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Joy Johnson (nurse)

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Nationality  Canadian
Name  Joy Johnson

Role  Nurse
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Institutions  [1] Simon Fraser University
Spouse  Pam Ratner, PhD, FCAHS, Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President Enrolment and Academic Facilities pro tem, University of British Columbia
Alma mater  University of Alberta, University of British Columbia
Fields  Nursing, Public health, Gender

Institution  Simon Fraser University

Joy Louise Johnson (FCAHS) is a Canadian nurse and medical researcher. She is a researcher in gender and health science and a professor of nursing who became the first woman to be appointed Vice-President Research for Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada in 2014.


Academic Work and Life

Johnson graduated with a PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta in 1993. She worked as a nurse at St. Paul's Hospital and other facilities before returning to graduate school.

From 2003 to 2007, she was the UBC Unit Director, Centre for Addictions Research of BC. From 2008 to 2014, she was the Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Johnson held a professorship in the University of British Columbia, School of Nursing, with a focus on health promotion and health behaviour change. She is on the editorial board of the journal Advances in Nursing Science. Johnson also served on the boards of Women's Health Research Institute and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

In 2014, she became SFU's first female Vice President of Research. She succeeded Mario Pinto.

Research Program

Johnson’s research program is geared toward promoting health and modifying health-related behaviour.

Her program highlights the need to integrate sex and gender differences in research design. In particular, women and men exhibit different health behaviours and react differently to drugs and other therapies. Medical devices or other equipment physically fit the sexes differently. Ignoring these differences compromises treatment quality.

One reason for ignoring sex differences in drug therapies, for example, is the standard of controlling for extraneous variables such as hormones. This is done in order to attribute health changes to the drug being tested. Because female hormones fluctuate more than do males’, experiments typically use male subjects. The obvious problem is that we then have comparatively little data about how women respond to the same drug therapies, which compromises women’s health.

Johnson’s solution for researchers of any health area is to ask how sex and gender affect the issue in question. The goal of this approach is to improve the quality of health research and in turn quality of life regardless of sex or gender.


  • 2006 – UBC Killam Research Award which are awarded annually to top campus researchers in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions of international significance.
  • 2010 – Named one of The Vancouver Sun's BC's 100 Women of Influence for her work in health behaviour.
  • 2012 – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Selected publications

  • Haines-Saah, R. J., Johnson, J. L., Repta, R., & Ostry, A. (2014). The privileged normalization of marijuana use – an analysis of Canadian newspaper reporting, 1997–2007. Critical Public Health, 24(1), 47–61. doi:10.1080/09581596.2013.771812
  • Maggi, S., Lovato, C. Y., Hill, E. M., & Johnson, J. L. (2014). Adolescents’ Perceptions of Parental Influences on Their Smoking Behavior: A Content Analysis. Youth and Society, 46(1), 132.
  • Moffat, B. M., Jenkins, E. K., & Johnson, J. L. (2013). Weeding out the information: an ethnographic approach to exploring how young people make sense of the evidence on cannabis. Harm Reduction Journal, 10(1), 34.
  • Tarlier, D. S., Johnson, J. L., Browne, A. J., & Sheps, S. (2013). Maternal-Infant Health Outcomes and Nursing Practice in a Remote First Nations Community in Northern Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 45(2), 1.
  • Bottorff, J. L., Oliffe, J. L., Kelly, M. T., & Johnson, J. L. (2013). Reconciling Parenting and Smoking in the Context of Child Development. Qualitative Health Research, 23(8), 1042.
  • Johnson, J. L. (1996). A dialectical analysis concerning the rational aspect of the art of nursing. Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 28, 169-175.
  • Johnson, J. L. (1996). The perceptual aspect of nursing art: Sources of accord and discord. Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice, 10, 307-322.
  • Johnson, J. L., Green, L. W., Frankish, C. J., Maclean, D. R., & Stachenko, S. (1996). A dissemination research agenda to strengthen health promotion and disease prevention. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 87(supp. 2), S5-S10.
  • Johnson, J. L., Ratner, P. A., & Bottorff, J. L. (1995). Urban-rural differences in the health-promoting behaviours of Albertans. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 86, 103-108.
  • Johnson, J. L., & Morse, J. M. (1990). Regaining control: The process of adjustment after myocardial infarction. Heart and Lung, 19, 126-135.
  • Johnson, J. L. (1991). Nursing science: Basic, applied or practical? Implications for the art of nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 14(1), 7-16. [Reprinted in: Johnson, J. L. (1996). Nursing science: Basic, applied or practical? Implications for the art of nursing. In J. W. Kenney (Ed.), Philosophical and theoretical perspectives for advanced nursing practice (pp. 101–109). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett
  • Johnson, J. L., Ratner, P. A., Bottorff, J. L., & Hayduk, L. A. (1993). An exploration of Pender's Health Promotion Model using LISREL. Nursing Research, 42, 132-128.
  • Johnson, J. L., Budz, B., Mackay, M., & Miller, C. (1999). Evaluation of a nurse-delivered smoking cessation intervention for hospitalized cardiac patients. Heart and Lung, 28, 55-64.
  • Johnson, J. L., Bottorff, J. L., Balneaves, L., Grewal, S., Bhagat, R., Hilton B. A., & Clarke, H. (1999). South Asian women’s views on the causes of breast cancer: Images and explanations. Patient Education and Counseling, 37, 243-254.
  • References

    Joy Johnson (nurse) Wikipedia

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