Overview

The overall goals of my research are to investigate how physical activity behaviours relate to current and long-term health outcomes in children in both clinical and community-based settings, and to identify strategies to improve physical activity participation in children.

I am primarily based at the UBC Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Kelowna, where I collaborate with the Interior Health Authority on projects relating to pediatric health. I am also an Affiliate Investigator with the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, where I collaborate closely with the Pediatric Cardiology team.

Publications

Physical activity evaluation in children with congenital heart disease
Heart
DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2017-311340
2017

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Children With Congenital Heart Disease
Journal of the American Heart Association
DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.116.004665
2017

Validity and reliability of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children (PAQ-C) and Adolescents (PAQ-A) in individuals with congenital heart disease
Plos One
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175806
2017

Validity of Commercial Activity Trackers in Children With Congenital Heart Disease
Canadian Journal of Cardiology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cjca.2016.11.024
2017

School-travel by public transit: Rethinking active transportation.
Preventive medicine reports
2015

Public transit use and physical activity in community-dwelling older adults: Combining GPS and accelerometry to assess transportation-related physical activity
Journal of Transport & Health
DOI: 10.1016/j.jth.2016.02.011
2016

They go straight home - dont they? Using global positioning systems to assess adolescent school-travel patterns
Journal of Transport & Health
2014

Aerobic Fitness and Mode of Travel to School in English Schoolchildren
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181b11bdc
2010

Children with congenital heart disease exhibit seasonal variation in physical activity
PLOS ONE
Mimi T. Y. Kuan and Christine Voss and Jimmy Lopez and Nicole M. Hemphill and Kevin C. Harris
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0241187
11/2020

Physical Activity Is Associated With Better Vascular Function in Children and Adolescents With Congenital Heart Disease
Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Jimmy R. Lopez and Christine Voss and Mimi T.Y. Kuan and Nicole M. Hemphill and George G.S. Sandor and Kevin C. Harris
DOI: 10.1016/j.cjca.2019.12.019
09/2020

Fontan-Associated Liver Disease: Spectrum of Disease in Children and Adolescents.
Journal of the American Heart Association
Rathgeber SL and Guttman OR and Lee AF and Voss C and Hemphill NM and Schreiber RA and Harris KC
DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.119.012529
PubMed: 31902322
01/2020

From ‘it makes me feel free’ to ‘they won’t let me play’: the body and physical activity-related perceptions and experiences of children with congenital heart disease and their parents
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
Bennett, E.V. and Voss, C. and Faulkner, G. and Harris, K.C.
DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2019.1710858
2020

Physical activity measurement in people with spinal cord injury: comparison of accelerometry and self-report (the Physical Activity Recall Assessment for People with Spinal Cord Injury)
Disability and Rehabilitation
Ma, J.K. and McCracken, L.A. and Voss, C. and Chan, F.H.N. and West, C.R. and Martin Ginis, K.A.
DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1494213
2020

Pulmonary artery wall thickness in children with Fontan physiology: an optical coherence tomography case control study
Cardiology in the Young
DOI: 10.1017/s1047951119000362
04/2019

Optical Coherence Tomography for the Early Detection of Coronary Vascular Changes in Children and Adolescents After Cardiac Transplantation: Findings From the International Pediatric OCT Registry
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
McGovern, E. and Hosking, M.C.K. and Balbacid, E. and Voss, C. and Berger, F. and Schubert, S. and Harris, K.C.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2018.04.025
2019

Cardiac consequences of spinal cord injury: Systematic review and meta-analysis
Heart
Williams, A.M. and Gee, C.M. and Voss, C. and West, C.R.
DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-313585
2019

Pulmonary artery wall thickness in children with Fontan physiology: An optical coherence tomography case control study
Cardiology in the Young
McGovern, E. and Voss, C. and Brunner, N.W. and Duncombe, S. and Harris, K.C. and Hosking, M.H.
DOI: 10.1017/S1047951119000362
2019

