David Hammond PhD

Principal Investigator
Professor, CIHR PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health
School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Dr. Hammond’s research focuses on population-level interventions to reduce chronic disease, including obesity prevention policies. He is interested in how our eating patterns are influenced by both government policies and the food industry.

Favourite food: Sandwiches. Big ones.

Joel Dubin PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science, School of Public Health & Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Dr. Dubin focuses on biostatistics across many areas of health, including public health and clinical care. Much of his work emphasizes developing methods for modeling complex longitudinal data and predictive modeling.

Favourite food: Peanut butter and banana smoothies

Guy Faulkner PhD

Professor, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health
School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

Dr. Faulkner’s research focuses on two inter-related themes: the development and evaluation of physical activity interventions; and physical activity and mental health.

Favourite food: Close call between oysters and anything Vietnamese

Erin Hobin PhD

Public Health Ontario

Dr. Hobin’s research focuses on developing and evaluation population level interventions for chronic disease prevention, primarily in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity, and alcohol consumption.

Favourite food: Chai latte

Sara Kirk PhD

Professor of Health Promotion, Canada Research Chair
School of Health & Human Performance, Dalhousie University

Dr. Kirk’s program of research explores how we can create supportive environments for chronic disease prevention. She uses a ‘socio-ecological’ approach that takes into account how individual behaviour is influenced by other broader factors, such as income, education and societal norms.

Favourite food: Cherries

Sharon Kirkpatrick PhD, RD

Assistant Professor, Nutritionist
School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Dr. Kirkpatrick’s research interests and expertise includes assessment of dietary intakes, diet patterns among populations, food insecurity, and food environments.

Favourite food: Avocado

Leia Minaker PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Planning, University of Waterloo

Dr. Minaker works in the area of local food policy and food access in cities. She is interested in geographical access to food, consumer nutrition environments, how planners can create supportive communities, and how retail food environments impact dietary intake.

Favourite food: Fresh fish cooked over a campfire

Zachary Patterson PhD

Assistant Professor, Tier-II Canada Research Chair
Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University

Dr. Patterson’s research concentrates on the collection and inference of information from passively collected smartphone data, particularly from his application, DataMobile. He is the Director of the Transportation Research for Integrated Planning (TRIP) Lab.

Favourite food: Falafel

Marie-Claude Paquette DtP, PhD

Expert Scientific Advisor, Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Montreal

Dr. Paquette is a nutritionist focused on the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and the prevention of weight-related issues through environmental changes. She is interested in the food environment, sociocultural environment, access to healthy food, and social norms around food and eating.

Monique Potvin Kent DtP, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Epidemiology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa

Dr. Potvin Kent conducts research on nutrition and food policies that influence rates of obesity and other chronic diseases. Her areas of interest include food and beverage marketing, food labelling and nutritional knowledge.

Favourite food: Oysters (preferably accompanied by a nice glass of white wine)

Kim Raine PhD, RD, FCAHS

Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Scientific Director, Centre for Health & Nutrition

Dr. Raine is interested in exploring the influence of food environments on people’s eating patterns, and how to intervene through community action and policy change to create environments that support health.

Favourite food: Dark chocolate!

Lana Vanderlee PhD

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto

Dr. Vanderlee conducts national and international health policy research in the areas of food and nutrition. Her research examines how policies and interventions can help populations eat healthier and be healthier.

Favourite food: Dal bhat from Nepal

Michael Widener PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto – St. George

Dr. Widener’s research focuses on the intersection of health and transportation, with an emphasis on access to health services and healthy foods. He also maintains an interest in Geographic Information Science and GeoComputation.

Favourite food: Coffee and freshly baked bread