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, Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Dr. Johns is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in IU School of Medicine's Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. As a clinician-scientist in the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and in Regenstrief Institute's Center for Health Services Research, her primary research interests include the study of behavioral interventions to address common cancer-related symptoms (i.e., fatigue, depression, anxiety). After more than a decade in full-time clinical practice, Dr. Johns recently completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in behavioral oncology at Indiana University School of Nursing funded by the National Cancer Institute and the Walther Cancer Foundation.


Research activities include collaboration as Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Kurt Kroenke on a randomized controlled pilot assessing the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on cancer survivors with persistent cancer-related fatigue. In this trial, participants receiving MBSR, compared to wait-list controls, reported significantly improved fatigue severity and interference, depression, and sleep at the end of the intervention with effects maintained through 1- and 6-month follow-up. Dr. Johns also collaborates as Co-PI with Dr. Paul Helft and the Indiana University RESPECT Center to test the web-based dignity-enhancing intervention she developed for adults with advanced-stage cancers.


Dr. Johns is a recent recipient of an Indiana CTSI KL2 Young Investigator Award. This one-year career development award will fund completion of clinical trials as well as manuscript and grant preparation and submission. She actively serves as an Executive Member of the IU School of Medicine's Palliative Care Fellowship Committee.

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 Wishard Memorial Hospital. 



  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. NIH/NCATS  K12 Institutional Career Development Award        07/01/2012 - 06/30/2013

"Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute – K12 Program" (PI: Anantha Shekhar)

Role: Young Investigator Awardee (One-Year CDA)


II. BCOG Center for Symptoms Management                            04/13/2012 - 10/13/2013

“Treatment for Breast Cancer Survivors with Persistent Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Randomized Controlled Trial” (PI: Kurt Kroenke)

A randomized controlled pilot assessing the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on cancer survivors with persistent cancer-related fatigue. Role: Co-PI.


III. Indiana University RESPECT Center                                    10/28/2011 - 10/27/2012

“Feasibility and Acceptability of a Novel Web Portal to Enhance Legacy Building for Those with Advanced Cancer” (PI: Paul Helft)

To test the web-based dignity-enhancing intervention, developed by Dr. Johns, for adults with advanced-stage cancers. Role: Co-PI and Project Manager.


IV. Walther Cancer Foundation Burdette-Kunkle Award                02/01/2010 - current

“Pilot Study of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Patients with Persistent Cancer-Related Fatigue” (PI: Kurt Kroenke)

Role: Co-PI and Project Manager.

Selected Publications 


Go To PubMed List >> 

  1. Johns, SA, Kroenke, K, Krebs, EE, Theobald, D, Wu, J, Tu, W. (in press). Longitudinal comparison of three depression measures in adult cancer patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
  2. Johns, SA. (in press). Translating dignity therapy into practice: Effects and lessons learned. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.
  3. Johns, SA, Kroenke, K, Theobald, DE, Wu, J, & Tu, W.  (2011). Telecare management of pain and depression in patients with cancer: Patient satisfaction and predictors of use. J Ambulatory Care Management, 34(2), 126-139.
  4. Ziner, K, Sledge, G, Bell, CJ, Johns, SA, Miller, K & Champion, V. (2012). Predicting fear of breast cancer recurrence and self-efficacy in survivors by age at diagnosis. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(3), 287-295. 
  5. Carpenter, JS, Yu, M, Wu, J, Von Ah, D, Milata, J, Otte, J L, Johns, S, Schneider, B, Storniolo, AM, Salomon, R, Desta, Z, Cao, J, Jin, Y, Philips, S, & Skaar, T. (2009). Evaluating the role of serotonin in hot flashes after breast cancer using acute tryptophan depletion. Menopause, 16(4), 644-652.
  6. Carpenter, JS, Storniolo, AM, Johns, S, Monahan, PO, Azzouz, F, Elam, JL, & Shelton, RC. (2007). Randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trials of venlafaxine for hot flashes in breast cancer survivors. Oncologist, 12(1), 124-135.

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