Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Canada Research Chair in Nutritional Epidemiology for Public Health
Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health
Associate Member, UBC School of Population and Public Health
Dr. Mahsa Jessri is Faculty at the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Assistant Professor of Food, Nutrition and Health in the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and an Associate Member in the Division of Health Services and Policy at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. She is Principal Investigator of the Nutritional Epidemiology for Population Health Lab in the Food, Nutrition and Health Program, where she holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Nutritional Epidemiology for Population Health. She is a core member of Health Canada’s Nutrition Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) and recipient of the Royal Society of Canada Award.
Dr. Jessri is an expert in public health, nutritional epidemiology, surveillance and methodology, biostatistics, as well as public health nutrition policy and her program is uniquely at the intersection of population and public health and nutritional sciences and dietetics. The overarching goal of her research program is to provide the evidence-base and decision tools to inform national guidelines and policies for reducing the burden of chronic diseases.
Currently, Dr. Jessri’s program is focused on population modeling of the impact of lifestyle patterns on health and healthcare system, predictive modelling, population health impact assessment of public health nutrition policies, nutritional monitoring and surveillance, development of robust methods for addressing the challenges in assessment and analysis of complex data, and design and implementation of personalized risk assessment tools (web-based applications available through https://www.projectbiglife.ca/). She has published government reports and has been awarded several national grants to support her research program, including a recently-funded Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant to support her Nutritional Epidemiology and Big Data Analytics Laboratory.
PhD (Vanier Scholar), Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
MSc, Nutrition and Metabolism, Human Nutrition Division, University of Alberta
- Development and validation of predictive risk tools and microsimulation models to support public health planning
- Population health impact assessment of public health policies and lifestyle patterns
- Measuring current and future burden of disease
- Exploring machine learning techniques for deriving patterns in health data
- Knowledge translation and evaluation (web-based application development and evaluation)
Affiliations and Awards
- Discovery Award, Banting Research Foundation
- Royal Society of Canada (RCS) Alice Wilson Award
- Member, UBC Social Exposome Cluster
Current Graduate Students
- Sappho Gilbert, PhD Student (Yale Fox Fellow)
- Saba Jalali, PhD Student
- Adelia Jacobs, MSc Student
- Julia Chen, MSc Student
- Alisha Buttar, MSc Student
- Svilena Lazarova, MSc Student
Currently Recruiting Graduate Students Interested in
- Development and validation of predictive risk tools and microsimulation models
- Population health impact assessment
- Measuring burden of disease
- Using machine learning techniques
- Knowledge translation and evaluation
Courses Currently Taught
- FNH 398 Research Methods in Human Nutrition
Jessri M, Hennessey D, Bader Eddeen A, Bennett C, Zhang Z, Yang Q, Sanmartin C, Manuel D. Sodium, Added Sugar and Saturated Fat Intake in Relation to Mortality and Cardiovascular Disease Events in Adults: Canadian National Nutrition Survey Linked with Vital Statistics and Health Administrative Databases. Br J Nutr. 2022 Apr 8:1-33. doi: 10.1017/S000711452200099X. Online ahead of print. Read more
Lazarova SV, Sutherland JM, Jessri M. Adherence to emerging plant-based dietary patterns and its association with cardiovascular disease risk in a nationally representative sample of Canadian adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Mar 10:nqac062. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqac062. Online ahead of print. Read more
Fisher S, Bennett C, Hennessy D, Finès P, Jessri M, Bader Eddeen A, Frank J, Robertson T, Taljaard M, Rosella L, Sanmartin C, Jha P, Leyland A, Manuel DG. Comparison of mortality hazard ratios associated with health behaviours in Canada and the United States: a population-based linked health survey study. BMC Public Health. 2022 Mar 10;22(1):478. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-12849-y.
Brassard D, Elvidge Munene L, St Pierre S, Gonzalez A, Guenther PM, Jessri M, Vena JE, Olstad DL, Vatanparast H, Prowse R, Lemieux S, L’Abbé M, Garriguet D, Kirkpatrick S, Lamarche B. Evaluation of the Healthy Eating Food Index (HEFI)-2019 measuring adherence to Canada’s Food Guide 2019 recommendations on healthy food choices. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2022 Jan 14. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2021-0416. Online ahead of print.
Warren C, Hobin E, Manuel DG, Anderson LN, Hammond D, Jessri M, Arcand J, L’Abbé M, Li Y, Rosella LC, Manson H, Smith BT. Socioeconomic position and consumption of sugary drinks, sugar-sweetened beverages and 100% juice among Canadians: a cross-sectional analysis of the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition. Can J Public Health. 2022 Feb 9.
Brassard D, Elvidge Munene L, St Pierre S, Guenther PM, Kirkpatrick S, Slater J, Lemieux S, Jessri M, Haines J, Prowse R, Olstad DL, Garriguet D, Vena JE, Vatanparast H, L’Abbé M, Lamarche B. Development of the Healthy Eating Food Index (HEFI)-2019 measuring adherence to Canada’s Food Guide 2019 recommendations on healthy food choices. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2022 Jan 14. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2021-0415. Online ahead of print.
Fisher S, Manuel DG, Hsu AT, Bennett C, Tuna M, Bader Eddeen A, Sequeira Y, Jessri M, Taljaard M, Anderson GM, Tanueseputro P. Development and validation of a predictive algorithm for risk of dementia in the community setting. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2021 Sep;75(9):843-853. doi: 10.1136/jech-2020-214797. Epub 2021 Jun 24.
Ng AP, Jessri M, L’Abbe MR. Using partial least squares to identify a dietary pattern associated with obesity in a nationally-representative sample of Canadian adults: Results from the Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition 2015. PLoS One. 2021 Aug 5;16(8):e0255415. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0255415. eCollection 2021.
Hack S, Jessri M, L’Abbé M. Nutritional quality of the food choices of Canadian children. BMC Nutr. 2021 May 29;7(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s40795-021-00422-6.
Smith BT, Hack S, Jessri M, Arcand J, McLaren L, L’Abbé M, Anderson LN, Hobin E, Hammond D, Manson H, Rosella LC, Manuel DG. The Equity and Effectiveness of Achieving Canada’s Voluntary Sodium Reduction Guidance Targets: A Modelling Study Using the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition. Nutrients 2021 Feb 27;13(3):779. doi: 10.3390/nu13030779.
Hack S, Jessri M, L’Abbe M. Evaluating Diet Quality of Canadian Adults Using Health Canada’s Surveillance Tool Tier System: Findings from the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition. Nutrients. 2020 Apr 16;12(4):1113. doi: 10.3390/nu12041113
Jessri M, Wolfinger R, Lou W, L’Abbe MR. Identification of dietary patterns associated with obesity among a nationally-representative sample of Canadian adults: using of a priori, hybrid and simplified dietary pattern techniques. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Mar;105(3):669-684. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.134684. Epub 2017 Feb 1.
Jessri M, Lou WY, L’Abbé M. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is associated with a more nutrient-dense diet and a lower risk of obesity. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Nov;104(5):1378-1392. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.132647. Epub 2016 Sep 28.
Jessri M, Lou WY, L’Abbé M. Evaluation of different methods to handle misreporting in obesity research: evidence from the Canadian national nutrition survey. Br J Nutr. 2016 Jan 14;115(1):147-59. doi: 10.1017/S0007114515004237. Epub 2015 Nov 2.