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Tarun Katapally PhD, MSc, MBBS JSGS Faculty, U of R

Associate Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

Areas of Interest

  • Digital epidemiology
  • Citizen science
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Systems science
  • Population health policy interventions
  • Active living policy
  • Indigenous health
  • Child and youth health
  • Health policy
  • Health geography
  • Computational epidemiology
  • Mixed-methods
  • Integrated knowledge translation

About

Dr. Tarun Katapally is a physician and a population health researcher. After obtaining clinical experience in India and the United Kingdom, Dr. Katapally went on to diversify his career towards health administration and population health. Apart from his clinical degree, he has a Master’s degree in health administration from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia and a PhD in population health science from the college of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Katapally brings a global perspective to policy research by combining his clinical experience with interdisciplinary epidemiological methods. His research network spans across diverse institutions both within and outside Canada.

He established the Digital Epidemiology and Population Health (DEPtH) Laboratory in 2017, which implements the SMART Platform developed by him by combining the concepts of citizen science, community-based participatory research, and systems science. Currently, he holds an adjunct faculty position in the college of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and is a Patient-Oriented Research Leader. He is also the country leader for India for the development of global report cards on the physical activity for children and youth. He has co-founded Active Healthy Kids India, which promotes active living policy in the second-most populous nation in the world. Dr. Katapally’s expertise is in linking advanced mixed-methods and complex analytical techniques with community-based participatory research to understand the impact of policy and policy-driven contexts and systems on health and wellbeing of populations. Increasingly, his focus is on the usage of digital epidemiological tools in informing policy through integrated knowledge translation to promote the health of vulnerable populations such as Indigenous youth.

Designations

  • PhD in Population Health Science, University of Saskatchewan
  • MS in Health Administration, Saint Joseph'ss University
  • MBBS in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Gulbarga University

Recent Grants/Awards

Grants

  • 2020, Nominated Principal Investigator.  "CO-Away: A Rapid Response Digital Tool to Tackle COVID-19". Mitacs, Accelerate Grant, $150,000
  • 2019, Patient-Oriented Research Leader Award. "SMART Youth: A Digital Platform for Population Health Interventions." Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), $249,150.
  • 2017, Nominated Principal Investigator. "Mobilizing a land-based culturally appropriate active living intervention among Indigenous Youth." Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Project Grant. $772,650.
  • 2017, Nominated Principal Applicant. "Impact of childcare policies and programs on early years children's physical activity: A natural experiment." Lawson Foundation, National Board Member Annual Grant. $20,000
  • 2016, Nominated Principal Investigator. "Smart Active Living Policy". Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and YMCA, Establishment Grant. $118,500 (SHRF), $360,000 (YMCA, in-kind contribution)
  • 2016. Collaborator. "Developing an integrated healthcare delivery model for Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan", Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Planning and Dissemination Grant. $10,861
  • 2016. Nominated Principal Applicant. "Closing the Gap: Indigenous Health Innovations Forum." Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF),Research Connections Grant. $4,000
  • 2016. Principal Applicant. "Working Upstream: Indigenization of Policy to Minimize Health Inequities." University of Regina, Indigenization Fund, $1,500.
  • 2016. Principal Applicant. "Development of Tri-Council Grant Proposal." University of regina, VPR Discretionary Funds. $5,000
  • 2015. Nominated Principal Investigator. "2016 India Report Card on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth", EduSports, Global Matrix 2.0., $1,000 (USD).
  • 2013, Co-applicant. "A step towards creating active urban communities", Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Open Operating Grant, $284,958.

Select Publications

Reports

  • Favel B, Coates K, Kulchyski P, Finnegan G, Katapally TR, Roberston N. Famine and pestilence report: COVID-19-related service costs to First Nations in Saskatchewan. Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. 2020.
  • Katapally TR, Bhawra J, Chopra P*, Ghattu KV, Ranjani H, Anjana M, Kumaran K. 2018 India Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. 2018. Available at:  https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/documents/research/reports/2018%20India%20Report%20Card_Long%20Form_final_web.pdf
  • Katapally TR, Goenka S, Bhawra J, Mani S, Ghattu KV, Kehoe SH, Lamkang AS, Raj M, McNutt K. India Report Card 2016 on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Long 21. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. 2016. http://www.activehealthykids.org/
  • Katapally TR, Goenka S, Bhawra J, Mani S, Ghattu KV, Kehoe SH, Lamkang AS, Raj M, McNutt K. India Report Card 2016 on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Short Form. 4. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. 2016.http://www.activehealthykids.org/

