Concordia University

Lisa Kakinami, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Research Member, PERFORM Centre
Cross-appointment, Psychology

Office: S-LB 927 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3397
Website(s): Full publication listing
Montreal Health Statistics Centre


Postdoctoral fellowship: McGill University
Ph.D. (Epidemiology):  University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, U.S.A.
B.A. (Psychology): University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Research activities

Research interests

My research falls into one of three domains within a broad overview of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk:
(1) health methodologies (validation)
(2) the environment (social and built) and health
(3) socioeconomic determinants of health

Keywords: biostatistics, epidemiological methods, longitudinal data, obesity and cardiovascular disease risk

Current projects

- Longitudinal association between parenting style and health risk
- Measurement uncertainty of the built environment
- Health consequences of weight intentions and weight history
- Longitudinal association between neighbourhood socioeconomic position and the built environment on future health 

Teaching activities


STAT 480/MAST 678: Statistical data analysis
MAST 333: Applied statistics

Student supervision

Currently recruiting:
Undergraduate honours students (Statistics and Psychology)
Science College students (SCOL 290/390/391/490 projects)
MSc and PhD students (Statistics, Psychology, and INDI)

Selection of recent publications (students supervised denoted with *)

Health methodologies (validation)

1.     van Rassel CR, Bewski NA, *O'Loughlin EK, Wright A, *Scheel DP, *Puig L, Kakinami L. Validity of electrical impedance myography to estimate percent body fat: comparison to bio-electrical impedance and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. (J Sports Med Phys Fitness, In press)

2.     Kakinami L, Henderson M, Chiolero A, Cole TJ, Paradis G. Identifying the best body mass index metric to assess adiposity change in children. Arch Dis Child. 2014;99(11):1020-4.

3.     Kakinami L, Séguin L, Lambert M, Gauvin L, Nikiema B, Paradis G. Comparison of three lifecourse models of poverty in predicting cardiovascular disease risk in youth. Ann Epidemol. 2013;23(8):485-91.

4.     Kakinami L, Henderson M, Delvin EE, Levy E, O’Loughlin J, Lambert M, Paradis G. Association between different growth curve definitions of overweight and obesity and cardiometabolic risk in children. CMAJ.2012;184(10):E539-50.

Environment (social/built) and health

1.     Ghenadenik A, Kakinami L, van Hulst A, Henderson M, Barnett T. Neighbourhoods and obesity: a longitudinal study of characteristics of the built environment and their association with adiposity outcomes in children in Montreal, Canada. Prev Med. 2018;111:35-40.

2.     Kakinami L, Serbin LA, StackDM, *Karmaker SC, Ledingham JE, Schwartzman AE. Neighbourhood disadvantage and behaviouiral problems during childhood and risk of cardiovascular disease and events from a prospective cohort. Prev Med Reports. 2017;5(8):294-300.

3.      Kakinami L, Barnett TA, Paradis G. Parenting style and obesity risk in children. Prev Med. 2015;75:18-22.

Socioeconomic status and health

1.      Kakinami L, *Wissa R, *Khan R, Paradis G, Barnett TA, Gauvin L. The association between income and leisure-time physical activity is moderated by utilitarian lifestyles: A nationally representative US population (NHANES 1999-2014). Prev. Med. 2018;113:147-152.

2.     Kakinami L, Gauvin L, Séguin, L, Lambert M, Nikiema B, Paradis G. Persistent and occasional poverty and children’s food consumption: evidence from a longitudinal Québec birth cohort. J Epidemiol Community Health.2014;68(10): 987-92.

3.     Kakinami L, Gauvin L, Barnett T, Paradis G. Trying to lose weight: the association of income and age to weight loss strategies in the US. Am J Prev Med. 2014;46(6):585-92.

4.     Kakinami L, Séguin L, Lambert M, Gauvin L, Nikiema B, Paradis G. Poverty’s latent effect on adiposity during childhood: evidence from a Québec birth cohort. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014;68(3):239-45.

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