Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould is an associate professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar. She is a dedicated sex and gender health researcher who applies novel methodological and engagement approaches to understanding broad public health concerns, particularly those related to older adults and “adding life to years.” She works with diverse stakeholders to ensure that her research is inclusive and reflects real needs (and questions). With her strong commitment to knowledge mobilization, Dr. Sims-Gould ensures that her research findings are ‘brought back’ to stakeholders in the public sphere using dynamic and engaging knowledge translation tools, such as film.
Dr. Sims-Gould is directly involved and currently leads several research projects focused on the intersection between older adult health, socio-economic status, culture, mobility and gender. At present, she is a co-principal investigator on a CIHR-funded team grant entitled “Shape the Path: Targeting the Health and Mobility Needs of Older Men through Key Community Partnerships” and principal investigator on a CIHR Project Grant entitled: “Choose to Move: Impact and Implementation Evaluation of a Program to Enhance Older Adult Physical Activity, Mobility and Health.” She is co-principal investigator on a MSFHR implementation science team entitled “Scaling out: implementation of a health promotion model for older adults in small urban, rural and remote regions of BC.” She is a principal scientist for the Active Aging Research Team and project co-lead for Active Aging British Columbia.
Dr. Sims-Gould holds a Bachelor of Science in biology, a Bachelor of Arts in gerontology, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, and an interdisciplinary PhD. She also received post-doctoral training and work experience in two distinct settings—UBC’s Department of Sociology and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility with Dr. Karim Khan (Scientific Director of IMHA, CIHR). Dr. Sims-Gould was recognized for her scholarship with a CIHR New Investigator Award and a MSFHR Scholar Award. This diversity of experience across disciplines and professions and in collaboration with many community stakeholders has uniquely positioned her to address multi-faceted issues in aging and health with a focus on sex and gender.