Grace Johnston

Professor Emeritus


Related Information

Research Topics:
  • End of life and palliative care
  • Epidemiology
  • Assessing the quality of data in population registries
  • Administrative databases
  • Record linkage
  • Inter-professional learning
  • Cancer control


Dr. Johnston focused on researching palliative and end-of-life care.  She led the Network of End of Life Studies and was a consultant epidemiologist with the Cancer Care Program, Nova Scotia Health Authority.


  • BSc in Honours Biophysics, McGill University
  • MHSA, University of Alberta
  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Western Ontario

Selected Publications

  • Tweel M, Johnston GM, Hajizadeh M (2023) Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in breast cancer incidence among women in Canada. Cancer Control. 30:1-8 DOI: 10.1177/10732748231197580

  • Hajizadeh M, Charles M, Johnston GM, Urquhart R (2022) Socioeconomic inequalities in colorectal cancer incidence in Canada: trends over two decades. Cancer Causes and Control 33(2):193-204

  • Taghavi M, Johnston G, Urquhart R, Henderson D, Tschupruk C, Tupala B (2021) Workforce Planning for Community-based Palliative Care Specialist Teams using Operations Research. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 61(5):2012-22

  • Johnston G (2020) Jesus practiced Advance Care Planning. Palliative Medicine Reports 1(1):242-245

  • Park G, Johnston G, Urquhart R, Walsh G, McCallum M (2018) Comparing enrolees to non-enrolees of cancer patient navigation at end of life. Current Oncology. 25(3):e184-e192

  • Johnston G, Urquhart R, Lethbridge L, MacIntyre M (2016) Increasing our understanding of dying of breast cancer: comorbidities and care. Progress in Palliative Care 24(3): 147-152

  • Burge F, Lawson B, Johnston G, Asada Y, McIntyre P, Grunfeld E, Flowerdew G (2015) Preferred and actual location of death: What factors enable a preferred home death? Journal of Palliative Medicine 18(12): 1054-9