Michelle Mottola, PhD, FACSM


  • MSc, PhD (Alberta)
  • BSc (Western University)

Academic Appointments

  • Joint appointment - Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Integrative Biosciences

Research Interests

  • Effects of maternal exercise on carbohydrate metabolism and fetal outcome
  • Effects of nutritional intake and maternal exercise on gestational diabetes
  • Prevention of childhood obesity through early intervention during pregnancy and post delivery
  • Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for overweight and obese pregnant women
  • Be Healthy In Pregnancy (B-HIP) with Nutrition and Exercise (with McMaster University)
  • Stroller walking program for postpartum women for safe weight loss after delivery
  • Effects of a bed-rest-exercise intervention on hospitalized high risk pregnant women

Additional Information

Recent Publications

A comprehensive list of publications is available through Google Scholar.

Research Affiliations

Teaching Areas

  • Cadaver human anatomy
  • Impact of exercise during pregnancy on chronic disease risk


  • Fellow, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - 2020
  • Recognition of Excellence in Teaching in Faculty of Health Sciences – 2011-2012
  • University Student’s Council Honour Roll Award of Excellence for Teaching – 2010-11
  • Recognition for Outstanding Teaching in the Faculty of Health Sciences - 2009-10
  • YMCA-YWCA London 2009 Women of Distinction - Nominee

Professional Activities

  • Scientist – Children’s Health Research Institute
  • Invited Guest Editor. Journal of Pregnancy. Pregnancy and lifestyle – short and long-term effects on health (special issue) - 2013.
  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine