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Ms. Lesley Macaskill

Lesley MacaskillMs. Lesley Macaskill

Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Office: Room 109 Ursuline Hall

Academic Background

  • MHSc, Community Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 1995
  • HBSc, Home Economics (Foods and Nutrition), Brescia University College, 1993

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Student nutrition programs
  • Child obesity prevention
  • Influence of school policies on foods consumed in elementary schools


  • FN 1021 Nutrition for Modern Living (Course Coordinator)
  • HE 2222F Professional Perspectives (team-teaching fall 2012)
  • FN 3361B Fundamentals of Community Nutrition (team-teaching winter 2013)
  • FN 235a Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (2008)
  • Dean’s Honor Roll of Teaching, Brescia University College (2009, 2011)


Publications and Presentations

  • Richter, SL, Vandervet, LM, Macaskill, LA, Salvadori, MI, Seabrook, JA & Dworatzek, PDN (2012 in press).  Accuracy and reliability of direct observations of home-packed lunches in elementary schools by trained nutrition students.  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Russell JA, Evers S, Dwyer JM, Uetrecht C, & Macaskill L(2007).Best practices among child nutrition programs in Ontario: Evaluation findings. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 2(2-3), 111-127.
  • Russell JA, Dwyer JM, Macaskill L, Evers S, Uetrecht C., & Dombrow C (2007).Perceptions of child nutrition programs: The voices of children, parents, volunteers, program coordinators and educators. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 2(4), 47-65.
  • Dwyer JJM, Macaskill L., Uetrecht C., Dombrow C (2004). Perceived Barriers and Perceived Facilitators to Participating in Eat Smart! Ontario’s Healthy Restaurant Program: Focus Groups with Non-participating Restaurant Operators.  Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research.  65(1).
  • Macaskill L, Dwyer JJM, Uetrecht C, Dombrow C (2003). A survey of restaurant operators participating in Eat Smart! Ontario’s Healthy Restaurant Program.  Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research.  64(4).
  • Macaskill L, Dwyer JJM, Uetrecht C, Dombrow C, Crompton C, Wilck B & Stone J (2000). An evaluability assessment to develop a restaurant health promotion program.  Health Promotion International 15(1).
  • “The Balanced School Day – is it balanced?”   Winner, Clinical Sciences 25th Annual Pediatrics Research Day (2012), Western University.  Wu, TF; Supervisors: P. Dworatzek, M. Salvadori, L. Macaskill
  • Vandervet, L.M., Richter, S.L., Macaskill, L.A., and Dworatzek, Paula D.N.  Development and reliability of an observational training protocol for dietary intake assessment in an elementary school setting.  Poster Presentation at Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Meeting; Guelph, June 2011
  • Haines, P. & Macaskill, L.  Monitoring Foods Served in Toronto Student Nutrition Programs.  Poster presentation at Ontario Public Health Association Conference.  Toronto, November 2007.
  • Macaskill, L.  Breakfast for Learning: A Made-in-Canada Solution to Child Nutrition in Schools.  Poster presentation at The 19th IUHPE International Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education.  Vancouver, June 2007.


  • Professional Memberships

  • College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • Dietitians of Canada
  • Canadian Nutrition Society
  • Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health