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Nathan Johnson, PT, DPT, PhD
Office Location: 

Room 204C Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 218-5429
Fax Number: 
(859) 257-2826
Position Title: 
Assistant Professor

Dr. Johnson received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Bellarmine University in 2004. After practicing as a staff physical therapist at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, he returned to school and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Kentucky in 2012. Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology.


  • Cardiorespiratory fitness and brain health
  • Successful aging through lifestyle modification
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • Arterial Spin Labeling
  • Preventive medicine through lifestyle modification

Educational Focus

  • Functional anatomy
  • Anatomy of the central nervous system
  • Anatomical atlases for students and clinicians
  • Team-Based Learning (TBL) in the classroom

Dr. Johnson enjoys cycling, camping, hiking and just about any outdoor pursuit when he is not engaged in research and teaching (which is 99.999999999% of the time).

Recent Publications
Johnson NF, Kim C, Clasey JL, Bailey AL, Gold BT (2012). Cardiorespiratory fitness is positively correlated with cerebral white matter integrity in healthy seniors. Neuroimage. 59(2): 1514–1523
Johnson NF, Kim C, Gold BT (2012). Socioeconomic status is positively correlated with frontal white matter integrity in aging. AGE. PMID: 23160736