Watson, Erin

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Walton, Kathryn

 Kathryn Walton
Graduate Degree: 
Research Focus: 
Childhood obesity, parent-child feeding interaction

Research Area: Kathryn Walton is a registered dietitian whose primary research interest is the prevention of childhood obesity. Within this, her current research focuses on the home environment and parent-child feeding interactions during family meals. 

Academic Background: Kathryn Walton is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario. She also received her BASc in Applied Human Nutrition and her MSc. from the University of Guelph. Kathryn completed a Dietetic Internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Research Interests

  • Childhood obesity prevention and intervention
  • Child dietary intake and nutrition risk
  • Parent feeding practices
  • Family meals
  • Parenting stress
  • Healthy home environments

Current Research:

Kathryn leads the Family Mealtime Observation Study (FaMOS) which is focused on understanding parent-child feeding interactions during family meals. Using novel, direct observation methods, FaMOS aims to provide a clearer understanding of the association between parent feeding practices, parent-child interactions and children’s dietary intake as well as their resulting weight status. FaMOS has received funding from the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (CFDR).Kathryn also works as a health educator on the Guelph Family Health Study ( where she is focused on study engagement and participant retention. Using a novel method of integrated knowledge translation (iKT), she facilitates a family council made up of parent participants that meet regularly to provide input on study method and procedures. Kathryn’s advisory committee includes: Advisor- Dr. Jess Haines (U of G), Committee Members: Dr. Andrea Breen (U of G) & Dr. Emma Haycraft (Loughborough University, UK)

Recent Publications:

Walton K, Kuczynski L, Haycraft E, Breen A & Haines J. Time to re-think picky eating?: a relational approach to understanding picky eating. IJBNPA. 2017; 14: 62. doi 10.1186/s12966-017-0520-0. 


Roke K, Walton K, Klingel SL, Harnett A, Subedi S, Haines J & Mutch DM. Evaluating Changes in Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake after Receiving Personal FADS1 Genetic Information: A Randomized Nutrigenetic Intervention. Nutrients. 2017; 9: 240. doi:10.3390/nu903024


Walton K, Kleinman K, Rifas-Shiman S, Horton N, Gillman MW, Field AE, Austin SB, Neumark-Sztainer D & Haines J. Secular Trends in Family Dinner Frequency among Adolescents. BMC Res Notes. 2016; 9: 35. doi 10.1186/s13104-016-1856-2.


Haines J, Rifas-Shiman, Horton NJ, Kleinman K, Brauer KW, Davison K, Walton K, Austin SB, Field AE, Gillman MW. Family functioning and quality of parent-adolescent relationship: Cross-sectional associations with adolescent weight-related behaviors and weight status. IJBNPA. 2016; 13:68. doi:10.1186/s12966-016-0393-7.


Morrongiello B, Hou S, Bell M, Walton K, Filion AJ & Haines J. Supervising for Home Safety Program: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Testing Community-Based Group Delivery. J Pediatr Psychol. 2016; 41: doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw083.

Abstract: journal-of-pediatric-psychology-2016.pdf

Walton K, Filion AJ, Gross D, Morrongiello B, Darlington G, Randall Simpson J, Hou S, Haines J. Parents and Tots Together: A randomized controlled trial of a family-based obesity prevention intervention in Canada. CJPH. 2015;106 (8), doi 10.17269/CJPH.106.5224 


Walton K, Randall Simpson J, Darlington G & Haines J. Parenting Stress: a cross-sectional analysis of associations with childhood obesity, physical activity and TV viewing. BMC Pediatrics. 2014;14: 244. doi:10.1186/1471-2431-14-244.


Grants or Funding​

  • The Family Mealtime Observation Study (FaMOS) is funded by a New Researcher Grant from the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (CFDR).
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship

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Underhill, Angela

 Angela Underhil
Graduate Degree: 
Research Focus: 
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Relationships

Academic background

Angela Underhill is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph, Canada. Her current work focuses on assisted reproductive technologies using queer and critical disability perspectives. She received a M.Sc. in Family Relations and Human Development (University of Guelph) in 2016 where her work focused on the sexual and relationship satisfaction of people living with sexually transmitted infections.

