AcademicAccomplishmentsGillian
 

Education

PhD Candidate, Western University
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Promotion

Masters of Science, Western University
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Child and Youth Health

Bachelors of Health Science , Western University
Faculty of Health Science, Specialization in Health Promotion (with honours)

 
Honours & Awards


Business London Top 20 Under 40
Business London Magazine

Canadian Obesity Network Student and New Professional Rising Star Award Winner 2015
The Canadian Obesity Network

3 Minute Thesis Competition Finalist 2015
Western University

Faculty of Health Sciences Recognition of Achievement for
Exemplary Contribution to Teaching in the Faculty of Health Science

(achieved an Western instructor and course evaluation ranking for overall effectiveness of 6.0 or greater)

Canadian Obesity Network Student and New Professional Rising Star Award Nominee 2014
The Canadian Obesity Network

27th Annual Western Research Forum presented by the Society of Graduate Students - Best Oral Presentation
Western University

Western University Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Research Forum: Bringing Your Creativity to Life - Best Oral Presentation
Western University

3 Minute Thesis Competition Finalist 2013
Western University

Canadian Obesity Network Student and New Professional Dr. Jennifer Irwin Behavioural Aspects of Obesity
The Canadian Obesity Network

Ontario Graduate Scholarship-Science & Technology
Province of Ontario, 4-time recipient

3 Minute Thesis Competition Finalist 2012
Western University

The University of Western Ontario’s Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Research Forum: Brewing Research, Steeped in Ideas - Best Oral Presentation
Western University

 

Published Refereed Papers

  • Mandich, G., Burke, S., Gaston, A., & Tucker, P. (2015). The physical activity levels and sedentary behaviours of Latino children in Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(5), 5528-5539. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120505528

  • Vanderloo, L., & Mandich, G. (2013). Battling bullying: Not all children face the same fight. The Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 32(4): 85-88. doi: 10.7870/cjcmh-2013-032 *Authors contributed equally to this work

  • Vanderloo, L., & Mandich, G. (2013). Battling bullying: Not all children face the same fight. Health Science Inquiry*, 4(1), 71-72. *Authors contributed equally to this work

  • Mandich, G., & Vanderloo, L. (2012). Obesity and diabetes among children: Nutrition-related barriers and future opportunities. Health Science Inquiry, 2(1), 75-76. *Authors contributed equally to this work

  • Callaghan, C., Mandich, G., & He, M. (2010). Healthy Vending machine pilot project in four Ontario secondary schools. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 71(4), 186-191.

  • Kurtz, J., Battram, D. S., Killough, G., Francis, L., Mandich, G., & He, M. (2010) "Pause-2-Play": A pilot school-based obesity prevention program. The Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health, 10(3), 303-311.

  • He, M., Callaghan, C., Evans, A., & Mandich, G. (2009). Healthy eating champions award for elementary schools: findings from a process evaluation. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 70(2), 101-4.

 

Published Abstracts

  • Mandich, G. & Miller, L. (2015). Healthy and Happy: Creating and Evaluating a Catalyst to Improve the Health of University Students via an Online Training System. [Abstract]. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 39(1), S43. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.01.164

  • Shier, A., Colby, P., Mandich, G., Battram, D.S., Dworatzek, P.D.N., Hramiak, I., Mathyssen, J., Giroux, I. (2013). Impact of a Community Lifestyle Intervention Program (PREPARE) for Adults Diagnosed with Prediabetes in London, Ontario. [abstract]. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 37(4), S69.

  • Mandich, G. & Burke, S. M. (2013). C.H.A.M.P. families: A qualitative investigation of health professionals’ views of and suggestions for the development of a caregiver-focused childhood obesity intervention. [Abstract]. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37(2), S273.
  • Giroux, I., Broxterman, J. N., Battram, D., S., Dworatzek, P. D. N., Mandich, G. E., Colby, P., Mathyssen, J., & Hramiak, I. (2012) Impact of a pilot group lifestyle behaviour change program (PREPARE) on nutritional and health characteristics in adults with prediabetes. [Abstract]. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 36(5) (Suppl): PS6.
  • Burke, S. M., & Mandich, G. E. (2012). Physical activity among Latino children: A qualitative examination of barriers and facilitators. [Abstract]. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34(Suppl.), S209.
  • He, M., Harvey, E., Battram, D. S., Mandich, G., Clarson, C.; & Harris, S. B. (2009, October). A culturally sensitive community-based obesity prevention program targeting Latino-Canadian children: a pilot study. [Abstract]. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 33(3) (Suppl): P-1287, 280-281.
 
