Overview

My research integrates both population-based strategies (environmental and policies strategies) and behavioural strategies (individual-based psychological strategies) to address the complexity of influences on health behaviours associated with obesity (Physical Activity (PA), sedentary, and dietary behaviours).

My population-based research, investigates the hierarchies of factors influencing children’s behaviours at school and childcare settings. This work uses a systems perspective to understand influences on nutrition and PA environments and how they are linked with children health behaviours and weight outcomes.

My behavioural research takes a socio-ecological perspective to examine various aspects of the environment that influence children’s behaviours associated with obesity. This research provides the foundational work to improve the efficacy of lifestyle interventions, and points to the need to understand influences of the familial environment from a holistic perspective and to focus on transitional periods in adolescence.

Publications

Eating Away from Home: Influences on the Dietary Quality of Adolescents with Overweight or Obesity
Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
Allison W. Watts, Maria Valente, Andrew Tu, Louise C. Mâsse
DOI: 10.3148/cjdpr-2017-010
2017

Strategic Priorities for Physical Activity Surveillance in the United States
Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise
10/2016

Predictors of adherence to lifestyle familial obesity interventions
08/2016

Reconceptualizing measures of physical activity parenting practices: Building a calibrated item bank
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
03/2016

Assessment of Capacity to Consent by Nurses Who Deliver Health Care to Patients Who Misuse Substances
Global Qualitative Nursing Research
Darlene Taylor, Anita Ho, Louise C. Mâsse, Natasha Van Borek, Neville Li, Michelle Patterson, Gina Ogilvie, Jane A. Buxton
DOI: 10.1177/2333393616671076
01/2016

Exploring the mediating role of physical activity and TV time on the relationship between the neighbourhood environment and childhood obesity.
Canadian Journal of Public Health
2016

Validation of the Comprehensive General Parenting Questionnaire and associations with children’s energy balance-related behavior and BMI
European Health Psychology Society and British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference
2016

Tools of the trade: Feasibility of employing a novel Pathway for the identification, assessment, and management of childhood obesity in a clinical care setting
International Congress on Obesity
2016

Exploring the impact of nutrition guidelines for publically funded recreation and sport facilities in Canada: An overview of the eat, play, live study design
International Congress on Obesity
2016

Expert sorting and concept mapping to inform a calibrated item bank for food parenting practices for a unified framework
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2016

Child functional characteristics explain child and family outcomes better than diagnosis: Population-based study of children with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorder/disabilities.
Health Report
2016

Are the Physical Activity Parenting Practices Reported by US and Canadian Parents Captured in Currently Published Instruments?
Journal of Physical Activity & Health
2016

Assessment of Capacity to Consent by Nurses Who Deliver Health Care to Patients Who Misuse Substances
Global Qualitative Nursing Research
2016

Development of an item bank for food parenting practices based on published instruments and reports from Canadian and US parents.
Appetite
2016

Child neurodevelopmental functional characteristics mediate apparent effects of neurodevelopmental diagnosis on select child and family outcomes.
01/2015

What parenting practices do parents report using to get their children to be active in a sample of US and Canadian children?Advancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015

Validation of the Comprehensive General Parenting Questionnaire across the globe and associations with childrne’s energy balance-related behaviour and BMI: Preliminary results Advancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015

Walk score® and transit score® and physical activity among overweight and obese adolescents and their parents Advancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015

What do Canadian and US parents do to encourage or discourage physical activity in their 5 to 12 year old children? Advancing Behavior Change Science
in International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015

Environmental and peer influences on adolescents’ dietary habit
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015

Child neurodevelopmental functional characteristics mediate apparent effects of neurodevelopmental diagnosis on select child and family outcomes.
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Child Research Week Open House
2015

A novel instrument to assess capacity to consent for healthcare among individuals with problematic substance use and who are homeless and unstably housed.
2015

Familial influences and their association with the diets of overweight/obese adolescents
2015

Exploring the mediating pathways between neighbourhood characteristics and obesity among Canadian children
2015

An obesity-promoting environment? A description of how school and community environments influence the food choices of overweight adolescents.
Appetite
2015

Creating a collective impact on childhood obesity: Lessons from the SCOPE initiative.
Canadian Journal of Public Health
2015

Individual and household predictors of adolescents’ adherence to a web-based intervention.
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2015

Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention Through Community Engagement (SCOPE) program: Evaluation of the Implementation Phase.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
2015

