Joanna Ochocka

M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology 
Joanna has led community-based research and knowledge mobilization activities for over 25 years. She has been a primary applicant in over 100 exciting and innovative research studies on a range of social issues, including community mental health, disabilities, immigration, family support and faith and justice and overseen other 300 projects collectively conducted at the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR). More broadly, Joanna is interested in community-based research methodologies and excellence. The mobilization of knowledge and people has been at the heart of many of her activities. For example, she led a National Summit on pursuing excellence in collaborative community campus research that was a sprint board for the community-based research excellence tool (CBRET) assessing the quality and impact of research projects and proposals. 
Joanna actively promotes community-based research excellence by publishing, teaching, and providing training nationally and internationally. She sees research as a catalyst for social innovation, for public policy improvements, and for promoting knowledge democracy, in which local knowledge is valued in building local solutions. Driven by her passion and dedication, she promotes community-based research as a tool for equity and justice within societies. Since 1996, Joanna has been the Executive Director of CCBR, overseeing research projects and managing research staff and students. She is an adjunct associate professor at both University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. Joanna won the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award at Renison University College at University of Waterloo and at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2005. She has authored over 60 academic articles and provided CBR training to various scholars and communities, including those in Ontario, Newfoundland, Poland and Indonesia. 
Nationally, Joanna provides leadership to Community Based Research Canada (CBRC), currently board co-chair and treasurer, and to Community-University Expositions (C2UExpo), a Canadian-led international conference designed to showcase exemplars in community-university partnerships. Also, she is a founding member of Community Research Ethics Office (CREO) that conduct research ethical reviews outside of academia. 
Outside of work, Joanna loves the outdoors. She is a mountaineer (the Himalayas five times), a skier, sailor, and hiker. Joanna and her family love to travel to diverse places around the world: Cambodia, Peru, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Cuba, Europe, and Algonquin Park being among her places for adventure. But home in Waterloo is where they are most content, where they play tennis and basketball, and enjoy foreign films at the Princess Cinema. 
Joanna's complete CV can be found here.