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Associate Professor of Applied Nutrition, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph

Jess Haines, PhD, MHSc, RD is an Associate Professor of 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 is the Associate Director of the Guelph Family Health Study, a family-based cohort study designed to identify early life risk factors of chronic disease and to test family-based strategies to support healthful behaviours early in life.

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 to identify how parent-child feeding interactions influence children’s eating behaviours.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph