• Mâsse, Louise C.

    Titles
    Scientist Level 2, CFRI
    Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
    Degrees / Designations
    PhD
    Primary Area of Research
    Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Phone
    604-875-2000 ext. 5563
    Fax
    604-875-3569
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health
    F508 – 4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC  V5H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Physical activity
    • Obesity prevention
    • Health promotion
    • Behaviour change
    • Familial interventions
    • Population health
    • Health policy interventions
    • Diffusion and dissemination of health interventions
    • Psychometrics
    • Questionnaire design
    Summary

    My research focuses on understanding the determinants of behaviour change as it relates to physical activity and nutrition behaviours. Some of my earlier work has focused on physical activity measurement and in understanding the behavioural and psychosocial factors influencing human behaviours. My current research takes an integrative approach (i.e. ecological perspective) to understand environmental and behavioural influences on physical activity and nutritional behaviours.   

    My current research also focuses on understanding how we can disseminate and diffuse lifestyle modification interventions, to specifically understand the individual or structural influences on the uptake of “efficacious” lifestyle modification interventions in practice. In addition, my research looks at improving parenting practices to determine parental influences on children’s’ motivation to be active and eat a healthy diet.

    Finally as a psychometrician, I remain highly involved in projects that develop the methodology and measurement tools to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of health interventions both in my own area of interest as well as in other areas (e.g. HIV/AIDS, sexual behaviour, skin cancer, smoking). 

    Current Projects
    • Household environmental framework pertaining to childhood obesity: Improving our measures of the familial environment. Operating grant funded by CIHR.
    • Evaluating the influence of nutrition and physical activity policies on the school environment, obesogenic behaviors and weight outcomes. Operating grant funded by CIHR.
    • Individual and household environmental influences guiding the processes of obesogenic behaviours among overweight/obese adolescents and their families. Operating grant funded by CIHR.

    Selected Publications

    For complete list see Publications at http://spph.ubc.ca/person/louise-masse/

    Tu, A., Mâsse, L.C., Lear, S.C., Gotay, C.C., & Richardson, C.G.  (Accepted) Body mass index (BMI) trajectories from age 1 to 20: results from two nationally representative Canadian longitudinal cohorts (Obesity).

    Naiman, D., Leatherdale, S., Gotay, C., & Mâsse, L.C. (Accepted) School-based factors associated with physical education amount and physical activity levels of students in Ontario elementary schools (Canadian Journal of Public Health). 

    Naylor, P.J., McKay, H.A., Valente, M., & Mâsse, L.C. (In Press) A mixed methods exploration of implementation of a comprehensive healthy eating model one year after scale up began (Public Health nutrition).

    McIntosh, B., Daly, A, Mâsse, L.C., Collet, J.C., Wharf Higgins, J. Naylor, P.J., & Amed, S. (In Press) Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention Through Community Engagement (SCOPE) program: Evaluation of the Implementation Phase. (Biochemistry and Cell Biology). 

    Tu, A., Watts, A.W., & Mâsse, L.C. (In Press). Parent-adolescent patterns of physical activity, sedentary behaviors and sleep among a sample of overweight and obese adolescents. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. PMID: 25621567

    McKay, H.A., Macdonald, H., Nettlefold, L., Mâsse, L.C., Day, M., & Naylor, P.J. (In Press). Action Schools! BC implementation: From efficacy to effectiveness scale-up.  British Journal of Sports Medicine. 1-11. doi: 1 0.1136/bjsports-2013-093361. PMID: 25312876

    Schiariti, V., & Mâsse L.C. (In Press). Relevant areas of functioning in children with cerebral palsy based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health coding system: a clinical  perspective. J Child Neurol, 30(2):216-22. PMID: 24810085

    Mâsse, L.C., Watts, A.W., Barr, S.I., Tu, A., Panagiotopoulos, C., Geller, J., & Chanoine, J.P.  (2014). Individual and household predictors of adolescents’ adherence to a web-based intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49(3):371-83. doi: 10.1007/s12160-014-9658-z. PMID: 25270826

    Schiariti, V., & Mâsse, L.C. (2014). Identifying relevant areas of functioning in children and youth with Cerebral Palsy using the ICF-CY coding system: From whose perspective? European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 2014 Sep;18(5), 609-17. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2014.04.009. Epub 2014 Apr 15. PMID: 24813657

    Schiariti, V., & Mâsse, L.C. (2014). Relevant areas of functioning in children with cerebral palsy based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health coding system: A clinical perspective. Journal of Child Neurology, 2014 May 7. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 24810085

    Watts, A.W., Mâsse, L.C., Lovato, C.Y., Barr, S.I., Hanning, R.M. (2014). Parent-child associations in selected food group and nutrient intakes among overweight and obese adolescents. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114(10), 1580-1586. PMID: 24951436

    Watts, A.W., Saewyc, E., Naylor, P.J., & Mâsse, L.C. (2014). Changes to the school food and physical activity environment after guideline implementation in British Columbia, Canada. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2014 Apr 14; 11, 50. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-50. PMID: 24731514

    Taylor, D., Mâsse, L.C., Ho, A., Reckart, M.L., Tyndall, M., Henry, B., Clifton, J., Peters  L., Ogilvie,  G., & Buxton, J. (2013) A brief tool to assess capacity to consent for medical care among homeless individuals with problematic substance use: Study protocol. Archives of Public Health, 71:11. PMID: 23651056

    Mâsse, L.C., de Niet-Fitzgerald, J.E., Watts, A.W., Naylor, P.J., & Saewyc, E. (2014). Associations between the school food environment, student’s consumption and body mass index of Canadian adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2014 Mar 26; 11(1), 29. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-29. PMID: 24666770

    Hennessy, E., Oh, A., Agurs-Collins, T., Mâsse, L.C., Moser, R., & Perna, F. (2014). State-level school competitive food and beverage laws are associated with children’s weight status. Journal of School Health, 84(9), 609-616. PMID: 25117896

    Schiariti, V., Sauve, K., Klassen, A., Cieza, A., O’Donnell, M., & Mâsse, L.C (2014). “He does not see himself as being different”: Children and caregivers’ perspectives on relevant areas of functioning in cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2014 Sep;56(9):853-61. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12472. Epub 2014 Apr 29. PMID: 24773255

    Davison, K., Mâsse, L.C., Timperio, A., Frenn, M., Saunders, J., Mendoza, J., Gobbi, E., Hanson, P., & Trost, S. (2013) Physical activity parenting measurement and research: Challenges, explanations, and solutions. Childhood Obesity, 9(S1): S103-S109. PMID: 23944918

    Mâsse, L.C., & de Niet J.E. (2013) School nutritional capacity, resources and practices are associated with availability of food/beverage items in schools. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. Feb 19;10:26. PMID: 23421918

    Mâsse, L.C., Miller, A.R., Shen, J., Schiariti, V., & Roxborough, L. (2013) Patterns of participation across a range of activities among Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology Journal,  55: 729-736. PMID: 23701369

    Mâsse, L.C., Naiman, D., & Naylor, P.J. (2013) From policy to practice: Implementation of physical activity and food policies in schools. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.10:71. PMID: 23731803

    Mâsse, L.C., Perna, F., Agurs-Collins, T., & Chriqui, J.F. (2013) Change in School Nutrition-Related Laws From 2003 to 2008: Evidence From the School Nutrition-Environment State Policy Classification System. American Journal of Public Health, 103:1597-1603. PMID: 23327259

    Mâsse, L.C., &  Watts, A.W. (2013) Stimulating innovations in the measurement of parenting constructs. Childhood Obesity, 9(S1):  S5-S13. FA. PMID: 23944924

    Schiariti, V., Klassen, A., Cieza, A., Sauve, K., O’Donnell, M., Armstrong, R., & Mâsse, L.C (2014). Comparing contents of outcome measures in Cerebral Palsy using the International Classification of Functioning (ICF-CY): A systematic review. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 18(1), 1-12. PMID: 24051208

    Schiariti, V., Mâsse, L.C., Cieza, A., Klassen, A.F., Sauve, K., Armstrong, R., & O'Donnell, M. (2014). Toward the development of the International Classification of Functioning core sets for children with Cerebral Palsy: A global expert survey. Journal of Child Neurology, 29(5), 582-591. PMID: 23435282

    Taylor, D., Mâsse, L.C., Ho, A., Reckart, M.L., Tyndall, M., Henry, B., Clifton, J., Peters  L., Ogilvie,  G., & Buxton, J. (2013) A brief tool to assess capacity to consent for medical care among homeless individuals with problematic substance use: Study protocol. Archives of Public Health, 71:11. PMID: 23651056

    Watts, A.W.,&  Mâsse, L.C. (2013) Is access to workplace amenities associated with leisure-time physical activity among Canadian adults?  Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104(1): 87-91. PMID: 23618111

    Grants
    Honours & Awards

     

    2011 Nominated for the 2011 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Education

    2008 Leaders Opportunity Fund Award awarded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation

    2006-2011 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Salary Award – Senior Scholar Award ($500,000)

    2006-2016 Child and Family Research Institute Salary Award – Level 2 Scientist ($900,000)

    2005 Group award for exemplary leadership in advancing the National Cancer Institute's commitment to understanding the science of energy balance and cancer and applying that understanding to reduce the cancer burden. National Institutes of Health Award of Merit 

    2004 Individual award for leadership on the National Cancer Institute scientific priorities and developing collaboration in the area of physical activity. National Institutes of Health Award of Merit

    2001-2006 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Salary Award – Tier 2 Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa - Award was declined for personal and professional reasons 

    1999 & 2001 Excellence in Scholarship Incentive Award for FY 1998 and 2000
    University of Texas-Houston - School of Public Health award

    1997 Outstanding Research Podium Presentation
    American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

     

    Research Group Members