School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Dr Nicola Paine PhD

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Lecturer in Health Psychology

Dr Nicola Paine completed her BSc (Hons) and PhD in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham between 2006-2013. After this, she completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at Duke University, and in Montreal in the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia University and the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre, within the Research Centre in the Hôptial du Sacré Coeur de Montréal. She then joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences as part of the Excellence 100 scheme.

Dr Paine’s research examines the impact of psychological stress on the development of chronic diseases, with a specific interest in understanding the role of and interactions between health behaviours (e.g., physical activity and exercise, smoking, diet) and physiological dysregulation in the context of psychological stress and chronic disease development and progression. Currently, her research is focussed primarily on cardiovascular and respiratory disease development and outcomes. Her work utilises an inter-disciplinary approach encompassing epidemiology, experimental laboratory-based acute stress (both exercise stress and mental stress) testing, and intervention work to investigate these interests.



Selected Funding


Bacon S.L., Alberga A., Gagnon-Chauvin A., Julien C., Langlois S., Lavoie K.L., Paine N.J., Presseau J., Szczepanik G. Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials $1.8million CAD, (2017-2022). Funder: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), in partnership with Canadian Diabetes Association, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN)


Personal Fellowship Awards:

2016-2017 – Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (including $10,000 CAD research funds)

2014-2016 – Fonds de recherché Quebec –Santé (FRQ-S) Postdoctoral Fellowship

Nicola regularly reviews papers for leading scientific journals in her field and is a member of conference scientific committees. She also presents her work at international conferences, for which she has received a variety of national awards including Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada Graduate Research Award (2015), being a finalist at the Student Research Symposium, Canadian Psychological Association (Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Section) (2015), receiving the Best Poster Award, Canadian Respiratory Conference (2015). This is in addition to various institutional awards. 


Selected Invited Presentations

Paine N.J. (2017). Exercise training and inflammation in asthma patients: a randomized control trial. International Conference on the Evidence of Non-Pharmacological Interventions Efficacy, Montpellier, France, May 2017.

Paine N.J. (2016). Increased cardiovascular fitness is associated with reduced risk of hypertension onset. Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Meeting (Canadian Cardiovascular Congress), Montreal, Canada, October 2016.

Paine N.J. (2016) The impact of Anxiety Sensitivity in asthma patients with panic disorder on respiratory response to a standard panic (CO2) challenge. Society of Behavioural Medicine Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA, April 2016.

  • Lavoie K.L., Paine N.J., Pelletier R., Arsenault A., Diodati J.G., Campbell T.S., Pilote L. & Bacon S.L. Prospective impact of antidepressant medication on 8.8 year risk for major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with and without cardiovascular disease: does sex matter? Accepted, Health Psychology.
  •  Sherwood A., Hill L.K., Blumenthal J.A., Adams K.F., Paine N.J., Koch G.G., O'Connor C.M. Johnson K.S. & Hinderliter A.L. Blood Pressure Reactivity to Psychological Stress is Associated with Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Heart Failure. American Heart Journal, 191, 82-90, doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2017.07.003
  • Paine N.J., Hinderliter A.L., Blumenthal J.A., Adams Jr. K.F., Sueta C. Chang P.P., O’Connor C.M. & Sherwood A (2016). Reactive Hyperemia is Associated with Adverse Clinical Outcomes in Heart Failure. American Heart Journal, 178: 108-114. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2016.05.008
  •  Paine N.J., Watkins, L.L., Blumenthal, J.A., Kuhn, C.M., & Sherwood, A. (2015). The associations between depression and anxiety symptoms and 24 hour urinary catecholamine excretion Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(2):136-44. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000144.
  •  Paine N.J., Ring C., Bosch J.A., Aldred, S., Drayson M.T., & Veldhuijzen van Zanten J.J.C.S. (2014). Vaccine-induced inflammation attenuates the vascular responses to mental stress. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93(3):340-348. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.06.016.
  •  Paine N.J., Ring C., Bosch J.A., Drayson M.T., & Veldhuijzen van Zanten J.J.C.S. (2013). The time course of the inflammatory response to Salmonella typhi vaccination. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 30, 73-79. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2013.01.004
  •  Paine N.J., Ring C., Bosch J.A., Aldred, S., Wadley A.J., & Veldhuijzen van Zanten J.J.C.S. (2013). Eccentric-exercise induced inflammation attenuates the vascular responses to mental stress. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 30, 133-142. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2013.01.082