1972 Ph.D., University of Iowa
1964 M.S., Winona State University
1960 B.S., Winona State University
Dr. Johnson’s research interests have focused on body composition and human performance. He was a major contributor to the Midwest Wrestling Study, a ten year research study which validated a body composition equation that predicts a safe wrestling weight for high school wrestlers. This technique is now used by over 50,000 high school wrestlers per year and will soon be mandated for all states. He has contributed to over 100 refereed publications and research presentations and is currently the co-editor of the textbook “Introduction to Exercise Science” with colleagues Dr. Terry and Dr. Dona Housh. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Strength and Conditioning Research.
Dr. Johnson is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and a Research Consortium Fellow in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He has received the Honor Award from the Nebraska Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as well as seven UNL Parents Association Awards for contributions to students.