Action Schools! BC implementation: From efficacy to effectiveness scale-up.
British Journal of Sports Medicine
2015

School-based factors associated with physical education amount and physical activity levels of students in Ontario elementary schools
Canadian Journal of Public Health
2015

A mixed methods exploration of implementation of a comprehensive healthy eating model one year after scale up began.
Public Health Nutrition
2015

Body mass index (BMI) trajectories from age 1 to 20: Results from two nationally representative Canadian longitudinal cohorts.
Obesity
2015

Experiences of overweight/obese adolescents in navigating their home food environment.
Public Health Nutrition
2015

Constraints for identifying, assessing and managing childhood obesity in the child care settings
2015

Child Neurodevelopmental Functional Characteristics Mediate Apparent Effects of Neurodevelopmental Diagnosis on Child and Family Outcomes
Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Conference
2015

Evaluation of a Child-Centred and Gymnastic-based Movement Therapy Program for Children and Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
NeuroDevNet Brain Development Conference
2015

Effect of Adherence to intervention components of a web-based weight management intervention on health behaviours and decrease in Body Mass Index Z-Score among overweight/obese adolescents
Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology
2015

A novel instrument to assess capacity to consent for healthcare among individuals with problematic substance use and who are homeless and unstably housed
8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention
2015

Parental strategies used to encourage and discourage healthy eating in 5 to 12 year old children
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity: Advancing Behavior Change Science
2015

Adolescent-In-Motion: Process evaluation of a transformational teaching intervention for physical education teachersAdvancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015

Are food parenting practices reported by US and Canadian parents represented in published instruments? Advancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015

The respective roles of child diagnosis and functional status in explaining impact of neurodevelopmental disorders/disabilities on child and family health
11/2014

Considerations regarding holistic interventions: Toward a conceptual framework
10/2014

Multi-level movement therapy for Children and Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (CYNDs): Preliminary results from a gym-based intervention.
10/2014

Identifying relevant areas of functioning in children and youth with Cerebral Palsy using the ICF-CY coding system: From whose perspective?
European Journal of Paediatric Neurology
09/2014

“He does not see himself as being different”: Children and caregivers’ perspectives on relevant areas of functioning in cerebral palsy.
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
09/2014

Predictors of adherence to a lifestyle e-Health weight management intervention
09/2014

Measurement of physical activity for public health surveillance
08/2014

Developing a reference framework for planning, implementing and evaluating holistic interventions for Children and Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (CYNDs)
07/2014

Evaluation of a multi-level gymnastic-based comprehensive intervention for Children and Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (CYNDs): Preliminary results
07/2014

Changes in the BC school food and physical activity environment
05/2014

Relevant areas of functioning in children with cerebral palsy based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health coding system: A clinical perspective.
Journal of Child Neurology
05/2014

How do we get people to adhere to lifestyle interventions?
05/2014

Changes to the school food and physical activity environment after guideline implementation in British Columbia, Canada.
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity
04/2014

Toward the development of the International Classification of Functioning core sets for children with Cerebral Palsy: A global expert survey.
Journal of Child Neurology
2014

Parent-child associations in selected food group and nutrient intakes among overweight and obese adolescents.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2014

Comparing contents of outcome measures in Cerebral Palsy using the International Classification of Functioning (ICF-CY): A systematic review.
Journal of Pediatric Neurology
2014

Associations between the school food environment, student’s consumption and body mass index of Canadian adolescents.
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2014

State-level school competitive food and beverage laws are associated with children’s weight status.
Journal of School Health
2014

Relationship between physical activity and adiposity: Does accelerometer non-wear criteria matter?
International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity Movement
2014

Accelerometer cut points: What to do during the transition from adolescence to adulthood in longitudinal studies?
International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity Movement
2014

“He does not see himself as being different”: A qualitative study
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
2014

Barriers and facilitators to healthy eating within the school and community environment from the perspective of overweight and obese teens
2014

Individual and household predictors of adolescents’ adherence to a web-based intervention
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2014

Changes to school food and physical activity environments: After guideline implementation in British Columbia, CanadaAdvancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2014

Overweight and obese adolescents’ perspective on factors that impede or facilitate healthy eating within the home environmentAdvancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2014

Neighbourhood factors and the development of obesity among Canadian children
2014

Description of a food parenting practice item bank Advancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2014

Adherence to components of an E-health intervention and change in adolescent BMI z-scores. Advancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2014

