Éric Doucet


Éric Doucet
Full Professor

2001, Ph.D., Physiology & Endocrinology, Université Laval
1997, M.Sc., Kinesiology, Université Laval
1991, B.Sc., Physical Education, Université de Moncton

Room: Lees E023
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 7364
Work E-mail: edoucet@uottawa.ca

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Eric Doucet is an expert in the study and treatment of obesity and its associated complications. He is full professor at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physiology and Endocrinology at Université Laval in Québec City in 2001. His undergraduate and masters training focused on nutrition and physical activity. His current research program focuses specifically on understanding the contribution of certain physiological and endocrine factors to obesity. He is also interested in the effects of nutrition, eating behaviour and physical activity on energy balance. He has published articles in refereed journals, such as the International Journal of Obesity, Obesity Research, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and nutrition journals, such as the British Journal of Nutrition and European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Research Interests

  • Treatment and prevention of obesity
  • Physiology and endocrinology of obesity
  • Effects of exercise on the energy balance
  • Acute and chronic effects of energy restriction
  • Effects of weight loss
  • Eating behaviour and obesity
  • Energy balance and various nutritional factors


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • McNeil, J., Forest, G., Finlayson, G., Blundell, J.E. and Doucet, É.  The effects of partial sleep restriction and altered sleep timing on appetite and food reward (2016). Appetite. Nov 17. pii: S0195-6663(16)30784-X. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.11.020. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Thivel, D. Doucet, É., Julian, V., Cardenoux, C., Boirie, Y. and Duclos, M. Nutritional compensation to exercise- vs. diet-induced acute energy deficit in adolescents with obesity (2016). Physiology & Behavior. 2016 Nov 2. pii: S0031-9384(16)30726-0. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.10.022. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Lafrenière, J., Prud’homme, D., Strychar, I., Brochu, M., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Lavoie, J.-M. and Doucet, É. Energy density is not a consistent correlate of adiposity in women during the menopausal transition (2016). Canadian Journal of Dietetic Research and Practice. Oct 25:1-6.
  • Painchaud-Guérard, G., Lemieux, S., Doucet, É., Pomerleau, S. and Provencher, V. Influence of Nutrition Claims on Appetite Sensations according to Sex, Weight Status, Restrained Eating and Experiences with Food (2016). Journal of Obesity. Volume 2016. Article ID 9475476. 10 pages.
  • Razmjou, S., Prud’homme, D., Doucet, É., Rabassa-Lhoret, R., Fellahi, S., Lavoie, J.-M. and Bastard, J.-P. Effect of the Menopause Transition and Physical Activity Energy Expenditure on Inflammatory Markers: A MONET Group Study (2016). Menopause. Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print].
  • McNeil, J., Doucet, É., Brunet, J.F., Jaeger Hintze, L., Maitland, R., Chaumont, I., Langlois, É.J., Riopel, A. and Forrest, G. The effects of partial sleep restriction combined with altered sleep timing on appetite, energy intake and physical activity energy expenditure (2016). Physiology & Behavior. 164 (October) Part A : 157-163.
  • Rajkumar, A., Lamothe, G., Bolongo, P., Harper, M.-E., Adamo, K., Doucet, É., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Prud'Homme, D. and Tesson, F. Acyl-CoA Synthetase Long Chain 5 genotype is associated with response to lifestyle modifications (2016). BMC Medical Genetics. Aug 11;17(1):56.
  • Abdulnour, J., Stacey, D., Dionne, I.J., Brochu, M., Doucet, É. and Prud'homme, D. Vasomotor Symptoms and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Menopausal Women. A MONET Group Study (2016). Climacteric. Aug;19(4):381-6.
  • Abdulnour, J., Doucet, É., Boulay, P., Brochu, M., Rabasa-Lhoret, R. and Prud'homme, D.  Influence of Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Physical Activity Levels on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors during Menopause Transition: A MONET (2016). Preventive Medicine Reports. Jun 29;4:277-82.
  • Abdulnour, J., Lacroix, M.-N., Boulay, P., Doucet, É., Brochu, M., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Lavoie, J.-M. and Prud'homme, D. Exercise Blood Pressure Response and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Middle Aged Women: A MONET Group Study (2016) World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases. 6, 157-165.
  • Cameron, J.D., Goldfield, G.S., Finlayson, G., Blundell, J.E. and Doucet, É.  Energy depletion by diet or aerobic exercise alone: impact of energy deficit modality on appetite parameters (2016). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Apr;103(4):1008-16.
  • Carbonneau, É., Drapeau, V., Perron, J., Lamarche, B., Doucet, É., Pomerleau, S., Provencher, V. Impact of nutritional labelling on ten days caloric intake, appetite perceptions and attitudes towards food (2015). British Journal of Nutrition. Dec;114(12):2138-47.
