Tamara Cohen

Tamara Cohen

Director of Dietetics
Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health

Investigator, Healthy Starts, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

604 827-0362


FNH 218, 2205 East Mall

UBC Dietetics Major, Cohen Lab Website

PhD McGill University- Area of Focus: Childhood Obesity Family-Based Lifestyle Intervention

MSc McGill University - Area of Focus: Lifestyle Behaviours during Pregnancy

BSc (Dietetics Major) - McGill University

My broad research interests lie in understanding the interplay between different lifestyle behaviours, in particular eating behaviours, as they relate to weight management. My research is patient-oriented and always involves dietitians in the forefront of lifestyle interventions. I work with different populations, including adults living with an overweight condition or obesity and adolescents living with severe obesity. I am also interested in studying different methods of dietary assessment that include mobile applications.

FNH 380- Professional Practice (Dietetics)

  • 2021 CIHR Early Career Research Award in Maternal and Child Health
  • 2021 UBC Research Excellence Cluster Award
  • 2020 SSRHC Insight Development Grant
  • 2020 UBC SPARC Hampton Award
  • 2019 PERFORM Centre Multidisciplinary Research Award, Concordia University
  • 2018 R. Howard Webster Foundation
  • 2012 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fredrick Banting and Charles Best Doctoral Research Award (PhD)
  • 2013 GREAT Travel Award, School Human Nutrition, McGill University (PhD)
  • 2012 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award, McGill University (PhD)
  • 2014 Walter M. Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship in Agriculture, McGill University (PhD)
  • 2010 Provost Graduate Fellowship, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University (PhD)
  • 2009 Applied Population and Public Health Master’s Research Award from the Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Government of Canada (MSc)
  • 2005 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Summer Student Award (BSc)

Undergraduate volunteer or Graduate Students: If you are interested in applied human-nutrition research that is dietetic practice focused, please do not hesitate to contact me (tamara.cohen@ubc.ca). In your email, please include your CV and a brief description of your research interests or intentions to volunteer in my lab.