Dr. Shanthi Johnson

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External Research Associate University of Regina Key Interests: health promotion and fall prevention, nutrition and exercise, and functional capacity.

Dr. Shanthi Johnson PhD, RD, FDC, FACSM, is a a professor and former associate dean (research and graduate studies) at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina and the immediate Past President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Prior to her appointment at the University of Regina, she was a Professor at the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She completed her post-doctoral training in aging and health at the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, doctoral studies in kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, and her graduate and undergraduate degrees in nutrition in India.

Her research program specifically involves health promotion and falls prevention among older adults with a multidisciplinary perspective. Specifically, the research program is of two-fold: 1) Epidemiological research related to the surveillance and monitoring of falls and fall-related injuries among seniors and 2) Intervention research focusing on the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of factors associated with falls among seniors in community and long-term care settings. Dr. Johnson’s research interest also extends to the study of aging in place in rural areas within the population health context as well as nutritional considerations for long-term care. Her research program is community engaged with the active involvement of stakeholder groups at various levels as well as program and policy relevant.

As a well recognized researcher in nutrition and physical activity in healthy aging and falls prevention among older adults, she has been awarded fellow status with Dietitians of Canada (FDC) as well as the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). Dr. Johnson has secured over $7.5 million in research grants by agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute/Canadian International Development Agency, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, delivered over 200 presentations including the Prof. P. V. Ramamurti Oration in 2014, published in prestigious journals such as the Lancet, appeared before the Senate Committee as an expert witness, and served on many grant adjudicating panels including the European Commission. In 2015, she completed a Fulbright Research Fellowship at the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging at the University of South Florida in the US and served as a visiting scholar at Mae Fah Leung University in Thailand.

Dr. Johnson has served on various boards from local to international levels such as the Eastern Kings Community Health Board and Annapolis Valley Health in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (chair of the governance committee), and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, a network of 90+ academic institutions. In 2012, she was invited to serve on the National Seniors Council, which advises the Government of Canada (Minister of State-Seniors, Minister of Health, and Minister of Employment and Social Development) on aging issues. She is actively engaged in various research and community initiatives.

Her work and life has been enriched by volunteering in various community initiatives such as the community gardens and food bank, mass literacy programs for the underprivileged, assisting developmentally challenged children, interpreter for immigrants, and fund raising at sporting events over time. In 2014, she was named the Female Professional of the Year by the India Canada Chamber of Commerce. She is married to Dr. Ernest Johnson and a proud mother of Joshua Johnson.