Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson (Ph.D.) has been Vice-President, Research at Simon Fraser University since September 2014. She is former Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Joy Johnson has a long-standing interest and leadership in the field of gender and health. She served on the inaugural steering committee for the B.C. Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and was a co-leader on the B.C. Network for Women’s Health Research. Dr. Johnson founded and co-directed the highly successful multidisciplinary research unit NEXUS, dedicated to research, knowledge translation and training in the social contexts of health behaviour. She served as the Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She has served on and chaired research review panels for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.

Joy Johnson’s program of research focuses on health promotion and health behaviour change and explores the social, structural and individual factors that influence the health behaviour of individuals. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards including the UBC Killam Research Prize. In 2010, she was recognized as one of British Columbia’s 100 Women of Influence. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.