  • Normandin, È., Doucet, É., Rabasa-Lhoret, R. and Brochu, M. Effects of a weight loss program on body composition and the metabolic profile in obese menopausal women displaying various obesity phenotypes: A MONET group study (2015). Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 40(7):695-702.
  • Riou, M.-È., Rioux, F., Lamothe, G. and Doucet, É. Validation and reproducibility of a method to measure the time spent performing different activities (2015). PlosOne. 8 :10 (6):e0128299.
  • Riou, M.-È., Jomphe-Tremblay, S., Stacey, D. and Doucet, É. Predictors of energy compensation during exercise interventions - A systematic review analysis. (2015). Nutrients. 7(5) : 3677-3704.
  • McNeil, J., Cadieux, S., Finalyson, G., Blundell, J.E. and Doucet, É. Decreases in sleep duration and earlier wake-time are related to increased food reward.  Journal of Sleep Research (2015). 24(3):346-50.
  • McNeil, J., Schwartz, A., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Lavoie, J.-M., Brochu, M. and Doucet, É. Changes in leptin and peptide YY do not explain the greater than predicted decreases in resting energy expenditure following weight loss (2015). Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 100(3):E443-52.
  • Myette-Côté, É., Doucet, É., Prud’homme, D., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Lavoie, J.-M. and Brochu, M. Changes in glucose disposal after a caloric restriction-induced weight loss program in obese postmenopausal women: characteristics of positive and negative responders: A MONET study (2015). Menopause. 22(1):96-103.
  • McNeil, J., Cadieux, S., Finalyson, G., Blundell, J.E. and Doucet, É. The effects of a single bout of aerobic or resistance exercise on food reward (2015). Appetite. 84: 264-270.
  • McNeil, J., Mamlouk, M.M., Duval, K., Schwartz, A and Doucet, É. Alterations in metabolic profile occur in normal-weight and obese men during the Ramadan fast despite no changes in anthropometry (2014). Journal of Obesity. Volume 2014, Article ID 482547, 9 pages.
  • McNeil, J., Prud’homme, D., Strychar, I., Rabassa-Lhoret, R., Brochu, M., Lavoie, J.-M. and Doucet, É. The satiety quotient is related to energy intake and changes in anthropometric variables during the menopause transition. A MONET Group Study (2014) Climacteric. 17:449–455.
  • Cadieux, S., McNeil, J., Lapierre, M., Riou, M.-È. and Doucet, É. Resistance and aerobic exercises do not affect post-exercise energy compensation in lean men and women (2014). Physiology & Behavior. 130: 113-119.
  • Adamo, K.B., Wilson, S.L., Ferraro, Z.M., Hadjiyannakis, S., Doucet, É. and Goldfield, G.S. Appetite sensations, appetite signaling proteins and glucose in obese adolescents with subclinical binge eating disorder (2014). ISRN Obesity. Mar 11;2014:312826. doi: 10.1155/2014/312826. eCollection 2014.
  • Saunders, T.J., Chaput, J.-P., Goldfield, G.S., Colley, R.C., Kenny, G.P., Doucet, É., Tremblay, M.S. Children and youth do not compensate for an imposed bout of prolonged sitting by reducing subsequent food intake or increasing physical activity levels: a randomised cross-over study (2014). British Journal of Nutrition. 111(4):747-54.
  • Duval, K., Riou, M.E., Prud’homme, D., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Strychar, I, Brochu, M., Lavoie, J.-M. and Doucet, É. Effects of the Menopausal Transition on Dietary Intake and Appetite. A MONET Group Study (2014). European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 68(2):271-276.
  • Riou, M.-È., Brochu, M., Prud’homme, D., Rabasa-Lhoret, R. and Doucet, É. Light physical activity is a better determinant of lower adiposity during the menopausal transition (2014). Climacteric. 17(1):79-86.
  • Cameron, J.D., Goldfield, G.S., Finlayson, G., Blundell, J.E. and Doucet, É. Fasting for 24 hours heightens reward from food and food-related cue (2014). Plos One. 9 (1): e85970.
  • McNeil, J., Drapeau, V., Gallant, A.R., Tremblay, A., Doucet, É. and Chaput, J.-P. Short Sleep Duration is Associated with a Lower Satiety Quotient in Overweight Men (2013). European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 67(12):1328-1330.
  • Saunders, T.J., Chaput, J.-P., Goldfield, G.S., Colley, R.C., Kenny, G.P., Doucet, É. and Tremblay, M.S. Prolonged sitting and markers of cardiometabolic risk in children and youth (2013). Metabolism, 62 (10): 1423-1428.
  • Mauriège, P., Imbeault, P., Doucet, É., Lacaille, M., Langin, D., Alméras, N., J.-P. and Tremblay, A. Weight loss and regain in obese individuals: a link with adipose tissue metabolism indices? (2013) Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry. 69:497-505.
  • Tremblay, A., Royer, M.-M. Chaput, J.-P. and Doucet, É. Adaptive thermogenesis can make a difference in the ability of obese individuals to lose body weight (2013). International Journal of Obesity, 37: 759-764.
  • Goldfield, G.S., Dowler, L., Walker, M., Cameron, J.D., Ferraro, Z.M., Doucet, É., Adamo, K.B. Are Dopamine-Related Genotypes Risk factors for Excessive Gestational Weight Gain? (2013).  International Journal of Women’s Health, 5: 253-259.
  • Reed, J., Chaput, J,-P., Tremblay, A. and Doucet, É. The maintenance of energy balance is compromised after weight loss (2013). Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37: 121-127.
  • McNeil, J., Doucet, É. and Chaput J.-P. Inadequate sleep as a contributor to obesity and type 2 diabetes (2013). Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37: 103-108.
