I am an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta and Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. I also hold a CIHR New Investigator grant in Child & Youth Health. I have built on my experience in community-based participatory research, school health, qualitative methods, and implementation science to develop a novel research program SIRCLE: Settings-based Intervention Research through Changes in Lifestyles & Environments.
SIRCLE delivers and evaluates school- and community-based healthy living programs throughout Canada which promote healthy weights, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health inequities. My work aims to create a culture of wellness for kids, their families, and their communities by making the ‘healthy choice the easy choice’ where we live, work, learn, and play. I work to create systems-level change through programs that foster resilience and empowerment. As an applied scientist, partnerships are vital and an essential component of my work. As such, I collaborate with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in both health and education.
I am supported through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Alberta Innovates. I am a mom to two young children who share my passion for adventure and being active. I also have an enthusiastic love of cooking, travelling, and seeking out new experiences with family and friends.
PDF, Health Promotion and Socio-behavioural Sciences, University of Alberta, 2010
RD, Alberta Health Services (former Calgary Health and Capital Health Regions), 2008
PhD, Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Alberta, 2007
BSc (with Distinction), Nutrition Science (Biology/Psychology), Indiana University, 2002
Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Science Lab, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, 2018-2023
CIHR/WCHRI New Investigator in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health, CIHR/WCHRI, 2017-2020
2017 Dear Professor Award (acknowledges promotion of mental health amongst students), University of Alberta Compliments Student Group, 2017
Advisor of the Year, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, 2015
Small Class Instructor of the Year, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, 2008
Health Research Studentship, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, 2006
Doctoral Student Award in Nutrition Education and Communication, Danone Institute of Canada, 2003
chronic disease prevention
community based research
child and youth health