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 William 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 a 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 was the first in the State of Indiana to achieve this certification and currently is one of four statewide and one of about 200 across the United States. 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
  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  Dignity Therapy



  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. Walther Cancer Foundation (7/1/2016 - 6/30/2019)

"Faculty Development in Supportive Oncology" 

This faculty development award is providing protected time and the necessary resources to pursue the long-term career goal of becoming a national leader in supportive oncology research. Mentoring, training plans, and appropriate deliverables are specified.

Role: PI


II. Indiana University Health (7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017)

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

The purpose of this three-arm pilot efficacy trial is to compare Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, survivorship education, and usual care among breast cancer survivors with clinically significant fear of cancer recurrence.

Role: PI


III. Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) (8/27/2014 - 8/26/2017)

Behavioral Project Development Team

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

This project is assessing inflammatory cytokines in blood samples collected as part of a randomized trial comparing two behavioral interventions for adults with cancer-related fatigue.

Role: PI 

Selected Publications                         l               


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1. Mosher CE, Secinti E, Johns SA, O'Neil BH, Helft PR, Shahda S, Jalal SI, Champion VL. Examining the effect of peer helping in a coping skills intervention: a randomized controlled trial for advanced gastrointestinal cancer patients and their family caregivers. Qual Life Res. 2017 Jun 10. doi:10.1007/s11136-017-1620-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28601957.

2. Torke AM, Wocial LD, Johns SA, Sachs GA, Callahan CM, Bosslet GT, Slaven JE, Perkins SM, Hickman SE, Montz K, Burke ES. The Family Navigator: A Pilot Intervention to Support Intensive Care Unit Family Surrogates. Am J Crit Care.2016 Nov;25(6):498-507. PubMed PMID: 27802950; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5117831.

3. Von Ah D, Storey S, Crouch A, Johns SA, Dodson J, Dutkevitch S. Relationshipof Self-reported Attentional Fatigue to Perceived Work Ability in Breast CancerSurvivors. Cancer Nurs. 2016 Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27782905.

4. Mosher CE, Tometich DB, Hirsh A, Rand KL, Johns SA, Matthias MS, Outcalt SD, Bricker J, Schneider B, Mina L, Storniolo AM, Newton E, Miller K. Symptom experiences in metastatic breast cancer patients: relationships to activity engagement, value-based living, and psychological inflexibility. Psychooncology. 2016 Sep 20. doi: 10.1002/pon.4283. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27648927; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5359070.

5. Von Ah D, Storey S, Tallman E, Nielsen A, Johns SA, Pressler S. Cancer, Cognitive Impairment, and Work-Related Outcomes: An Integrative Review. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2016 Sep 1;43(5):602-16. doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.602-616. PubMed PMID:27541553.

6. Mosher CE, Daily S, Tometich D, Matthias MS, Outcalt SD, Hirsh A, Johns SA, Rand K, Schneider B, Mina L, Storniolo AM, Newton E, Miller K. Factors underlying metastatic breast cancer patients' perceptions of symptom importance: a qualitative analysis. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2016 Jul 27. doi:10.1111/ecc.12540. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27464353; PubMed CentralPMCID: PMC5272918.

7. Johns SA, Brown LF, Beck-Coon K, Talib TL, Monahan PO, Giesler RB, Tong Y, Wilhelm L, Carpenter JS, Von Ah D, Wagner CD, de Groot M, Schmidt K, Monceski D, Danh M, Alyea JM, Miller KD, Kroenke K. Randomized controlled pilot trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction compared to psychoeducational support for persistently fatigued breast and colorectal cancer survivors. Support CareCancer. 2016 Oct;24(10):4085-96. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3220-4. Epub 2016 May17. PubMed PMID: 27189614; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5221754.

8. Cohee AA, Stump T, Adams RN, Johns SA, Von Ah D, Zoppi K, Fife B, Monahan PO, Cella D, Champion VL. Factors associated with depressive symptoms in young long-term breast cancer survivors. Qual Life Res. 2016 Aug;25(8):1991-7. doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1241-6. Epub 2016 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 26883816; PubMedCentral PMCID: PMC4946980.

9. Johns SA, Von Ah D, Brown LF, Beck-Coon K, Talib TL, Alyea JM, Monahan PO, Tong Y, Wilhelm L, Giesler RB. Randomized controlled pilot trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction for breast and colorectal cancer survivors: effects on cancer-related cognitive impairment. J Cancer Surviv. 2016 Jun;10(3):437-48. doi: 10.1007/s11764-015-0494-3. Epub 2015 Nov 19. PubMed PMID: 26586494; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4864185.

10. Cohee AA, Adams RN, Johns SA, Von Ah D, Zoppi K, Fife B, Monahan PO, Stump T, Cella D, Champion VL. Long-term fear of recurrence in young breast cancer survivors and partners. Psychooncology. 2017 Jan;26(1):22-28. doi:10.1002/pon.4008. Epub 2015 Oct 21. PubMed PMID: 26490953; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4840075.

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