Kim Raine, PhD, RD, FCAHS

Professor Phased Post Retirement, School of Public Health


Professor Phased Post Retirement, School of Public Health



My research program, Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER) explores the social and environmental determinants of the emerging obesity epidemic. My team’s research explores the ways in which social conditions and people’s behaviours (particularly food and eating behaviours) interact to transmit obesity and chronic diseases through social means.

Although my expertise is primarily in qualitative methods, such as ethnography, I collaborate with colleagues who bring diverse quantitative methods to the team, so that we are able to explore how social factors such as policies, commercialization of food, and the built environment of communities where people live may invisibly structure people’s choices.

With knowledge of how social forces may be shaping the health of people and communities, my current research priorities are on intervening on the social conditions contributing to obesity and chronic diseases. My contribution to intervention development and evaluation includes conducting large-scale, community-based and population policy-level health promotion initiatives to address chronic disease prevention.

My philosophy has always been to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and this can best be accomplished if stakeholders are made aware of the relationships demonstrated through research initiatives and stimulated to act on them. Therefore, a priority of all of my research endeavors is an integration of practitioners and policy decision-makers into the research/ intervention team to facilitate rapid action.


PhD, Dalhousie University, 1993 

MA, Mount Saint Vincent University, 1988 

RD, Victoria General Hospital, 1983 

BSc, Mount Saint Vincent University, 1982


Distinguished Professor, University of Alberta, 2019

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS), 2012

Applied Public Health Chair, Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 2008 – 2013 

Health Senior Scholar, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2005 – 2010 

Health Scholar, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2000 - 2004


Not accepting students. 

Scholarly Activities

Research - Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention

Co-principal Investigator 
funded by Heart and Stroke Foundation

Research - Benchmarking Food Environments

Principal Investigator

Funded by Alberta Innovates (Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity)

Featured Publications

A Nutrition Report Card on food environments for children and youth: 5 years of experience from Canada

Ferdinands, A. R., Olstad, D. L., Milford, K. M., Maximova, K., Nykiforuk, C. I., & Raine, K. D.

Public Health Nutrition. 2020 May; 21 (12):2088-99

Raine KD, Plotnikoff R, Schopflocher D, Lytvyak E, Nykiforuk CIJ, Storey K, Ohinmaa A, Purdy L, Veugelers P, Wild TC.

Preventive Medicine. 2013 January;

Kongats, K., McGetrick, J., Raine, K., Voyer, C., & Nykiforuk, C.

Public Health Nutrition.

Kim D. Raine, PhD, RD; Kayla Atkey, MSc; Dana Lee Olstad, PhD, RD; Alexa R. Ferdinands, BSc, RD; Dominique Beaulieu, PhD, RN; Susan Buhler, MSc, RD; Norm Campbell, CM, MD, FRCPC; Brian Cook, PhD; Mary L'Abbé, PhD; Ashley Lederer, MS, RDN; David Mowat, MBChB, MPH, FRCPC; Joshna Maharaj; Candace Nykiforuk, PhD; Jacob Shelley, LLM, SJD; Jacqueline Street, PhD

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice. 38 (1):1-12