Research interests: population and public health, health equity, public health systems, healthy eating and nutrition policy, chronic disease prevention, dietary assessment, non-nutritive sweeteners, healthy weights promotions and eating disorder/disordered eating prevention
PhD Candidate, Public Health and Health Systems, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo (2017- )
MHSc., Public Health Science, Community Nutrition stream, University of Toronto (2003-2005)
BSc., Honours Nutrition & Nutraceutical Sciences, University of Guelph (1998-2002)
Select professional activities and networks:
- Member in Good Standing, College of Dietitians of Ontario (2005 – Present)
- Member, Canadian Obesity Network (2011 – Present)
- Sudbury District Health Unit co-lead, Public Health Ontario Beyond BMI Locally Driven Collaborative Project (2015 – Aug 2017)
- Sudbury District Health Unit lead, Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) (2007 – 2015)
- Member, Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (2005 – 2017)
- Co-chair of the Student Nutrition Programs Practice Group (2008 – 2013)
- Coordinator, Northern Healthy Eating Project (NHEP) (2007 – 2012)
- Representative, Ministry of Children and Youth Services – Student Nutrition Guidelines Revision Working Group (2007 – 2008
- Member, National Prevention Strategy Network – The Hospital for Sick Children (2010 – 2017)
- Member and evaluation representative, City of Greater Sudbury Healthy Kids Community Challenge Planning and Advisory Committee (2015 – 2017)
- Member, Best Start Advisory Committee (time-limited) for the development of It takes a village: taking action for healthy children online training module for service providers (Dec 2014 – July 2015)
Summary of Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP) Research Project: Beyond BMI: Investigating the feasibility of using NutriSTEP® and electronic medical records as a surveillance system for healthy weights including risk and protective factors in children (2014-2015)
- Roughly one-third of Canadian children and adolescents aged 5 to 17 years are affected by overweight or obesity. With a mandate to provide services to promote healthy weights, Ontario public health units find themselves without local-level data, including information on risk and protective factors to support the development of childhood healthy weights.
- This two-phased project aimed to identify the feasibility of establishing a provincial model linking risk and protective factors for child healthy weights to measured child health data captured in primary care practices’ Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). The quality of EMR height and weight data accessed from the BORN Ontario registry was assessed in phase 1. Primary care provider (PCP) implementation of the NutriSTEP® screen--a tool to collect risk and protective factor data for childhood healthy weights--was assessed in phase 2.
- Measured height and weight data from the BORN Ontario registry was of good quality. PCPs were using NutriSTEP® as a screening tool to identify risk and protective factors for childhood healthy weights; PCP were enthusiastic about the potential integration of NutriSTEP® into EMRs; and key partnerships were important to assist in collaboration between public health and PCP, as well as with BORN Ontario to collect data province-wide from EMRs.
- Final report: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/ServicesAndTools/Documents/LDCP/LDCP_BeyondBMI_FinalReport.pdf