Women's College Research Institute

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Valerie Taylor, MD, PhD

Ajunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute

Dr. Valerie Taylor’s academic focus is on obesity, metabolic syndrome and mental health in both adults and children. She is interested in the developmental origins and common pathophysiology of obesity, diabetes and depression, the concept of food addiction and the impact of pharmacotherapy on weight and behaviour.

By examining the complex relationships between mental health, obesity and chronic disease, Dr. Taylor’s research seeks to understand why people with mental illness are likely to die 15 years younger than the average lifespan. With this information, she is committed to creating more evidence-based tools that help people to manage their weight effectively, and in a way that is safe and healthy for their minds and bodies.

In addition to leading and co-authoring numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, Dr. Taylor is the author of The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Weight Management: A Step by Step Program for Real People.


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PhD, Medical Science, McMaster University, 2008

MD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1999

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Faculty of Psychiatry and Behavioural

Neuroscience, McMaster University, 2006-2008

Areas of Interest

Mood disorders

Chronic mental illness


Emotional eating

Weight loss


Cardiovascular illness

Early health determinants

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)