Concordia University


Dr. Simon L Bacon, PhD, FTOS, FCCS, FABMR

Professor and CIHR SPOR Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials, Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

Office: L-SP 165-35 
Richard J. Renaud Science Complex,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5750
Website(s): Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre
International Behavioural Trials Network

Short Biography

Dr. Bacon's research deals with the impact of health behaviours and lifestyle (e.g., physical activity, diet, weight management, stress) on chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, cardiovascular disease, and chronic lung disease). He utilises multiple methodologies including epidemiological, psychophysiological, systematic review, and behavioural trials designs. Currently, Dr. Bacon is the CIHR SPOR Mentoring Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials and a fellow of the Obesity Society, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Prior to joining Concordia he completed his postdoctoral studies at the Duke University Medical Center, McGill University, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, and the Montreal Heart Institute. In addition to Concordia, Dr. Bacon is co-director of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (, a researcher at the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS-NIM:, and co-leads the International Behavioural Trials Network (


PhD (University of Birmingham), MSc (De Montfort University), BSc (Hons, University of Warwick)

Research interests

  • Behavioural (e.g., physical activity, weight management, stress management) interventions for chronic diseases
  • The epidemiological impact of health behaviours on chronic diseases
  • The role of acute stress (psychophysiology) in the progression of chronic disease
  • The impact of sex and gender on chronic diseases.
  • Bariatric care and surgery
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases
  • Patient-oriented, patient-participatory, and integrated knowledge translation
  • Systematic reviews

Teaching activities


EXCI 250: Research Methods and Statistics
EXCI 420: Physical Activity Epidemiology
EXCI 610: Statistics and Research Design

Information for Graduate Students

Students wishing to pursue graduate studies under Dr. Bacon should first read the following documents.

Graduate Student General Information

Expectations of the Graduate Student

Research activities

Current funders

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
Fonds de recherche du Quebec - Sante (FRQS)
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)


Please see my CV for an up-to-date list of publications.

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