Karen A. Patte, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Office: STH 319
905 688 5550 x3882
kpatte@brocku.ca

I am the Mental Health Lead and Core Team Member of the CIHR- and Health Canada-funded COMPASS study.

For my training, I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, a MA and PhD in Kinesiology and Health Sciences and a Doctoral Diploma in Health Psychology at York University, and a Mental Health and Addictions Counselling Graduate Certificate.

  • Mental health and substance use
  • Obesity, eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behaviours, and weight perceptions
  • Weight stigma/bias
  • School health
  • Public health programs and policy
  • Movement behaviours (sleep, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour)

Patte KA, Qian W, Cole AG, Faulkner G, Chaput J-P, Carson V, Leatherdale ST. School start time changes in the COMPASS study: associations with youth sleep duration, physical activity, and screen time. Sleep Medicine 2018, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2018.09.020.

Butler A*, Patte KA, Ferro M, Leatherdale ST. Interrelationships among depression, anxiety, flourishing, and cannabis use in youth. Addictive Behaviors 2019;89:2016-215.

Patte KA, Qian W, Leatherdale, ST. Modifiable predictors of insufficient sleep durations: A longitudinal analysis of youth in the COMPASS study. Preventive Medicine 2018;10:164-170.

Godin, K. M., Patte, K. A., Leatherdale, S. T. Examining predictors of breakfast skipping and school breakfast program use among secondary school students in the COMPASS study. Journal of School Health. 2018;88(2):150-158.

Patte, K. A., Cole, A. G., Qian, W., Leatherdale, S. T. (2017). Youth sleep durations and school start times: a cross-sectional analysis of the COMPASS study. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. 2017;3(6):432-436.

Patte, K. A., Qian, W., Leatherdale, S. T. (2017). Sleep duration trends and trajectories among youth in the COMPASS study. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. 2017;3(5):309-316.

Patte, K. A., Qian, W., Leatherdale, S. (2017). Binge drinking and academic aspirations, engagement, and performance: A longitudinal analysis among secondary school students in the COMPASS study. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice, 37(11): 376-385.

Patte, K. A., Qian, W., Leatherdale, S. T. (2017). Is Binge Drinking Onset Timing Related to Academic Performance, Engagement, and Aspirations among Youth in the COMPASS Study? Substance Use and Misuse; 52 (13):1795-1800.

Davis, C., Patte, K., Zai, C., Kennedy, J. L. Polymorphisms of the Oxytocin Receptor Gene (OXTR) and Overeating: The Mediating Role of Endophenotypic Risk Factors. Nutrition and Diabetes 2017;7:e279; doi:10.1038/nutd.2017.24

Patte, K. A., Qian, W., Leatherdale, S. T. Marijuana and alcohol use as predictors of academic aspirations and achievement: a longitudinal analysis among secondary school students in the COMPASS study. Journal of School Health 2017;87(5):310-318.

Patte, K. A., Laxer, R.E., Qian, W., Leatherdale, S. T. An analysis of weight perception and physical activity and dietary behaviours among youth in the COMPASS study. Social Science & Medicine – Population Health 2016;2:841-849.

Vine, M. M., Harrington, D. W., Butler, A., Patte, K., Godin, K., Leatherdale, S. T. Compliance with school nutrition policies in Ontario and Alberta: An assessment of secondary school vending machine data from the COMPASS Study. Can J Public Health 2017;108(1):e43-48.

Patte, K. A., Leatherdale S. T. Are Ontario Secondary School teachers supported in the delivery of healthy eating and weight-related initiatives? Physical Health and Education Journal 2016;82(3). Available at: http://journal.phecanada.ca/issues/169/volume-82-issue-3/are-ontario-secondary-school-staff-trained-and-supported-delivering

Patte, K. A., Laxer, R., Qian, W., Leatherdale, S. T. A cross-sectional analysis of weight perception and weight-control intentions among secondary school students in the COMPASS study. American Journal of Health Behavior 2016;40(5):614-623.

Patte, K. A., Leatherdale, S. T. A cross-sectional analysis examining the association between dieting behaviours and alcohol use among secondary school students in the COMPASS study. Journal of Public Health 2017;39(2):321-329.

Patte, K. A., Davis, C. A., Levitan R. D., Kaplan, A. S., Carter-Major, J., Kennedy, J. L. A behavioural genetic model of the mechanisms underlying the link between obesity and symptoms of ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders 2016. Available online January 21, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1177/1087054715618793

  • The Mental Health of Children and Youth
  • Physical Activity in Child and Youth Health
  • The Health of Children
  • Experiential Learning in Child Health
  • Member, International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
  • Member, Obesity Canada
  • Member, Canadian Public Health Association
  • Member, World Sleep Society
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

COMPASS is a 9-year (2012-2021) prospective cohort study that uses a hierarchical quasi-experimental design to evaluate how programs, policies, and built environments impact various youth health behaviours and outcomes (substance use [tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, cannabis, opioids], mental health, obesity, diet, physical activity, screen time, sleep, bullying) over time.

Each year, COMPASS collects longitudinal data from ~70,000 grade 9-12 students and 120+ secondary schools across Canada (Ontario, Alberta, BC, Quebec, Nunavut).

Funded by CIHR, I led the development and testing of the COMPASS Mental Health Module – a research platform designed to evaluate the real-world effectiveness of school-based mental health interventions.

In 2018, I was awarded a 3-year CIHR Project Grant (with Co-PI Dr. Scott Leatherdale) for the longitudinal implementation of the mental health module within the COMPASS study.

The project aims to build capacity and provide infrastructure to continually improve programs, policies, and resources for the advancement of youth mental health. The new funding will provide up to 4 years of longitudinal data on youth mental health and relevant school program/policies (following ~70,000 students at 120+ schools across Canada over time), with the added value of being able to study mental health in relation to the other COMPASS domains (e.g., cannabis, physical activity, obesity).

Shaping the direction of youth health

The COMPASS system is a research platform for evaluating natural experiments and generating practice-based evidence in school-based prevention.