Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children


Dr. Laura Anderson is a Research Fellow with the TARGet Kids! team at the Hospital for Sick Children and St. Michael’s Hospital. Laura’s primary research interests include chronic disease prevention, modifiable determinants of health and the developmental origins of health and disease.

Dr. Annick Buchholz is a clinical psychologist, and lead in outcomes management and research at the Centre for Healthy Active Living (CHAL). Dr. Buchholz has also been involved in the development and evaluation of the prevention program ‘BodySense,’ a program aimed at promoting healthy body image in athletes.

Sarah Carsley is a PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in Health Services Research. Her research interests include childhood obesity surveillance, health services, electronic medical records, prevention, and primary care.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the University of British Columbia. He focuses on the study of nutrition and childhood obesity, from the laboratory to the patient and the community. The main line of research aims at understanding the physiological events leading to the onset of obesity, with emphasis on the regulation of ghrelin, a newly discovered hormone secreted mainly by the pancreas in the fetus and the neonate.

Kristina Cordeiro is currently enrolled in her first year of graduate studies in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University and is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Hospital for Sick Children.  She has extensive research experience, having previously conducted clinical intervention studies at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and the Summerville Family Health Team. In addition to her research work, Kristina has co-facilitated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy groups for youth experiencing anxiety and depression and their families, a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy group for young children, as well as a parenting group. She is also a trained behaviour therapist who continues to support youth living with special needs and families needing help with behaviour change.

Dr. Elizabeth Dettmer is licensed as a clinical psychologist with a specialty in health psychology in the U.S., Canada, and Botswana. She is the senior psychologist within the Sick Kids Team Obesity Management Program (STOMP) and is involved in program development, the provision of direct patient care, and the instruction of clinical psychology and medical trainees. Her research focuses on the impact of psychological factors on the development and treatment of obesity including how such factors influence readiness and outcomes in adolescent bariatric surgery

Dr. Mary Forhan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. She is interested in improving the quality of rehabilitation for patients with obesity. Her research areas of interest are focused on bariatric rehabilitation with a goal to develop the capacity to provide evidence-based rehabilitation for patients with multiple chronic health conditions including obesity and to improve access to health care by reducing weight bias and discrimination.

Dr. Jess Haines is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Dr. Haines’s primary research interest is in the prevention of weight-related disorders among children and adolescents. Within this concentration, her current research is focused on community and family-based interventions aimed at promoting healthful behaviours among preschool children.

Dr. Stasia Hadjiyannakis is the Medical Director of the Center for Healthy Active Living. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa and has been an active member of the Department of Pediatrics at CHEO in the division of endocrinology since November 2001. Her clinical, advocacy and research interests are in the area of pediatric obesity and related co-morbidities such as metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, Type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Her research interests are in examining the interplay between behavioural/psychosocial, genetic, and intrauterine factors in predicting risk for obesity related co-morbidities.

Dr. Josephine Ho is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and a pediatric endocrinologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.  She is currently the medical lead for the Pediatric Center for Weight and Health in Calgary.  Her research interests include diabetes management and outcomes, abnormal glucose metabolism and optimizing clinical outcomes in pediatric diabetes and obesity management.

Dr. 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. 

Dr. Laurent Legault is an Assistant Professor specializing in endocrinology in the Department of Pediatry at McGill University and was head of the Diabetes Clinic from 2000 to 2011 and the Insulin Pump Centre of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He specializes in clinical endocrinology and metabolism.

Dr. Paola Luca is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. Her research interests involve childhood and adolescent obesity including the evaluation of pediatric weight management programs and identifying patient characteristics that predict treatment outcomes. She also has a strong interest in quality improvement initiatives, such as creating evidence-based algorithms for screening, diagnosing and treating pediatric endocrine conditions as well as developing patient educational material.

Dr. Jonathon Maguire is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. His research interests focus on clinical trials involving nutrition and development in young children as well as the creation of tools to facilitate evidence informed nutritional child health promotion in the primary care setting. This is being accomplished through the development of a large Canadian practice based primary care research network called TARGet Kids!

Dr. Katerina Maximova is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. She is interested in primary prevention of cancer and chronic disease through improvements in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours (e.g., smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating).

Dr. Patricia Parkin is the Director of Research at the Paediatric Outcomes Research Team (PORT) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Her interest is outcomes research in paediatric medicine, including diagnosis, prevention and treatment of highly prevalent paediatric problems (eg injury, wheezing, dehydration, anemia) using epidemiologic methods (controlled clinical trials, observational methods, diagnostic test methodology, measurement methodology).

Arnaldo Perez is a PhD candidate at the Department of Pediatric 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.

Dr. Ann Sprague is the Scientific Manager of the Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) and a Scientist with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute. She has long been involved in maternal child care initiatives at the regional, national and international levels. She was instrumental in the development of fetal surveillance education and guidelines in Canada, and has an excellent track record with grant applications, publications, project and team leadership, and mentoring of students.Ann also has a keen interest in privacy related to health databases and the protection of personal health information.

Dr. Alene Toulany is an Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Her academic and research interests include quality of care and health services outcomes for youth with chronic medical and mental illness and transition to adult care. Clinically, she works with teens around issues of body image, obesity, eating disorders, sleep, coping with chronic illness, adherence, sexuality, and substance use.

Dr. Mark Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. His research interests include: i) pediatric exercise science ii) childhood obesity iii) physical literacy and health iv) physical activity, fitness and health measurement v) sedentary physiology vi) health surveillance vii) knowledge translation and mobilization.

Dr. Karen Tu is an Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include, primary care electronic medical records, hypertension, chronic disease management, administrative data validation, and quality indicators.