Coronary artery intimal thickening and ventricular dynamics in pediatric heart transplant recipients
Congenital Heart Disease
Anita T. Cote and Martin Hosking and Christine Voss and Derek G Human and George G. S. Sandor and Kevin C. Harris
DOI: 10.1111/chd.12629
09/2018

Modifiable cardiovascular risk factors in adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease
Congenital Heart Disease
Kevin C. Harris and Christine Voss and Kathryn Rankin and Basmina Aminzadah and Ross Gardner and Andrew S. Mackie
DOI: 10.1111/chd.12612
07/2018

Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation
Children's Active Transportation
Christine Voss
DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-811931-0.00001-6
2018

Intimal thickening at coronary bifurcations in pediatric heart transplant recipients
Pediatric Transplantation
Duncombe, S.L. and Hosking, M.C.K. and Coté, A.T. and Voss, C. and Harris, K.C.
DOI: 10.1111/petr.13100
2018

Wrist Accelerometry for Physical Activity Measurement in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury—A Need for Individually Calibrated Cut-Points
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
McCracken, L.A. and Ma, J.K. and Voss, C. and Chan, F.H. and Martin Ginis, K.A. and West, C.R.
DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.10.024
2018

Public health benefits of active transportation
Children's Active Transportation
Voss, C.
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-811931-0.00001-6
2018

Does parental support influence children's active school travel?
Preventive medicine reports
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.04.008
PubMed: 28507889
04/2017

Oscillometric and auscultatory blood pressure measurement methods in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Journal of hypertension
DOI: 10.1097/hjh.0000000000001178
PubMed: 27870656
02/2017

Oscillometric and auscultatory blood pressure measurement methods in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Journal of Hypertension
Duncombe, S.L. and Voss, C. and Harris, K.C.
DOI: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000001178
2017

Urban and suburban children's experiences with school travel – A case study
Journal of Transport and Health
Race, D.L. and Sims-Gould, J. and Lee, N.C. and Frazer, A.D. and Voss, C. and Naylor, P.-J. and McKay, H.A.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.01.011
2017

Environmental and psychosocial correlates of objectively measured physical activity among older adults.
Health Psychology
Lena Fleig and Maureen C. Ashe and Christine Voss and Suzanne Therrien and Joanie Sims-Gould and Heather A. McKay and Meghan Winters
DOI: 10.1037/hea0000403
12/2016

Does Activity Space Size Influence Physical Activity Levels of Adolescents? - A GPS study of an urban environment.
Preventive medicine reports
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.12.002
PubMed: 26807349
06/2016

Associations between showering behaviours following physical education, physical activity and fitness in English schoolchildren.
European journal of sport science
DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2014.987321
2016

Does Activity Space Size Influence Physical Activity Levels of Adolescents? - A GPS study of an urban environment.
Preventive medicine reports
2016

Cardiovascular control, autonomic function, and elite endurance performance in spinal cord injury
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
DOI: 10.1111/sms.12308
2015

School-travel by public transit: Rethinking active transportation.
Preventive medicine reports
Voss, Christine and Winters, Meghan and Frazer, Amanda and McKay, Heather
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.01.004
2015

Six-year changes in body mass index and cardiorespiratory fitness of English schoolchildren from an affluent area
International Journal of Obesity
Sandercock, G.R.H. and Ogunleye, A. and Voss, C.
DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2015.105
2015

Where do they go and how do they get there? Older adults' travel behaviour in a highly walkable environment
Social Science and Medicine
Winters, M. and Voss, C. and Ashe, M.C. and Gutteridge, K. and McKay, H. and Sims-Gould, J.
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.07.006
2015

Differences in adolescents' physical activity from school-travel between urban and suburban neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver, Canada
Preventive Medicine Reports
Frazer, A. and Voss, C. and Winters, M. and Naylor, P.-J. and Higgins, J.W. and McKay, H.
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.02.008
2015

Delayed bedtime due to screen time in schoolchildren: Importance of area deprivation
Pediatrics International
Ogunleye, A.A. and Voss, C. and Sandercock, G.R.
DOI: 10.1111/ped.12447
2015

Fitness testing for children: Let's mount the zebra!
Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Cohen, D.D. and Voss, C. and Sandercock, G.R.H.
DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2013-0345
2015

