Kim Raine


Dr. Kim Raine is Director of the Research Program Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER) and is a Professor at the Centre for Health Promotion Studies, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton. She received her PhD from Dalhousie University in Halifax and is a registered dietitian.

Dr. Raine’s research focuses on social determinants of health, qualitative and participatory methodologies in community health research, and theoretical contributions in a social change based approach to health promotion.

Dr. Raine is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/ Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) Chair in Applied Public Health and from 1999-2010, held Health & Senior Scholar awards from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. In 2001 she was named the recipient of the University of Alberta’s Martha Cook Piper Research Award (social sciences) for outstanding accomplishment and demonstrated promise as a researcher. She is a co-lead for the Alberta Policy Coalition for Cancer Prevention, a $1M innovative intervention funded by the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (Alberta Health Services), and a Director of Healthy Alberta Communities, a community-based project to prevent obesity and chronic diseases funded by Alberta Health and Wellness. From 2003-2008, she was Principal Investigator of a $1.4 million New Emerging Team grant, Promotion of Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER NET) funded by the CIHR/HSFC.

Dr. Raine is the Chair of the Science Committee of the Canadian Obesity Network and serves on the Scientific Council of the Danone Institute of Canada. Dr. Raine previously served on the Institutional Advisory Board of the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes of CIHR. She hasn’t decided if she wants to be a researcher or an activist when she grows up.

Dr. Raine is the proud mother of two wonderful sons, Corey and Dustin. She has completed 16 marathons and 2 Ironman triathlons. She doesn’t do anything that isn’t fun!