Phillip Joy

Phillip Joy, PhD (Health), PDt, M.Sc

Assistant Professor
Evaristus 323

Teaching Areas

NUTR 1106
NUTR 3407
GAHN 6602

Research and Professional Interests

Sustainable Development Goals for Phillip Joy: Good Health and Well Being; gender equality; reduced inequalities

I am a registered dietitian with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association (NSDA). My research interests are driven from my own experiences as part of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community. A community that is often silenced through heteronormative social and cultural discourses. My research is based on the motto “the personal is political”. This motto, borrowed from feminist traditions, has come to represent many ideas, but, to me, it reflects the core concept of my research. Our personal lives, our experiences, our bodies, and our nutritional practices are shaped by social and cultural forces in ways that are both known and unknown. This phrase compels my research to critically examine the historical context of our lives and, at the same time, to become socially disruptive when we confront differing power relations. Through the lens of poststructuralism and queer theory, my research provides both a personal and political perspective on the topic of nutrition, gender, sexuality, and health.

My research often uses arts-based methodologies, such as photography and comics, that can disrupt the foundations of nutrition and health research. Art-based approaches allow research to be expressive by involving the emotions, the senses, the creativity, and the bodies of participant. Art can challenge and subvert nutrition, sexuality, gender, and body norms while contributing to social transformation through the expression of new perspectives.

My main areas of research include: 1) LGBTQ+ nutrition, body image, and health, 2) Community advocacy and social disruption and, 3) Pedagogy, curriculum, and training

Selected Scholarly Publications


Through the Looking Glass: A Poststructural and Queer Exploration of Gay Men’s Nutrition and Bodies using Photovoice


Rainbow Reflections: Body Image Comics for Queer Men. (2019). Ad Astra Comix

Book Chapters

Numer, M., Holmes, D., Joy, P., & Thompson, R. (2017). Profiling post-modern public sex: How Grindr revolutionized the face of gay sex in Holmes, D., Murray, S. & Foth, T. (eds), Radical Sex Between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machines, (pp. 190-202) Routledge.

Kathirvel, P., Joy, P., & Luhovyy, B. L. (2015). Food and Nutraceutical Applications of Chinese Herbal Products. In Dietary Chinese Herbs (pp. 23-41). Springer, Vienna.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Joy, P., & Larsson, H. (2019). Unspoken: Exploring the constitution of masculinities in Swedish physical education classes through body movements. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 24:5, 491-505, DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2019.1628935

Joy, P., Gheller, B., & Lordly, D. (2019). Men who are dietitians: Deconstructing gender within the profession to inform recruitment. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 80, 1-4.

Joy, P., & Numer, M. (2018). Constituting the ideal body: A poststructural analysis of “obesity” discourses among gay men.  Journal of Critical Dietetics, 4(1), 47-58.

Blotnicky, K.A., Franz-Odendaal, T., French, F., & and Joy, P. (2018). A study of the correlation between STEM career knowledge, mathematics self-efficacy, career interests, and career activities on the likelihood of pursuing a STEM career among middle school students. International Journal of STEM Education, 5:22

Joy, P., Jackson, R., & Numer, M. (2018). A mythical battle: ‘Good’ foods versus ‘bad’ foods. Journal of Critical Dietetics, 4(1), 2-4.

Joy, P., & Numer, M. (2018). Queering educational practices in dietetics training: A critical review of LGBTQ inclusion strategies. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 79, 1-6. DOI: 10.3148/cjdpr-2018-006

Gheller, B. J., Joy, P., & Lordly, D. (2018). A qualitative study exploring the experience of the male dietitian from student to professional. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 79, 1-5.

Joy, P., Mann, L., & Blotnicky, K. (2017). Creation of university wellness program healthy eating and active lifestyle supports: A knowledge-to-action process. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 78, 1-6.

West, J. M., Power, J., Hayward, K., & Joy, P. (2017). An exploratory thematic analysis of the breastfeeding experience of students at a Canadian university. Journal of Human Lactation, 33(1), 205-213.

Joy, P. & Numer, M. (2017). The use of photo elicitation to explore the benefits of queer student advocacy groups in university. Journal of LGBT Youth, 14(1), 31-50. DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2016.1256247.

Franz-Odendaal, T. A., Blotnicky, K., French, F., & Joy, P. (2016). Experiences and perceptions of STEM subjects, careers, and engagement in STEM activities among middle school students in the Maritime Provinces. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 16(2), 153-168.

Blotnicky, K. A., Mann, L. L., & Joy, P. R. (2015). An assessment of university students’ healthy eating behaviours with the expectancy theory. ASBBS E-Journal, 11(1), 31

Joy, P., Mann, L., & Blotnicky, K. (2014). Identification of healthy eating and active lifestyle issues through photo elicitation. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 75(3), 152-156.