media release

Joy Johnson named SFU’s new VP Research

February 11, 2014

Joy Johnson, VP Research,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,


Simon Fraser University has named Dr. Joy Johnson, the Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as its Vice-President, Research.

Johnson, who was appointed after an international search, will begin her tenure on Sept. 1, 2014. Current VP, Research Mario Pinto completes his second five-year term in August.

Johnson is SFU’s fifth VP, Research and joins the university after serving as the Scientific Director at IGH since January of 2008. A professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Johnson was recognized as one of BC’s 100 Women of Influence in 2010.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Johnson joining SFU as our next Vice-President, Research,” says SFU President Andrew Petter.

“Research is central to SFU’s vision to be Canada’s leading ‘engaged university.’ Dr. Johnson’s background in health promotion and behavioural change, her impressive track record in raising research funds, and her passion for research and knowledge mobilization will ensure that SFU is well positioned for the future.”

Johnson inherits a portfolio that has overseen substantial growth in external funding, interdisciplinary collaborations, and national and international partnerships during the past decade. Consistently at the forefront in its research impact and innovation, SFU is committed to being a “world leader in knowledge mobilization building on a strong foundation of fundamental research.”

“SFU’s vision is outstanding, there is an incredible tradition of research at the university, and I’m thrilled to begin working at SFU,” said Johnson.

“One of the exciting aspects of joining the university is the research partnerships SFU has forged at home and around the globe. With my background in national scientific policy issues and developing strong relationships with government, funding agencies, and organizations including Health Canada and the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), I look to continue the forward momentum in this area.”

Johnson, who received her PhD in nursing from the University of Alberta in 1993, served on the inaugural steering committee for the BC Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health and was a co-leader on the BC Network for Women’s Health Research.

“I’m delighted to know that Joy Johnson will succeed me as VP, Research at SFU,” said Pinto. “Her highly productive program of research focusing on health promotion, her work in founding and co-directing the incredibly successful multidisciplinary research unit NEXUS, and her experience in cultivating relationships with government, business and researchers bodes well for the future of research at SFU.”

History of Vice-President, Research at SFU:

Thomas W. Calvert, Vice-President, Research and Information Systems, Sept. 1, 1985-Aug. 31, 1990
William Leiss, Vice-President, Research, Sept. 1, 1990- Aug. 31, 1993
Bruce P. Clayman, Vice-President, Research & Dean, Graduate Studies, Sept. 1, 1993-Aug. 31, 2004
Mario Pinto, Vice-President, Research, Sept. 1, 2004-Aug 31, 2014
Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research, Sept. 1, 2014

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.


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