith-Based Centers. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Daray, L., Henegan, T., Zanovec, M., Earnest, C., Johnson, L.G., Winchester, J.B., Tuuri, G., & Stewart, L.K. (2010, April). An evaluation of endurance and combined endurance and resistance training on fitness and C-reactive protein. Paper presented at the Experimental Biology annual meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

Johnson, L.G., Castle, R., Stone, D. & Solmon, M. (2008). GeauxHeart Baton Rouge, Vanguard Chartiable Endowment Fund - Edwards Lifesciences Strategic Grant.  $99,902 -- funded $50,000.

Baker, B., Johnson, L.G., & Stewart, L (2009). Physical Activity, Diet and Endurance Training. College of Education Faculty Research Support Grant. $9,868 – funded $1,500.

Curriculum Vitae