Mary Johnson wearing a Duke blue shirt under a Magnolia Tree

Mary Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, CWP

Director of Health Services


110 Student Health and Wellness Center

(919) 760-8139

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Dr. Mary Johnson is committed to creating a culture of wellness at Meredith. After completing a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology at Meredith College, Johnson pursued an accelerated bachelor of science degree in nursing, a master of science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner, and a doctorate of nursing practice at Duke University. She returned to Meredith in November 2015 after working for several years as a provider in primary and urgent care settings and led a large program to promote vaccine registry use in urgent and convenience care clinics.

At Meredith, Johnson is a member of the college incident management team, wellness advisory committee, safety and health committee, and various campus task forces related to student wellness. In addition to her campus committees, Johnson currently serves on the board of the Southern College Health Association and the planning committee for the NCICU Health Directors. She has previously served on the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) board of directors, the North Carolina Immunization Coalition committee, and the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society board of directors.

She also is an advisor for the Peer Educators Advocating Responsible Lifestyles—a student-led initiative that addresses health topics related to college students, and a preceptor for nursing students from the University of North Carolina and Duke University School of Nursing.

In 2017, she was elected to the board of Duke Women’s Impact Network (WIN), and she hopes that her work with WIN will help engage more women in volunteer and philanthropic leadership positions.

In 2018, Johnson received the Clinical Practice Excellence Award at Duke University and was recognized for her work related to college health and wellness programming.

In 2019, she received the New Professional of the Year award from the Southern College Health Association for outstanding work and contributions to college health in her first five years in the field. Johnson received the National Wellness Institute’s wellness practitioner certification (CWP), which symbolizes an individual’s strong academic preparation, professional competency in wellness programming, and commitment to continuing education, scholarship, and professional development. She continues to use her knowledge to influence her practice and campus education.

In 2021, Johnson received the college’s Staff Recognition Award for helping lead the college’s pandemic response. That same year she joined the American College Health Association’s Leadership Institute and was part of the first cohort for the College Health and Wellness Professional Certification. The certification program brings together college health and wellness professionals in the areas of administration, clinical services, health promotion and wellness, and mental health and reflects the American College Health Association’s multidisciplinary approach to college health and wellness.

She enjoys traveling, autocrossing her MINI, and attending Duke sporting events. Dr. Johnson lives in Apex with her husband, Brice, and fur children: Grant (Great Dane) and Hurley (Hound-mix) both named after Duke Basketball legends.

Academic Credentials

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina

Professional Credentials

ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified Wellness Practitioner, National Wellness Institute
Resilience to Thriving Certified Facilitator, National Wellness Institute
Meditation Certification for Health Professionals, Wake Tech
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, Biomedical Research
American Heart Association, Life Support for Healthcare Providers
Duke University, Occupational and Environmental Safety Compliance Certified
FEMA, Incident Command System for Healthcare Certified

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