Nina Hedayati
Research Coordinator


Research Coordinator

Degrees and Certifications

  • MSc Neuroscience – Carleton University
  • BSc Psychology – Carleton University
  • BSc Biochemistry – University of Ottawa


Nina is a research coordinator with HALO at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Nina has earned two BSc degrees (Biochemistry and Psychology). She worked as a full-time research assistant before going on to complete a Masters in Neuroscience. She accumulated a diverse research portfolio during her time as a student and research assistant. Some of her projects included: 1) studying the developmental trajectories of children at risk of developing anxiety disorders, 2) the influence of intensive ensemble music training on children coming from a low socioeconomic status background, and 3) testing a tool to encourage responsible gambling behaviour in slot machine users. At HALO, Nina will be working on a variety of side projects with Dr. Mark Tremblay. Her main project is with Dr. Katie Gunnell, where Nina is exploring the impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on neurodevelopment. Some of Nina’s current research interests include psychological and physical wellbeing, the link between neuroscience and obesity, and the effect of physical activity, mindfulness, and sleep on health outcomes. During her spare time, Nina enjoys going on spontaneous road trips with her family, doing yoga, hiking in nature, and salsa dancing. She also likes to take part in fitness/charity challenges. Nina loves being part of HALO and looks forward to contributing more to this fantastic team!