I received a BSc in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC), completed a dietetic internship with Capital Health (Edmonton, AB), and obtained a PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB). After completing post-doctoral training in Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), I joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Currently, I serve as the Founding Director of the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health, a multi-disciplinary weight management clinic at the Stollery Children’s Hospital (Edmonton, AB). My clinical and health services research includes several methodological approaches (e.g., clinical trials, qualitative inquiry, epidemiology, literature reviews) to achieve a primary goal – generate, translate, apply, and disseminate new knowledge that can optimize obesity management and prevention for children, youth, and families. Over the years, my research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, and Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Current and recent projects led or co-led by me and my research team include:
1. Should I stay or should I go? Understanding overweight children and their families referred for and discontinuing weight management
2. Working with parents to prevent childhood obesity - a primary care-based study
3. Validating and evaluating the Readiness and Motivation Interview for Families (RMI-Family) in pediatric weight management
4. Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children (Team ABC3)
obesity; pediatrics; family; lifestyle; qualitative; knowledge synthesis; trials; health services research
Doctor of Philosophy