Psychometric instrument to assess capacity to consent for healthcare among Individuals with problematic substance use and who are homeless or unstably housed: An interim analysis.
Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology
2014

A brief tool to assess capacity to consent for medical care among homeless individuals with problematic substance use: Study protocol.
Archives of Public Health
05/2013

Daily physical activity and school food guidelines: What are schools in BC doing? Findings from the physical activity and healthy eating at school study
03/2013

Towards the development of the ICF-CY core sets for children and youth Cerebral Palsy: Qualitative study
02/2013

Parent-adolescent patterns of physical activity behaviors and sleep in a sample of overweight/obese adolescentsAdvancing Behavior Change Science
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2013

Survey assessing fathers’ views on protecting children from injuries and promoting their engagement with risks
2013

Who is more likely to adhere to a lifestyle e-Health intervention targeted at overweight/obese teens?
2013

The school food environment and adolescents’ intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and less healthful foods
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2013

Individual and household influences guiding the processes of behavior change among adolescents
2013

Weight status of grades 7-12 students exposed to less healthful school nutrition environments
Abstracts of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2013

Identifying risk factors associated with trajectories of body mass index (BMI) growth from infancy to adulthood in two nationally representative samples of Canadians
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
2013

Parent-child intake of vegetables and fruits, fat, and sugar-sweetened beverages among overweight and obese adolescents
Abstracts of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2013

Validity of the aerobic physical activity questions in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Circulation
2013

Factors that influence implementation of school policies integrating concepts from the diffusion of innovations
Annals of Behavioral medicine
2013

Parent and peer modeling of healthful dietary behaviors and dietary intake among overweight and obese adolescents
2013

Physical activity parenting measurement and research: Challenges, explanations, and solutions.
Childhood Obesity
2013

Patterns of participation across a range of activities among Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities.
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
2013

From policy to practice: Implementation of physical activity and food policies in schools.
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2013

Change in school nutrition-related laws from 2003 to 2008: Evidence from the School Nutrition-Environment State Policy Classification System.
American Journal of Public Health
2013

Stimulating innovations in the measurement of parenting constructs.
Childhood Obesity
2013

Diagnostic status, functional status and complexity among Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities: population-based study
Disability and Rehabilitation
2013

Internet lifestyle modification interventions targeted at adolescents: Highlights from the literature and preliminary findings from the MySteps® study
2013

Towards the development of the ICF-CY core sets for children and youth with Cerebral Palsy
11/2012

Participation in activities among Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities
11/2012

Towards the development of the ICF-CY core sets for children and youth with Cerebral Palsy: Project update. ICF Research Branch
06/2012

Comparing participation in activities among children with disabilities
06/2012

Stimulating innovations in measurement of parenting constructs
05/2012

It works: So how do we get it implemented and sustained – A BC case study (Naturalistic evaluation of Action Schools! BC)
03/2012

Translating research into practice: A case study of Action Schools! BC
01/2012

Researching non-categorically defined populations
01/2012

Diagnostic status, functional status and complexity among Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities: population-based study
2012

Physical activity and healthy eating at school study – preliminary findings. A preliminary report distributed to schools, districts and key provincial partners
2012

Income as a barrier to weight reduction behavior
Public Health in Canada: Creating and Sustaining Healthy Environments – Abstract Program
2012

School environment and the association with access to healthy and unhealthy foods and beverages in public schools.
2012

Change in nutrition-related laws at the state level from 2003 to 2008
2012

Does place of work influence leisure-time physical activity levels?
2012

Patterns of participation in in-school activities among children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities
2012

Identification of relevant areas of functioning in children with cerebral palsy from the expert perspective
Pediatric Academic Societies
2012

Translating research into practice: A case study of Action Schools! BC
2012

Assessing capacity to consent for medical care: Current practice and experience.
Public Health in Canada: Creating and Sustaining Healthy Environments – Abstract Program
2012

Recommendations to improve the accuracy of estimates of physical activity derived from self-report.
Journal of Physical Activity & Health
2012

Association between self-reported household practices and body mass index of U.S. children and adolescents
Preventing Chronic Disease
2012

Sources of validity evidence needed with self-report measures of physical activity.
Journal of Physical Activity & Health
2012

Comparing the validity of two physical activity questionnaire formats in African-American and Hispanic women.
Journal of Physical Activity & Health
2012

Physical activity implementation in schools: A 4-year follow-up.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2012

