Dr. Joanne Otis is a professor in the Department of Sexology and a holder of the Canada Research Chair in Health Education at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

She completed a master’s degree followed by a PhD in public health at the Université de Montréal.

Dr. Otis’s research focuses on analysing the psychosocial and sociocultural factors associated with sexual health as well as the development, cultural validation, implementation, and evaluation of interventions. She takes a strong interest in sexual health in people living with HIV. Many of her studies relate to the sexual health of men who have sex with men.

Dr. Otis is pursuing these interests via two CTN studies. The first is CTNPT 002, a pilot trial that provided rapid HIV testing interventions and measuring the impact of counselling on sexual risk behaviours in men who have sex with men. This pilot trial led to a full study, CTN 276, known as the SPOT Project, which aimed to assess a motivational counselling approach compared to standard counselling on the ability to reduce the number of occurrences and the causes of unprotected anal sex among men who have sex with men in Montreal. Dr. Otis was the principal investigator for both of these studies. She has also contributed to several CTN research publications.