Who we are

Dr. Kerry Courneya

The laboratory is overseen by

Kerry S. Courneya, Ph.D.
Director, Behavioural Medicine Laboratory
Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

About Dr. Courneya


Dr. Kerry Courneya is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He received his B.A. (1987) and M.A. (1989) in physical education from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and his Ph.D. (1992) in kinesiology from the University of Illinois. After spending five years as an assistant/associate professor at the University of Calgary, he accepted a position at the University of Alberta in 1997.

Dr. Courneya's research program focuses on physical activity and cancer including:

  • primary prevention
  • coping with treatments, recovery after treatments
  • long term survivorship
  • disease recurrence and survival

His research interests include both the outcomes and determinants of physical activity as well as behavior change interventions.

Dr. Courneya is study co-chair for the Colon Health and Life-Long Exercise Change (CHALLENGE) Trial designed to determine the effects of exercise on disease-free survival in 962 colon cancer survivors across Canada and Australia.

He is also team co-leader for the Alberta Moving Beyond Breast Cancer (AMBER) Cohort Study designed to determine the associations between physical activity, health-related fitness, and disease outcomes in 1,500 newly diagnosed Alberta breast cancer survivors.

He has co-authored the American Cancer Society's physical activity and nutrition guidelines and the American College of Sports Medicine's exercise guidelines for cancer survivors. He was the guest editor for a special issue on Physical Activity in Cancer Survivors in Psycho-Oncology in 2009 and was lead editor for a special volume on Physical Activity and Cancer in the book series Recent Results in Cancer Research (2011).

Contact Dr. Courneya - phone: 780-492-1031; kerry.courneya@ualberta.ca