Shannan Grant, PDt/ RD, MSc, PhD
Health Coach Trainer, Health Coach Institute™, York University
Affiliated Scientist, Department of Pediatrics & Department of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, IWK Health Centre
Adjunct Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University
Education and Training:
2009-2015 Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Nutritional Sciences,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2005-2007 Master of Science, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2004-2005 Dietetic Internship, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2002-2004 Bachelor of Science (with Honours), Department of Human Nutrition, St
Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
1998-2002 Bachelor of Science, Department of Biological Life Sciences, University
College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University), Nova Scotia, Canada
Current Courses (@ The Mount):
NUTR 2211 – Intermediate Human Nutrition
NUTR 3325/GAHN 6325 – Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism
NUTR 4408/GAHN 6408 – Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NUTR 4409/GAHN 6409 – Medical Nutrition Therapy II
As a Scientist and Registered Dietitian (RD), a focus of my research program is the use of clinical trials to answer community-based questions. I am interested in assessment of nutrition education/ intervention from both the perspective of the patient/ client and the health care professional. Using knowledge translation (KT) strategies, classical behaviour change theories and core education principals, my colleagues and I develop, implement and assess dietary interventions. I am particularly interested in working with health care professionals and patients to assess novel approaches to chronic disease prevention and treatment.
In addition to the above work, I am working with a variety of communities to include nutritional science education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) outreach activities. My most recent partnerships have been (and are) with Imhotep Legacy Academy, Dalhousie University, Pictou Landing First Nation and Sipekne’katik First Nation, funded by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PromoScience Grant, Sandy Lake First Nation and Let’s Talk Science.
In my work, training and mentorship activities, I highlight the capacity nutrition professionals have to play a key role in KT. As a strong believer that education activities inform research and vice versa, I am passionate about educating my students about the research process and enjoy guiding them as they develop knowledge and skills to become engaged in the knowledge-to-action process.
Areas of interest include: Chronic disease prevention and management, nutrition metabolism, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, endocrinology, gastrointestinal health, glycemic index
Recent Dissemination Activities:
Grant, S., Noseworthy, R. (2017) Translating Glycemic Index Knowledge to Action (Launch of Diabetes Canada’s New Glycemic Index Education Materials. 20th Professional Conference & Annual Meetings; Edmonton, Alberta.
Grant, S., Thompson, A., Noteworthy, R., Glenn, A., Seider, M., O’Connor, D., Josse, R, Darling, P, Wolever, T. (2017) Effect of Low Glycaemic Index Education on Satisfaction, Knowledge, Behaviour, and Glycemic Control in Women with Gestational Diabetes. 20th Professional Conference & Annual Meetings; Edmonton, Alberta [Manuscript in Progress].
MacLellan, A., Connors, J., Grant, S., et al. (2017) The Impact of Exclusive Enteral Nutrition on the Gut Microbiome in Crohn’s Disease. Nutrients. 9, 447-461.
Grant, S., Noseworthy, R., Eisenbraun, C., Wolever, T. (November, 2016) Glycemic Index Education: Translating Knowledge to Action, Dietitians of Canada. Online availability internationally: https://www.dietitians.ca/Learn/Distance-Learning/Learning-on-Demand.aspx
Grant, S., Wolever, T., Josse, R., O’Connor, D., et al. (2016) Evaluation of glycemic index education in people living with type 2 diabetes mellitus: Participation satisfaction, knowledge uptake, and application. Dietitians of Canada National Conference; Winnipeg, Manitoba. [Manuscript in Progress]
Harding, A., Mombourquette, T., Phalen-Kelly, K., Kiberd, J., Grant, S., et al. (2016) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Wellness and Nutrition Questionnaire. Canadian Digestive Diseases Week; Montreal, Quebec.
Grant, S., Lieffers, L., Coons, M. (2014) Ehealth and Social Media: How Technology is changing our patient relations. Dietitians of Canada National Conference; Ottawa, Ontario.
Grant, S., Josse, R., Barre, E., and Wolever, T. (2014) The effect of continuous sipping of a glucose solution on markers of oxidation in men and women. Canadian Nutrition Society National Conference; St John’s, Newfoundland.
Grant, S. and McKillop, A. (2013) Let’s Talk Science Sandy Lake! Aboriginal Outreach Project: Applying a Community-based Program Planning Approach to Science Outreach. Let’s Talk Science National Outreach Conference; London, Ontario.
Grant, S. and Wolever, T. (2011) Perceived Barriers to Application of Glycaemic Index: Valid Concerns or Lost in Translation? Nutrients. 3(3), 330-340.
Grant, S.M., Wolever, T.M.S., O’Connor, D.L., Nisenbaum, R., Josse R. (2011) Effect of a Low Glycaemic Index Diet on Blood Glucose in Women with Gestational Hyperglycaemia. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 91 (1), 15–22.
Grant, S., O’Connor, D, Josse, R., Wolever, T. (2010) The effect of low glycaemic index diet on blood glucose control in women with gestational diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance. Experimental Biology; Anaheim, California, USA.
Cohn, T., Grant, S., Faulkner, G. (2010) Schizophrenia and obesity: addressing obesogenic environments in mental health settings. Schizophrenia Research. 121, 277-8.
Grant, S. and Wolever, T. (2009) The effect of a low glycaemic index diet on blood glucose control in women with gestational hyperglycemia. Dietitians of Canada International Conference; PEI, CANADA.
Grant S. and Hanley, A. (2008) The effect of a traditional dietary intervention on diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease risk factors in a first nations community: A pilot study. 2nd International Diabetes in Indigenous Peoples Forum: International Best Practices; Vancouver, CANADA.
Grant S. (2007) The importance of biodiversity in crop sustainability: A look at monoculture. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 1(2), 101-109.
Naczk, M., Grant, S., Zadernowski, R., and Barre, E. (2006) Protein precipitating capacity of phenolics of wild blueberry leaves and fruits. Food Chemistry, 96, 640-647.