Joy Johnson was appointed Vice-President, Research and International at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2014. Prior to her appointment, she served as a professor in the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing since 1993. While at UBC she developed a highly productive program of research focused on health promotion and health behavior change. A major thrust of her work focused on sex and gender issues in substance use and mental health. She obtained millions of dollars in research funding from national funding organizations and published more than 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Johnson’s 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.
While at UBC, Joy was seconded to serve as the Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) from 2008 – 2014. During her time at CIHR, she led a number of policy initiatives including one that focused on the integration of sex and gender considerations in research funding opportunities.
In her current role at SFU, Joy leads the university’s strategic research initiatives and facilitates international opportunities that foster research collaborations and student exchange. Her work focuses on facilitating research excellence and helping SFU respond to new opportunities. Building on her long-standing leadership and research experience, she works with faculty, students and staff to secure research partnerships within the community and industry.