A quick post today to say congrats to my (former) labmate Stephanie Prince-Ware, who successfully defended her PhD thesis yesterday afternoon. She is the first PhD student in our group to successfully defend her thesis, with another to come shortly (good luck, Zach!). I was fortunate to work with Steph on one of her thesis projects as well as a letter published in IJBNPA earlier this year, and it was very fun to watch her defend her thesis so successfully.
The over-arching theme of Steph’s defense was that “research is complex”, which I’m sure anyone working in population health will agree with. Most of her thesis projects were published in Open Access Journals, and I would encourage you to check them out at the links below (hopefully we’ll have a post or two looking at them more closely down the road). Her systematic review on differences in self-reported and directly-measured physical activity has already received more than 100 citations, and I would recommend it especially if you’re looking for a good reference on the topic.
Stephanie A. Prince, Elizabeth A. Kristjansson, Katherine Russell, Jean-Michel Billette, Michael Sawada, Amira Ali, Mark S. Tremblay, Denis Prud’homme. A Multilevel Analysis of Neighbourhood Built and Social Environments and Adult Self-Reported Physical Activity and Body Mass Index in Ottawa, Canada. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 3953-3978; doi:10.3390/ijerph8103953.
Stephanie A. Prince, Mark S. Tremblay, Denis Prud’homme, Rachel Colley, Michael Sawada, Elizabeth Kristjansson. Neighbourhood differences in objectively measured physical activity, sedentary time and body mass index. 2011, OJPM 1(3), 182-189. (free pdf)
Stephanie A. Prince, Elizabeth A. Kristjansson, Katherine Russell, Jean-Michel Billette, Michael C. Sawada, Amira Ali, Mark S. Tremblay, Denis Prud’homme. Relationships Between Neighborhoods, Physical Activity, and Obesity: A Multilevel Analysis of a Large Canadian City. Obesity.
Stephanie A. Prince, Kristi B Adamo, Meghan E Hamel, Jill Hardt, Sarah C Gorber and Mark Tremblay. A comparison of direct versus self-report measures for assessing physical activity in adults: a systematic review. Int. J. Behav. Nutr. Phys. Act.