Joanie Sims-Gould


Joanie Sims-Gould is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. She co-leads the Active Aging Research Team. She is a registered Social Worker in British Columbia.

Dr. Sims-Gould is a community based 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”. The primary focus of her work has been to ensure that older adults can live independently in their homes for as long as possible and should they need to, transition into safe and quality long-term care. Her community based health research seeks to enhance the social and physical health of older adults across three settings: 1. community; 2. community in receipt of home care services; and 2. long-term care. She works with diverse partners 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 partners using 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 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 (2014-2019).


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