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Sophie Desroches, RD, PhD

Laval University

Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition at Laval University, Sophie Desroches worked as a clinical nutritionist in various in-patient clinical settings. She then completed a master's degree and a doctoral degree in nutrition at the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, Lava University. Dr Desroches' PhD thesis explored the mechanisms by which various dietary approaches exert an effect on cardiovascular risks factors associated with metabolic syndrome.

In 2009, she completed a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Knowledge Translation to explore shared decision making in nutrition as a way to improve both knowledge translation in nutrition, and patient involvement in nutrition-related treatment decision making.

She is since an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food and Nutrition Sciences at Laval University and a Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec Junior 1 scholar. Building on the diversity of her training experiences, her research program aims to secure the conceptual, methodological and practical bases to optimize knowledge translation in the clinical practices of dietitians, with special interests for shared decision making and adherence to dietary advice. She currently leads a CIHR-funded study to identify the determinants of the intention of dietitians to engage in shared decision making behaviours. She also recently published a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review of "Interventions to enhance adherence to dietary advice for preventing and managing chronic diseases in adults" and she is working in partnership with the Dietitians of Canada to improve the translation of the research findings of the systematic review to dietitians and other potential knowledge users.

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