Jess Haines

Jess Haines
Professor, AHN
Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x53780
Macdonald Institute (MINS), Room 231B

Research interests: families, children, obesity prevention, behaviour change intervention

Area: Applied Human Nutrition

Description of research:  My research focuses on identifying modifiable family-level factors that influence children’s health behaviours and translating that knowledge into effective behaviour change interventions.

Accepting graduate students;

Fall 2018: yes

Fall 2019: yes

Jess Haines, PhD, MHSc, RD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Prior to her appointment at U of G, Dr. Haines was a faculty member at the Obesity Prevention Program in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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.

She has developed a program called Parents and Tots Together, which is a family-based intervention that embeds strategies to improve children’s weight-related behaviours within an existing general skills parenting program. Dr. Haines is the Principal Investigator of a current study, funded by the Danone Institute, to test the effectiveness of Parents and Tots Together among families recruited through Ontario Early Years Centres.

She is the Associate Director of the Guelph Family Health Study, a family-based cohort study designed to identify early life risk factors of obesity and chronic disease and to test family-based strategies to support healthful behaviours early in life.

She is a Co-Investigator of an NIH-funded study to examine how the general family environment influences adolescent weight and weight-related behaviours among participants in the Growing Up Today Study (GUTS). GUTS is a prospective cohort of over 16,000 adolescents who are the offspring of participants in the Nurses’ Health Study II.

 Dr. Haines is the Director of the Parent-Child Feeding Laboratory, funded through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. The overarching goal of the laboratory research is toidentify how parent-child feeding interactions influence child’s eating behaviours.

