Older women doing aquatic exercises

Research Studies

Here is a sample of some of the studies that are in progress

Studies headed by Dr. Kerry Courneya

Student and Staff-led studies

  • Physical activity in Nova Scotian breast, prostate and colorectal cancer survivors
  • A Study of Health in Gynecologic Cancer Survivors
  • Feasibility and efficacy of aerobic exercise in rectal cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy
  • Effects of resistance training frequency on muscular strength and physical functioning in prostate cancer survivors trial

Completed studies

Exercise for Health Guidebook

Download Stride to Survive: An Exercise Guide for Young Adult Cancer Survivors© in PDF format.

Download Exercise for Health: An Exercise Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors© in PDF format.

  • Researchers and practitioners wishing to use this guidebook for research or practice-related purposes, please contact Dr. Kerry Courneya; kerry.courneya@ualberta.ca.
  • Members of the public: There is no need to contact Dr. Courneya if you are downloading the book for your personal use.
    For research related to this guidebook, please see the following references:
  • Vallance, J.K., Courneya, K.S., Taylor, L.M., Plotnikoff, R.C., & Mackey, J.R. (2008) Development and evaluation of a theory-based physical activity guidebook for breast cancer survivors. Health Education & Behavior, 35, 174-189
  • Vallance, J.K., Courneya, K.S., Plotnikoff, R.C., Yasui, Y., & Mackey, J.R. (2007).  Randomized controlled trial of the effects of print materials and step pedometers on physical activity and quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 25, 2352-2359.
  • Vallance, J.K., Courneya, K.S., Plotnikoff, R.C., & Mackey, J.R. (2008) Analyzing theoretical mechanisms of physical activity behavior change in breast cancer survivors: Results from the activity promotion (ACTION) trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 150-158
  • Vallance, J.K., Courneya, K.S., Plotnikoff, R.C., Dinu, I., & Mackey, J.R. (2008) Maintenance of physical activity in breast cancer survivors after a randomized trial. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 40, 173-180
  • Vallance, J.K., Plotnikoff, R.C., Karvinen, K.H., Mackey J.R. & Courneya K.S. (2010). Understanding physical activity maintenance in breast cancer survivors. American Journal of Health Behavior, 34, 225-236