Faculty Members

Family Studies & Human Development

Lara Descartes

  • Parenting
  • LGBTQ+ families
  • Health
  • Aging
  • Children’s food socialization
  • Popular culture/media
  • Informal social support

David Green

  • Parenting/Fathering
  • Mental Health
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Ethnic Minority Family
  • Human Development

Roula Hawa

  • HIV prevention and intervention involving racialized and immigrant women and youth groups
  • Youth sexual health, mental health, resilience, and wellbeing
  • Women's health
  • Gender-based violence and homelessness in Canada and globally
  • Health promotion across the lifespan (focus on child, youth and elderly health)
  • Healthy schools; food security and healthy eating
  • Arts-based research and vulnerable populations

Foods & Nutrition

Latifeh Ahmadi

Latifeh Ahmadi in a close-up headshot
  • Phyto-nutrients and their application in food
  • Food Waste Management
  • Replacing natural ingredients as preservatives or flavor agents in food products and reducing the use of synthetic additives

Danielle S. Battram

  • Food literacy in children and adolescents
  • Childhood obesity prevention and treatment
  • Food and dietary behaviour support for children and families

Paula Dworatzek

  • Food Skills - development and utilization of the Food Skills Questionnaire (FSQ) ( https://foodskills.ca/)
  • School food environments and their impact on students' eating behaviours
  • Diabetes Clinical Practice Guidelines

Susan Greig

  • Foods and Nutrition

Brenda Hartman

  • Maternal and Infant Nutrition
  • Diet and Supplement Intakes
  • Exclusionary Diet Patterns
  • Breastfeeding/Donor Milk
  • One-carbon Nutrients

Sharareh Hekmat

  • Functional Foods
  • Probiotics and Prebiotics
  • Product Development
  • Sensory Science
  • Food Chemistry and Microbiology

Janet Madill

  • Body Composition
  • Overweight
  • Obesity
  • malnutrition
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Transplantation
  • Sarcopenia
  • vitamin D status and intake

June Matthews

  • Food skills
  • Peer education
  • Agriculture education
  • Food, nutrition, and hydration issues in long-term care

Colleen O'Connor

  • Learning and communication needs of preceptors and practicum students
  • The use of technology to promote healthy dietary behaviours, food literacy and local food consumption
  • Health benefits of fermented foods and beverages

Peggy O'Neil

  • Foundations in human ecology
  • Leadership/Policy/Law/Philosophy in human ecology
  • Arts, Humanities and happiness in daily life
  • Ecopedagogy

Jasna Twynstra

  • Pregnant people’s nutrition knowledge
  • Healthcare professionals’ prenatal nutrition education and knowledge
  • Pregnant people’s experiences with nutrition for their pregnancy