Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Project Leaders

geoffballDr. Geoff Ball is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and Director of the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health, a clinical weight management centre affiliated with the Stollery Children’s Hospital. He takes a number of different methodological approaches that include clinical trials, qualitative inquiry, epidemiology and clinical studies, with the overarching goal of generating new knowledge that can optimize weight management care for children and youth with obesity.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 11.08.03 PMDr. Catherine Birken is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, staff Pediatrician in the Division of Pediatric Medicine and Associate Scientist in the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. Her research focuses on two main areas of interest: obesity prevention through primary care practice, and advancing care for children with severe obesity. She is also involved in the primary care practice based research network in Canada called TARGet Kids.

NicoleNicole Gehring is the Research Coordinator for Team ABC3. She has worked on several large-scale research projects at the University of British Columbia on mental health and eHealth interventions. Her research interests include eHealth solutions, particularly around youth with concurrent disorders.



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Dr. Jill Hamilton is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Senior Associate Scientist at the Research Institute, and Associate Professor of Paediatrics 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.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 11.09.47 PMDr. Louise Masse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and a Research Scientist with the Centre for Community Child Health Research at the Child & Family Research Institute. Her previous research has focused on physical activity measurement and in understanding the behavioural and psychological factors influencing human physical activity behaviour. Given her expertise in measurement, she has conducted a number of psychometric studies that assessed the properties of instruments used to determine the effectiveness of behavioural interventions.

amy-mcphersonDr. Amy McPherson is an Assistant Professor and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She studies the psychological impact of long-term conditions on children and families, and their participation in everyday life. Special focus on health promotion and obesity and communication. Additional focus on multimedia and technology.



katherinemorrisonDr. 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 has held clinical and research positions at the University of Manitoba and the University of Munich.