Dr. Piotr Wilk

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Scientist:
Division of Children's Health and Therapeutics Children's Health Research Institute

P: (519) 661-2111 ext: 89109

F: (519) 661-3766

E-mail: piotr.wilk@schulich.uwo.ca

 


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RESEARCH INTERESTS

My primary area of interest is health and well being of children. I am currently conducting a number of studies on child-, family, and neighbourhood-level determinants of childhood obesity and I am engaged in research on developing a culturally-appropriate obesity intervention for First Nations and Métis children.

Other interests: Population health; Social determinants of health; Aboriginal health; Research methodology (longitudinal designs, multi-level models); Program and policy evaluation.

EDUCATION

  • BScffff Sociology   

  • MScffffSociology  

  • PhDffff Sociology

CURRENT RESEARCH GRANTS

  • Obesity among Métis and Off-Reserve First Nations children: Understanding contexts and determinants (Co-Principal Investigator with Martin Cooke, University of Waterloo; Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Operating Grant: Secondary Analysis of Databases; 2011-2013)

  • Testing the Directional Associations between Obesity and Depressive Symptoms: A Longitudinal Examination across Childhood and Adolescence (Principal Investigator; Lawson Health Research Institute; 2011-2013)

  • Healthy Food for Healthy Kids (Principal Investigator; Heart & Stroke - Spark Advocacy Grant; 2011-2012)

  • Reducing Obesity among Aboriginal Children and Youth in Canada: Phase-1 - Development of Intervention through a Community-Based Collaboration (Co-Principal Investigator with Martin Cooke, University of Waterloo; Public Health Agency of Canada - Innovative Strategy: Taking Action to Reduce Health Inequalities in Canada; 2011-2012)

  • Identifying causal effects of the built environment on physical activity, diet, and obesity among children (Co-Investigator with Jason Gilliland, University of Western Ontario; Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada; 2010-2013)

  • Obesity among Off-Reserve Aboriginal Children in Canada: Trajectories, Contextual Determinants, and Interventions (Principal Investigator; Canadian Institutes of Health Research - First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Health Priority; 2010-2012)

  • Predictors of Health and Developmental Trajectories among Aboriginal Preschool-Aged Children in Canada: Effects of Family and Community-level Characteristics (Principal Investigator; The University of Western Ontario - Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry's GAP Funding; 2010-2011)

  • Childhood Obesity in Southwestern Ontario: Assessment of Obesity Trajectories and their Determinants Based on Data from National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (Principal Investigator; Children’s Health Research Institute; 2010-2012)

  • Youth Matters in London: Mental Health, Addiction and Homelessness (Co-Investigator with Cheryl Forchuk, University of Western Ontario; Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Partnerships for Health System Improvement; 2009-2012)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (2009-2011)

  • Laschinger, H.K., Grau A.L., Finegan J., Wilk P. 2011 (November). “Predictors of new graduate nurses' workplace well-being: Testing the job demands-resources model.” Health Care Management Review, Published ahead-of-print.

  • Varcoe, C., Hankivsky, O., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wuest, J., Wilk, P., Hammerton, J., and Campbell, J. 2011 (September). “Attributing selected costs to intimate partner violence in a sample of women who have left abusive partners: A social determinants of health approach.” Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 359-80.

  • Laschinger, H.K., Finegan, J., and Wilk, P. 2011 (March). “Situational and dispositional Influences on nurses workplace wellbeing: The role of empowering unit leadership.” Nursing Research, Vol. 60, No. 2, pp. 124-31.

  • Laschinger, H.K., Grau A.L., Finegan J., Wilk P. 2010 (December). “New graduate nurses' experiences of bullying and burnout in hospital settings.” Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol. 66, No. 12, pp. 2732–42.

  • Sealy, P., Wilk, P., Beynon, C., Bennett, S., and Hoogenboom, A. 2010 (October). “Parental perceptions of the children in need of treatment dental program.” Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 431-42.

  • Wuest, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., Merritt-Gray, M., Wilk, P., Campbell, J., Lent, B., Varcoe, C., & Smye, V. 2010 (September). “Pathways of chronic pain in survivors of intimate partner violence: Considering abuse-related injury, symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depressive symptoms, and child abuse. Journal of Women’s Health, Vol. 19, No. 9, pp. 1665-74.

  • Samuels-Dennis, J.A., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wilk, P., Avison, W.R., and Ray, S. 2010 (August). “Cumulative trauma, personal and social resources, and post-traumatic stress symptoms among income-assisted single mothers.” Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 603-17.

  • Vingilis, E. and Wilk, P. 2010 (April). “Self-reported road safety strategies, risky driving behaviours, and subsequent motor vehicle injuries: analysis of Canadian National Population Health Survey.” Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 36, Supplement 1, pp. S69-S80.

  • Linden, R., Mann, R.E., Smart, R.G., Vingilis, E., Solomon, R., Chamberlain, E., Asbridge, A., Rehm, J., Fischer, B., Stoduto, G., Wilk, P., Roerecke, M., Trayling, C., Wiesenthal, D. 2010 (April) “Research, policy development and progress: Antisocial behaviour and the automobile.” Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de Politiques, Vol. 36, Supplement 1, pp. S81-93.

  • Laschinger, H.K., Finegan, J., and Wilk, P. 2009 (November). “New graduate burnout: The impact of professional practice environment, workplace civility and empowerment.” Nursing Economic$, Vol. 27, No. 6, pp. 377-83.