The good, the bad and the ugly of catheterization practices among elite athletes with spinal cord injury: A global perspective
Spinal Cord
Krassioukov, A. and Cragg, J.J. and West, C. and Voss, C. and Krassioukov-Enns, D.
DOI: 10.1038/sc.2014.208
2015

A cross-cultural comparison of body composition, physical fitness and physical activity between regional samples of Canadian and English children and adolescents
Canadian Journal of Public Health-Revue Canadienne De Sante Publique
2014

A cross-cultural comparison of body composition, physical fitness and physical activity between regional samples of Canadian and English children and adolescents
Canadian Journal of Public Health
Voss, C. and Sandercock, G. and Higgins, J.W. and Macdonald, H. and Nettlefold, L. and Naylor, P.-J. and McKay, H.
DOI: 10.17269/cjph.105.4478
2014

Athletic performance and birth month: Is the relative age effect more than just selection bias?
International Journal of Sports Medicine
Sandercock, G.R.H. and Ogunleye, A.A. and Parry, D.A. and Cohen, D.D. and Taylor, M.J.D. and Voss, C.
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1368725
2014

They go straight home - don't they? Using global positioning systems to assess adolescent school-travel patterns
Journal of Transport and Health
Voss, C. and Winters, M. and Frazer, A.D. and McKay, H.A.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jth.2014.09.013
2014

Association between habitual school travel and muscular fitness in youth
Preventive Medicine
Cohen, D. and Ogunleye, A.A. and Taylor, M. and Voss, C. and Micklewright, D. and Sandercock, G.R.H.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.07.036
2014

Journal of Transport & Health
Journal of Transport & Health
2014

Associations Between Perceived Parental Physical Activity and Aerobic Fitness in Schoolchildren
Journal of Physical Activity & Health
2013

Prevalence of elevated mean arterial pressure and how fitness moderates its association with BMI in youth
Public Health Nutrition
Ogunleye, A.A. and Sandercock, G.R. and Voss, C. and Eisenmann, J.C. and Reed, K.
DOI: 10.1017/S1368980012004466
2013

Quantification of the relative age effect in three indices of physical performance
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Sandercock, G.R.H. and Taylor, M.J. and Voss, C. and Ogunleye, A.A. and Cohen, D.D. and Parry, D.A.
DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318291b28d
2013

Associations between perceived parental physical activity and aerobic fitness in schoolchildren
Journal of physical activity & health
Voss, C. and Sandercock, G.R.
DOI: 10.1123/jpah.10.3.397
2013

Physical Activity Questionnaire for children and adolescents: English norms and cut-off points
Pediatrics International
Voss, C. and Ogunleye, A.A. and Sandercock, G.R.H.
DOI: 10.1111/ped.12092
2013

Health Promoting Secondary Schools: Community-Based Research Examining Voice, Choice and the School Setting
Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour
Joan Wharf Higgins
DOI: 10.4172/jcalb.1000118
2013

QUANTIFICATION OF THE RELATIVE AGE EFFECT IN THREE INDICES OF PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
2013

Recreational Cycling and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in English Youth
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
MARK S. MAHER and CHRISTINE VOSS and AYODELE A. OGUNLEYE and DOMINIC MICKLEWRIGHT and GAVIN R. H. SANDERCOCK
DOI: 10.1249/mss.0b013e318235158a
03/2012

Centile curves and normative values for the twenty metre shuttle-run test in English schoolchildren
Journal of Sports Sciences
DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2012.660185
2012

Temporal relationships between screen-time and physical activity with cardiorespiratory fitness in English Schoolchildren: A 2-year longitudinal study
Preventive Medicine
Aggio, D. and Ogunleye, A.A. and Voss, C. and Sandercock, G.R.H.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.04.012
2012

Recreational cycling and cardiorespiratory fitness in english youth
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Maher, M.S. and Voss, C. and Ogunleye, A.A. and Micklewright, D.P. and Sandercock, G.R.H.
DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318235158a
2012

Screen time and physical activity in youth: thief of time or lifestyle choice?
Journal of physical activity & health
Sandercock G, R.H. and Ogunleye, A. and Voss, C.
DOI: 10.1123/jpah.9.7.977
2012

Prevalence of high screen time in English youth: Association with deprivation and physical activity
Journal of Public Health
Ogunleye, A.A. and Voss, C. and Sandercock, G.R.
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdr074
2012

Achilles tendon shape and echogenicity on ultrasound among active badminton players
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Malliaras, P. and Voss, C. and Garau, G. and Richards, P. and Maffulli, N.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2010.01156.x
2012

Screen Time and Physical Activity in Youth: Thief of Time or Lifestyle Choice?
Journal of Physical Activity & Health
2012

Comparison of cardiorespiratory fitness and body mass index between rural and urban youth: Findings from the East of England Healthy Hearts Study
Pediatrics International
DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-200X.2011.03354.x
2011

Contrasting physical activity patterns in children and adolescents living in differing environments in the UK
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
Ogunleye, A.A. and Voss, C. and Barton, J.L. and Sandercock, G.R.H. and Pretty, J.N.
DOI: 10.1177/1403494811406315
2011

Ten-year secular changes in muscular fitness in English children
Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Cohen, D. and Voss, C. and Taylor, M. and Delextrat, A. and Ogunleye, A. and Sandercock, G.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02318.x
2011

Aerobic Fitness and Mode of Travel to School in English Schoolchildren
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
CHRISTINE VOSS and GAVIN SANDERCOCK
DOI: 10.1249/mss.0b013e3181b11bdc
02/2010

Associations between habitual school-day breakfast consumption, body mass index, physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in English schoolchildren
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2010.145
2010

Vertical jumping and leg power normative data for English school children aged 10-15 years
Journal of Sports Sciences
Taylor, M.J.D. and Cohen, D. and Voss, C. and Sandercock, G.R.H.
DOI: 10.1080/02640411003770212
2010

Ten year secular declines in the cardiorespiratory fitness of affluent English children are largely independent of changes in body mass index
Archives of Disease in Childhood
Sandercock, G. and Voss, C. and McConnell, D. and Rayner, P.
DOI: 10.1136/adc.2009.162107
2010

Handgrip strength in English schoolchildren
Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Cohen, D.D. and Voss, C. and Taylor, M.J.D. and Stasinopoulos, D.M. and Delextrat, A. and Sandercock, G.R.H.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2010.01723.x
2010

Does the Twenty Meter Shuttle-Run Test Elicit Maximal Effort in 11- to 16-Year-Olds?
Pediatric Exercise Science
Christine Voss and Gavin Sandercock
DOI: 10.1123/pes.21.1.55
02/2009

Twenty-metre shuttle run test performance of English children aged 11-15 years in 2007: Comparisons with international standards
Journal of Sports Sciences
DOI: 10.1080/02640410801910301
2008

Research

Physical activity in children and teens with congenital heart disease
Reports on physical activity patterns in children with CHD are conflicting, and the interplay of medical-, environmental-, parental- and intra-personal factors are not well understood in this patient population. This poses a great challenge if we are to effectively promote physical activity behaviours in these children and teens. In collaboration with colleagues at the Children’s Heart Centre, I aim to address this problem by investigating activity levels, contexts, determinants (intra-personal, socio-cultural and environmental), and changes over time.

Big data in physical activity research: commercial activity trackers, accelerometers and global positioning systems
Accurate measurement of physical activity behaviours is difficult, especially in children. Across my research projects I work with a range of state-of-the-art measurement approaches to address this limitation. For example, commercial activity trackers hold great promise for use in the clinical setting, but questions around validity (do they measure what they claim to measure) and whether these devices can change behaviours remain. Accelerometers and global positioning systems can provide invaluable insight on the context of physical activity behaviours (when, where, with whom?), information which is helpful for generating specific physical activity recommendations. Technology is constantly evolving, necessitating ongoing evaluation of these devices for use in pediatric health research.

Honours & Awards

UBC Science Co-op Supervisor Recognition Award 2017