Joy Johnson


Health Sciences

Joy Johnson


Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Environmental health, air pollution, exposure assessment & analysis, epidemiology


  • BSN, University of British Columbia
  • MSN, University of Alberta
  • PhD (Nursing), University of Alberta


Dr. Johnson joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2014. She currently serves as the Vice-President Research at SFU. Previously she was a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and served as the Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2008-2014).

Research interests

Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on health promotion and behavior change, exploring the social, structural and individual factors that influence the health of individuals. A major thrust of her work focuses on sex and gender issues in substance use and mental health. She has a particular interest in working with institutions and communities to use research evidence to promote health. She is the lead on a multi-year project focused on cannabis use among young people, and based on this work has recently developed a film and curricular materials to facilitate classroom discussion among high school students about choices related to cannabis use.

Teaching interests

Dr. Johnson has supervised over 75 graduate students at the Master’s and PhD level. Her teaching interest focuses on the social context of health and health behavior and gender and health.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.

Publications and activities

View Dr. Johnson's publications here.