Shelley A. Johns, PsyD, ABPP

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

   Dr. Johns is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in IU School of Medicine's Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and a board-certified clinical health psychologist.  She is an appointed research scientist in the Willaim M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research at Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Her patient-oriented research primarily focuses on testing integrative mind-body interventions to reduce cancer-related fatigue and associated symptoms for post-treatment cancer survivors and improving adaptive coping and quality of life for adults with advanced-stage cancer and their family caregivers.


   Dr. Johns has received a Young Investigator Award from the Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), a Walther Research Scholar Award through the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, and pilot grants from the IUPUI Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Signature Center, CTSI Behavioral Project Development Team, Walther Cancer Foundation, and Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group Center for Symptom Management.  She serves as a member of the IU School of Medicine's Palliative Medicine Fellowship Executive Committee, the Internal Advisory Committee for the R25 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control at IU School of Nursing, and on the Mock Grant Review Committee, Cancer Special Interest Group, for the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Johns is currently the only board certified psychologist in the specialty of Clinical Health Psychology in the State of Indiana who is recognized by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is a Licensed Psychologist with the State of Indiana, an endorsed Health Service Provider in Psychology by the Indiana Psychology Board, and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. She is a staff psychologist at Eskanazi Health. 



  Outcomes Research
  Behavioral Oncology
  Assessment/Treatment of Cancer-Related Symptoms
  Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  Palliative Care



  Physician Group:  
  IU Health Physicians  
  Hospital Privileges:  
  Eskanazi Hospital  



  Fellowship Indiana University School of Nursing; Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  Internship West Virginia University School of Medicine
  Doctoral Degree Indiana State University Department of Psychology
  Master of Science Indiana State University Department of Psychology

Active Projects


I. Indiana CTSI (2014-2016)

"Treatment for Persistently Fatigued Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Biomarker Response." 


II. Indiana University Health Values Fund for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Health Care (2015-2017)

“Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Breast Cancer Survivors Coping with Disruptive Fear of Recurrence”

This three-arm randomized clinical pilot trial will evaluate the feasibility/acceptability of a novel therapeutic intervention – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – for breast cancer survivors with clinically significant fear of cancer recurrence.


III. Walther Cancer Foundation (2013-2015)

"Mindfully Optimizing Delivery of End-of-Life Care (MODEL Care): Feasibility of a Synergistic Intervention for Patients, Family Caregivers, and Providers" 

Selected Publications                         l               


Go To PubMed List >> 

1. Kenzik K, Pisu M, Johns SA, Baker T, Oster RA, Kvale E, Fouad MN, Martin MY. Unresolved Pain Interference among Colorectal Cancer Survivors: Implications for Patient Care and Outcomes.  Pain Medicine. 2015 Mar 20.

2. Bernat JK, Helft PR, Wilhelm LR, Hook NE, Brown LF, Althouse SK, Johns SA. Piloting an abbreviated dignity therapy intervention using a legacy-building web portal for adults with terminal cancer: a feasibility and acceptability study.  Psycho-oncology. 2015 Mar 9.

3. Wagner CD, Johns S, Brown LF, Hanna N, Bigatti SM. Acceptability and Feasibility of a Meaning-Based Intervention for Patients With Advanced Cancer and Their Spouses: A Pilot Study.  American Journal of Hospital Palliative Care. 2015 Mar 9.

4. Johns SA, Brown LF, Beck-Coon K, Monahan PO, Tong Y, Kroenke K.  Randomized controlled pilot study of mindfulness-based stress reduction for persistently fatigued cancer survivors.  Psycho-oncology. 2014 Aug 17 [Epub].

5. Johns SA. Translating dignity therapy into practice: effects and lessons learned.  Omega (Westport). 2013;67(1-2):135-45.

6. Kroenke K, Johns SA, Theobald D, Wu J, Tu W.  Somatic symptoms in cancer patients trajectory over 12 months and impact on functional status and disability.  Supportive Care in Cancer. 2013 Mar;21(3):765-73.

7. Johns SA, Kroenke K, Krebs EE, Theobald DE, Wu J, Tu W. Longitudinal comparison of three depression measures in adult cancer patients.  Journal of Pain Symptom Management. 2013 Jan;45(1):71-82.

8. Martin MY, Pisu M, Kvale EA, Johns SA.  Developing effective cancer pain education programs. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2012 Aug;16(4):332-42.

9. Ziner KW, Sledge GW, Bell CJ, Johns S, Miller KD, Champion VL.  Predicting fear of breast cancer recurrence and self-efficacy in survivors by age at diagnosis. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2012 May 1;39(3):287-95.

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