Peer-Reviewed Publications (*supervised student contributions)

  • Moskalenko M*, Hadjistavropoulos H, Katapally TR. (2020). Policy implications of barriers to patient interest in internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy. Health Policy and Technology. 9(2): 139-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt.2020.04.004
  • Ironside A, Ferguson LJ, Katapally TR, Foulds HJA (2020). Cultural Connectedness as a Determinant of Physical Activity Among Indigenous Adults in Saskatchewan. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolismhttps://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2019-0793
  • Katapally TR, Chu Luan*. (2020). A digital epidemiological and citizen science methodology to capture prospective physical activity in free-living conditions: A SMART platform study. BMJ Open 10:e036787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-036787
  • Katapally TR, Chu Luan*. A Cluster-Randomized Community Trial to Advance Digital Epidemiological and mHealth Compliance: A SMART Platform Study. Digital Health (Under-Review)
  • Moskalenko M*, Hadjistavropoulos H, Katapally TR. (2019). Understanding complex association of barriers and interest in internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy: informing public health policies through exploratory path analysis. Journal of Mental Health (In-Press).
  • Moskalenko M, Hadjistavropoulos H, Kwabia E, Katapally TR. e-Health policy solutions for provincial implementation of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy. HPCDP (Revisions Submitted).
  • Katapally TR. (2019). The SMART Framework: Integration of Citizen Science, Community-Based Participatory Research, and Systems Science for Population Health Science in the Digital Age. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 7(8): e14056.
  • Katapally TR, Bhawra* Systematic review of the evolution of GPS use in active living research: a state of the evidence for research, policy and practice. Health and Science 2019 (Revisions Submitted).
  • Ironside A, Ferguson LJ, Katapally TR, Foulds HJA. Social Determinants of Physical Activity Among Indigenous Adults in Saskatchewan. Journal of Physical Activity and Health (Under-Review)
  • Katapally TR. A Culturally Appropriate School-Based Digital Health Initiative: The SMART Platform Policy Solution for Systems Integration to Address Indigenous Youth Mental Health. JMIR Formative Research (Under-Review).
  • Katapally TR, Chu Luan*. Methodology to describe objective screen-state from smartphones: A SMART platform study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16(13): E2275.
  • Katapally TR; Bhawra J; Leatherdale S; Leah Ferguson et al. (2018). The SMART study: a mobile-health and citizen science methodological platform for active living surveillance, integrated knowledge translation, and policy interventions. JMIR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SURVEILLANCE. 4(1): e31. Available at: DOI: 10.2196/publichealth.8953
  • Belanger M, Katapally TR, Barnett TA, O'Loughlin E, Sabiston CM, O'Loughlin J. (2018). Link between physical activity type in adolescence and body composition in adulthood. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 50(4): 709-714. Available at: doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001503
  • Manyanga T*, Barnes JD, Abdeta C, Adeniyi AF, Bhawra J, Draper CE, Katapally TR et al. (2018). Indicators of Physical Activity Among Children and Youth in 9 Countries WithLow to Medium Human Development Indices: A Global Matrix 3.0 Paper. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 15(S2): S274-S283. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0370.
  • Bhawra J*, Chopra P*, Harish R, Mohan A, Ghattu KV, Kalyanaraman K, Katapally TR. (2018). Results from India’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical and Health. 15(S2): S373-S374. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0370.
  • Katapally TR, Thorisdottir A, Laxer R*, Qian W*, Leatherdale S. (2018). The association of school connectedness and bullying involvement with multiple screen time behaviours among youth in two Canadian provinces: A COMPASS study. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. 38(10): 368-379. doi: 10.24095/hpcdp.38.10.03
  • Aubert S* et al. Global Matrix 3.0 Physical Activity Report Card Grades for Children and Youth: Results and Analysis From 49 Countries. (2018). Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 15(S2): S251-S273. doi:10.1123/jpah.2018-0370.
