Olivia de Jongh Gonzalez

Postdoctoral Fellow


Overall, my research aims to advance our understanding of the ecological (and particularly familial) factors shaping health behaviors and weight trajectories of children and adolescents, identify strategies to prevent or reduce childhood obesity and promote lifelong healthy habits, and leverage technology to improve obesity-related measurement and treatment.

My main research project, funded by Michael Smith Health Research BC, aims to examine and promote positive parenting practices, with the ultimate goal of creating a familial environment that supports the development of healthy eating patterns and outdoor active play among toddlers and preschoolers. It includes 3 components:

a) A Daily Diary evaluation of within- and between-parent variations in parenting practices related to healthy habits among 2-5-year-olds

b) A Grounded Theory study to explain, from parents' perspectives, how the family shapes children’s health behaviors over time

c) A Randomized Controlled Trial testing a mobile-Health coparenting app to support children’s nutritious diet and outdoor active play



Research Interests

Parenting practices and styles
Childhood obesity
Health behavior change
Intervention design, implementation, adherence, effectiveness
mHealth apps / interventions
Quantitative Methods
Statistical analyses

Research Methodology

Quantitative methodology

Research Centres, Clusters, Institutes

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.



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