REAL Kids Alberta
Population Health Intervention Research Unit
3-50 University Terrace
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2T4
Phone (780) 492-5472

Our People


Paul J. Veugelers, Principal Investigator

Paul received training in human nutrition (MSc from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands), epidemiology (PhD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and biostatistical modeling (postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia). In 1998, he immigrated to Canada to join the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, Halifax. In 2002, he took a position at the University of Alberta where he is currently a professor in the School of Public Health and Director of the Population Health Intervention Research Unit. Paul is married with two beautiful daughters, who love to stay active. 

Erin Faught, Project Coordinator

Following the completion of her BSc. Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Alberta, Erin developed an interest in population health and came on board at REAL Kids Alberta as an Evaluation Assistant.  She has since stayed on board with REAL Kids to complete her PhD. Epidemiology using the data collected by the evaluation. She is thrilled to continue her studies while taking on the role of Project Coordinator and brings with her extensive health research training and project management experience.  In her spare time, Erin loves to play music in her band, The Collective West, and bake lots of healthy & (hopefully) tasty treats. 

Connie Lu, Data Manager 

Connie received her Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta in 2007, with a focus on the analysis of forestry sustainability and government policy implications. Before moving to Canada in 2002, Connie studied in and worked with the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, where she was awarded a Master's degree for her study in the field of small town development economics. Connie's strong technical skills and experience in dealing with complicated models and data structure make her an invaluable addition to any research team.

Evaluation Assistants 

Each year, REAL Kids Alberta employs temporary Evaluation Assistants, selected for their expertise in nutrition, physical activity and research. Some return year after year, and some take their experiences with REAL Kids Alberta with them to exciting new endeavours. All display enthusiasm and dedication to improving the health of children and youth in Alberta, and ensure that school visits are a fun and rewarding experience for all involved.