Jess Haines, PhD, MHSc, RD


Dr. Haines is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Canada. She is a behavioral scientist and epidemiologist with substantial experience in observational research as well as in designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions focused on eating disorders and obesity prevention. For her doctoral dissertation, she designed and evaluated a school-based intervention designed to prevent weight-related disorders, including weight-based teasing, eating disorder symptoms, and obesity, in elementary school children. Working with Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, also on the STRIPED International Expert Advisory Panel, Dr. Haines was co-investigator on Ready. Set. ACTion!, an NIH-funded school-based nutrition and physical activity promotion program that used theater to reach out to children and their families. Currently, Dr. Haines is the principal investigator of a family-based intervention to promote healthy eating and activity behaviors among children. She currently serves on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Haines was co-director of STRIPED in the first year of the initiative, serving a vital role in planning the development of the initiative, and she is also an investigator with the STRIPED research study of over-the-counter products abused for weight control.