  • Béland D, Katapally TR. Shaping policy change in population health. International Journal of Health Policy and Management 2017 2018, 7(x), 1–5. http://www.ijhpm.com/article_3451.html
  • Janzen B, Karunanayake C, Rennie D, Katapally TR, Dyck R, MCMullin K, Fenton M, Ramsden V, Dosman J, Abonyi S, Pahwa P. Racial discrimination and depression among on-reserve First Nations people in rural Saskatchewan. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2017 [In-Press].
  • Marchildon GP, Beck C, Katapally TR, Episkenew J, Abonyi S, Dosman J, Pahwa P. Bifurcation of health policy regimes: A study of sleep apnea care and benefits coverage in Saskatchewan. Healthcare Policy 2017; 12 (4): 69–85. http://www.longwoods.com/content/25097
  • Katapally TR, Goenka S, Bhawra J, Mani S, Ghattu KV, Kehoe SH, Lamkang AS, Raj M, McNutt K. Results from the India 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2016; 13 (11): S176 -S182. http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/abs/10.1123/jpah.2016-0393?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&
  • Tremblay MS, Aguilar-Farias N, Akinroye KK, Al-Kuwari MG, Amornsri-watanakul A, Aubert S, Barnes JD, Belton S, Go1dys A, González SA, Herrera-Cuenca M, Jeon JY, Jürimäe J, Katapally TR, et al. Global matrix 2.0: Report card grades on the physical activity of children and youth comparing 38 countries. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2016; 13 (11): S343 -S366. http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/abs/10.1123/jpah.2016-0393?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&
  • Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine A methodology to leverage cross-sectional accelerometry to capture weather’s influence in active living research. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2016; 107 (1): e30–e36. http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/viewFile/5242/3349
  • Katapally TR, Abonyi S, Episkenew J, Kirychuck S, Rennie D, Ramsden V, Karunanayake C, Dosman J, Pahwa P. Catalyzing action on First Nations respiratory health through community-based participatory research: Integrated knowledge translation through strategic symposia. Engaged Scholar Journal 2016; 2 (1): 57-70. http://esj.usask.ca/index.php/esj/article/view/198/56
  • Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine N. The influence of weather variation, urban design and built environment on objectively measured sedentary behaviour in AIMS Public Health 2016; 3 (4): 663-681. http://www.aimspress.com/aimsph/2016/4/663
  • Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine Factoring in weather variation to capture the influence of urban design and built environment on globally recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity in children. BMJ Open 2015; 5(11): e009045. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e009045
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine Capturing the interrelationship between objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children in the context of diverse environmental exposures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2015; 12: 10995-11011. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/9/10995/htm
  • Marchildon GP, Katapally TR, Beck C, Episkenew J, Pahwa P, Abonyi S. Exploring policy driven systemic inequities in Canadian health care through physician International Journal for Equity in Health 2015; 14: 148. http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC4683910/
  • Pahwa P, Abonyi S, Karunanayake C, Rennie D, Janzen B, Kirychuk K, Lawson J, Katapally TR, et A community-based participatory research methodology to address, redress and reassess disparities in respiratory health among First Nations. BMC Research Notes 2015; 8: 199. https://bmcresnotes.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13104-015-1137-5
  • Muhajarine N, Katapally TR, Fuller D, Stanley KG, Rainham Longitudinal active living research to address physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in children in transition from preadolescence to adolescence. BMC Public Health 2015; 15: 495. https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-015-1822-2
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine N. Towards uniform accelerometry analysis: A standardization methodology to minimize measurement bias due to systematic accelerometer wear-time Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 2014; 13 (2): 379-386. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3990893/

