Joanie Sims-Gould

Degrees / Designations 

PhD, RSW

Mailing Address 
Centre for Hip Health and Mobility 7/F, 2635 Laurel Street Vancouver

Biography

Academic Appointment 
Associate Professor
Other Areas of Research 
Aging
Knowledge Translation

Dr. Sims-Gould is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. She is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar.

Dr. Sims-Gould 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 holds degrees in Biology (BSc), Gerontology (BA), and Social Work (BSW & MSW) and an interdisciplinary PhD. Dr. Sims-Gould 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 (CHHM) at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute with Dr. Karim Khan (Scientific Director of IMHA, CIHR). Dr. Sims-Gould was recognized for her scholarship with a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator award and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research 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.

Current Projects 

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. She is a Co-PI 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-PI 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.