Dr. Gary Goldfield
Senior Scientist
613-737-7600 x3288

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 with HALO and a Full Professor of Pediatrics, Human Kinetics, Psychology and Population Health at the University of Ottawa. He is also a registered clinical psychologist practicing in the community and sees children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Goldfield began the childhood obesity research program at the CHEO Research Institute 17 years ago 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. Dr. Goldfield’s main research interests involve evaluating novel behavioural and pharmacological interventions for the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity and related complications.  He has published over 122 peer reviewed papers, has an h-index of 32 and >3,691 citations according to Scopus. Dr. Goldfield has over 150 scholarly conference presentations and published abstracts.

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