• Mâsse, Louise C.

    Titles
    Scientist Level 2, CFRI
    Associate 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/

    1. 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

    2. Hennessy, E., Oh, A., Agurs-Collins, T., Mâsse L.C., Moser, R., & Perna, F. (In press) State-level School Competitive Food and Beverage Laws are Associated with Children’s Weight Status. Journal of School Health

    3. 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. PubMed ID: 23651056

    4. Mâsse, L.C., de Niet, J.E., Watts, A., Naylor, P.J., & Saewyc, E. (In Press) Associations between the school food environment, student’s consumption and body mass index of Canadian adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

    5. Hennessy, E., Oh, A., Agurs-Collins, T., Mâsse L.C., Moser, R., & Perna, F. (In press) State-level School Competitive Food and Beverage Laws are Associated with Children’s Weight Status. Journal of School Health

    6. Schiariti, V., Sauve, K., Klassen, A., Cieza, A, O’Donnell, M., & Mâsse, L.C (In Press) “He does not see himself as being different”: children and caregivers’ perspectives on relevant areas of functioning in cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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
    11. 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.
    12. Mâsse, L.C., &  Watts, A.W. (2013) Stimulating innovations in the measurement of parenting constructs. Childhood Obesity, 9(S1):  S5-S13. FA
    13. Schiariti, V., Klassen, A., Cieza, A., Sauve, K., O’Donnell, M., Armstrong, R. & Mâsse, L.C (2013) Comparing contents of outcome measures in cerebral palsy using the International Classification of Functioning (ICF-CY): A systematic review. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpn.2013.08.001
    14. Schiariti, V., Mâsse, L.C., Cieza, A., Klassen, A.F., Sauve, K., Armstrong, R., & O'Donnel,l M. (2013) Toward the Development of the International Classification of Functioning Core Sets for Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Global Expert Survey. Journal of Child Neurology. Feb 21.
    15. 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.
    16. 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. 

    Grants
    Honours & Awards

    Michael Smith for Health Research Senior Scholar – 2006/2011

     

    National Institute of Health Award of Merit (Group Award), for exemplary leadership in advancing NCI's commitment to understanding the science of energy balance and applying that understanding to reducing the cancer burden – 2005

     

    National Institute of Health Award of Merit (Individual Award), for leadership on the National Cancer Institute scientific priorities and developing collaboration in the area of physical activity – 2004

     

    Excellence in Research Incentive Award, School of Public Health, University of Texas-Houston – 2001

     

    Canada Research Chair Recipient (Tier 2) (Award declined for professional reasons) – 2000

     

    Excellence in Research Incentive Award, School of Public Health, University of Texas-Houston - 1999

    Research Group Members