Current Research

CO-Away

CO-Away is a digital epidemiological platform, with a frontend smartphone app and a backend decision-making dashboard that leverages the approach of SMART Platform in integrating real-time ethical surveillance, integrated knowledge translation, and policy and behavioural interventions. CO-Away is being designed to address population health risks, including child and youth mental health crises during multiples waves of COVID-19. The DEPtH Lab will launch CO-Away in the remote Indigenous community of Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, before scaling it up across different jurisdictions.

Global Matrix 4.0: Cross-Country Policy Advocacy

Global Matrix 4.0 is the fourth edition (2021) of cross-country evidence synthesis, knowledge translation, and policy advocacy to promote child and youth active living across the globe. Global Matrix 4.0 is led by Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance and as part of this initiative, country-specific teams from more than 50 countries develop Report Cards by appraising current evidence using rigorous methods. Dr. Katapally leads the development of the India Report Cards for the Physical Activity of Children and Youth.

SMART Adults

SMART Adults is the foundational pilot that provided vital evidence to scale up the SMART Platform to child and youth populations. In 2017 and 2018, we engaged with adult citizen scientists across the life course to test various aspects of the Platform, from recruitment strategies and survey protocols to compliance measures and ecological momentary assessments. More importantly, we developed a deep understanding of evidence-based approaches that apply to various adult cohorts (18-35; 36-65; >65) in terms of recruitment, retention, continuous engagement, data management, and ethical implications, which are critical factors for the success of digital health innovations.

SMART Indigenous Youth

SMART Indigenous Youth is a mixed-methods 5-year longitudinal community trial being implemented in partnership with rural and remote Indigenous communities. The project embeds a culturally appropriate, land-based active living initiative into school curricula to address Indigenous youth mental health and substance abuse crises. Incorporating the principles of OCAP and TCPS Chapter 9, the partnership with Indigenous communities articulates not only co-creation of knowledge, but also co-ownership of data and integrated knowledge translation. In implementing SMART Indigenous Youth, we are integrating services supported by the Saskatchewan ministries of health, education, and sport, thus enabling a policy of systems integration. Moreover, our team combines SMART Framework with Traditional Indigenous Knowledge to ensure Two-Eyed Seeing for participatory action research. This approach aligns with the concept of citizen science, where knowledge is co-created with Indigenous Peoples as equal partners.

SMART India

SMART India utilizes the SMART Platform to engage youth citizen scientists in India via their smartphones to address critical data gaps in the second-most populous country in the world. The initiative is a strategic pilot that is enabling our team to test processes, identify barriers, and develop solutions to link big data across international jurisdictions via ethical engagement with citizens. SMART India is informing an international ethical digital epidemiological program to address child and youth health challenges across 10 middle- and low-income countries.

SMART Toddlers

This is a prospective community trial that investigates the effect of different policy, program, and physical environment settings across the childcare settings in Regina on active play among early years children (2-5 years). In essence, this project is natural experiment to inform future policies and programs by evaluating the impact of existing settings.

SMART Youth

SMART Youth is a quasi-experimental study that currently engages with approximately 900 youth (aged 13-18 years) and 50 educators as citizen scientists by re-purposing their smartphones in 12 high schools across urban, rural, and remote Saskatchewan. This initiative has been embedded into all participating schools’ curricula in collaboration with key stakeholders—Saskatchewan Ministries of Health, Education, and Sport; Saskatchewan Health Authority, and participating school divisions. The data provided by youth and educators is being used to assess and address youth mental health risks in real-time by developing machine learning algorithms.

Knowledge Translation Leadership

Citizen Science Innovation

Role: Innovator
Target Stakeholders: General Public
Outcome/Deliverable: Smartphone applications that allow citizens to engage with researchers in real-time
Evidence of Impact: Laid the foundation for remote engagement with citizens across jurisdictions
https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/csip/research-labs/DEPtH-Laboratory.php

Global Matrix

Role: Researcher
Target Stakeholders: Policymakers, parents, educators, researchers, and public health administrators
Outcome/Deliverable: Synthesis and translation of current evidence to influence active living policies that promote child and youth health in more than 50 countries
Evidence of Impact: Consistent facilitation of knowledge translation across low, middle, and high- income countries. www.activehealthykids.org

SMART Platform

Role: Principal Investigator
Target Stakeholders: General public and multisectoral decision-makers
Outcome/Deliverable: A digital epidemiological and citizen science platform for ethical population health engagement, integrated knowledge translation, and policy interventions
Evidence of Impact: Leading a cross-jurisdictional integrated knowledge translation platform for real-time exchange of knowledge https://www.smartstudysask.com

Invited Presentations

Panel Presentations

  • Data: Getting our hands on what we need - collection, sharing, harmonisation. Movement to Move, Adelaide, Australia, November 2018.
  • Technology within the Education Setting. Movement to Move, Adelaide, Australia, November 2018.
  • Global Matrix 2.0: Insights from Report Card grades on the physical activity of children and youth from low-, middle, and high-income countries. ISBNPA Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, June 2017.
  • Closing the Gap: Indigenous Health Innovations Forum. Conference Board of Canada. Regina, Saskatchewan, May 2016.
  • Health Inequities: The role played by social determinants of health. Medical Education Series: Community and Workplace Centered Learning Experiences. Regina, Saskatchewan, September 2015.

