Professor Joy Johnson joined Simon Fraser University as the Vice-President, Research in September 2014.
From 2008 to 2014 she served as the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Gender and Health while holding a professorial appointment at the University of British Columbia. In her role as Scientific Director, she worked with the Canadian gender, sex, and health research community and stakeholders to improve the health of Canadians by identifying research priorities, developing research funding opportunities, strengthening research capacity, fostering partnerships, and translating research evidence into practice.
Professor Johnson has developed a highly productive program of research focusing on health promotion and health behaviour change. She has obtained millions of dollars in research funding from national funding organizations and has published over 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the UBC Killam Research Prize; she was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2005. In 2010, she was recognized as one of British Columbia’s 100 Women of Influence and in 2012 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.