Dr. Gary Goldfield
Clinical Scientist
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Education, Credentials, Academic Appointments

  • MA and PhD, Department of Psychology, Carleton University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Behavioural Medicine, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist – College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Cross-appointed to Department of Psychology, University of Ottawa
  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa
  • Cross-Appointment to 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 in HALO and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Human Kinetics, and Psychology 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 16 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 received the 2014 CHEO RI Outstanding mentor award. Dr. Goldfield’s main research interests are in the role that physical activity, sedentary behaviour and dietary changes play in the treatment and prevention of child obesity.  He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has over 100 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, and neurocognitive development; iv) determinants of the rewarding value of food and eating behavior; 

  • Grant Reviewer; Social and Developmental Aspects of Children’s and Youth’s Health Committee, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Grant Reviewer; Fellowship Awards Grant Review Committee, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Grant Reviewer, CHEO Science Committee, CHEO Research Institute
  • Member, Health Behavior Change Committee, American Heart Association
  • Member, Child Obesity prevention Guidelines Committee, Registered Nurses of Ontario.
  • Registered clinical psychologist, College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • 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 Dissertation Committees, University of Ottawa
  • Reviewer for many scholarly journals and granting agencies, and external examiner on Master’s theses and Dissertations

Graduate Student Supervision and Training

  • Darcie Valois (Carleton University) – Sc. Supervisor (2015-)
  • Alessandro Tirelli (University of Ottawa) – M.Sc. Supervisor (2013-2015)
  • Angela Wilson (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2010‐2016)
  • Marisa Murray (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2011‐2017)
  • Luzia Jaeger Hintze(University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2012-2017)
  • Jameason Cameron (University of Ottawa) – Postdoc Supervisor (2013-2016)
  • Stephanie Leon (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Committee (2012-2017)
  • Genevieve Monaghan (university of Ottawa) – Ph.D Committee (2013-2017)
  • Aidan Gribbon (university of Ottawa) – Sc. Committee (2013-2015)
  • Jennifer Brown (University of Ottawa) – Sc. Committee (2013-2015)
  • Holly Ockenden (university of Ottawa) – M.Sc. Committee (2013-2015)


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