Bulleted list of research interests

  • Sexual health and relationships
  • Women and HIV
  • Sexual/gender diversity
  • Social justice
  • Qualitative research

Angela is a research coordinator for the Women and HIV Research Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Her work focuses on women and trans folks and HIV, equity in healthcare, community-based research, and families. Angela is also a research associate at Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph, Canada. In her role at Re•Vision, Angela collaborates on several grants that focus on embodied difference and explores how to advance social inclusion and equitable care.

  1. Hawa, R., & Underhill, A. (in press). Examining gender relations among South Asian immigrant women living with HIV in the Greater Toronto Area: An anti-oppressive lens. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice.
  2. Hawa, R., Underhill, A., Logie, C., & Loutfy, M. (2017). Social contexts and HIV vulnerabilities among South Asian women in the Greater Toronto Area: Examining social norms. Health Care for Women International, e-copy, 1-25.
  3. Hawa, R., Underhill, A, Logie, C. H., Islam, S., & Loutfy, M. (2017). South Asian immigrant women’s suggestions for culturally-tailored HIV education and prevention programs. Ethnicity and Health, e-copy, 1-15.
  4. Underhill, A., Kennedy, V. L., Lewis, J., Ross, L. E., & Loutfy, M. R. (2016). Assessing access for prospective adoptive parents living with HIV: An environmental scan of Ontario’s adoption agencies. AIDS Care, 28, 1269-1273. Open Access.

Research Grants

  1. CO-APPLICANT, Operationalizing the Women-centered HIV Care Model from the Perspectives of Women Living with HIV and their Healthcare Providers – Women’s Xchange $15K Challenge, 5 Oct. 2017 – Oct. 2018.
  2. PROGRAM EXPERTWomen & HIV Research Program: Impactful Research with Diverse Women living with and at Risk of HIV in Canada - The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation Grant, 2017-2024.
  3. CO-APPLICANTReview of New Research Opportunities Related to Healthy Aging in Women with HIV Infection - The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Planning Grant, 2017.
  4. KNOWLEDGE USER, Developing Community Driven Consensus for Infant Feeding in HIV in Canada - Canadian Institutes of Health Research Planning and Dissemination Grant – Institute Community Support, 2016-2017.

Doctoral Scholarships

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), September 2017-August 2020
  • Tri-Council Top-Up, University of Guelph, September 2017-August 2020
  • Graduate Excellence Entrance Scholarship (awarded based on academic excellence), University of Guelph, September 2016-August 2017
  • Dr. Margaret McCready Tribute Scholarship (awarded for high academic achievement and research accomplishments), University of Guelph, September 2016-August 2018

Twigger, Kate

Graduate Degree: 

Stiner, Emily

Graduate Degree: 

Sheikh, Saima

Graduate Degree: 

Scruton, Hilary

Graduate Degree: 

Scott, Christine

Graduate Degree: 

Quinn-Nilas, Chris

Chris Quinn
Graduate Degree: 
Research Focus: 
Relationships and Sexuality
Research Area – Relationships and Sexuality
Academic Background: Christopher Quinn-Nilas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph.  He received a M.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from Trent University.  
Research Interests
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion
  • Relationship and sexual satisfaction
  • Relational well-being
  • Relationship stability
  • Quantitative methods
  • Body image and sexuality
Grants and Funding: 
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
Recent Publications: 
Quinn-Nilas, C., Goncalves, M., Kennett, D., Grant, A (in press).  A thematic analysis of men’s sexual compliance with unwanted, non-coercive sex.  Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 
McKay, A., Quinn-Nilas, C., Milhausen, R. (2017).  Prevalence and correlates of condom use among midlife Canadian women and men aged 40 to 59.  Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 26 (1).    
Quinn-Nilas, C., Benson, L., Milhausen, R., Buchholz, A.C., Goncalves, M (2016).  The relationship between body image and sexual functioning.  Sexual Medicine, 4 (3).

Pericak, Sandra

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