Geoff Ball, RD, PhD
Geoff Ball is an associate professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Alberta and founding director of the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health at the Stollery Children’s Hospital (Alberta Health Services) in Edmonton. As a clinician scientist, his multi-method research program includes clinical trials, qualitative research, epidemiology, and literature reviews, all of which is designed to generate and apply knowledge to optimize health services for preventing and managing childhood obesity. To learn more about Geoff's research, you can check out his blog or publications.
Judy Swift, PhD
Judy Swift is an associate professor in behavioural nutrition at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research examines how childhood obesity can be identified in clinical settings, and how this information can be effectively and sensitively communicated to children and their parents.
Katherine Morrison, MD
Katherine Morrison is a pediatric endocrinologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Her clinical and research interests relate to the determinants, adverse health consequences and treatment of childhood obesity and lipid disorders in children. She is the medical Director of the Pediatric Lipid and Growing Healthy Weight Management clinics at McMaster Children’s Hospital and is co-Director of the Metabolism and Childhood Obesity (MAC Obesity) research program. She is PI on the CIHR sponsored Canadian Pediatric Weight management Registry (CANPWR) study.
Jill Hamilton, MD
Jill Hamilton is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Senior Associate Scientist at the Research Institute, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Toronto. She is Director of SickKids Team Obesity Management Program (STOMP) and the SickKids Centre for Healthy Active Kids. Her clinical and research interests focus on childhood obesity. These include: (i) understanding pathophysiologic mechanisms of metabolic risk related to weight gain in children; (ii) evaluation of hypothalamic obesity (iii) evaluating biologic and psychosocial determinants of response to obesity treatment.
Nicholas Holt, PhD
Nicholas Holt is a Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on psychosocial aspects of youth sport and physical activity, including children’s and adolescents’ interactions with peers and their families. Currently, there are two ‘big questions’ he is trying to address: (1) How can sport be used to ‘produce’ positive developmental outcomes? (2) Can we revive active free play among children in Canada? He is also interested in qualitative research methodologies.
Arnaldo Perez Garcia, PhD
Arnaldo Perez Garcia is a PhD candidate at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. He has conducted numerous studies throughout his career as a researcher, most of which have been qualitative in nature. His publications, including a book, have covered several issues including problem solving, decision making, access to health services (specially psycho-social barriers), and treatment initiation for pediatric weight management. His research interests are engagement in chronic disease management, especially patients’ engagement in the form of treatment initiation, continuation, and adherence.
Paige Church, MD
Paige Church is a developmental paediatrician and lead clinician in the spina bifida and spina cord injury clinic at Holland Bloorview. She is interested in the long-term outcomes of children with spina bifida and other neurological conditions.
Julia Lyons, RN
Julia Lyons is an ambulatory care nurse for Holland Bloorview’s spina bifida and spina cord injury clinic, providing family-centred care and teaching health management strategies, including diet and lifestyle modifications.
Lorry Chen, RD
Lorry Chen is a registered dietitian at Holland Bloorview and has expertise in nutrition issues in children with disabilities, with a special interest in anthropometric measurements, growth barriers, energy estimation for optimal growth and bone health.
Désirée B. Maltais, PhD, PT
Désirée B. Maltais is a physical therapist who is an associate professor in the rehabilitation department at Laval University and a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration in Quebec City. Her research interests are in the determinants and effects of physical activity in children and adults with motor impairment. She is also interested in the relationships between clinical tests of mobility or physical fitness and participation in children with motor impairment.