Shelley Vanderhout

Position: Scientist, Trillium Health Partners

Shelley Vanderhout is a registered dietitian and PhD candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Shelley trained as a dietitian at the Hospital for Sick Children and undertook her Masters and PhD degrees with TARGet Kids!, a primary care research network focused on early life exposures and health outcomes across the life course. Her research is centred on dietary influences on child growth, development and nutrition, but also includes engaging parents of children participating in TARGet Kids! in the research process. Shelley is interested in determining creative and inclusive ways to partner with parents in 1) prioritizing research topics that are relevant to families, 2) conducting innovative clinical trials in children for chronic disease prevention, and 3) knowledge translation and dissemination to diverse communities.