Individual Presentations

  • Citizen Science in Public Policy: Leveraging the Power of Ubiquitous Tools. Health Quality Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 2019.
  • Epidemiology in the Digital Age: It is Time to Leverage Citizen Science. Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association Annual Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, October 2019.
  • SMART: Using a mHealth and Citizen Science Platform for Youth Mental Health, Health Innovation Summit, Regina, Saskatchewan, September 2019.
  • SMART Platform. Health Science Pub, Regina, Saskatchewan, May 2018.
  • Smart cities, healthy kids. Early Years Conference. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, May 2015.
  • Sedentary behaviour and physical activity. What we observed and where do we go from here: Smart Cities Healthy Kids. Creating Active Communities. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 2012.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

(*indicates supervised student contributions)

International

  • Katapally TR. The SMART Platform: A digital citizen science approach for active living surveillance, knowledge translation, and environmentally sustainable policy interventions. ISBNPA Annual Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, June, 2019.
  • Bhawra J, Chopra P*, Ghattu KV, Ranjani H, Anjana M, Kumaran K, Katapally TR. India Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Movement to Move, Adelaide, Australia, November, 2018.
  • Katapally TR; Bhawra J; Leatherdale S; Leah Ferguson et al. The SMART Platform: A digital citizen science approach for active living surveillance, knowledge translation, and policy interventions across the life course. Movement to Move, Adelaide, Australia, November 2018.
  • Katapally TR; Bhawra J; Leatherdale S; Leah Ferguson et al. The SMART Study: A mobile-health and citizen science methodological platform for active living surveillance, integrated knowledge translation, and policy interventions. Active Living Conference, Banff, Canada, February 2018.
  • Katapally TR. The SMART Study: Creating active urban communities through crowd sourcing and community engagement for surveillance and context mapping by leveraging wearable tools. 14th International Conference on Urban Health, Coimbra, Portugal, September 2017.
  • Kehoe SH, Bhawra J, Goenka, S, Mani S, Krishnaveni GV, Lamkang AS, Raj M, McNutt K, Katapally T. How much do we know about physical activity among children and youth in India? ISBNPA Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, June 2017.
  • Bhawra J, Katapally TR, Rainham D. The use of GPS technology to understand the relationship between environmental contexts and active living: A systematic review. NSF Mobility Workshop, Columbus, Ohio, May 2017.
  • Katapally TR, Goenka S, Bhawra J, Mani S, Ghattu KV, Kehoe SH, Lamkang AS, Raj M, McNutt Results from the India 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Bangkok, Thailand. November 2016.
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine Capturing the interrelationship between objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children in the context of diverse environmental exposures. International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2016.
  • Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine A methodology to leverage cross-sectional accelerometry to capture weather’s influence in active living research. Pediatric Works Physiology 29, Utrecht, Netherlands, September 2015.
  • Katapally TR, Beck C, Marchildon GP, Episkenew J, Abonyi S, Pahwa P, Fenton M, Dosman J. Provision of sleep apnea care in Saskatchewan: Policy complexities related to registered Indian Indigenous Health Conference, Toronto, Canada, November 2014.
  • Katapally TR, Opikokew C, Episkenew J, Karunanayake C, Abonyi S, Dosman J, Pahwa P. The complexity of the obesity pandemic: Can Indigenous approaches help? The International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October
  • Katapally TR, Episkenew J, Karunanayake C, Abonyi S, Dosman J, Pahwa P. Working towards a community-based participatory intervention in First Nations: Generating evidence to break the chain of association between lack of physical activity, overweight or obese weight status and risk of obstructive sleep 7th International Symposium: Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 2014.
  •  Katapally TR, Episkenew J, Marchildon G, Karunanayake C, Abonyi S, Dosman J, Pahwa P. Integrated knowledge translation to de-­‐adopt ineffective policies and practices. 7th International Symposium: Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October
  • Katapally TR, Esliger D, Sherar L, Muhajarine N. From evidence to evaluation: Combining WHO physical activity guidelines with Canadian active living research to develop age-specific activity profiles for Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, Ottawa, Ontario, May 2014.
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine N. Searching for pathways to advance inter-disciplinary population health research: Integrating mobile-health initiatives with child-centric active living Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, Ottawa, Ontario, May 2014.

