Hélène Payette is a full professor in the community health sciences department of the faculty of medicine of Université de Sherbrooke. She is also a researcher at the Centre de recherche sur le vieillissement affiliated with the CSSS-IUGS. Hélène Payette holds a Merck-Frosst research chair in geriatrics and specializes in nutrition, epidemiology and ageing. Her work is focused on healthy eating habits and their determinants, the body composition and functional capabilities of ageing people as well as nutritional risk screening and the assessment of nutrition interventions in frail elderly community members. In her career, she has received FRQS awards and grants from provincial and national agencies.
In 2013, she earned the Betty Havens Award for Excellence in Longitudinal Research from the Canadian Association on Gerontology. Hélène Payette is the designated principal investigator and databases manager of the Québec Longitudinal Study on Nutrition and Ageing (NuAge), which is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She also jointly oversees the Habitudes de vie research focus and is the lead researcher of the Sherbrooke data collection site of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a strategic initiative of the CIHR.
She has published over 100 original scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and some 30 book chapters.