PhD (Epidemiology) - University of Minnesota, 2005

MHSc (Community Nutrition) - University of Toronto, 2000

BSc (Human Ecology) - University of Western Ontario, 1998

  1.  Haines J, Rifas-Shiman SL, Gross D, McDonald J, Kleinman K, Gillman MW. Randomized trial of an obesity prevention intervention that embeds weight-related messages within a general parenting program. Obesity In Press (accepted August 2015)
  2. Katz-Wise SL, Scherer EA, Calzo JP, Sarda V, Jackson B, Haines J, Austin SB. Sexual minority stressors, internalizing symptoms, and unhealthy eating behaviors in sexual minority youth. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. In Press. (accepted July 2015)
  3. Filion AJ, Darlington G, Chaput JP, Ybarra M, Haines J. Examining the influence of a text message-based sleep and physical activity intervention among young adult smokers in the United States. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:671.
  4. Spence ND, Birken C, Haines J, Ball GD. Back to the future – a case for home visits for managing severe paediatric obesity. Acta Paediatrica. 2015;104(6): 547-9.
  5. Bergmeier HJ, Skouteris H, Haycraft E, Haines J, Hooley M. Reported and observed controlling feeding practices predict child eating behavior after 12 months. Journal of Nutrition. 2015;145(6): 1311-6.
  6. 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. 
  7. Field AE, Sonneville KR, Falbe J, Flint A, Haines J, Rosner B, Camargo CA. Association of sports drinks with weight gain among adolescents and young adults. Obesity 2014;22(10):2238-43. 
  8. Martínez-Andrade GO, Cespedes EM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Romero-Quechol G, González-Unzaga MA, Benítez-Trejo MA, Flores-Huerta S, Horan C, Haines J, Taveras EM, Pérez-Cuevas R, Gillman MW. Feasibility and impact of Creciendo Sanos, a clinic-based pilot intervention to prevent obesity among preschool children in Mexico City. BMC Pediatrics. 2014;14:77.  
  9. Katz-Wise SL, Jun H, Corliss HL, Jackson B, Haines J, Austin SB. (2014). Child abuse as a predictor of gendered sexual orientation disparities in BMI trajectories in a longitudinal study of US. Journal of Adolescent Health 2014;54(6): 730-8. 
  10. Emmons KM , Puleo E , Greaney ML , Gillman MW , Bennett GG , Haines J, Sprunck-Harrild K , Viswanath K. (2014). A randomized comparative effectiveness study of Healthy Directions 2-A multiple risk behavior intervention for primary care. Preventive Medicine 2014; 64C: 96-102. 
  11. Greaney ML , Puleo E , Bennett GG , Haines J, Viswanath K , Gillman MW , Sprunck-Harrild K , Coeling M , Rusinak D , Emmons KM. (2014). Factors associated with choice of web or print intervention materials in the Healthy Directions 2 study. Health Education & Behavior. 2014; 41(1): 52-62.
  12. Haines J, McDonald J, O’Brien A, Sherry B, Bottino CJ, Evans Schmidt M, Taveras EM. Healthy Habits, Happy Homes: Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Household Routines for Obesity Prevention Among Preschool Aged Children. JAMA Pediatrics. 2013;167(11):1072-9. 
  13. Austin SB, Penfold RB, Johnson RL, Haines J, Forman S. Clinician Identification of Youth Abusing Over-the-Counter Products for Weight Control in a Large U.S. Integrated Health System. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2013; 21(1):40. 
  14. Haines J, O’Brien A, McDonald J, Evans-Schmidt M, Price S, Sherry B, Goldman RE, Taveras EM. Television viewing and television in bedrooms: Perceptions of racial/ethnic minority parents of children birth to 5 years. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2013;22(6):749-756.  
  15. Haines J, Neumark-Stzainer D, Hannan PJ, van den Berg P, Eisenberg ME. 10-year Longitudinal and Secular Trends in Weight-Related Teasing during Adolescence and Young Adulthood. Obesity 2013; 21(9):E428-34. 
  16. Quick V, Wall, M, Larson N, Haines J, Neumark-Sztainer D. Personal, Behavioral and Socio-environmental Predictors of Overweight Incidence in Young Adults: 10-yr Longitudinal Findings. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2013;25(10):37. 
  17. O’Brien A, McDonald J, Haines J. Parents & Tots Together Children’s Curriculum: An Interactive Program on Nutrition and Physical Activity to Bolster Parent Participation in an Obesity Prevention Program. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2013;74:143-5.
  18. Oken E, Guthrie LB, Bloomingdale A, Platek DN, Price S, Haines J, Gillman MW, Olsen SF, Bellinger DC, Wright RO. A pilot randomized controlled trial to promote healthful fish consumption during pregnancy: The Food for Thought Study. Nutrition Journal. 2013;12:33. 
  19. Sonneville KR, Rifas-Shiman SL, Haines J, Gortmaker S, Mitchell KF, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Associations of parental control of feeding with eating in the absence of hunger and food sneaking, hiding, and hoarding. Childhood Obesity 2-13;9(4):346-9. 
  20. Cespedes EM, McDonald J, Haines J, Bottino CJ, Schmidt ME, Taveras EM. Obesity-Related Behaviors of US and Non-US Born Parents and Children in Low-income Households. Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatratrics 2013;34(8):541-8. 
