Joan Bottorff


School of Nursing
Other Titles: Director, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP)
Office: Arts 223A
Phone: 250.807.8627

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Health promotion, health behaviour change, gender influences, cancer prevention, smoking cessation, men's health, family health, knowledge translation

Courses & Teaching

Qualitative research, research methods, nursing theory


Dr. Joan L. Bottorff is Director of UBC’s Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and a Professor in the School of Nursing.  She has extensive expertise in qualitative research methods and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Global Qualitative Nursing Research (Sage).  Dr. Bottorff also holds these positions: Associate, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, Australia (2018-2021), and Conjoint Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2018-2020).

Selected awards and honours include:
Fellow, Canadian Academy of Nursing
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, 2017
Researcher of the Year Award, UBC Okanagan Campus, 2013
UBC Distinguished Scholar


Project Websites 


PhD (Nursing), University of Alberta
MSN, University of Alberta
MEd, University of Saskatachewan
BEd, University of Saskatachewan
BSN, University of Alberta

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Bottorff’s current research focuses on the development of novel gender-sensitive and gender-specific interventions to strengthen tobacco reduction among women and men, and to enhance cancer prevention initiatives targeting other health behaviours.  She is also a co-investigator on research teams developing new approaches to promote men’s health, support lifestyle change across diverse groups and contexts.

Research Lab: Health Promotion and E-Health Co-Design and Evaluation Lab

Graduate Supervision: Dr. Bottorff is available to supervise graduate students including MSN thesis and non-thesis, and IGS Master’s and PhD.  Visit Dr. Bottorff’s graduate students’ Theses & Dissertations for examples of graduate student research.

Selected Publications & Presentations

For list of publications indexed in PubMed Click here

Selected Grants & Awards

  • Bottorff, J.L. (Co-PI). Dads in Gear Indigenous Program Evaluation, First Nations Health Authority, 2019-2021
  • Bottorff, J. L. (Co-PI). Campus Health (VOICE) project. BC Ministry of Health (with oversight by Interior Health), 2015-2018, and 2018-2021.
  • Johnson, S.T. (PI), Bottorff, J. L. (CI). POWERPLAY: Building employee health and safety through prevention, Alberta Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Futures Program, 2018-2020.
  • Hole, R. (PI), Bottorff, J. L. (Co-applicant) as part of team of 15 co-applicants and 16 partners. Transitioning youth with disabilities and employment: The TYDE project. CIHR/SSHRC and partner + in-kind contributions,  2018-2023.
  • Bottorff, J.L. (PI), Healthy weights for children- Phase 3 project evaluation, The Bridge Youth and Family Service Society / Public Health Agency of Canada, 2017-2020.
  • Caperchione, C. (PI), Bottorff, J.L. (CI), Development, delivery, and evaluation of the HAT-TRICK Train-the-Trainer Module, MSFHR, 2018-2019.
  • Bottorff, J.L. (PI), Dads in Gear: A tobacco reduction program for Aboriginal communities in BC. First Nations Health Authority, 2016-2018.
  • Caperchione, C. (PI), Bottorff, J.L. (CI), HAT-TRICK: Physical activity, healthy eating and connectedness in male hockey fans, Canadian Cancer Society, 2016-2018.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Chair, FHSD Research Development Committee, 2018 – present
Member, UBC Wellbeing Advisory Committee, 2015 – present
Member (UBCO representative), Research Advisory Council, Interior Health, February 2015 – present
Member, Advisory Panel to develop the RNAO Best Practice Guideline: Supporting Commercial Tobacco Interventions in Indigenous Pre- and Postnatal Women and their Families, Jan 2019 – March 2021.
Member, CIHR College of Reviewers, 2015 – present


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