Reid, Robert

Robert Reid, PhD, is Deputy Division Head, Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and a Full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Reid leads the Ottawa region strategic research Innovation Cluster on Behavioural and Environmental Interventions and Personal and Community Cardiovascular Health.


Dr. Reid obtained his PhD in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo in 1997 following an MBA in Marketing from the University of Ottawa in 1990. He is one of Canada’s leading health behaviour change experts, particularly concerning smoking cessation, physical activity promotion, dietary change and cardiovascular rehabilitation.

Dr. Reid’s research is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative, the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, the Change Foundation, and Health Canada. 

He is the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation 20th Anniversary Research Leadership Award recipient. He was also awarded the Investigator of the Year (Clinical Science) award in 2011.  In addition, he is a past recipient of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s New Investigator Award. In 2009, he delivered the prestigious 17th Annual Terry Kavanagh Lecture at the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation symposium. In 2006, he was awarded the James Hogg Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute for Circulatory and Respiratory Health for his contributions to clinical and population health research.

Dr. Reid's many leadership roles include, but are not limited to: Board of Directors, Ottawa Health Services Network, Inc.; Founding Member, Champlain Cardiovascular Prevention Network; Member, Smoke-Free Ontario, Smoking Cessation Task Group; Past-President, Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation; Member, Internal Scientific Advisory Committee, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Member, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities Team Grant Review Committee; Member, Regional Cancer Program Smoking Cessation Steering Committee, Cancer Care Ontario; Member, Ontario Research Advisory Committee, Heart and Stroke Foundation; Ottawa Region for Advanced Cardiovascular Research Excellence (ORACLE) Strategic Implementation Committee; Chair, Scientific Oversight Committee for the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds Initiative, Heart and Stroke Foundation; Member, Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Committee, to provide scientific research, evidence, and guidance to support the update of the Smoke-Free Ontario report Evidence to Guide Action: Comprehensive Tobacco Control in Ontario (2010); Member, Health Research Training A – Post-PhD (HTA) Awards Committee, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Research and clinical interests


The overall aim of Dr. Reid's research is to improve the quality and efficiency of chronic disease prevention and management programs. Over the past 10 years, his research group has focused on three main themes: 1) developing systematic approaches to smoking cessation in clinical practice settings; 2) promoting exercise and physical activity in patients with heart disease; and 3) examining the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of different models of delivering primary and secondary prevention services. More recently, the group has taken on the challenge of how best to reduce risk and prevent heart disease in the family members of patients with diagnosed heart disease.


See current publications list at PubMed.

Selected publications:

  1. Stephanie A. Prince, Travis J. Saunders, Katelin Gresty, Robert D. Reid.  A comparison of the effectiveness of physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in reducing sedentary time in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled trialsObesity Reviews 2014; 15(11):905-19.
  2. Kerri Anne Mullen; Douglas Coyle; Douglas Manuel; Hai V Nguyen; Ba' Pham; Andrew L Pipe; Robert D. Reid.  Cost-utility analysis of a hospital-initiated intervention for smokers with chronic disease in Ontario, Canada.  Tobacco Control 2014; Jun 16.
  3. Robert D. Reid, Lisa McDonnell, Dana Riley, Amy Mark, Lori Mosca, Louise Gagne, Sophia Papadakis, Chris Blanchard, Heidi Mochari-Greenberger, Patricia O’Farrell, George Wells, Monika Slovinec D’Angelo, Andrew L. Pipe.  Effect of an Intervention to Improve the Cardiovascular Health of Family Members of Patients with Heart Disease:  A Randomized Trial Can Med Assoc J 2014; 186(1):23-30.
  4. Jennifer Reed, Alan Gervais, Robert D. Reid.  Five things to know about electronic (e) cigarettesCan Med Assoc J 2013; 185(16):1427.
  5. Marja-Leena Keast, Monika Slovinec D’Angelo, Chantal Nelson, Scott E Turcotte, Lisa McDonnell, Rebecca Nadler, Jennifer Reed, Andrew L Pipe and Robert D Reid. Randomized trial of Nordic walking in patients with moderate to severe heart failureCan J Cardiol 2013; 29(11):1470-6.
  6. Robert D. Reid, Louise I. Morrin, Louise J. Beaton, Sophia Papadakis, Jana Kocourek, Lisa McDonnell, Monika E. Slovinec D’Angelo, Heather Tulloch, Neville Suskin, Karen Unsworth, Chris Blanchard, Andrew L. Pipe.  Randomized trial of an internet-based computer tailored expert system for physical activity in patients with heart disease European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 2012; 19(6):1357-64.
  7. Robert D. Reid, Louise I. Morrin, Lyall A.J. Higginson, Andreas Wielgosz, Chris Blanchard, Louise J. Beaton, Chantal Nelson, Lisa McDonnell, Neil Oldridge, George A. Wells, Andrew L. Pipe.  Randomized trial of motivational counseling for physical activity in patients with coronary artery disease not participating in cardiac rehabilitationEur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil 2012; 19(2):161-6.
  8. Robert D. Reid, Heather Tulloch, Ronald J. Sigal, Glen P. Kenny, Lisa McDonnell, Michelle Fortier, George A. Wells, Normand Boule, Penny Phillips.  Effects of Aerobic Exercise, Resistance Exercise, or Both on Patient-Reported Health Status and Well-being in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomised TrialDiabetologia, 2010; 53(4): 632-40.
  9. Robert D. Reid, Andrew L. Pipe, Kerri-Anne Mullen, Monika Slovinec D’Angelo, Debbie Aitken, Sophia Papadakis.  Smoking Cessation for Hospitalized Smokers: An Evaluation of the “Ottawa Model.”  Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2010; 12(1):11-18.  
  10. Robert D. Reid, Louise I. Morrin, Andrew L. Pipe, William A. Dafoe, Lyall A.J. Higginson, Andreas T. Wielgosz, Paul W. McDonald, Ron C. Plotnikoff, Kerry S. Courneya, Neil B. Oldridge, Louise J. Beaton, Sophia Papadakis, Monika E. Slovinec D’Angelo, Heather E. Tulloch, Chris M. Blanchard. Physical activity following hospitalization for coronary artery disease: The Tracking Exercise After Cardiac Hospitalization (TEACH) StudyEuropean J Cardiovasc Prev Rehab 2006;13(4):529-37.