Faculty & Staff

Kerry-Courneya-2017a

Kerry S. Courneya, PhD

Professor

Physical Education and Recreation | Medicine & Dentistry

About Me

Dr. Kerry Courneya is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer, and Director of the Behavioural Medicine Laboratory and Fitness Centre.

Degrees
PhD (Kinesiology), University of Illinois, 1992
MA (Physical Education), University of Western Ontario, 1989
B.A.hons. (Physical Education), University of Western Ontario, 1987


Background

Current Appointments:

07/2004-present:  
Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

07/2000 – present: 
Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

07/1999-present:
Director, Behavioural Medicine Laboratory and Fitness Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

07/1998-present:
Scientific Staff Member, Cross Cancer Institute Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Previous Appointments:

07/1997– 06/2010:
Research Associate, Centre for Health Promotions Studies, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

01/2000-12/2008:
Affiliated Scientist, Center for Behavioral Research and Program Evaluation, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

07/1997-06/2000:
Associate Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, and Adjunct 
Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

07/1992-06/1996:
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

09/1989-12/1989:
Part Time Instructor, Faculty of Physical Education and Athletics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Research

My research program focuses on the role of physical activity in cancer survivorship including preparation for treatments (prehablitation), coping with treatments (symptom management), recovery after treatments (rehabilitation), and long-term survival. My main research interests include studying: (a) the effects of physical activity on health-related fitness outcomes, patient-reported outcomes, and cancer outcomes, (b) the determinants of physical activity in cancer survivors, and (c) behavior change interventions to increase physical activity in cancer survivors. Study designs of interest include randomized controlled trials, other intervention trials, prospective cohort studies, and cross-sectional surveys.


Teaching

KIN434: Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Management

KIN545: Physical Activity and Cancer