Deborah L. Johnston, Ed.D.

Interim Dean, Fall 2004, 2005-2006

Deborah L. Johnston, Ed.D., served as interim dean in the School of Education during the fall of 2004 through the end of 2006. 

Johnston is an associate professor in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor.

Johnston joined the Baylor faculty in 1987 after having taught as a lecturer in Health and Physical Education at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwest Missouri State University, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Baylor and an Ed.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Arkansas.

Johnston was a Baylor graduate teaching assistant and lecturer in the department of Health and Physical Education and Recreation from 1980 until 1984. She later worked as a graduate teaching assistant in Health and Physical Education at the University of Arkansas until 1987. During her first year back at Baylor, she served as director of the Baylor University Wellness Program.

Johnston is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Texas American College of Sports Medicine, the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation & Dance and the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation & Dance.

She has published several articles in such publications as the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and The Journal of Human Movement Studies.

Johnston also has several research projects in progress including one on the effects of creatine on the performance of college football athletes.

Specialty Area

Applied Exercise Physiology
Higher Education Administration

Current Courses Taught

Exercise Physiology
Undergraduate Research Methods in Exercise Science
Graduate Research Methods in HHPR

Principal Publications

Colson, S.N., Wyatt, F.B., Johnston, D.L., Autrey, L.D., FitzGerald, Y.L., and Earnest, C.P. (2005). Cordyceps sinesis and Rhodiola rosea based supplementation in male cyclists and the effect on muscle tissue oxygen saturation. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 19(2), 358-363.

Hallam JS, Williams D, Saxon T, Johnston D., (2001) The use of the Transtheoretical Model processes in college student exercise behavior. American Journal of Health Behavior, 25 (3):36 2000 May-Jun.

Knudson, D., & Johnston, D. (1998). Abdominal muscle activation in two trunk-curl tests. In J. Wilkerson, K. Ludwig, & W. Zimmerman (Eds.). Biomechanics in Sports XV: Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports (pp. 205-210). Denton, TX: Texas Woman's University.

Knudson, Duane and Johnston, Deborah (1998). Comparison of EMG responses during various abdominal curl up tests. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research , Manuscript accepted for publication in 1998.