  • Duval, K., Riou, M.E., Prud’homme, D., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Strychar, I, Brochu, M., Lavoie, J.-M. and Doucet, É. Effects of the Menopausal Transition on Energy Expenditure: A MONET group Study (2013). European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 67 : 407-411.
  • McNeil, J., Cameron, D.J., Finlayson, G., Blundell, J.E. and Doucet, É. Greater olfactory sensitivity and explicit wanting for high fat foods during the mid-luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (2013). Physiology & Behavior. 12–113 (6) : 84-89.
  • Lavoie, M.-E., Faraj, M., Strychar, I., Doucet, É., Brochu, M., Lavoie, J.-M. and Rabasa-Lhoret, R. Synergistic effects of physical activity and diet quality on cardiometabolic risk factors in overweight and obese postmenopausal women (2013). British Journal of Nutrition. 109 (4) : 605–614.
  • St-Onge, M., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Strychar, I., Faraj, M., Doucet, É. and Lavoie, J.-M. Impact of energy restriction with or without resistance training on energy metabolism in postmenopausal overweight and obese women. A MONET study (2013). Menopause. 20 (2):194-201.
  • Cameron, J.D., Riou, M., Tesson, F., Goldfield, G.S., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Brochu, M., Doucet, É. The TaqIA RFLP is associated with attenuated intervention-induced body weight loss and increased carbohydrate intake in post-menopausal obese women, (2013). Appetite, 60:111-116.
  • Thivel, D., Aucouturier, J., Doucet, É., Saunders, T.J., Chaput, J-P., Daily energy balance in children and adolescents: Does energy expenditure predict subsequent energy intake? (2013). Appetite, 60 : 58-64.
  • Schwartz, A., Kuk, J.L., Lamothe, G. and Doucet, É. Greater than predicted decrease in resting energy expenditure and weight loss: Results from a systematic review (2012). Obesity. 11: 2307-10.
  • Gravel, K., Doucet, É., Herman, C.P., Pomerleau, S., Bourlaud, A.-S. and Provencher, V. "Healthy," "Diet," or "Hedonic": How nutrition claims affect food-related perceptions and intake?" (2012) Appetite. 59: 877-884.
  • McNeil, J., Riou, M.-E., Razmjou, S., Cadieux, S. and Doucet, É. Validation of a food menu to measure energy and macronutrient intake in a laboratory and under real-life conditions (2012). British Journal of Nutrition. 108 :1316–1324.
  • Chaput, J.-P., Doucet, É. and Tremblay, A. Obesity: a disease or a biological adaptation? An update (2012). Obesity Reviews. 13:681-91.
  • Abdulnour, J., Doucet, É., Brochu, M., Lavoie, J.-M., Strychar, I., Rabasa-Lhoret, R. and Prud'homme, D. The Effect of Menopausal Transition on Body Composition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors (2012). Menopause. 19:760-767.
  • McNeil, J. and Doucet, É. Possible factors for altered energy balance across the menstrual cycle: A closer look at the severity of PMS, reward driven behaviors and leptin variations (2012). European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. 163: 5–10.
  • - Chaput, J.-P., Doyon, C., McNeil, J., Doucet, É. and Tremblay, A. Influence of Sleeping Habits on Adaptive Thermogenesis during Weight Loss in Adults (2012). Bioenergetics. Open Access 1:103. doi:10.4172/beg.1000103.
  • Cameron, J.D., Goldfield, G.S. and Doucet, É. Fasting for 24 hours improves nasal chemosensory performance and food hedonics in a related manner (2012). Appetite. 58: 978–981.
  • Fortier, M.S., Hogg, W., O’Sullivan, T.S., Blanchard, C., Sigal, R.J., Reid, R.D., Boulay, P., Doucet, É., and Bisson, É.  Impact of Integrating a Physical Activity Counselor into the Primary Health Care Team: Main Outcomes of the Physical Activity Counseling Trial (2011). Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 36: 503-14.
  • Brosseau, L., Wells, G.A., Tugwell, P., Egan, M., Dubouloz, C.-J., Casimiro, J.,  Bugnariu, N., , Welch, V. A., Francoeur, L.,  Milne, S., Loew, L., McEwan, J.,    Messier S.P., Doucet, É., Kenny, G.P., Prud’homme, D., Lineker, S., Bell, M., Poitras, S., Finestone, H. M.  Laferrière, L., Haines-Wangda, A., Russell-Doreleyers, M., Lambert, K. Ottawa Panel Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Management of Osteoarthritis in obese and overweight adults (2011). Physical Therapy. 91: 843-861.
  • Drapeau, S., Doucet, É., Rabassa, R., Brochu, M., Prud’homme, D. and Imbeault, P. Improvement of insulin sensitivity following weight loss does not affect the reduction of total and high molecular weight adiponectin levels induced by hyperinsulinemia (2011). Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 36: 191-200.
  • Doyon, C.Y., Brochu, M, Messier, V., Lavoie, M.-E., Faraj, M., Doucet, É., Rutamucero, N., Rabasa-Lhoret, R. and Dionne, I.J. Association between abdominal adipose tissue by DXA, subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue by CT before and after weight loss in postmenopausal women: a MONET study (2011). Journal of Obesity. Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 239516, 6 pages.
  • Willbond, S.M. and Doucet, É. Individually timing high-protein preloads has no effect on daily energy intake, Peptide YY and GLP-1 (2011). European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 65: 55-62.
  • Riou, M.-E., Doucet, É., Provencher, V., Weisnagel, S.J., Piché M.-E.,  Dubé M.-C., Bergeron, J. and Lemieux, S. Physical activity level influences the associations between eating behaviors and body mass index in healthy postmenopausal women (2011). Journal of Obesity. Volume 2011, Article ID 465710, 9 pages.

