Amy Johnston • Cardiovascular Network of Canada — CANet
CANet Trainee Amy Johnston

Amy Johnston

Amy Johnston (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa and a doctoral trainee at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Amy holds a Master of Science with a specialization in Health Services Research and a Master of Biomedical Technology, both from the University of Calgary. In 2018, she earned professional certification in Public Health, administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (Washington, DC).

Building on her PhD training in epidemiology and leveraging her prior academic and translational experience, Amy’s career aspirations are to obtain a tenure-track appointment within a Canadian academic institution as an independent researcher in the field of women’s cardiovascular health. Her goal is to develop and lead an innovative independent research program that will not only increase the understanding of unique cardiovascular risks for women, but one that will also make positive impacts on the health and well-being of women in Canada and worldwide. Amy currently holds a CIHR Doctoral Award and was also awarded the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award (declined) in 2020. Her latest publication in the CJC Open examines the use of race, ethnicity, and national origin in studies assessing cardiovascular risk in women with a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

When asked about being a CHAT Trainee, Amy states, “CANet CHAT offers several valuable resources and exciting opportunities for trainees who do arrhythmia-related research. From travel and publication awards to workshops and important networking opportunities with other trainees, clinicians, and researchers- there is something for everyone to benefit from! If you want to take advantage of opportunities to help strengthen your research and enhance your career development, I encourage all trainees engaged in arrhythmia-related research to consider joining the CANet CHAT community.”

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering as an Adaptive Ski Instructor with the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports, running, and learning about ‘all things dinosaur’ from her 4-year-old aspiring paleontologist. You can follow Amy on Twitter @AmyDJohn and stay up to date on her research at her website dedicated to women’s cardiovascular research.