null Andraea Van Hulst, PhD

Associate Investigator, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



built environment • cardiometabolic diseases • children and adolescents • dietary behaviours • epidemiology • lifestyle behaviours • longitudinal studies • obesity • population health • social determinants of health

Research Focus

My research focuses on identifying modifiable risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases in pediatric populations so as to inform the development of prevention and health promotion strategies. I am interested in better understanding how early life factors (e.g., early nutrition and growth), lifestyle behaviours (e.g., physical activity, diet, sedentary behaviour), and environmental factors (e.g., family- and neighbourhood-level characteristics) determine obesity and cardiometabolic risk factors in children and youth. My work builds on clinical knowledge of person- and family-centred nursing care, as well as training in epidemiology and population health.

Selected Publications

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  • Van Hulst A, Wills-Ibarra N, Nikiéma B, Kakinami L, Pratt KJ, Ball GDC. Associations between family functioning during early to mid-childhood and weight status in childhood and adolescence: findings from a Quebec birth cohort. Int J Obes (Lond). 2022 Jan 24. doi: 10.1038/s41366-021-01041-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35075257.

  • Harnois-Leblanc S, Van Hulst A, Ybarra M, Barnett TA, Mathieu MÈ, McGrath JJ, Tremblay A, Paradis G, Drapeau V, Sylvestre MP, Henderson M. Natural history and determinants of dysglycemia in Canadian children with parental obesity from ages 8-10 to 15-17 years: The QUALITY cohort. Pediatr Diabetes. 2022 Jan 13. doi: 10.1111/pedi.13315. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35023257.

  • Ybarra M, Danieles PK, Barnett TA, Mathieu MÈ, Van Hulst A, Drouin O, Kakinami L, Bigras JL, Henderson M. Promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours in youth: Findings from a novel intervention for children at risk of cardiovascular disease. Paediatr Child Health. 2021 Jul 9;26(8):478-485. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxab033. PMID: 34992701.

  • Kheir F, Feeley N, Maximova K, Drapeau V, Henderson M, Van Hulst A. Breastfeeding duration in infancy and dietary intake in childhood and adolescence. Appetite. 2021 Mar 1;158:104999. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104999. Epub 2020 Oct 12. PMID: 33058954.

  • Van Hulst A, Ybarra M, Mathieu ME, Benedetti A, Paradis G, Henderson M. Determinants of new onset cardiometabolic risk among normal weight children. Int J Obes (Lond). 2020 Apr;44(4):781-789. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0483-0. Epub 2019 Nov 25. PMID: 31767973.