Ongoing research projects

Ongoing research projects

To prevent the potential for overlap of research projects and to facilitate opportunities to collaborate, below is a list of research topics that are currently being examined, categorized by outcome health behaviour topics. If external researchers are interested in collaborating on current projects listed, please contact Scott Leatherdale and the lead author highlighted on the specific project before submitting a data usage application. 

Updated April 2020

Obesity and related correlates

Longitudinal Analysis of the association between weight status, weight perception, self concept, school connectedness, and academic achievement. Requested by: Maram Livermore. Year 6-7 (2017/18-2018/19).  

Healthy eating 

None.

Physical activity and sedentary behaviours 

Longitudinal analysis of the impact of changes in intramural programming on intramural participation and moderate-vigorous physical activity among youth [PhD Dissertation]. Requested by: Katie Burns. Year 5-7 (2016/17-2018/19). 

Longitudinal analysis of the association between student-level characteristics and meeting the new 24-hour movement guidelines among youth. Requested by: Claire Buchan. Year 2-5 (2013/14-2017/18): Ontario, Alberta. 

Substance use

Cross-sectional analysis of the association between cannabis stores in school vicinity and youth cannabis use. Requested by: Alex Zuckermann and Amanda Doggett. Year 7 (2018/19): Full sample.

Longitudinal analysis of how cannabis legalization affects diversification of cannabis use modes among youth. Requested by: Alexandra Zuckermann and Isabella Romano. Year 6-7 (2017/18-2018/19): Full Sample. 

Varying modes of cannabis consumption among Canadian secondary school students. Requested by: Isabella Romano, Gillian Williams, Sarah Aleyan, Alexandra Butler, Karen Patte. Year 6 (2017/18: Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia.

School sport participation and substance use among high school students in the COMPASS study. Requested by: Gillian Williams, Katie Burns, Kate Battista. Years 5-7 (2016/17-2018/19): Full sample. 

Effect of the Ontario alcohol policy change on transitions to poly-substance use among youth. Requested by: Mahmood Gohari, Alex Zuckermann. Years 2-5 (2013/14-2016/17): Ontario, Alberta. 

Impact of cannabis legalization on Canadian youth (working title). Requested by: Alex Zuckermann, Kate Battista. Years 2-7 (2013/14-2018/19): Full sample. 

Influence of alternative modes of cannabis use on use trajectories (working title). Requested by: Alex Zuckermann, Isabella Romano. Years 6-7 (2017/18-2018/19): Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia. 

Longitudinal analysis of the impact of changes to tobacco retailer proximity and density on youth smoking behaviours. Requested by: Adam Cole. Years 1-2 (2012/13-2014/15): Ontario. 

Longitudinal evaluation of the Not On Tobacco (N.O.T.) pilot project in COMPASS schools on student smoking behaviours. Requested by: Adam Cole, Sarah Buston (Ontario Lung Association). Years 3-5 (2014/15-2016/17): Ontario.

Cross-lagged analysis of the bidirectional association between youth cannabis, cigarette, and e-cigarette use. Requested by: Alle Butler, Adam Cole, Mahmood Gohari, Sarah Aleyan. Years 5-6 (2016/17-2017/18): Ontario, Alberta.

Cannabis use in the school context: variation between Canadian high schools. Requested by: Alex Zuckermann, Mahmood Gohari. Years 1-6 (2012/13-2017/18): Ontario, Alberta. 

Longitudinal evaluation of the impact of changes to programs/policies addressing alternative tobacco product use on student smoking behaviours. Requested by: Adam Cole. Years 1-6 (2012/13-2017/18): Full sample. 

Repeat cross-sectional analysis of trends in youth e-cigarette use (ever and current) in Ontario. Requested by: Adam Cole, Sarah Aleyan, Kate Battista. Years 2-6 (2013/14-2017/18): Ontario. 

Cross-sectional analysis of correlates associated with differing modes of cannabis consumption among youth. Requested by: Isabella Romano, Gillian Williams, Sarah Aleyan, Alle Butler. Year 6 (2017/18): Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta. 

Cross-sectional examination of trends in past-30 day and ever use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. Requested by: Adam Cole, Sarah Aleyan. Year 2-6 (2013/14-2017/18): Full sample. 

Cross-sectional analysis of patterns and risk factors of youth polysubstance Use. Requested by: Alex Zuckermann, Gillian Williams, Kate Battista. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample. 

Longitudinal examination of predictors of past-30 day e-cigarette use, past 30-day cigarette use and dual use among Canadian youth [PhD Dissertation]. Requested by: Sarah Aleyan. Year 4-6 (2015/16-2017/18): Ontario, Alberta.  

Cross-sectional analysis of the association between e-cigarette retail density and past-30 day and ever use of e-cigarettes among youth in Canada. Requested by: Adam Cole, Sarah Aleyan. Year 6 (2017/18): Ontario, Alberta. 