Book Chapters

  • McNeil, J., Cameron, J. D. and Doucet, É. No changes in energy intake, resting and physical activity energy expenditure, or food reinforcement across the menstrual cycle, Pages 121-138. In: Menstrual cycle: signs and symptoms, psychological/behavioral changes and abnormalities (2013). Ed. Gosselin, M. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA.
  • McNeil, J., Chaput J.-P., Forest, G. and Doucet, É. Altered energy balance in response to sleep restriction, Pages 105-119. In: Hormones and Behavior (2013). Ed. Simonsen, D. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA.
  • McNeil, J., Doucet, É. and Chaput J.-P. Sleep, sedentary activity and weight gain, Pages 211-213. In: Handbook of Nutrition, Diet and Sleep (2013). Eds. Preedy VR, Patel VB, Le LA. Wageningen Academic Publishers. Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Duval, K. and Doucet, É. Eating frequency and anthropometry. Chapter 178, Pages 2837-2871. In: Handbook of Anthropometry: Physical Measures of Human Form in Health and Disease (2012). Ed. Preedy, V.R. Springer, London, UK.
  • Riou, M.-È. and Doucet, É. Effects of Structured Exercise on Non-Structured Physical Activity and Food Intake: Can Compensation Limit Weight Loss? Pages 29-68. In: Weight Change: Patterns, Risks and Psychosocial Effects (2011). Eds. Gouveia, C. and Melo, D. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge New York, USA.
  • Cameron, J.D. and Doucet, É. Reinforcement and food hedonics: A look at how energy deprivation impacts food reward, Part 24, Pages 2285-2305. In: Handbook of Behavior, Food and Nutrition (2011), Eds. Preedy, V.R., Watson, R.R. and Martin, C.R. Springer, London, UK.
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