Annalijn Conklin

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Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Chronic Diseases in Elderly
Community Health / Public Health
disease management evaluation
food and nutrition policy
Gender Epidemiology
gender and health equity
Health Policies
healthcare quality improvement
healthy ageing
Indigenous health
obesity & CVD risk factors
Professional Practices
Social Determinants of Dietary and Metabolic Disorders
social nutritional epidemiology
ethics of research and public health

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Research Options

I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.

Research Methodology

observational study designs
multilevel modelling
gender-sensitive analysis
quantitative data analysis
qualitative data analysis
impact assessment
Intersectionality Theory of Human Rights
Feminist Post-Structuralism

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Master's Student Supervision

Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.

The associations of sleep deficits and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in adolescents (2021)

Background: Sleep deficits, which include social jetlag, poor sleep quality, and short sleep duration, have been commonly observed in adolescents due to development-specific late chronotype, early school start time, and other physiological and environmental factors. Recent findings indicate that sleep is potentially associated with unhealthy eating habits, such as frequent consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). The associations may also differ by gender. This thesis examined the gender-specific associations between three different types of sleep deficits and SSB consumption among adolescents. Methods: This thesis used a cross-sectional study design and included 1031 adolescents from Wave 6 (Spring 2012) of the British Columbia Adolescent Substance Use Survey (BASUS) (mean age: 15±0.7 years). Descriptive statistics analyzed the prevalences of self-reported sleep deficits and SSB consumption by gender. Multivariable logistic regression models using interaction terms examined the associations between each sleep deficit variable and three measures of SSB consumption, by gender. Additional confounders were included in the sensitivity analyses to test the robustness of results. Results: Compared to no social jetlag (≤ 1h), consistent positive associations of higher social jetlag levels were observed with above-median (OR 1.63 (95% CI: 1.01, 2.65)) and any weekly SSB intake (1.97 (1.06, 3.66)) in girls; boys showed a similar positive but non- statistically significant OR trend with any SSB intake. Non-significant positive associations were seen between more frequent restless sleep and daily SSB intake in girls, but only boys with occasional restless sleep (1-2 days/week) had significantly higher odds of any SSB intake (3.21 (1.31, 7.88)), compared to no restless sleep (
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