  21. Benjamin Neelon SE, Reyes-Morales H, Haines J, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Nutritional quality of foods and beverages on child care center menus in Mexico. Public Health Nutrition. 2012; 4:1-9. 
  22. Evans-Schmidt M, Haines J, O’Brien A, McDonald J, Price S, Sherry B, Taveras E.  Systematic Review of Effective Strategies for Reducing Screen Time Among Young Children. Obesity. 2012; 20(7):1338-54. 
  23. Cespedes E., Martínez-Andrade G., Rodríguez-Oliveros G., Perez-Cuevas R., González-Unzaga M., Benitez-Trejo A., Haines J., Gillman M., Taveras E. Opportunities to Strengthen Childhood Obesity Prevention in Two Mexican Health Care Settings. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. 2012;2(3);496-504. 
  24. Taveras EM, McDonald J, O'Brien A, Haines J, Sherry BL, Bottino, CJ, Troncoso K, Evans-Schmidt M, Koziol R. Healthy Habits, Happy Homes: Development and Baseline Data of a Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Household Routines for Obesity Prevention. Preventive Medicine. 2012;55(5):418-26. 
  25. Greaney ML, Sprunck-Harrild K, Bennett GG, Puleo E, , Haines J, Viswanath V, Emmons KM. Use of Email and Telephone Prompts to Increase Self-Monitoring in a Web-Based Intervention. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2012; 14(4):e96. 
  26. Sonneville KR, Calzo JP, Horton NJ, Haines J, Austin SB, Field AE. Body satisfaction, weight gain and binge eating among overweight adolescent girls. International Journal of Obesity;2012: 36(7):944-9. Role and contribution: 
  27. Calzo JP, Sonneville KR, Haines J, Blood E, Field AE, Austin SB. Gender and Age Modify the Associations Between BMI, Body Dissatisfaction, and Weight and Shape Concern in Adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2012;51(5):517-23. 
  28. Haines J, Mayorga AM, McDonald J, O’Brien A, Gross D, Gillman MW, Taveras EM, Epee-Bounya A.  Embedding Weight-Related Messages within a General Parenting Program:  Development and Evaluation of Parents and Tots Together. Early Child Development and Care. 2012; 182:951-965.  
  29. Skinner HH, Haines J, Austin SB, Field AE. A prospective study of overeating, binge eating, and depressive symptoms among adolescent and young-adult women. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2012;50: 478-483. 
  30. Price SN, McDonald J, Oken E, Haines J, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Content Analysis of Motivational Counseling Calls Targeting Obesity-Related Behaviors Among Postpartum Women. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2012;16(2):439-47. 
  31. Haines J, Ziyadeh NJ, Franko DL, McDonald J, Mond JM, Austin SB. Screening high school students for eating disorders: Validity of brief behavioral and attitudinal measures. Journal of School Health. 2011;81:530-5. 
  32. Rodríguez-Oliveros G,  Haines J, Ortega-Altamirano D, Power E, Taveras EM, González-Unzaga M, Reyes-Morales H. Obesity Determinants in Mexican Preschool Children: Parental Perceptions and Practices Related to Feeding and Physical Activity. Archives of Medical Research. 2011;42:532-39.  
  33. Taveras EM, Blackburn K, Gillman MW, Haines J, McDonald J, Price S, Oken E. First Steps for Mommy and Me: A Pilot Intervention to Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors of Postpartum Mothers and Their Infants. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2011;15(8):1217-27 
  34. Taveras EM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Sherry B, Oken E, Haines J, Kleinman K, Rich-Edwards JW, Gillman MW. Crossing Growth Percentiles in Infancy and Risk of Obesity in Childhood. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 2011;165(11):993-8.  
  35. Bloomingdale B, Guthrie LB, Price S, Wright RO, Platek D, Haines J, Oken E.  A qualitative study of fish consumption during pregnancy.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010; 92(5):1234-40. 
  36. Barr-Anderson DJ, Robinson-O’Brien R, Hannan PJ, Haines J, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parent report vs child perception of familial support: which is more associated with child’s physical activity and television viewing behavior? Journal of Physical Activity and Health.  2010;7(3):364-8. 
  37. Haines J, Kleinman KP, Rifas-Shiman SL, Field AE, Austin SB. Examination of shared risk and protective factors for overweight and disordered eating among adolescents. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2010;164(4):336-343. 
  38. Haines J, Gillman MW, Rifas-Shiman S, Field AE, Austin SB. Family dinner and disordered eating behaviors in a large cohort of adolescents. Eating Disorders. The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.  2010;18(1):10-24. 
  39. Robinson-O’Brien R, Burgess-Champoux T, Neumark-Sztainer D, Hannan PJ, Haines J. Associations between school meals offered through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program and fruit and vegetable intake among ethnically diverse, low-income children. Journal of School Health. 2010;80(10):487-92. %. 
  40. Field AE, Haines J, Rosner B, Willett WC. Weight control behaviors and subsequent weight change among adolescents and young adult females. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010;91(1):147-53.