Michelle Vine, PhD, CE

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Michelle Vine

Office: STH 312
905 688 5550 x5478

My research interests include public health practice, program evaluation, school health, school nutrition policy, and child and youth health. The goal of my research is to understand how the environments we occupy – where we live, work and play – impact our health. I primarily use qualitative methods when conducting my research. Most recently, my research has focused on the nutrition policy environment in Ontario secondary schools, health literacy, and the mental health of adolescents. I also focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education.

I completed a PhD in Health Geography (McMaster University ’13), and an MA in Sociology (Acadia University ’06). I hold the Credentialed Evaluator designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society, and after completing my PhD, was employed as an Evaluation Specialist at Public Health Ontario.

  • Research Interests:
  • Public health practice
  • Program evaluation
  • School health
  • Nutrition policy
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Credentialed Evaluator Designation, Canadian Evaluation Society
  • Member, Brock University Health Sciences Research Ethics Board
  • Member, Teaching and Learning Policy Committee, Brock University
  • Member, Canadian Evaluation Society
  • Member, Health Promotion Ontario
  1. Vamos, S.D., Vine, M.M., Alaimo, D.F. & Gordon, I. Patient and physician health literacy and communication: A scoping review. Health Behavior and Policy Review (Submitted January, 2024).
  2. Pagnotta, V., Liu, J., Vine, M.M., & Pickett, W. Insufficient sleep, impaired sleep and medically treated injury in Canadian adolescents: a national cross-sectional study. Preventive Medicine Reports (Submitted December, 2023).
  3. Vine, M.M., Patte, K.A., Laxer, R.E., & Leatherdale, S.T. Weight control intentions and mental health among Canadian adolescents: a follow-up study of students in the COMPASS study during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Adolescent Health. (Under review, January 2024).
  4. Vine, M.M., Mulligan, K., Harris, R., & Dean, J. (2023). The impact of health geography on public health research, policy, and practice. Special issue: Health Geography’s Contribution to Environmental Health Research, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(18), 6735. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20186735 
  5. Vamos, S.D., & Vine, M.M. (2023). What the data Say: The Utility of Better Health Literacy during and beyond COVID-19. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.14485/HBPR.10.2.x 
  6. Vine, M. M., Laxer, R. E., Lee, J., Harrington, D. W., & Manson, H. E. (2021). Exploring factors contributing to the implementation of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge: Surveys and key stakeholder interviews with program providers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(21), 11108. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111108
  7. Vine, M. M., Vermeer, J., Romano, L., Harrington, D. W., Butler, A. E., Patte, K. A., Godin, K. E., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2021). Secondary school nutrition policy compliance in Ontario and Alberta, Canada: A follow-up study examining vending machine data from the COMPASS study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(7), 3817. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073817
  8. Patte, K. A., Cole, A., Qian, W., Magier, M., Vine, M. M., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2021). Are closed campus policies associated with youth eating behaviours? Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada Journal, 41(3), 73-84. https://doi.org/10.24095/hpcdp.41.3.02
  9. Vine, M. M., Leatherdale, S. T., & Laxer, R. E. (2020). School nutrition research: using concept mapping to establish a collaborative research agenda. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 111, 1020-1023. https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-020-00331-4
  10. Vine, M. M., Harrington, D. W., Butler, A., Patte, K., Godin, K., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2020). An evaluation of secondary school nutrition policy compliance using vending machine data from the COMPASS study in Ontario and Alberta, Canada. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine and Health. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529718270. Online ISBN: 9781529718270.
  11. Vine, M. M., Jarvis, J. W., Chong, E., Laxer, R. E., Ladak, A., & Manson, H. (2019). An early implementation assessment of the Ontario Healthy Kids Community Challenge: Results from a survey of key stakeholders. BMC Public Health, 19(1568), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7704-2
  12. Chandna, K., Vine, M. M., Snelling, S., Harris, R., Smylie, S., & Manson, H. (2019). Principles, approaches, and methods for evaluation in Indigenous contexts: A grey literature scoping review. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 34(1), 21-47. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjpe.43050
  13. Brown, K., Elliott, S. J., Robertson-Wilson, J., Vine, M. M., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2018). Can knowledge exchange support the implementation of a health-promoting schools approach? Perceived outcomes of knowledge exchange in the COMPASS study. BMC Public Health, 18(1): 351. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5229-8
  14. Brown, K., Elliott, S. J., Leatherdale, S. T., Robertson-Wilson, J., & Vine, M. M. (2018). “Now what?” Perceived factors influencing knowledge exchange in school health research. Health Promotion Practice, 19(4), 590-600. https://doi: 10.1177/1524839917732037
  15. Vine, M. M., Harrington, D. W., Butler, A., Patte, K., Godin, K., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2017). Compliance with school nutrition policies in Ontario and Alberta: An assessment of secondary school vending machine data from the COMPASS Study. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 108(1), e43-e48. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073817
  16. Vine, M. M., Chiappetta-Swanson, C., Maclachlan, J., Brodeur, J. J., & Bagg, J. (2016). Exploring a blended learning model for information and geospatial literacy: A qualitative study in Ontario. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.5206/cjsotl-rcacea.2016.2.9
  17. Vanderlee, L., Vine, M. M., Fenton, N. E., & Hammond, D. (2016). Stakeholder perspectives on implementing a menu labeling program in a cafeteria setting. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40(3), 371-380. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.40.3.9
  18. Marquis, E., Healey, M., & Vine, M. M. (2016). Fostering collaborative teaching and learning scholarship through an international writing group initiative. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(3), 1-14. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2015.1107886
  • Foundations of Program Evaluation in Public Health
  • Quality Health Systems through Collaboration and Partnership
  • Qualitative Research, Interviewing and Beyond
  • Critical Foundations of Public Health
  • Policy and Practice: Critical Evaluation and Synthesis in Program Planning
  • Measuring Health Equity