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Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, PhD, CNM

Assistant Professor
(919) 684-9302
2011 Pearson Building

Dr. DeVane-Johnson joined Duke University School of Nursing on November 1, 2017. She teaches in the ABSN program. Dr. DeVane-Johnson is known to faculty and students in our ABSN program where as a Consulting Associate she was engaged with the maternity courses and served as a mentor for ABSN and Health Equity Academy students. Having taught maternity courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, Dr. DeVane-Johnson brings a wealth of evidenced based knowledge and enthusiasm to the classroom. She has 20 years’ experience as a full scope Certified Nurse Midwife working in private practice and academic institutions, providing care for women from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Dr. DeVane-Johnson maintains her clinical practice by working part time in a private OB/GYN office in Greensboro, N.C.

She received her BSN from UNC – Charlotte, her MSN and Certification in Nurse-Midwifery from Vanderbilt University, and she earned her PhD in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. While pursuing her PhD she received several scholarships and awards including a National League of Nursing Foundation Scholarship as well as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Dissertation award. She is a fellow of the University of Pennsylvania Research Institute.

Her professional passions include women’s health, maternal/child health and decreasing health disparities in the African-American community, more specifically, the impact of cultural and socio-historical influences on infant feeding decisions in the African American community. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors for “Pathway 2 Breastfeeding”, a community initiative that works to combat health disparities in the African-American community by providing breastfeeding education and support.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program


  • PhD - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MSN - Vanderbilt University
  • BSN - University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Awards and Honors

Areas of Interest

Health Disparity
Women and Infant Health
Maternity Nursing

Representative Publications

  • 2017 -- DeVane-Johnson, S., Woods-Giscombé, C., Thoyre, S., Fogel, C., & Williams, R Integrative literature review of factors related to breastfeeding in African American women: Evidence for a potential paradigm shift Journal of Human Lactation. 33(2); 435-447
  • 2016 -- Woods Giscombe, C., Robinson, M.N., Carthon, D., DeVane-Johnson, S., Corbie-Smith, G Superwoman Schema, Stigma, Spirituality, and (Culturally) Sensitive Providers: Factors Influencing Mental Health Service Utilization in African American women Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity. 2016 9(1); 1124
  • 2016 -- Metzger, M., Song, MK., DeVane-Johnson, S LVAD Patients and Their Surrogates” Perspectives on Participating in an Advance Care Planning Intervention The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 2016 45(4); 305-310

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Shifting the gaze of Breastfeeding

    W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    05/2015 to 11/2015

    Project Goal: To describe the African American breastfeeding Culture

Monday, May 14, 2018

Stephanie DeVane-Johnson was recently featured in an article entitled "Centuries-Old Caricature Drives Divide in Breastfeeding Rates" published by NOVA on 

Despite decades of “breast is best” efforts, there remains a disconcerting divide in breastfeeding rates in America. National data show that only about 60 percent of African-American women breastfeed, compared with 80% of white and Hispanic women. In some states, namely in the South and Midwest, the gap is even wider.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stephanie DeVane-Johnson recently published an article entitled "A Qualitative Study of Social, Cultural and Historical Influences on African American Women's Infant-Feeding Practices" in the Journal of Perinatal Education. Co-authors include Cheryl Woods Giscombe, Ronald Williams II, Cathie Fogel and Suzanne Thoyre.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Stephanie Devane-Johnson and colleagues recently published an article entitled "Breast-Feeding and Practice Tips for Case Managers" published in Professional Case Management. Co-authors include Yvette Wright, LaKasha Godwin and Janiya Mitnaul Williams.