Ms. Sonia Jean-Philippe
Research Coordinator


Research Coordinator

Degrees and Certification:

  • BSc Nutritional Sciences – McGill University
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition –LoughboroughUniversity
  • Registered Dietitian (OPDQ)

Research interests:

  • Female athlete’s health and challenges
  • Dietary measurements and interventions
  • Healthy lifestyle education (nutrition and physical activity)

Project in progress:

  • The Maternal Obesity Management (MOM) Trial – a pregnancy specific pilot RCT


Sonia Jean-Philippe decided to pursue a degree in nutritional sciences due to her interest in a healthy lifestyle and growing up in her father’s boutique, a Maître Chocolatier-Confiseur who gives importance to good food. She was also involved in track and field for over 15 years, competing at the provincial and national level, and later as part of the McGill University varsity track team. She participated at CIS three years running. Sonia came on-board after completing a Montreal wide study assessing vitamin D and iron status of daycare children at McGill University. She completed a BSc Nutritional Sciences to become a Registered Dietitian to then work in Dr. Hope Weiler’s research group and in counseling for weight loss and management. She was involved in several projects relating to vitamin D supplementation in the first years of life, helping educate new mothers and assessing habits and knowledge. She then went abroad to Loughborough University to complete a MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, her dissertation focused on vitamin D status of elite female athletes in comparison to their sedentary counterparts. Her research interests include female athlete’s health and challenges, dietary measurements and interventions, healthy lifestyle education. Outside of work, Sonia still runs regularly, she has participated in events such as the Spartan race and the Mitsubishi City chase as well as running half marathons. She is an avid traveler, having been to over a dozen countries and lived in Europe.