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 (https://www.uoguelph.ca/gfhs/) 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. 

Abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5420103/

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

Abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28272299

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.

Abstract:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26795723

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.

Abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4908682/

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: https://teamabc3.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/morrongiello-et-al 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 

Abstract: http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/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.

Abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4194416/

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

Social Media Profiles

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kathryn_Walton

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathryn-walton-msc-rd-04702a54/