Jon McGavock

Current Positions

Associate Professor, CIHR Applied Public Health Chair, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health
Co-Lead: DREAM Research Theme and DEVOTION Network

Research/Academic Focus

Dr. McGavock’s research program is focused on the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in youth, with a particular focus on physical activity. His research program has three distinct pillars designed to span the spectrum of mechanistic human physiology studies to community-based participatory action research.


BPE, University of Manitoba
MA, McGill University
PhD, University of Alberta
Post Doctoral Fellow – University of Alberta (2003-2004); UT Southwestern Medical Center (2004-2006)

Current Research/Academic Interests

Interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes among Indigenous youth
Adversity and resilience as determinants of obesity and type 2 diabetes in youth
Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in youth
The Built Environment and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Current publications

Find a full list of Dr. McGavock's publications here

Selected Publications:

Vigorous Intervals and Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes: A Randomized Cross Over Trial.
Rempel M, Yardley JE, MacIntosh A, Hay JL, Bouchard D, Cornish S, Marks SD, Hai Y, Gordon JW, McGavock J.
Sci Rep. 2018 Oct 26;8(1):15879.

Early-life origins of disparities in chronic diseases among Indigenous youth: pathways to recovering health disparities from intergenerational trauma.
Phillips-Beck W, Sinclair S, Campbell R, Star L, Cidro J, Wicklow B, Guillemette L, Morris MI, McGavock JM.
J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2018 Sep 18:1-8.

Determinants of Readiness for Adopting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Among Indigenous Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes in Manitoba, Canada: A Cross-Sectional Study.
McGavock J, Durksen A, Wicklow B, Malik S, Sellers EA, Blydt-Hansen T, Chateau D, Dart A.
Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 May;26(5):910-915.

Type 2 diabetes in youth is a disease of poverty.
McGavock J, Wicklow B, Dart AB.
Lancet. 2017 Oct 21;390(10105):1829

Physical activity intensity and type 2 diabetes risk in overweight youth: a randomized trial.
Hay J, Wittmeier K, MacIntosh A, Wicklow B, Duhamel T, Sellers E, Dean H, Ready E, Berard L, Kriellaars D, Shen GX, Gardiner P, McGavock J. 
Int J Obes (Lond). 2016.  40: 607-14.

Examining the impact of a province-wide physical education policy on secondary students' physical activity as a natural experiment.
Hobin E, Erickson T, Comte M, Zuo F, Pasha S, Murnaghan D, Manske S, Casey C, Griffith J, McGavock J. 
Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 Jul 19;14(1):98

Beating Diabetes Together: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of a Feasibility Study of Intensive Lifestyle Intervention for Youth with Type 2 Diabetes.
Huynh E, Rand D, McNeill C, Brown S, Senechal M, Wicklow B, Dart A, Sellers E, Dean H, Blydt-Hansen T, McGavock J
Can J Diabetes. 2015 Dec;39(6):484-90.

Its 3:30pm do you know where your child is? Outdoor time as a determinant of physical activity in children.
Schaeffer L, Plotnikoff R, Majumdar S Torrance B, Downs S, Rinaldi R, Ball GD, Sadman R, Veugelers P, Boule N, Wozny P, McCargar L, Lewanczuk R, McGavock JM.
J. Pediatrics. Sep;165(3):516-21

The Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program: A model of health promotion in remote First Nations Communities.
Eskicioglu P, Senechal M, Wood L, McKay E, Halas J, McGavock JM. 
Pediatrics. 2014. Jun;133(6):e1624-31.

Healthy Buddies© Manitoba: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Effectiveness Trial of Peer-Based Healthy Living Lesson Plans on Body Weight and Physical Activity in Elementary School Students.
Santos RG, Durksen A, Rabanni R, Chanoine JP, Lamboo-Miln A, Mayer T, McGavock JM.
JAMA Pediatrics. 2014 Apr;168(4):330-7

Awards & Honours

CIHR Applied Public Health Chair – 2014-2019
CIHR New Investigator – 2010-2014
Canadian Diabetes Association Scholar – 2008-2010


Jon McGavock