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Joan Ellen Kub, Ph.D.

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Joint Appointment in Medicine

Research Interests: Substance abuse and violence; Dating violence; Domestic violence; Tuberculosis; End-of-life care and spirituality; Public health nursing more


Dr. Joan E. Kub holds a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and holds a joint appointment in health, behavior and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Kub received her B.S.N. from South Dakota State University. She earned an M.S. in nursing science from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, an M.A. in theology from St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute and a Ph.D. in public health behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

She also completed a three-year faculty development fellowship in the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse at Johns Hopkins. She joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1986.

A public health nurse and behavioral scientist, Dr. Kub has a special interest in teaching, writing and research about violence and substance abuse as public health problems, and in ethics and spirituality. She coordinates the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing MSN/MPH program, a joint program with the Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Dr. Kub’s current clinical practice is focused on classroom substance abuse and violence prevention programs for youth. She currently provides continuing education to public health nurses in Maryland with support from a federal grant awarded to the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center. 

Her earlier work has involved high-risk families and community-based primary prevention. She has been a co-investigator on studies examining the consequences of domestic violence, dating violence and bullying behavior in youth, including two ongoing federally funded studies—one on workplace violence and another on childhood asthma in an urban setting. She also is involved in projects that examine the role spirituality plays in health and recovery. 

In 2006, Dr. Kub received the Maryland Nurses Association Mentor of the Year award. more


  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

End-of-life, Patient preferences, Role of loved ones, Patient-family decision making

Clinical Trials

Trial of Ascertaining Individual Preferences for Loved One's Role in End-of-Life

Selected Publications

Gibbons MC, Illangasekare SL, Smith E, Kub J. "A community health initiative: evaluation and early lessons learned." Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016 Spring;10(1):89-101. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2016.0011.

Butz AM, Ogborn J, Mudd S, Ballreich J, Tsoukleris M, Kub J, Bellin M, Bollinger ME. "Factors associated with high short-acting β2-agonist use in urban children with asthma." Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015 May;114(5):385-92. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2015.03.002. Epub 2015 Mar 31.

Bellin M, Osteen P, Collins K, Butz A, Land C, Kub J. "The influence of community violence and protective factors on asthma morbidity and healthcare utilization in high-risk children." J Urban Health. 2014 Aug;91(4):677-89. doi: 10.1007/s11524-014-9883-6.

Butz AM, Halterman J, Bellin M, Kub J, Tsoukleris M, Frick KD, Thompson RE, Land C, Bollinger ME. "Improving preventive care in high risk children with asthma: lessons learned." J Asthma. 2014 Jun;51(5):498-507. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2014.892608. Epub 2014 Feb 27.

Bellin MH, Kub J, Frick KD, Bollinger ME, Tsoukleris M, Walker J, Land C, Butz AM. "Stress and quality of life in caregivers of inner-city minority children with poorly controlled asthma." J Pediatr Health Care. 2013 Mar-Apr;27(2):127-34. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2011.09.009. Epub 2011 Nov 16.

Butz AM, Halterman JS, Bellin M, Kub J, Frick KD, Lewis-Land C, Walker J, Donithan M, Tsoukleris M, Bollinger ME. "Factors associated with completion of a behavioral intervention for caregivers of urban children with asthma." J Asthma. 2012 Nov;49(9):977-88. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2012.721435. Epub 2012 Sep 19.

Butz AM, Halterman JS, Bellin M, Tsoukleris M, Donithan M, Kub J, Thompson RE, Land CL, Walker J, Bollinger ME. "Factors associated with second-hand smoke exposure in young inner-city children with asthma." J Asthma. 2011 Jun;48(5):449-57. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2011.576742. Epub 2011 May 5.

Butz A, Kub J, Donithan M, James NT, Thompson RE, Bellin M, Tsoukleris M, Bollinger ME. "Influence of caregiver and provider communication on symptom days and medication use for inner-city children with asthma." J Asthma. 2010 May;47(4):478-85. doi: 10.3109/02770901003692793.

Kub J, Jennings JM, Donithan M, Walker JM, Land CL, Butz A. "Life events, chronic stressors, and depressive symptoms in low-income urban mothers with asthmatic children." Public Health Nurs. 2009 Jul-Aug;26(4):297-306. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2009.00784.x.

Walker J, Lewis-Land C, Kub J, Tsoukleris M, Butz A. "The effect of violence on asthma: are our children facing a double-edged sword?" J Community Health. 2008 Dec;33(6):384-8. doi: 10.1007/s10900-008-9113-9.

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2014
  • Mentor of the Year, Maryland Nurses Association, 2006
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