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Prof. Portia Johnson 75

Portia Johnson, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor - Undergraduate Dept.

College of Nursing


Dr. Johnson’s publications focus on dietary lifestyle changes, and her research interest is obesity in African-American women. She has experience in the pharmaceutical industry, working at Hoffman LaRoche as a senior drug safety services associate. In that role, she trained and supervised pharmacy residents and delivered presentations to the salesforce on drug safety, among other duties. Dr. Johnson completed her B.S.N. at William Paterson University and her M.S.N. at Hunter College. In 2004, she received her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University. In the past, she has taught courses in health promotion and medical terminology at Gibbs College and Bloomfield College. Dr. Johnson also served as a research teaching specialist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry’s New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Johnson currently serves as president of the Concerned Black Nurses of Newark local chapter. The organization was one of the honorees recognized in 2015 for health care services provided to the community of Newark.


  • Ed.D. Columbia University
  • M.S.N. Hunter College
  • B.S.N. William Paterson University
  • A.A.S. Mercer County Community College

Academic Distinctions

  • Faculty Researchers of the Year Award (team award with Jane Dellert), Seton Hall University, 2014  
  • Nurse Educator of the Year, Northern New Jersey Chapter, National Black Nurses Association, 2012
  • Nurse of the Year Award, Concerned Black Nurses of Newark, National Black Nurses Association, 2012



Office Phone
(973) 761-9267


Office Location
Room NU229
Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Building


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