Dr. Paula Dworatzek

Dr. Paula Dworatzek

Job Title:

 Professor, Food and Nutritional Sciences


 Full-Time Faculty




 519.432.8353 x28020


 Ursuline Hall 308

Academic Background

  • Ph D, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 2004
  • MSc, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 1997
    Dietetic Internship, University Health Network (formerly The Toronto Hospital – General Division), 1990
  • BSc, Home Economics (Foods and Nutrition), Brescia University College, 1989


  • HE 2266F/G – Communications
  • FN 3361B – Fundamentals of Community Nutrition
  • HE 4411F – Research Methodology
  • FN 9722B – Program Planning and Evaluation
  • MPH 9006A – Developing Healthy Communities

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • The School food environment and its impact on students eating behaviours
  • Chronic disease prevention, particularly obesity and diabetes
  • Nutrition education program planning and evaluation


  • Dietitians of Canada, Member Recognition Award for Education, 2016
  • Dean’s Honor Roll of Teaching, Awarded by the Academic Dean, Brescia University College, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • George Beaton Award for Best Public Health Nutrition Abstract, Canadian Nutrition Society, 2014
  • Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Conference, 1st Place Poster Award, 2014
  • Honorable Mention Award for the Most Innovative Nutrition and Wellness Program (FRESH) in a North American post-secondary institution, National Association of College and University Food Services, 2014
  • Brian Dufton Memorial Manuscript Award, Awarded by the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 2003


  • Funding in support of Experiential Learning for Food and Nutrition Graduates of Brescia University College, Awarded by Brescia University College Internal Research Grants
  • Funding in support of Assessing a Food and Nutrition Questionnaire for Youth, Awarded by Brescia University College Internal Research Grants
  • Funding in support of Food resources and education for student health in secondary schools (FRESH High): Adaptation, Implementation, and evaluation of a peer nutrition education program, Awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Funding in support of LUNCHES – Let’s Understand Nutrition and Children’s Health in Elementary Schools, Awarded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Funding in support of Temperature of perishable food items in packed lunches, Awarded by Brescia University College Internal Research Grants
  • Funding in support of Survey of Food and Nutrition Skills and Behaviours of University Students, Awarded by Brescia University College Internal Research Grants
  • Funding in support of A community-based lifestyle education program for adults with prediabetes, Awarded by the Lawson Foundation
  • Funding in support of Food Intake in the Balanced School Day vs Traditional Schedule: Inter-observer Reliability, Awarded by Brescia University College Internal Research Grants
  • Funding in support of Literature Review and Key Informant Interviews re: a valid and reliable population-based tool to measure fruit and vegetable consumption of 4–9 year olds, Awarded by Middlesex London Health Unit

Invited Presentations

  • Dworatzek P. Sugar Sweetened Beverages. Middlesex London Board of Health, March 2016.
    Matthews J, Zok A, Dworatzek P. Foodservice Partnership Adds Value While Improving Student Health. National Association of College & University Food Services – National Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014.
  • Dworatzek P, Zok A, Matthews J. Catalysts for Change: University Food Services, Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Ottawa ON, June 2014
  • Dworatzek P, Martin L, Macaskill L, Salvadori M, Seabrook J. Students’ Packed Lunches in Balanced School Day and Traditional Schools: How do they differ?, Nutrition Resource Centre Webinar, Ontario Public Health Association, May 8, 2014


  • Neilson LJ, Macaskill LA, Luk JMH, Sharma N, Killip SM, Salvadori MI, Seabrook JA, Dworatzek PDN. Elementary school home-packed lunches: observations of foods packed and eaten in the traditional vs. balanced school day schedule. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. In Press.
  • Stein RI, Doulla MD, Seabrook JA, Yau L, Hamilton N, Salvadori MI, Dworatzek PDN. Impact of the balanced school day on glycemic control in children with type 1 diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. In Press.
  • Campbell EE, Dworatzek PDN, Penava D, deVrijer B, Gilliland J, Matthews JI, Seabrook JA. Factors that Influence Excessive Gestational Weight Gain: Moving Beyond Assessment and Counselling. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. In Press. EPub ahead of print: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/14767058.2015.1137894 
  • Dworatzek PDN, Stier J. Dietitians’ attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Peer Education in Nutrition. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. In Press. 2016;77. DOI: 10.3148/cjdpr-2016-009.
  • Twynstra J, Dworatzek P. Use of an Experiential Learning Assignment to Prepare Future Health Professionals to Utilize Social Media for Nutrition Communications. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2016;77:30–34.
  • Matthews JI, Doerr L, Dworatzek PD. University students intend to eat better, but lack coping self-efficacy and knowledge of dietary recommendations. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2016;48:12-19.
  • Wu TF, Macaskill LA, Salvadori MI, Dworatzek PDN. Is the Balanced School Day Truly Balanced? A Review of the Impacts on Children, Families, and School Food Environments. Journal of School Health. 2015;85:405-410.
  • Matthews JI,  Zok AV, Quenneville EPM, Dworatzek PDNDevelopment and implementation of FRESH – a post-secondary nutrition education program incorporating population strategies, experiential learning and intersectoral partnerships. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2014;105(4):e306-e311

Technical Reports

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Nutrition Society
  • College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • Dietitians of Canada
  • International Federation of Home Economics
  • Ontario Home Economics Association
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Ontario Public Health Association
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Canadian Obesity Network
  • Ontario Society for Nutrition Professionals in Public Health


  • Director, Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, 2015-present
  • Member of SUPR-G, Western University, 2016-present
  • Brescia Faculty Association, Treasurer, 2015-present
  • CIHR, Peer Review Committee Member, 2013, 2014
  • Brescia Faculty Association, Contract Negotiation Committee, 2012-2013
  • Chair, Research Ethics Board, Brescia University College, 2010–2014
  • Member, Research Ethics Board, Brescia University College, 2007–2010

Past Work Experience

  • Canadian Diabetes Association, Director of Research Programs, 2003–2007
  • The Anne Johnston Health Station, Community Health Centre Dietitian, 1992–2001 (part-time)
  • York Community Services, Community Health Centre Dietitian, March 1994–Aug. 1994 (contract)
  • Four Villages Community Health Centre, Dietitian, Sept. 1993 – April 1994 (contract)
  • Victorian Order of Nurses, Toronto, Home-Visiting Clinical Dietitian, 1990–1993