Annick Buchholz

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Buchholz is a clinical psychologist and lead in outcomes management and research at the Centre for Healthy Active Living (CHAL); she is a clinical investigator with the Ready, Set, GO research team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and an adjunct research professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. 

Dr. Buchholz is a co-investigator on the REAL study, ‘Research on Eating and Adolescent Lifestyles’, an Ottawa-based longitudinal study examining shared risk factors between eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Buchholz is involved as a co-investigator in several national multisite studies related to pediatric obesity, including the CANadian Pediatric Weight management Registry (CANPWR).  She advocates and is involved in research related to social determinants of health, weight bias and discrimination, Health At Every Size (HAES), mental health, body image, and psychosocial clinical outcomes.

Research Projects

  1. Individual and family characteristics associated with health indicators at entry into multidisciplinary pediatric weight management: Findings from the CANadian Pediatric Weight management Registry (CANPWR)


    This highlights the importance of these modifiable health behaviors on multiple health indicators in children with obesity.

  2. Examining the Bidirectional Association Between Body Esteem and Body Mass Index During Adolescence


    The decreasing trajectory of body esteem over time suggests the need for prevention efforts to improve body esteem throughout adolescence.

  3. Development of the Ottawa Disordered Eating Screen for Youth: The ODES-Y


    Our findings suggest that the index test has utility as a short and accurate screening tool for earlier detection of disordered eating thoughts and behaviors in youth.

  4. Health trajectories of children with severe obesity attending a weight management program


    Findings highlight the need to examine both mental and physical health outcomes beyond 1 year.

  5. Effects of weight teasing and gender on body esteem in youth: A longitudinal analysis from the REAL study


    Results suggest the weight teasing sources’ gender may differentially impact the victims’ body esteem, and highlights the need to consider these factors in weight teasing prevention strategies.