Using the Victoria Healthy Youth Survey (V-HYS) data, Dr. Megan Ames is investigating the longitudinal pathways connecting psychosocial problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, interpersonal stress) and health behaviours (e.g., physical activity, sleep) in adolescence (ages 12 to 18) to cardiometabolic risk in young adulthood (ages 22 to 29). Cardiometabolic risk refers to a set of indicators that increase an individual’s risk for diabetes, heart disease or stroke. This knowledge can inform theory and innovative interventions that target behaviours and reduce health risks for adolescents and young adults.
Dr. Ames' research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
For an up-to-date list of publications by Dr. Ames, please see ResearchGate.
University: University of Victoria
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow