Geoff Ball

Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pediatrics Dept
Associate Chair (Research), Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pediatrics Dept


Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pediatrics Dept
4-515 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9

Associate Chair (Research), Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pediatrics Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

obesity; pediatrics; family; lifestyle; qualitative; knowledge synthesis; trials; health services research


I received a BSc in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC), completed a dietetic internship with Capital Health (Edmonton, AB), and obtained a PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB). After completing post-doctoral training in Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), I joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Currently, I serve as the Founding Director of the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health, a multi-disciplinary weight management clinic at the Stollery Children’s Hospital (Edmonton, AB). My clinical and health services research includes several methodological approaches (trials, qualitative inquiry, epidemiology, literature reviews) to generate, translate, apply, and disseminate new knowledge that can optimize obesity management and prevention for children and families. Over the years, my research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Innovates, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, and Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. 



Featured Publications

Gehring N, Birken C, Belanger S, Bridger T, Chanoine J-P, Gibson WT, Hadjiyannakis S, Haines J, Hamilton J, Haqq A, Henderson M, Ho J, Irvine B, Legault L, Luca P, Maguire J, McPherson AC, Morrison KM, Wahi G, Weksberg R, Zwaigenbaum L, Ball GDC.

Paediatrics & Child Health. 2022 June; TBA

Eaton A, Dyson M, Gokiert R, Rajani H, O'Neill M, Maguire J, Birken C, Ladha T, Zhang M, Ball GDC.

Paediatrics & Child Health. 2022 June; TBA

Ball G.D.C., Eaton A., Rathwell S., Peng C., Maximova K., Kokkvoll A., Zehnder E., Ho J., Perez A.

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS. 2022 May; 244 10.1016/j.jpeds.2022.01.018

Spence N, Newton AS, Keaschuk RK, Rosychuk RJ, Sharma AM, Holt NL, Ambler KA, Spence JC, Jetha MM, Ball GDC.

Childhood Obesity. 2022 April; 10.1089/chi.2021.0194

Gehring N.D., Johnston B.C., Birken C., Buchholz A., Cooper J., Erdstein J., Fitzpatrick-Lewis D., Hadjiyannakis S., Hamilton J., Hatanaka D., Henderson M., Lebel T., Moore S.A., Morrison K.M., Page S., Pearce N., Sebastianski M., Sherifali D., St-Pierre J., Zenlea I., Ball G.D.C.

Pediatric Obesity. 2022 January; 10.1111/ijpo.12949

Van Hulst A, Wills-Ibarra N, Nikiéma B, Kakinami L, Pratt KJ, Ball GDC.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY. 2022 January; 46 (5):986-991 10.1038/s41366-021-01041-8

McPhee PG, Zenlea I, Hamilton J, Ho J, Ball GDC, Mian R, Buchholz A, Laberge A-M, Legault L, Tremblay MS, Chanoine J-P, Thabane L, Morrison KM.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY. 2022 January; 10.1038/s41366-021-00959-3

Kinlin LM, Oreskovich SM, Dubrowski R, Ball GDC, Barwick M, Dettmer E, Haines J, Hamilton J, Kim THM, Klaassen M, Luca P, Maguire JL, Moretti ME, Stasiulis E, Toulany A, Birken CS.

Childhood Obesity. 2022 January; 10.1089/chi.2021.0221

Johnston BC, Merdad R, Sherifali D, Kebbe M, Birken CS, Buchholz A, Ge L, Gehring ND, Hadjiyannakis S, Hamilton J, Hatanaka D, Henderson M, Lebel T, Moore SA, Morrison KM, Salas XR, Sebastianski M, Zenlea IS, Ball GDC.

CMAJ Open. 2022 January; 10 10.9778/cmajo.20200289

McGeown L., Ball G.D.C., Mushquash A.R.

Childhood Obesity. 2021 December; 17 (8):559-562 10.1089/chi.2021.0161

Damanhoury S, Morrison KM, Mian R, McPhee PG, Kozyrskyj AL, Newton AS, Buchholz A, Chanoine JP, Hamilton J, Ho J, Laberge AM, Legault L, Thabane L, Tremblay MS, Zenlea I, Ball GDC.

Clinical Obesity. 2021 October; 12 10.1111/cob.12490

Kallos A, Perez A, O’Neill M, Holt NL, Bruce A, Childs M, Ladha T, Kane-Poitras S, Kherani T, Majaesic C, Webber M, Ball GDC.

Child: Care, Health and Development. 2021 June; 10.1111/cch.12891.

Zahn K, Quazi I, Ball GDC, Buchholz A, Hamilton J, Ho J, Laberge A-M, Legault L, Tremblay MS, Zenlea I, Thabane L, Morrison K.

Childhood Obesity. 2021 May; 10.1089/chi.2021.0011

Ball GDC, Sebastianski M, Wijesundera J, Keto-Lambert D, Ho J, Zenlea I, Nobles J, Perez A, Skelton JA.

Pediatric Obesity. 2021 April; 16 (4)

Gehring N, Kebbe M, Peng C, Perez A, Ho J, Ball GDC.

Family Practice. 2021 March; 10.1093/fampra/cmab019

Mocanu V, Lai K, Dang JT, Switzer NJ, Birch DW, Ball GDC, Karmali S.

Obesity Surgery. 2021 February;

Deehan EC, Colin-Ramirez E, Triador L, Madsen KL, Prado CM, Field CJ, Ball GDC, Tan Q, Orsso C, Dinu I, Pakseresht, Rubin D, Sharma A, Tun H, Walter J, Newgard C, Freemark M, Haqq AM.

Trials. 2021 February; 10.1186/s13063-021-05060-8

Perez A, Green JL, Ball GDC, Amin M, Compton SM, Patterson S.

European Journal of Dental Education . 2021 January; Unknown (In Press)

Hanbazaza M, Kebbe M, Perez A, Ball GDC, Farmer AF, Maximova K, Willows ND.

Canadian Journal of Higher Education. 2021 January; Unknown (In Press)

Lima do Vale M, Farmer A, Gokiert R, Ball GDC, Maximova K.

Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2021 January; Unknown (In Press)

McPherson A, Perez A, Buchholz A, Forhan M, Ball GDC.

Disability and Rehabilitation. 2021 January;

Perdew M, Liu S, Rhodes R, Ball GDC, Mâsse LC, Hartrick T, Strange K, Naylor PJ.

Childhood Obesity . 2020 December;

Quintanilha M, Tink L, Perez A, O’Neill M, Holt NL, Bruce A, Childs M, Ladha T, Kane-Poitras S, Kherani T, Majaesic C, Webber M, Ball GDC.

International Journal of Quality in Health Care. 2020 December; 10.1093/intqhc/mzaa105

Kryska J, Ball GDC, Vine D, Jetha MM, Proctor SD.

Pediatric Obesity. 2020 November; 16 (5)