National

  • Katapally TR. Development of India report cards on physical activity for children and youth. Conference: Canadian Obesity Summit, 2019, Ottawa, Canada, April 2019.
  • Ma T*, Katapally TR. Generating evidence for upstream policy interventions to address chronic disease morbidity among on-reserve First Nations children In Canada. Conference: Canadian Obesity Network Student Meeting, London, Canada, June 2018.
  • Ma Tracy*, Katapally TR. Ecological momentary assessments to map barriers and facilitators of active living. Conference: Canadian Obesity Network Student Meeting, London, Canada, June 2018.
  • Chopra P*, Katapally TR. Development of India report cards on physical activity for children and youth: An integral component of cross-country evaluation of policies, environments and active living indicators. Conference: Canadian Obesity Network Student Meeting, London, Canada, June, 2018.
  • Katapally TR, Laxer R*, Qian W*, Leatherdale S Do school physical activity policies and programs have a role in decreasing multiple screen time behaviours among youth? Conference: Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research, Montreal, Canada, May 2018.
  • Lotoski L, Muhajarine N, Fuller D, Katapally TR, Stanley K, Rainham D. A 4-season longitudinal study examining the association between seasonality and sedentary behaviour in 9-15 year old Canadian children. Walk 21 Calgary, Alberta, September 2017.
  • Katapally TR, Belanger M, Sabiston C, Barnett T, Maximova K, O’Loughlin J. Sustained participation in running, sports, fitness and dance activities throughout adolescence and body composition in early adulthood. 5th Canadian Obesity Summit, Banff, Alberta, April 2017
  • Katapally TR, Laxer R, Qian W, Leatherdale Equity in active living among youth: Understanding the influence of school policies and programs on screen time. Annual CAHSPR Conference, Toronto, Ontario, May 2016.
  • Katapally TR. Social policy in active living promotion: Are we widening the gap? 5th Annual Canadian CAPPA Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, May
  • Kehoe SH, Bhawra J, Goenka S, Mani S, Ghattue KV, Sankhil AL, Raj M, McNutt K, Katapally TR. How much do we know about physical activity among children and youth in India? Sneha India Conference, Pune, India, February 2017.
  • Katapally TR, Ridalls T, Muhajarine Seasonality and active Saskatoon kids: Understanding active living in an urban environment. Canadian Institute for Transportation Engineers Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, June 2014.
  • Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine Leveraging cross-sectional accelerometry to emphasize weather’s role in active living policy. Public Health 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2015.
  • Katapally TR, Rainham D, Muhajarine N. Factoring-in weather variation to capture the influence of diverse environmental exposures on the accumulation of globally recommended levels of physical activity in 4th Canadian Obesity Summit, Toronto, Ontario, April 2015.
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine N. Working towards uniform accelerometer data analysis: Development of standardization methodology to minimize measurement bias due to systematic accelerometer wear-time Biennial Conference of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, St. John’s, Canada, Newfoundland, June 2013.
  • Katapally TR, Froehlich Chow A, Humbert L, Leis A, Muhajarine N. Validation of standardization methodology to minimize measurement bias due to systematic accelerometer wear-time variation in preschoolers, adolescents and adults. Student Conference of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, John’s, Newfoundland, June 2013.
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine N. Accelerometry in population health research: Are we making substantiated observations within populations, and valid comparisons between populations? Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, June
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine Obesity traffic stop: A population health intervention tool combining physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines. 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2013.
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine N. How does accelerometer wear time influence school day and weekend day moderate to vigorous physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children aged 10-14 years? 4th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Management of Childhood & Adolescent Obesity, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine Sedentary behaviour in children aged 10-14 years during school days and weekend days in a built environment context: A multilevel analysis. The 3rd Canadian Obesity Student Meeting, Edmonton, Alberta, June 2012.
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine N. How do variations in neighbourhood built environment influence patterns of preadolescent children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour? Annual Conference of Canadian Association of Geographers, Waterloo, Ontario, May
  • Katapally TR, Muhajarine Moderate to vigorous physical activity and sedentary behaviour among Preadolescents. Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Montreal, Quebec, June 2011.