Comparing participation in activities among children with disabilities.
Research in Developmental Disabilities
2012

The association of state law to physical education time allocation in United States’ public schools.
American Journal of Public Health
2012

The relationship between income and weight control strategies among Canadian adults.
Canadian Journal of Public Health
2012

Is access to workplace amenities associated with leisure-time physical activity among Canadian adults?
Canadian Journal of Public Health
2012

Identifying concepts contained in outcome measures used with children with CP using the ICF-CY
2012

Towards the development of the ICF-CY core sets for children and youth with CP: Global expert survey
2012

Diagnostic status, functional status and complexity among Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities: A population-based study
2012 Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) Annual Conference
2012

Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through community Engagement (SCOPE): A qualitative study
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
2012

Patterns of participation in school activities among children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities
2012 Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) Annual Conference
2012

Comparing participation in physical activity among children with disabilities
2012 Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) Annual Conference
2012

Process evaluation of a BC initiative: Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through community Engagement (SCOPE)
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
2012

Identifying concepts contained in outcome measures used with children with CP using the ICF-CY
2012

BMI trajectories from birth to early adulthood: An analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth
Obesity 2012: 30th Annual Scientific Meeting
2012

Pattern of participation in activities among children with disabilities
11/2011

Implementing physical activity and nutrition guidelines in BC schools
06/2011

Preventing childhood obesity – Are school-based policy approaches the solution?
02/2011

Policy as a tool to change school nutrition and physical education environments
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2011

Vending machine access and characteristics of the school environment in British Columbia elementary schools
2011

Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (CLASS): Linking PE Law with PE practices in public schools
Active Living Research: Using Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Create Active Communities
2011

Development of a psychometric instrument to assess fathers’ attitudes towards risk and protection
2011

Identification of relevant areas of functioning in children and youth with Cerebral Palsy: An expert perspective
2011

. Parents’ attitudes towards research and research study participation in pediatric rheumatology
Arthritis & Rheumatism
2011

State-level school competitive food and beverage laws: Are they associated with adolescent weight status?
2011

State laws for time spent in physical education and its relationship with adolescent weight status.
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition: Health Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies
2011

Patterns of participation in structured and unstructured physical activity among children with disabilities
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity – The Latest International Research
2011

A qualitative look at factors that affect implementation of a school-based nutrition policy
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity – The Latest International Research
2011

Factors that influence the adoption of a Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy: Teacher and principal feedback on this issue
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2011

Ethnic, gender, and BMI differences in athletic identity in children and adolescents
Journal of Physical Activity & Health
2011

Parent-child relationship of directly measured physical activity
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2011

Understanding the mechanisms of physical activity behavior change: Challenges and a call for action
Psychology of Sport & Exercise
2011

The application of transformational leadership theory to parenting: Questionnaire development and implications for adolescent self-regulatory efficacy and well-being
Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology
2011

The Centre for Healthy Weights – Shapedown BC: A family-centered multidisciplinary program that reduces weight gain in obese children over the short-term
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
2011

An update of controlled physical activity trials in cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Journal of Cancer Survivorship
2011

Five-year change in state laws and concordance with competitive foods laws in US middle schools
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2011

Knowledge of and adherence to fruit and vegetable recommendations and intakes: Results of the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)
Journal of Health Communication
2011

Five-year change in US State competitive food laws affecting middle schools
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2011

School policy to prevent childhood obesity: A theoretical look
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2011

Preventing Childhood Obesity – Are policy approaches the solution?
2010

Beyond the Evidence: Environmental profile of schools that adopt Action Schools! BC (AS! BC) - a comprehensive school model.
2010

Uptake of Action Schools! BC: Which essential components of the whole school physical activity model are teachers implementing?
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2010

Teacher uptake and implementation of a school-based healthy eating initiative: A case study of Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating (AS! BC HE) in British Columbia, Canada
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2010

Comparison of methods to estimate free-living energy expenditure using doubly labeled water in minority women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2010

Implementation of Action Schools! BC: A report on the AS! BC physical activity and healthy eating survey. Report to the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport
2010

Comparing the reliability of five participation instruments in persons with spinal conditions
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
2010

Comparing the validity of five participation instruments in persons with spinal conditions
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
2010

Measuring participation among persons with spinal cord injury: Comparison of three instruments
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
2010

Implementation of Action Schools! BC in schools across British Columbia: A preliminary report
2010

Extending transformational leadership theory to parenting and adolescent health behaviors: An integrative and theoretical review
Health Psychology Review
2010