  • Laschinger, H.K., Wilk, P., Cho, J., and Greco, P. 2009 (July). “Empowerment, engagement and perceived effectiveness in nursing work environments: Does experience matter?” Journal of Nursing Management, Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 636-46.

  • Wuest, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., Lent, B., Wilk, P., and Campbell, J.C. 2009 (May). “Abuse-related injury and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder as mechanisms of chronic pain in survivors of intimate partner violence.” Pain Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 739-47.

  • Laschinger, H.K., Finegan, J., and Wilk, P. 2009 (May). “Context matter: The impact of unit leadership and empowerment on nurses’ organizational commitment.” The Journal of Nursing Administration, Vol. 39, No. 5, pp. 228-35.

  • Ford-Gilboe, M., Wuest, J., Varcoe, C., Davies, L., Merritt-Gray, M., Campbell, J., and Wilk, P. 2009 (March). “Modelling the effects of intimate partner violence and access to resources on women’s health in the early years after leaving an abusive partner.” Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 68, No. 6, pp. 1021-9.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS (2009-2011)

  • Wilk, P. 2011 (August). Effects of Neighbourhood-Level Predictors on Body Mass Index (BMI) Trajectories among Young Children in Canada, World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Wilk, P. and Vingilis, E. 2011 (August). What Medications Use8d to Treat Medical Conditions Increase the Risk of Subsequent Motor Vehicle Injuries: Results of the Canadian National Population Health Survey, World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Laschinger, H.K.S. and Wilk, P. 2011 (August). Predictors of New Graduate Nurses Workplace Wellbeing: Testing the Job Demands-Resources Model, Academy of Management, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Wilk, P. 2011 (June). Effects of Child- and Neighbourhood-Level Predictors on Body Mass Index Trajectories among Young Children in Canada, Europaediatrics, Vienna, Austria.

  • Wilk, P. and Vingilis, E. 2011 (May). Medical conditions, medication use and their relationship with subsequent motor vehicle injuries: Examination of the Canadian National Population Health Survey, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Wilk, P. and Cooke, M. 2010 (October). Body Mass Index Trajectories among Aboriginal Children in Canada, Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood & Adolescent Obesity: Families in Focus, Hamilton, Ontario. Accepted.

  • Wilk, P. and Cooke, M. 2010 (October). Effects of breastfeeding and maternal smoking during pregnancy on body mass index trajectories among young children in Canada, Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood & Adolescent Obesity: Families in Focus, Hamilton, Ontario. Accepted.

  • Cooke, M. and Wilk, P. 2010 (October). Risk Factors for Obesity among Off-Reserve Aboriginal Children in Canada, Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood & Adolescent Obesity: Families in Focus, Hamilton, Ontario. Accepted.

  • Wilk, P. Sangster Bouck, M., and Cooke, M. 2010 (June). Effects of breastfeeding and maternal smoking during pregnancy on body mass index trajectories among children in Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Wilk, P. and Hoogenboom, A. 2010 (June). Evaluating the impact of Ontario’s booster seat legislation and determinants for their use, Canadian Paediatric Society, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Cooke, M. and Wilk, P. 2010 (June). Risk of obesity among First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children living off-reserve, Canadian Paediatric Society, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Cooke, M. and Wilk, P. 2010 (June). Risk factors for obesity among off-reserve Aboriginal children in Canada, Canadian Public Health Association, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Wilk, P. Sangster Bouck, M., and89109 Cooke, M. 2010 (June). Body mass index trajectories among Aboriginal children in Canada, Canadian Public Health Association, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Wilk, P. and Hoogenboom, A. 2010 (June). Determinants of booster seat usage in Ontario, Canadian Public Health Association, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Wilk, P. and Hoogenboom, A. 2010 (June). Examining the effects of booster seat legislation and user compliance, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

  • Sealy, P., Bennett, S., Wilk, P., Beynon, C., Leake, J. and Hartford, A. 2009 (November). Parental perceptions of the Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) Dental Program, Ontario Public Health Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Wilk, P. 2009 (October). BMI trajectories among Aboriginal children in Canada, Canadian Research Data Centres Network Conference, London, Ontario.

  • Wilk, P. and Vingilis, E. 2009 (October). Health compromising behaviours: an extension of Problem-Behaviour Theory, Canadian Research Data Centres Network Conference, London, Ontario.

  • Vingilis, E. and Wilk, P. 2009 (August). Protective and risk factors using Problem Behaviour Theory: Examination of the Canadian National Population Health Survey, European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Vilnius, Lithuania.

  • Laschinger, H.K.S., Finegan, J., and Wilk, P. 2009 (August). Testing a multi-level model of staff nurse organizational commitment, Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois (Nominated for the Best Paper Award).

  • Ford-Gilboe, M., Wuest, J., Varcoe, C., and Wilk, P. Predicting changes in family functioning in the early years after leaving an abusive partner,
    a) 2009 (June). International Family Nursing Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland.
    b) 2009 (October). Nurses Network on Family Violence Conference, Miami, Florida.

  • Gurunge, S., Ford-Gilboe, M., Samuels-Dennis, J. Wilk, P., Varcoe, C., Wuest, J. and Hammerton, J. 2009 (June). The Impact of social support and conflict on women’s health in the context of leaving an abusive partner, International Family Nursing Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland.

  • Vingilis, E. and Wilk, P. 2009 (June). Do self-reported speeding and impaired driving predict subsequent motor vehicle collision injuries? Examination of the National Population Health Survey, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

  • Vingilis, E. and Wilk, P. 2009 (June). Do Canadians intervene to prevent impaired driving and non use of seat belts? Examination of the National Population Health Survey, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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