Dr. Richard Larouche
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Degrees and certifications

  • Certificate in Psychology, Université Laval (2005)
  • B.Sc. in Kinesiology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2007)
  • M.Sc. in Human Kinetics, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2009)
  • Ph.D. in Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa (2013)

Research interests

  • Health-related outcomes of active transportation
  • Correlates of active transportation
  • Physical activity epidemiology

Projects in progress

  • Physical Activity and Active Transport (PAAT) in Africa
  • Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) analyses
  • Neighbourhood Environment Walkability Scale for Africa (NEWS-Africa)


Richard Larouche is a postdoctoral fellow with the HALO group and a Part-time professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. His research focusses on many themes related to healthy active living among children and youth including active transportation, physical activity, outdoor play and health-related fitness. He completed his PhD in 2013 with Dr. Mark Tremblay and his dissertation examined the health-related outcomes and correlates of active transportation in children and youth. Dr. Larouche is the recipient of the CHEO Research Institute 2015 Outstanding Trainee award. He has published 30 peer-reviewed articles and 2 book chapters, delivered 36 scholarly presentations, and received about $700,000 in research funds. Dr. Larouche enjoys several hobbies outside of HALO including cycling, running, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, and road hockey. He is the current Vice-President of the Healthy Transportation Coalition, which advocates for improved access to sustainable travel options in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.