Contribution of athletic identity to child and adolescent physical activity
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2009

Awareness of national physical activity recommendations for health promotion among US adults
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2009

Factors influencing lunchtime food choices among working Americans
Health Education & Behavior
2009

Discrete-time survival trees
Canadian Journal of Statistics
2009

The attitudes of Canadian maternity care practitioners towards labour and birth: Many differences but important similarities
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada
2009

Comparing the content of participation instruments using the international classification of functioning, disability and health
Health Quality of Life Outcomes
2009

Opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating at school - Preliminary report. Report distributed to schools and key provincial partners
2009

Hierarchy of influences on the implementation of school nutrition and physical activity policies - A naturalistic study in British Columbia, Canada
2009

The association of state law and physical education practices in public schools
2009

Racial/ethnic, gender, and BMI differences in athletic identity in children and adolescents
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2009

The effect of built environment factors on physical activity
2009

Correlates of child activity and television: The contribution of children's athletic identity
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2009

Prospective evaluation of a family-based, multidisciplinary, and behavior-modification program on weight and physical activity behaviors for obese youth
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2009

What factors govern weight gain/loss in a contemporary society?
03/2008

How many days was that? We're still not sure, but we're asking the question better!
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2008

State ranks of incident cancer burden due to overweight and obesity in the United States, 2003
Obesity
2008

Will web-based research suffice when collecting U.S. school district policies? The case of physical education and school-based nutrition policies
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2008

Measuring collaboration and transdisciplinary integration in team science
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2008

Waiting for child developmental and rehabilitation services: An overview of issues and needs.
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
2008

The evaluation of large research initiatives: A participatory integrated mixed-methods approach
American Journal of Evaluation
2008

Physical activity in the United States measured by accelerometer
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2008

School and household environmental influences on children's/adolescent's lifestyle behaviors (dietary intake, physical activity and sedentary behaviors).
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
2008

Preliminary outcomes of Shapedown BC: A multidisciplinary, family-centered weight management program for children and adolescents
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
2008

Cross-cultural assessment of the prevalence and persistence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in middle-school students
2008

Looking within: Genetic, physiological and psychological mechanisms of physical activity behavior (Overview)
2008

Environmental mechanisms of physical activity behavior change: A theoretical overview
2008

Stability of environmental correlates of physical activity in a Canadian sample
2008

Home and school influences on US children's diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviors
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2008

Employer and healthcare policy interventions aimed at adult obesity
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2007

Waiting for child development and rehabilitation services: What is needed to advance research and practice?
Paediatrics & Child Health
2007

British Columbia Health and Wellness Survey (BC-HWS): Descriptive report
2007

British Columbia Health and Wellness Survey (BC-HWS): Brief report
2007

Development of a School Nutrition-Environment State Policy Classification System (SNESPCS)
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2007

Development of a Physical Education-Related State Policy Classification System (PERSPCS)
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2007

Factorial and construct validity of the athletic identity questionnaire for adolescents
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2007

Differential item functioning at post assessment between treatment and control groups from an increase in knowledge
2006

The association between numbers of homework assignments completed during the lifestyle physical activity intervention and scores on transtheoretical measures
Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
2006

Gender differences in familial aggregation of objectively measured physical activity
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2006

Analytic decisions applied to NHANES accelerometer data
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2006

Constructing indices representing supportiveness of the physical environment for walking using the Rasch measurement model
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2006

Improving psychometric methods in health education and health behavior research
Health Education Research
2006

Evaluating the properties of a stage-specific self-efficacy scale for physical activity using classical test theory, confirmatory factor analysis and item response modeling
Health Education Research
2006

Introducing equating methodologies to compare test scores from two different self-regulation scales.
Health Education Research
2006

Introducing equating methodologies to compare test scores from two different self-regulation scales
2006

Using Rasch modeling to re-evaluate three scales related to physical activity: Enjoyment, perceived benefits and perceived barriers.
Health Education Research
2006

Identifying sedentary subgroups: The National Cancer Institute's Health Information National Trends Survey
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2006

Does participation in an intervention affect responses on self-report questionnaires?
Health Education Research
2006

Psychosocial mediation of fruit and vegetable consumption in the body and soul effectiveness trial.
Health Psychology
2006

How many days of monitoring are needed to capture walking behavior? A methodological look
10/2005

Comparing participants' rating and compendium coding to estimate physical activity intensities
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
2005

