Stephanie is an Associate Professor in the Midwifery Department at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and Certification in Nurse-Midwifery from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Devane-Johnson has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife for 23+ years and has worked in private practice settings as well as academic institutions, providing care for women from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. In her 22 years, she has caught over 2,000 babies.
Dr. DeVane Johnson’s research is focused on breastfeeding and health disparities in African Americans. She has written and published on the impact that cultural and socio-historical influences have on African Americans. These publications document the emerging problem of cultural and historical factors that impact infant feeding decision-making among African American mothers.
Dr. DeVane-Johnson is also on the Board of Directors for the IBCLC “Pathway 2 Breastfeeding” program at A&T University in Greensboro NC. A community initiative that aims to combat health disparities in the African-American community by increasing the number of Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) of color who can provide breastfeeding education and support.