Professional Conference Presentations and Posters

  • Mandich, G. (2016, August). Five Nutrition Myths You Need to Know. Oral presentation at The Canadian Fitness Professionals World Fitness Summit, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Mandich, G. (2016, August). What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Health. Oral presentation at The Canadian Fitness Professionals World Fitness Summit, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Mandich, G. (2015, August). Research 101: How to Read and Understand Scientific Papers and Research. Oral presentation at The Canadian Fitness Professionals World Fitness Summit, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Mandich, G. (2015, June). Nutrition and Sport: A Winning Pair. Oral presentation at Girl Power in Play Symposium, Ottawa, Ontario.

  • Mandich, G. & Miller, L. (2015, May). Healthy and Happy: Creating and Evaluating a Catalyst to Improve the Health of University Students via an Online Training System. Poster presented at The 4th National Obesity Summit, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Shier, A., Colby, P., Mandich, G., Battram, D.S., Dworatzek, P., Hramiak, I., Mathyssen, J., & Giroux, I. (2014, November). Impact of a Community Lifestyle Intervention Pilot Program (PREPARE) for Adults Diagnosed with Prediabetes in London, Ontario. Poster presented at 5st Annual Diabetes Research Day, London, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. (2104). Family Yoga. Oral presentation at the Karen Dean Memorial Family Literacy Conference, London.
  • Shier, A., Colby, P., Mandich, G., Battram, D.S., Dworatzek, P.D.N., Hramiak, I., Mathyssen, J., Giroux, I. (2013, October). Impact of a Community Lifestyle Intervention Program (PREPARE) for Adults Diagnosed with Prediabetes in London, Ontario. Poster presented at the annual Canadian Diabetes Association Conference, Montréal.
  • Mandich, G. & Burke, S. M. (2013, May). C.H.A.M.P. Families: A qualitative investigation of health professionals’ views of and suggestions for the development of a caregiver-focused childhood obesity intervention. Poster presented at The 3rd National Obesity Summit, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Broxterman J, Giroux I, Battram D, Dworatzek P, Mandich G, Colby P, Mathyssen J, Hramiak I. (2012, October). Impact of a pilot group lifestyle behaviour change program (PREPARE) on nutritional and health characteristics in adults with prediabetes. Oral presentation at the Canadian Diabetes Association Professional Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Giroux I, Broxterman J, Dworatzek P, Battram D, Mandich G, Colby P, Mathyssen J, Hramiak I. (2012, September). The PREPARE program: Initial perceptions of program acceptability. Poster presentation at the International Congress of Dietetics, Sydney, Australia.
  • Burke, S. M., & Mandich, G. (June, 2012). Physical activity among Latino children: A qualitative examination of barriers and facilitators. Poster presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Mandich, G., Gaston, A., & Burke, S. M. (May, 2012). An objective assessment of physical activity levels among Latino children in London, Canada. Poster presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Mandich, G. & Harvey, B. (2011, October). Families in action dissemination project. Invited lecture presented at the Lawson Foundation 10th Annual Program Workshop, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Giroux, I., Dworatzek, P., Battram, D., Colby, P., Mathyssen, J., Broxterman, J., Mandich, G., & Hramiak, I. (2011, June). Genesis of the “prediabetes initiative and partnership”. Poster presented at The Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research Dietetic Research Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Battram, D., Harvey, B., Mandich, G., Beynon, C., & He, M. (2011, May). A culturally and linguistically sensitive community-based obesity prevention program for Latin-Canadian children and their families: Preliminary findings. Poster presented at The 2nd National Obesity Summit, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Mandich, G., Battram, D. (2010, October). Families in action dissemination project. Invited lecture presented at the Lawson Foundation 7th Annual Program Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Pearson, E., Mandich, G., & Burke, S. (2010, October). Children’s health and activity modification program (C.H.A.M.P.): A lifestyle intervention for obese children at risk for type 2 diabetes. Invited lecture presented at the Lawson Foundation 7th Annual Program Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Giroux, I., Dworatzek, P., Battram, D., Colby, P., Mathyssen, J., Broxterman, J., Mandich, G., & Hramiak, I. (2010, October). A community-based healthy lifestyle patient-centred education program for middle (30-59) and older (60+) adults with prediabetes. Invited lecture presented at the Lawson Foundation 7th Annual Program Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • He, M., Harvey, E., Battram, D. S., Mandich, G., Clarson, C.; & Harris, S. B. (2009, October). A culturally sensitive community-based obesity prevention program targeting Latino-Canadian children: a pilot study. Poster presented at the 20th World Diabetes Congress, Montreal, Quebec.
  • He, M., Harvey, E., Battram, D. S., Mandich, G., Clarson, C., & Harris, S. B. (2009, June). Latino Families in Action (LFIA): Implementing and evaluating a community-based obesity prevention program for a high-risk paediatric population. Lecture presented at Strengthening Connections: The Canadian Public Health Association 2009 Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Killough, G., He, M., Battram, D., Kurtz, J., & Mandich, G. (2009, May). Pause-2-Play. Poster presented at The 1st National Obesity Summit, Kananaskis, Alberta.
  • Mandich, G. (2008, November). Families in action: A community-based obesity prevention program. Invited lecture presented at the Public Health in Action Symposium: An Ounce of Prevention…Healthy Eating Active Living, Middlesex-London Health Unit, London, Ontario.
  • Harvey, B., Mandich, G., & Salomon, D. (2008, October). Latino families in action - A community-based obesity prevention program for a high-risk ethnocultural paediatric population. Invited lecture presented at the Lawson Foundation 6th Annual Program Workshop, Montreal, Quebec.
 
