Joanna Sale

PhD, MSc



Dr. Joanna Sale is a clinical epidemiologist whose current interests are in evidence-to-care gaps in musculoskeletal conditions, the patient perspective, medication use, older adults with multiple chronic diseases, and behaviour change.  She co-leads the evaluation of the provincial Fracture Screening and Prevention Program, a program within the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy that is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. While Sale’s main area of research is in bone health (patients with osteoporotic or fragility fractures), she is also involved in projects related to arthritis, diabetes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), oral health, spinal cord injury, asthma, and kidney disease.

Dr. Sale’s program of research includes studies that examine topics such as understanding risk, how patients navigate the health care system, patients’ experience of the clinical encounter, the experience of pain and depression, how patients manage their health conditions in a real world setting, and caregiving.  She specializes in primary data collection.

Dr. Sale received her Masters of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, her PhD from McMaster University, and her Post-Doctorate from the University of Toronto.

Selected Publications

Selected publications from Dr. Sale’s full list of publications can be found here.


Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Research Program Lead, Musculoskeletal Heath and Outcomes Research, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Full Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • 2022 Backbone Award, Osteoporosis Canada
  • CIHR New Investigator (2014-2019)
  • CIHR Institute of Aging – Mid Career Investigator Prize in Research in Aging (2022)
  • Toronto Musculoskeletal Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Fragility Fracture Network (Europe)
  • Canadian Fracture Liaison Service Network
  • Scientific Advisory Council, Osteoporosis Canada
  • Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network