Joan L. Bottorff


School of Nursing
Office: Arts 223A
Phone: 250.317.0810

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Health promotion, health behaviour change, healthy lifestyles, community health, gender influences, cancer prevention, smoking cessation, harm reduction, men's health, family health, knowledge translation

Courses & Teaching

Qualitative research, research methods, nursing theory


Editor-in-Chief, Global Qualitative Nursing Research (SAGE).  Dr. Bottorff is also Associate, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, Australia (2018-2024), and has held the position of 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.  She supports the Campus Health project.

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 or Google Scholar Click here or in PubMed Click here

Selected Grants & Awards

  • Bottorff, J. L. (Co-Applicant). CREATE in Immersive Technologies (CITech), NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Program, A. Milani (Lead applicant), focusing on development and applications of digital technologies across various sectors from manufacturing to health, 2021-2027.
  • Bottorff, J.L. (Co-PI). Dads in Gear Indigenous Program Evaluation, First Nations Health Authority, 2019-2023.
  • Johnson, S.T. (PI), Bottorff, J. L. (CoI). 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. (CoI), 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. (CoI), HAT-TRICK: Physical activity, healthy eating and connectedness in male hockey fans, Canadian Cancer Society, 2016-2018.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Member, UBC Wellbeing Advisory Committee, 2015 – present
Member, CIHR College of Reviewers, 2015 – present


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