Psychosocial mediators in the Body and Soul effectiveness trial2005 Annual Meeting Supplement
Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference
2005

Controlled physical activity trials in cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention
2005

Accelerometer data reduction: A comparison of four reduction algorithms on select outcome variables
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2005

Using Item Response Theory to assess the psychometric properties of the physical activity enjoyment scale
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2005

5 A Day behavior and knowledge of recommendations in relation to health communication in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)
2005

Developing standards to summarize accelerometer data
12/2004

Improving behavioral measurement for the next 25 years of childhood obesity prevention research: The girl's health enrichment multi-site studies
03/2004

Applications of Item Response Theory (IRT) modeling for questionnaire evaluation
2004

Discrepant views of oncologists and cancer patients on complementary/alternative medicine
Supportive Care in Cancer
2004

Influence of body composition on physical activity validation studies using doubly labeled water
Journal of Applied Physiology
2004

Lack of time for physical activity: Perception or reality for African American and Hispanic women?
Women & Health
2004

Skin cancer prevention and detection by nurses: Attitudes, perceptions, and barriers
Journal of Cancer Education
2004

Adherence within and between lifestyle physical activity groups in project PRIME
Journal of Physical Activity and Health
2004

The role of psychosocial factors during adolescence on level of physical activity in young adulthood
2004

Do women have enough leisure time physical activity?
2004

. Symposium on the effects of physical activity interventions on cancer patients and survivors: A systematic review of the evidence - Synthesis and future directions
2004

Construct validity: How do behavioral science instruments measure up?
2004

The U.S. burden of cancer related to excess weight
2004

Framework for monitoring and evaluating the impact of physical activity legislative policies
2004

Measurement of behavioral constructs - General concepts
2003

Does adherence to a lifestyle physical activity intervention predict changes in physical activity?
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2003

Using Item Response Theory to validate measurement scales in physical activity
2003

Ethnic differences among correlates of physical activity in women.
Journal of Health Promotion
2003

Does adherence to a lifestyle physical activity intervention predict changes in physical activity?
Journal of Behavioral Medicine
2003

Behavioral and cognitive strategies women use to adopt a physical activity program: A qualitative study
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2003

Applications of Item Response Theory to health policy research
08/2002

The power of Item Response Theory for measurement of psychosocial variables
07/2002

Distribution and determinants of physical activity in women
02/2002

Diary days needed to estimate activity among older African-American and Hispanic women.
Medicine & Science in Sports & Medicine
2002

Type A behavior and daily living activity among older minority women
Journal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine
2002

Emerging measurement and statistical methods in physical activity research
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2002

Rater's objectivity in using the Compendium of Physical Activities to code physical activity diaries
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
2002

The impact of adherence to a lifestyle physical activity intervention
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2002

Validating accelerometer and diary against the doubly labeled water methodology among minority women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2002

Application of Item Response Theory (IRT) in questionnaire evaluation
2002

Evaluation of large initiatives project at the National Cancer Institute.
2002

Development of an evaluation system for the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers (TTURCs)
American Evaluation Association: Evaluation 2002
2002

Project ELI: The evaluation of large initiatives at the National Cancer Institute
American Evaluation Association: Evaluation 2002. Abstract Supplement
2002

Effect of mediating variables on the association between physical activity of parent and child
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2002

Adherence within and between lifestyle physical activity groups in project PRIME
2002

Using advance psychometric methods to validate measures that influence physical activity
10/2001

Observations from the CDC. Community Prevention Study: Contributions to women's health and prevention research
Journal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine
2001

Assessing differential item validity of the AIDS-related social skills questionnaire in African adolescents
Social Science Research
2001

Field evaluation of energy expenditure from continuous and intermittent walking in women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2001

Letter to the Editor-in-Chief - Response: How big is big? Only time will tell
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2001

Recruiting and retaining minority women: Findings from the Women on the Move study
Ethnicity and Disease
2001

Discrepant views of oncologists and cancer patients on complementary/alternative medicine
2001

Intensity of physical activity and obesity among middle-aged women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2001

Stability of types of physical activity in women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2001

The Move Study: Validation of physical activity surveys among minority women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2001

Does the psychological demands scale measure a single construct?
2001

Reliability of usual physical activity using the CSA accelerometer
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2001

Skin cancer prevention and detection by nurses: Attitudes, perceptions, and barriers
2001

Impact of a computer-assisted education program on factors related to asthma self-management behavior
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
2001

