Associate Professor and Coordinator, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Visiting Associate Professor, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health & Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Adjunct Research Professor, School of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies
Office: Ursuline Hall, Room 302
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext 28228
- PHD – Nutritional Sciences and Metabolism (University of Guelph)
- MSc – Exercise Physiology and Metabolism (University of Guelph)
- BSc – Nutritional Sciences (University of Guelph)
Research and Scholarly Interests
“Eat whole foods. Not too much. Mostly plants. And with great variety!” This quote adapted from Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food) summarizes my research focus. My goal is to understand and support healthy eating in children and adolescents. Through my research and the support of my Nutrition Ignition! team, we strive to encourage children to eat well and improve their food literacy, in hopes that it will influence their choices over a lifetime.
Awards and Recognition
- 2015 The Steward in Catholic Education Award, London-District Catholic School Board
- 2017-2018 Campus Collaboration Award, Brescia University College, for Nutrition Ignition!
- 2017-2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Brescia University College
- Foods and Nutrition 3361F/G – Fundamentals in Community Nutrition
- Foods and Nutrition 3373A/B – Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Foods and Nutrition 4471B – Nutrition and Metabolic Processes
- MPH 9006A – Building Healthy Communities (Nutrition Module)
- Dietitians of Canada
- College of Dietitians of Ontario
- Ontario Home Economics Association
- Canadian Nutrition Society
Representative Publications and Presentations
- Karmali, S, Ng, V, Battram, D, Burke, S, Morrow, D, Pearson, E, Tucker, P, Mantler, T, Cramp, A, Petrella, R, Irwin, JD. Coaching and/or education intervention for parents with overweight/obesity and their children: Study protocol of a single-centre randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 19(345), 1-12, 2019.
- Turton, L. Piché and D.S. Battram. Adolescent attitudes and beliefs regarding caffeine and the consumption of caffeinated beverages. JNEB 48(3):181-189, 2016.
- D.S. Battram, L. Piché, C. Beynon, J. Kurtz and M. He. Sugar-sweetened beverages: Children’s perceptions, factors of influence and suggestions for reducing intake. JNEB 48(1): 27-34, 2016.
- Pearson, E. S., Irwin, J. D., Morrow, D., Battram D, & Melling CWJ. The CHANGE Program: Comparing an interactive versus prescriptive approach to self-management among university students with obesity. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 37(1):4-11, 2013.
As a professor, I believe my role is to facilitate students in the learning career. My role as an educator is to present information in a stimulating way that encourages independent thought and critical thinking. My goal is to create a supportive learning environment where students can question and discuss even the most delicate of topics in an open and non-judgmental manner. Overall, my hope is that students who leave my classroom are as enthusiastic and passionate about nutrition, food and health as I am.