Cross-sectional analysis of the association between school cannabis policies and cannabis use among youth. Requested by: Megan Magier. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample. 

Risk and protective factors for youth opioid use. Requested by: Alex ZuckermannKate Battista. Years 4-6 (2015/16-2017/18): Ontario, Alberta. 

The impact of cannabis use on sexual behaviour in youth: an exploration of data from COMPASS Québec. Requested by: Alex Zuckermann. Years 5-6 (2016/17-2017/18): Québec. 

Longitudinal analysis of youth perceptions school support for the prevention and cessation of drugs and/or alcohol use, school substance use programs and policies, and student cannabis and alcohol use [MSc Thesis]. Requested by: Megan Magier. Years 5-7(2016/17-2018/19): Full sample. 

Mental health 

Exploring the deterrents towards help-seeking at school: evidence from the COMPASS study. Requested by: Natalie Doan. Year 6-7 (2017/18-2018/19): Full sample. 

Weight control intentions and mental health among youth: a gender-based analysis. Requested by Natalie Doan, Isabella Romano, Alle Butler, Rachel Laxer, Karen Patte. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample. 

A cross-sectional analysis of weight status, weight perception, weight loss intentions, bullying, and mental health outcomes. Requested by: Karen Patte, Maram Livermore. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample. 

A cross-sectional analysis of level of sports participation and mental health. Requested by: Jessica Murphy, Phillip Sullivan, Karen Patte. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample.  

A Decision Tree Approach to Examining the Influence of School Policies and Practices on Youth Mental Health. [PhD Dissertation]. Requested by: Kate Battista. Years 6-7 (2017/18-2018/19): Full sample. 

Imputation methods for missing data in mental health scales. [PhD Dissertation]. Requested by: Kate Battista. Years 6-7 (2017/18-2018/19): Full sample. 

A longitudinal analysis of weight perception as a predictor of mental health, and the role of social influence. Requested by: Nour Hammami, Maram Livermore, Kate Battista, Karen Patte. Years 6-7 (2017/18-2018/19): Full sample.

Substance Use Profiles and Depression and Anxiety among Canadian High School Students in the COMPASS Study [PhD Dissertation]. Requested by: Gillian Williams. Years 6-8 (2017/18-2019/20): Full sample. 

Longitudinal examination of the movement behaviours (MVPA, resistance exercise, screen time [total and by type], and sleep) as predictors of mental health and wellbeing. Requested by: Karen Patte, Guy Faulkner, Years 5-6 (2016/17-2017/18): Ontario, British Columbia. 

Cross-sectional analysis of the association between body mass index, weight perceptions, and mental health indicators among youth. Requested by: Isabella Romano, Rachel Laxer, Natalie Doan and Alle Butler. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample. 

Cross-sectional analysis of the association between school context (geographical area, median income, urbanicity, etc.) and mental health outcomes and help seeking among youth. Requested by Karen Patte, Cassandra Gordon. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample. 

Cross-sectional analysis of the association between school mental health services, programs, staff, and policies, and mental health outcomes and help seeking among youth. Requested by Karen Patte, Markus Duncan. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample. 

Complete mental health status and associations with physical activity, screen time, and sleep in youth. Requested by: Katie Weatherson. Year 6 (2017/18): Full sample. 

Sleep, screen time, and emotional regulation. Requested by: Katie Weatherson, Guy Faulkner, Karen Patte. Years 6-7 (2017/18-2018/19): Full sample. 

Bullying

Repeat cross-sectional study of bullying victimization and perpetration types and by subgroups. Requested by: Karen Patte. Years 2-7 (2013/14-2018/19): Full sample. 

Longitudinal associations between bullying and alcohol use and binge drinking among grade 9 and 10 students in the COMPASS study. Requested by: Gillian Williams, Kate Battista. Years 4-6 (2015/16-2016/17): Full sample.   

School connectedness  and academic achievement 

A Longitudinal examination of alcohol cessation and academic outcomes among a sample of Canadian high school students. Requested by Mahmood Gohari, Alex Zuckermann. Years 2-5 (2013/14-2016/17): Ontario, Alberta.

Cross-sectional analysis of binge drinking on educational outcomes using a resilience framework. Requested by: Simone Holligan. Year 5 (2016/17): Ontario, British Columbia. 

Cross-sectional analysis of binge drinking on school engagement and educational prospects using a resilience framework. Requested by: Simone Holligan. Year 5 (2016/17): Ontario, British Columbia. 

Longitudinal analysis of cannabis cessation and academic outcomes. Requested by: Alex Zuckermann. Years 2-5 (2013/14-2016/17): Ontario, Alberta. Submitted for publication.