Women On The Move: Assessment of moderate physical activity among minority women
10/2000

Perceptions of sedentary African-American women about continuous versus intermittent walking
Women & Health
2000

Measured versus estimated resting metabolic rate in middle and older age Latina women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2000

Reliability, validity, and methodological issues in assessing physical activity in a cross-cultural setting
Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport
2000

Inter-coder agreement in using the compendium of physical activities
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2000

Using Item Response Theory to evaluate scale measuring self-efficacy toward physical activity
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2000

Comparison of coding schemes for the 7-day activity diary
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2000

Validation of resting metabolic rate prediction equations in African-American women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
2000

Reliability, validity, and methodological response to Dr. Kriska
10/1999

Kindergarten disruptive behavior, family adversity, gender, and elementary school failure
International Journal of Behavioral Development
1999

The structure of ethnic identity of young adolescents from diverse ethnocultural groups
The Journal of Early Adolescence
1999

Assessing physical activity among minority women: Focus group results
Women's Health Issues
1999

Validity of scales measuring the psychosocial determinants of HIV/STD-related risk behavior in adolescents
Health Education Research
1999

Detecting bouts of physical activity in a field setting
Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport
1999

Predicting adolescents' alcohol and drug use during adolescence from childhood behavior patterns
1999

The association between physical activity and depression among African-American women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1999

Determination of measured versus predicted resting metabolic rate in middle and older age African-American females
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1999

Total and physical activity energy expenditure among African-American women using doubly labeled water
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1999

Self-efficacy and stage of change among minority women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1999

Sedentary behaviors and obesity among middle-aged women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1999

Social-cognitive factors influencing physical activity among middle-aged minority women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1999

Physical activity among women: University of Texas-Houston project
10/1998

Assessing physical activity: Methodology and applications
01/1998

Reliability and validity of the French version of the 18-item Karasek job content questionnaire
Work & Stress
1998

Are minority women meeting current physical activity recommendations?
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1998

Determinants of continuous versus intermittent walking behavior in women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1998

Sexual risk behavior beliefs and self-efficacy scales
1998

Measuring physical activity in midlife, older, and minority women: Issues from an expert panel
Journal of Women's Health
1998

Validation of the 1990 and 1995 recommendations using diaries and accelerometers
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1998

Leisure and non-leisure modes of physical activity among African-American and Hispanic women
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1998

Validation of physical activity surveys: Measurement issues
05/1997

Evaluation of a skin cancer prevention and detection module
1997

Behavior of boys in kindergarten and the onset of substance use during adolescence
Archives of General Psychiatry
1997

Assessing physical activity among older minority women: Focus group results
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
1997

Detecting patterns of physical activity among women: A field comparison of two accelerometers
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1997

The accuracy of historical physical activity recall among middle-aged women and men
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1997

Comparison of energy expenditure in intermittent and continuous physical activity
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
1997

Attention to role models as a mediating variable in youth violence prevention
1997

From childhood physical aggression to adolescent maladjustment
1996

Assessment of moderate physical activity in minority women: The University of Texas-Houston project
1996

The impact of friends' deviant behavior on early onset of delinquency: Longitudinal data from 6 to 13 years of age
Development and Psychopathology
1995

A bimodal preventive intervention for disruptive kindergarten boys: Its impact through mid-adolescence
Journal of Counseling Psychology
1995

Individual and peer characteristics in predicting boys' early onset of substance abuse: A seven-year longitudinal study
Child Development
1995

New procedures to detect polytomous item response differences in multiple-choice items
10/1993

An investigation of several procedures in the analysis of polytomous differential item functioning: A monte-carlo comparison of techniques
1993

Surviving in school: Sex differences for the impact of family adversity and disruptive behavior in kindergarten
1993

Biomechanical analysis of wheelchair propulsion for various seating positions
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
1992

Kinematic analysis of wheelchair propulsion for three speeds of propulsion
1989

Assessment of capacity to consent by burses who deliver health care to patients who misuse substances.
Global Qualitative Nursing Research

Biomechanical analysis of wheelchair propulsion for various seating positions

Are the physical activity parenting practices reported by US and Canadian parents captured in currently published instruments?
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Parent-adolescent patterns of physical activity, sedentary behaviors and sleep among a sample of overweight and obese adolescents.
Journal of Physical Activity & Health

School nutritional capacity, resources and practices are associated with availability of food/beverage items in schools.
International journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Work group III: Methodological issues in research on the food and physical activity environments: Addressing data complexity
American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Evaluation of a skin cancer prevention module for nurses: Change in knowledge, self-efficacy, and attitudes
American Journal of Health Promotion

Parent participation positively influences teens’ adherence to an e-Health obesity program.