Student Conference Presentations and Posters
  • Mandich, G. & Miller, L. (2015, April). Healthy and Happy: Creating and Evaluating a Catalyst to Improve the Health of University Students. Oral presentation presented at the 2015 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium: Research Innovations in Education, Implications for Practice and Learning presented by Western University’s Faculty of Education, London, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. (2015, March). Words of Wisdom. Oral presentation presented at the Health Studies Student Association Graduate Event, London, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. (2014, June). Interdisciplinary interventions to address childhood obesity: A scoping review. Oral presentation presented at the 4th Canadian Obesity Student Meeting presented by The Canadian Obesity Network, Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. (2014, March). Childhood Obesity: Current challenges and future directions. Invited oral presentation presented at the 2014 Community Exercise Nutrition Symposium presented by Western University, London, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. & Burke, S. M. (2014, March). C.H.A.M.P. Families: A qualitative investigation of health professionals’ views of and suggestions for the development of a caregiver-focused childhood obesity intervention. Oral presentation presented at the 27th Annual Western Research Forum presented by the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), London, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. & Burke, S. M. (2014, February). C.H.A.M.P. Families: A Qualitative Investigation of Health Professionals’ Views of and Suggestions for the Development of a Caregiver-Focused Childhood Obesity Intervention. Oral presentation presented at Western University’s Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Research Forum: Bringing Your Creativity to Life, London, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. & Fleet, A. (2013, November). Healthy Food Prepared by Youth for Youth. Oral presentation presented at the Bring Food Home Conference, Windsor, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. & Burke, S. M. (2013, February). Physical activity and sedentary behaviours among Latino children: Attitudes, barriers, and facilitators. Oral presentation presented at The University of Western Ontario’s Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Research Forum: Sowing Seeds of Ideas for Fruitful Trees, London, Ontario.
  • Burke, S. & Mandich, G. (2012, March). Physical activity among Latino children: A qualitative examination of barriers and facilitators. Poster presented at the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Day 2012: Connecting our health research community, London, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. & Burke, S. (2012, March). An assessment of physical activity levels and sedentary behaviours of Latino children in London, Ontario. Oral presentation at the 16th Annual Eastern Canadian Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium, London, Ontario.
  • Mandich, G. & Burke, S. (2012, February). Physical activity among Latino children in London, Ontario: An assessment of physical activity levels, sedentary behaviours, and physical activity-related barriers and facilitators. Oral Presentation presented at The University of Western Ontario’s Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Research Forum: Brewing Research, Steeped in Ideas, London, Ontario.
  • Giroux, I., Dworatzek, P., Battram, D., Colby, P., Mathyssen, J., Broxterman, J., Mandich, G., & Hramiak, I. (2010, October). A community-based healthy lifestyle patient-centred education program for middle (30-59) and older (60+) adults with prediabetes. Poster presented at 1st Annual Diabetes Research Day, London, Ontario.
 

Services and Administration

  • Reviewer, Nursing and Health Sciences Journal (September 2014 – present)

  • Community Relations Committee, People’s Right to Integrative Medicine (PRIM) (March 2014 – present)

  • Advisory Board Member and Reviewer, Examine.com (May 2014 - present)

  • Member, Ontario Edible Education Network (September 2013 – present)

  • Chapter President The Canadian Obesity Network Western University Chapter (May 2011 – present)

  • Student Field Leader, Health Promotion Field, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University (May 2012 – present)

  • Student Field Leader, Child and Youth Health Field, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University (September 2011 – April 2012)

  • Vice President The Canadian Obesity Network, Western University Chapter (May 2010 – May 2011)

  • Member, The Canadian Obesity Network (August 2010 – present)

  • Member, The Canadian Diabetes Association (August 2010 – present)

  • Member, The Ontario Public Health Association (January 2008 – January 2011)

  • Member, The Canadian Public Health Association (January 2008 – January 2011)

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