16Dr. Gary Goldfield
Senior Scientist
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Education, Credentials, Academic Appointments

  • MA and PhD, Department of Psychology, Carleton University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Behavioural Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist – College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Full Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Cross-Appointment, School of Psychology,  University of Ottawa
  • Cross-Appointment, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa
  • Cross-Appointment, Department of Population Health, University of Ottawa
  • Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University
  • Senior Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute


Dr. Goldfield is a Senior Scientist at the CHEO Research Institute with the Healthy Active Living & Obesity (HALO) Research Group, and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, and cross-appointed to the Schools of Psychology, Human Kinetics, and Population Health at the University of Ottawa. He is also an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and 3 other universities. Dr. Goldfield is also a registered clinical psychologist who provides psychological services to children, adolescents and adults in the community. He began the childhood obesity research program at the CHEO Research Institute in 2003 and is a founding member of HALO. He has held an Endowed Scholar Award from the CHEO Volunteer Association Board, a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and won an Award of Excellence as Outstanding Research Mentor from the CHEO Research Institute. He serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals in his field. Dr. Goldfield’s main research areas focus on the role that physical activity, screen time, biological and psychosocial factors play in the regulation of eating behaviour, body weight, and mental health among children and youth. In addition to behavioural and psychological approaches, his research program evaluates pharmacological interventions for the treatment and prevention of obesity and related complications. Dr. Goldfield has published over 200 scientific papers, has an h-index of 59, and has had his published research cited more than 16,000 times according to Google Scholar. Dr. Goldfield has also given over 150 scholarly presentations.

Research, Clinical, Professional and Scholarly Focus and Service

Current research interests include: i) childhood obesity treatment and prevention ii) psychological determinants and consequences of child obesity iii) effects of physical activity and sedentary behavior on body composition and mental health; iv) determinants of the rewarding value of food and eating behavior.

  • Member, Canadian 24-hour Movement Guidelines Development Committee for the Early Years.
  • Member, International Network on Eating Behaviour in Children
  • Member Treatment and Research of Obesity in Pediatrics in Canada (TROPIC)
  • Member, Advisory Board and Program Evaluation Committee, Centre for Healthy Active Living (CHAL) at CHEO
  • Member of numerous graduate student thesis Committees and external examiner, University of Ottawa and Carleton University
  • Reviewer for many granting agencies and academic organizations (CIHR, Canadian Diabetes Association, CHEO Research Growth Awards, CHAMO) 
  • Reviewer for many scholarly journals
  • Registered clinical psychologist, College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Member, editorial board of Mental Health of Physical Activity

Graduate Students, Supervision and Training

  • Kaamel Hafizi  (University of Ottawa), M.Sc. Supervisor (2016-2018)
  • Shakiba Bani Fatemi (University of Ottawa), M.Sc. Supervisor (2016-2018)
  • Kent Bastell (University of Calgary), M.Sc Co-Supervisor (2016-2018)
  • Angela Wilson (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2010‐2017)
  • Marisa Murray  (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2011‐2018)
  • Fatima Mougharbel (University of Ottawa)-Ph.D. Supervisor (2017-2021)
  • Luzia Jaeger Hintze (University of Ottawa)-Ph.D. Co-Supervisor (2012-2018)
  • Fatme El Amine (University of Ottawa)-Ph.D. Co-Supervisor (2017-2019)
  • Stephanie Leon (University of Ottawa), Ph.D. Committee (2012-2018)
  • Jaime-Lee Yabsley (university of Ottawa), M.Sc Committee (2016-2018)
  • Salma Mahmoodianfard (University of Ottawa)-Ph.D. Committee (2017-2021)
  • Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga (University of Ottawa)-Ph.D. Committee (2017-2021)
  • Ryan Featherstone (University of Ottawa) – M.Sc. Committee (2017- 2019 )
  • Jane Booth (University of Calgary) – M.Sc. Committee (2018- )


  • College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Obesity Canada
  • The Obesity Society
  • Sedentary Behaviour Research Network