Identification of relevant areas of functioning in children and youth with Cerebral Palsy: An expert perspective

Consideration of measurement variability for feedback effects between body weight and physical activity behavior

Examining knowledge of national physical activity recommendations for health in the 2005 NCI Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

Identifying the characteristics of sedentary groups using signal detection methodology in the NCI Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

Developing the measurement framework to evaluate physical activity policies at the state level

Physical activity checklist against doubly labeled water.

Factorial validity of the sexual risk behavior beliefs and self-efficacy (SEBBS) scales by gender and ethnicity

161. Mâsse, L.C., McCormick, L.K., Cummings, S., & Burke, C. Measurement of self-efficacy in screening and educating for skin cancer among nurses. Presented at the Nurse Practitioner Conference. New Orleans, LA, June, 1997.

Validity of scales measuring the psychosocial determinants of HIV/STD related risk behavior in adolescents

Measuring physical activity in women, older women, and minority women: Issues and suggestions from January 18-19 experts' panel meeting

Cognitive deficits, school achievement, disruptive behavior, and juvenile delinquency: A longitudinal look at their developmental sequence

A presentation of DIF procedures for polytomous item responses

Using multiple group structural equation modeling as an alternative to traditional procedures in the analysis of the MANOVA type problem

Strategic priorities for physical activity surveillance in the United States: Findings from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American College of Sports Medicine roundtable.
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Research

Development and evaluation of LiGHT version 2, a novel weight management program for 10 to 17 year-old and their families
This is a collaborative agreement with the Childhood Obesity Foundation (COF) that is funded but PHAC with matched funding from Ayogo Health Inc., Merk Canada and Heart and Stroke. In addition, the David Suzuki provide in-kind content to support the living green focus of LiGHT. The LiGHT (Living Green and Healthy for Teens) program aim to engage youth and their families with interactive and gamified content to modify adolescents and their families’ health behaviours associated with obesity (Physical activity, sedentary, nutrition, and sleep behaviours). BCCHR/UBC investigators lead the evaluation of this study which includes 6 collaborative centres (Alberta Children’s Hospital U of Calgary, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario U of Ottawa, McMaster Children’s Hospital U of McMaster, Shapedown BC BC Children’s Hospital UBC, SickKids U of Toronto, Stollery Children’s Hospital U of Edmonton): the cooperative agreement with COF ($732,211 2017/21) is to conduct a randomized control trial to test the efficacy of the LiGHT intervention; 2) CIHR and Alberta Innovate funds ($388,375 2018/2021) are used to examine factors at the individual, social and environmental levels that influence adherence to the LiGHT intervention.

Impact of transitioning to secondary schools on behaviours associated with obesity and academic-related outcomes: A socio-ecological perspective
Lack of physical activity, too much sedentary time, and poor dietary habits all contribute to unhealthy weight trajectories. Adolescence is a period when many unhealthy behaviours emerge or escalate; most notably these problems are exacerbated during the transition from elementary to secondary school. This study funded by CIHR ($909,155 2015/2022) aim to examine factors that influence adolescents’ physical activity, sedentary time, and dietary habits as children transition from elementary to secondary school. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, this study examines changes that occur in the school, household, and social settings among 736 student/parent pairs from 49 schools in BC.

A Good Start Matters - Creating environments that support physical activity in childcare setting
Funded by SSHRC ($145,000 2017/19) and CHIR ($734,400 2017-22), these studies aim to: 1) evaluate how provincial standards supported by a capacity building intervention influence childcare centre practices; and 2) whether childcare centre that have better environments, policies, and practices enhance children physical activity and motor skill competencies.

Honours & Awards

2008 Leaders Opportunity Fund Award awarded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation

2006-2011 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Salary Award – Senior Scholar Award ($500,000)

2011 Nominated for the 2011 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Education

Research Group Members

Nicole Carbert
Alysha Deslippe
Jacqueline Koot
Tomoko McGaughey, Student
Raymond Khanano, Graduate Student
Camilla Piatkowski, Graduate Student
Jennifer McConnell-Nzunga, Postdoctoral Fellow
Yingyi Lin, Research Assistant
Janae Vlaar