Jill Byrne, PhD, BA

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
Assistant Director, Public Opinion Research, Government of Alberta


School of Public Health
(780) 220-4329

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health

Assistant Director, Public Opinion Research, Government of Alberta


Area of Study / Keywords

health system planning knowledge translation methodological reporting mixed methods research pediatric obesity qualitative research


I am interested in the application of innovative approaches to promote positive health behaviors as well as the theoretical underpinnings of behavioral science pertaining to various health topics, such as children's lifestyle behaviors. I am also interested in the application of behavioral economics, such as nudge theory, across health-related topics.

I have worked in health system planning, with a focus on maternity care planning in rural and remote Alberta, and I currently work in public opinion research to address questions related to a variety of government priorities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. I have experience with a wide-variety of methods, including mixed methods research, the use of focus groups and randomized controlled trials.

I have always been passionate about exploring novel methods of knowledge translation, and I'm particularly interested in evidence-informed policy at the provincial level. To achieve this, I am keen to work closely with the academic community and my fellow government colleagues.


PhD, University of Alberta, 2016

BA, University of Alberta, 2012


Graduate Studentship, Alberta Innovates, 2013

Graduate Studentship – Priority Announcement: Nutrition and Dietetic Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2013

Graduate Studentship, Women & Children’s Health Research Institute, 2013


Currently accepting practicum students.


Weight… Up? Examining changes in children’s weights from referral to clinical presentation for pediatric weight management

Author(s): Byrne J, O’Connor K, Peng C, Morash C, Ball G.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Paed Child Health
Volume: 23
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 377-82

Registration status and methodological reporting of randomized controlled trials in obesity research: a review

Author(s): Byrne J, Yee T, O’Connor K, Dyson M, Ball G
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Obesity
Volume: 25
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 665-70

A brief eHealth tool delivered in primary care to help parents prevent childhood obesity: a randomized controlled trial.

Author(s): Byrne J, Wild T, Maximova K, Browne N, Holt N, Cave A, Martz P, Ellendt C, Ball G.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Pediatr Obes
Volume: 13
Issue: 11
Page Numbers: 659-67

Tools and resources for preventing childhood obesity in primary care: a method of evaluation and preliminary assessment

Author(s): Avis J*, Komarnicki A, Farmer A, Holt N, Perez A, Spence N, Ball G
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Patient Educ Couns
Volume: 99
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 769-75

Lessons learned from using focus groups to refine digital interventions

Author(s): Avis J*, van Mierlo T, Fournier R, Ball G
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: JMIR Res Protoc
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: e95