B.S., Austin Peay State University; M.S.N., University of Rhode Island




Dr Jarold “Tom” Johnston DNP, CNM, IBCLC is an Associate Professor of Nursing teaching Maternal-Child nursing, Human Lactation, nursing theory and research. He is well known for his energetic and entertaining lecture style. He is a midwife, lactation consultant, retired US Army Nurse, and the father of eight children (that’s right, 8). Dr Johnston served the US Army in several positions during his 27 years, finishing as the Chief of Midwifery at Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg (now Fort Liberty). He is active on the lecture circuit and regularly speaks at conferences across the US and internationally. His publications focus primarily on fatherhood, breastfeeding, and newborn care. He is currently the lead investigator working with an international team to develop the Lactation Assessment Care Tool (LACT) which aims to be helpful at identifying families at risk of breastfeeding complications. He serves as the Medical Director and primary provider for his private practice in Human Lactation and specializes in at-risk and premature newborns. Professionally he is active in the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Committee (LEAARC) which oversees Lactation education in the US and abroad. Locally he serves on the board of Partnership for Children, a regional organization providing care for infants and children, he is the Sunday School Director at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Haymount, and has been a scout leader in Scouts BSA for 20 years. Dr. Johnston earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, his Masters in Nursing at the University of Rhode Island, and his Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.