Joan Anderson is an internationally recognized health and social scientist, she has conducted extensive research in the areas of hospitalization and the transition to home; homecare management; chronic illness, culture, and health; and, the structural constraints on health and health care through different theoretical lenses.
Her research, inclusive of people born in Canada, and those who have come as immigrants or refugees, deals with how personal histories, as well as social and economic factors, influence the experiencing and management of health and illness. These research programs were funded by provincial funding agencies, and by Federal agencies including the former Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC), reorganized as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), CIHR, and by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
In collaboration with a team of academic researchers, and with colleagues in clinical settings, she has engaged in knowledge translation research, funded by the CIHR, with health professionals at the point of care, administrators and policy makers. Dr. Anderson has been recognized as a Distinguished Scholar and outstanding mentor. As a Professor Emerita, her present active scholarship includes writing, consultation, and continued engagement in scholarly work on knowledge translation and exchange.