About Us

Principal Investigator

Dr. Lynne Lafave is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University. Lynne holds a PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Manitoba and her research focuses on interrelationships between nutrition behaviours, attitudes, and knowledge with special interest in individual and organizational behaviour change. She and her team have developed the evidenced-based Creating Healthy Eating and active EnviRonments Scale (CHEERS) for child care. This work represents a collaboration with Alberta Health Services, ELCC directors and educators. The Government of Alberta – Children’s Services has funded a number of projects that have supported the integration of CHEERS across Alberta to promote healthy child care environments.

Research Project Coordinator

Alexis Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology from Mount Royal University. As the Project Coordinator, Alexis assists in education development and delivery while engaging with Early Learning Child Care centres.

Alberta Health Services Team

Sheila Tyminski, MEd, RD. – Director, Nutrition Services, Population & Public Health Strategy

Louise Seguin MEd, RD. – Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Services – Population & Public Health

Theresa Riege, RD. – Public Health Nutrition Provincial Lead, Provincial Strategy, Standards and Practice, Nutrition Services


Co-Investigators

Nadine Van Wyk, PhD. – faculty member Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University, Health and Physical Education.

Cathy Smey Carston PhD. – faculty member Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University, Department of Child Studies and Social Work.

Mary-Ann Farebrother, MEd. – sessional faculty member Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University, Department of Child Studies and Social Work.

Sharon Reib MA. – sessional faculty member Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University, Department of Child Studies and Social Work.


Research Assistants

Ceilidh McConnell – Research Assistant/Psychology major

Andrea Webster – Research Assistant/Education major

Keely Darichuk – Practicum Student/Physical Literacy major

Jenny Vuong – Research Assistant/Physical Literacy major

Joshua Dhanaraj – Research Assistant/Child and Youth Studies major

Web Designer

Elena Nessler is in her final year of Information Design at Mount Royal University. As the Web Designer and Graphic Designer, Elena created and manages this website and CHEERS social media.