Nicole Obeid

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Nicole Obeid is an early-career applied developmental psychologist who currently holds the position of Lead for Research and Outcomes Management for the Eating Disorder Program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She is also a Clinical Investigator with the CHEO Research Institute and is an Adjunct professor with the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She has worked in the field of pediatric eating disorders for over a decade with interests in etiological and maintenance factors of eating disorders, treatment studies of youth with severe eating disorders, joint psychosocial developmental models of risk and protective factors for eating and weight related concerns, health systems research with a focus on early intervention, and applying patient-oriented research mechanisms to guide this work.

Research Projects

  1. 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.

  2. The impact of COVID-19 on adolescents with eating disorders: a cohort study


    Further research is required to better understand the impact of the pandemic on the clinical course and outcomes of EDs in adolescents.

  3. Cocreating research priorities for anorexia nervosa: The Canadian Eating Disorder Priority Setting Partnership


    This project, which closely followed the James Lind Alliance guidelines, solicited research priorities from the Canadian eating disorder community by means of a five‐step process including use of a survey, response collation, literature checking, interim ranking survey, and in‐person prioritization workshop.

  4. Characteristics and clinical trajectories of patients meeting criteria for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder that are subsequently reclassified as anorexia nervosa


    Prospective longitudinal research that utilizes ARFID‐specific as well as traditional eating disorder diagnostic measures is required to better understand how patients with restrictive eating disorders that deny fear of weight gain can be differentiated and best treated.

  5. 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.