BSc (Exercise Sciences), MSc (Kinanthropology), PhD (Measurement and Evaluation)
Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health
F508-4480 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4
phone: 6048752000
fax: 6048753569

AREAS OF SPECIALTY
* Obesity prevention
* Physical activity assessment
* School policies & impact on children’s behaviours (e.g., physical activity and nutrition)
* Lifestyle behavioral modification interventions (e-Health)
* Questionnaire validation
* Psychometric methods

SPPH 510 Measurement in Health Research

Daniel Naiman – MSc Student (2010 – 2012)
Benajir Shams – MSc Student (2013 – )
Nicole Carbert – MSc Student (2014 – )
Veronica Schiariti – PhD Student (2009 – 2014)
Allison Watts – PhD Student (2010 – 2014)
Ivan Cepeda – PhD Student (2013 – )
Judith de Niet-Fitzgerald – Post-doctoral Fellow (2011 – 2013)
Andrew Tu – Post-doctoral Fellow (2014 – )

OPERATING GRANTS SINCE 2006 

NeuroDevNet 2014-2017
Title: To improve quality of life and functioning of children with Neurodevelopmental disabilities: Moving toward activity-based personalized intervention
$175,300
Co-Principal Investigator

 

CIHR 2014-2019
Title: Team grant to address bariatric care in Canadian children (Team ABC3)
$1,480,881
Co-Principal Investigator

 

CIHR 2015-2016
Title: Building on successes and learning from challenges: A comprehensive evaluation of the school food and nutrition in Nova Scotia
$98,080
Co-investigator

 

HSFC 2015-2018
Title: Eat, Play, Live:  A population intervention to promote nutrition guideline implementation in recreation facilities across three Canadian provinces
$299,630
Co-investigator

 

WCHRI 2015-2017
Title: Evaluating the impact of School’s Out .Let’s Move after school program on children’s health and health equity
$49,350
Co-investigator

 

CIHR 2015-2020

Title: The state of play: Socio-ecological perspective on children’s outdoor play
$846,725
Co-Principal investigator

 

CIHR 2015-2016
Title: Impact of transitioning to secondary schools on behaviors associated with obesity and academic-related outcomes: An ecological perspective.
$100,000
Principal investigator

CIHR 2013-2015
Title: SCOPE – Translation, Evaluation and Learnings Exchanged for Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through Community Engagement
$199,990
Co-Investigator

CIHR 2012-2016
Title: Household environmental framework pertaining to childhood obesity: Improving our measures of the familial environment.
$573,156
Principal Investigator

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation 2010-2012
Title: Father’s child injury risk aversion/preparedness profile: Develop and validate a survey instrument.
$29,308
Co-Investigator

CIHR 2010-2012
Title: Transformational teaching and adolescent physical activity promotion: Adolescent in Motion (AIM) trial.
$180,684
Co-Investigator

CIHR 2009-2011
Title: Evaluating the influence of nutrition and physical activity policies on the school environment, obesogenic behaviors and weight outcomes.
$199,996
Principal Investigator

CIHR 2008-2012
Title: Individual and household environmental influences guiding the processes of obesogenic behaviours among overweight/obese adolescents and their families.
$449,857
Principal Investigator

CIHR 2008-2010
Title: Evaluation of the rheumatology research report – A clinical knowledge translation strategy to enhance patient participation in research.
$24,480
Co-Investigator

CIHR 2008-2010
Title: Evaluating the diffusion process of Action Schools! BC: Characteristics of schools, teachers and innovation that impact level of uptake and sustainability.
$100,000
Principal Investigator

SSHRC 2008-2010
Title: Understanding determinants and patterns of participation in leisure, recreation, and sporting activities among children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities.
$66,000
Principal Investigator

WORKSHOP / TEAM PLANNING GRANTS
CIHR 2011-2012
Title: Implementation of school-based physical activity models: Identifying a research/policy/practice agenda
$25,000
Co-investigator

CIHR 2006-2007
Title: Waiting for child development and rehabilitation services: An interdisciplinary and international workshop to address challenges and opportunities in wait-times and waitlist research and quality improvement.
$10,000
Co-investigator

INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS SINCE 2006
CFI/BCKDF 2008-2011
Title: Childhood obesity prevention unit – Population health and policy research Infrastructure grant
$160,000
Principal investigator

SALARY AWARDS
MSFHR 2006-2011
Title: Impact of nutrition and physical education school policies on childhood obesity
$500,000
Senior Scholar award