Tracie Barnett

Tracie Barnett

Tracie Barnett, Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of Pediatric Obesity
  • Obesity, physical activity, sedentary behaviours, dietary habits
  • Cardiovascular risk factor profile and metabolic health of children and adolescents
  • Methods of longitudinal data analysis
  • Influence of residential neighbourhoods and schools

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  • Investigating the influence of neighbourhood characteristics and obesity on asthma outcomes in children and adolescents
  • Towards the prevention of type 2 diabetes: improving our understanding of longitudinal changes in glucose homeostatis in youth
  • Pan Canadian Strategic Training in Population Intervention Research for Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Longitudinal analysis of the Quebec birth cohort: pathways between early childhood poverty, stress, child health, cardiovascular risk factors and associated secular trends, and resiliency
  • KT Workshop for the Healthy Vending Machines Concept

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Publications (selected recent)


Barnett TA, Perry C, Kelly A, Edwards N, Young D, Pratt C, Vos M. Approaches to the Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity: Understanding Sedentary Behaviors in Today’s Youth. A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation (accepted)

Van Hulst A, Henderson M, Paradis G, Roy-Gagnon MH, Gomez-Lopez L, Barnett TA.  Birth weight, postnatal growth and cardiovascular risk factors in children born appropriate for gestational age: are effects mediated by adiposity? Journal of the American Medical Association (accepted)

Longo C*, Bartlett G, Schuster T, Ducharme F, MacGibbon B, Barnett T. (2017). The Obese-Asthma Phenotype in Children: An Exacerbation Situation. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (accepted)

Edasseri A, Barnett TA, Kâ K, Henderson M, Nicolau B. (2017). Oral health promoting school environments typology and dental caries status in Quebec children. American Journal of Preventive Medicine (accepted)

Haecker A, Barnett TA, Bigras JL, Henderson M, Mathieu ME. Performance physique et excès pondéral : similitudes et distinctions entre les enfants avec obésité et obésité sévère. Nutrition Clinique et Métabolisme 30 (2), 114-115

Fitzpatrick C*, Datta G, Gray-Donald K, Kestens Y, Henderson M, Barnett TA. (2017). School Food Environments Associated with Adiposity in Children Attending Canadian Urban Schools.  International Journal of Obesity, 41(7):1005-1010


Nguyen S, Haecker AL, Henderson M, Barnett TA, Mathieu M-È, Pagani LS, Bigras J-L. (2016). Physical activity programs with post intervention follow-up in children: a comprehensive review according to categories of intervention.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7): 664

Bird M*, Barnett TA, Datta G, Van Hulst A, Cloutier MS. (2016).  A Park Typology in the QUALITY Cohort: Implications for Physical Activity and Truncal Fat among Youth at Risk of Obesity. Preventive Medicine, 90:133-8

Alexander S, Barnett TA, Fitzpatrick C. (2016). Are some inequalities amplified through the differential access to play opportunities at school? A call to ‘level the playing field.’ Canadian Journal of Public Health, 107(6):e583-e585

Peláez S*, Alexander S, Roberge J-B, Henderson M, Barnett TA. (2016). ‘Life in the age of screens’: parent perspectives on a 24 hours no screen-time challenge. Clinical Obesity, 6(4):273-280

Henderson M, Benedetti A, Barnett TA, Mathieu ME, Deladoey J, Gray-Donald K. (2016). The influence of adiposity, physical activity, fitness and screen time on insulin dynamics over 2 years in youth. JAMA Pediatrics, 170(3): 227-35


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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Promotion, Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en santé (GRIS) and Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Montreal, ’04-’07
  • Ph.D. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, ’98-’04)
  • M.Sc. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, ’95-’97


Associate Professor  Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

Affiliated researcher, Research Center of the Saitne-Justine University Hospital

Scientific and Management Committees

  • Executive Committee Member, PRODIGY group-QUALITY study
  • Founding Executive Committee Member, CIRCUIT program
  • Committee Member, Obesity Committee, American Heart Association