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Athabasca University

Dr. Jeff Vallance

Associate Professor

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Tier II Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management

Academic Appointments

  • 2007 - present: Associate Professor, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University.
  • 2009 - current: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • 2011 - present: Associate Member, Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute, University of Calgary.
  • 09/2010 - 02/2011: Visiting Professor, Cancer Prevention Research Centre, School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Graduate Students

I am currently accepting graduate students. I am always looking for good students who have an interest in health behaviors, health promotion, and/or chronic disease management particularly as they relate to physical activity and sedentary behavior. My research interests and publications below will give you a good idea about the types of research I am interested in. There are certainly many opportunities to be involved in the current projects I have going on. Monetary reimbursement is also possible. If you are interested, please contact me at the information above. Here is a sample of some of my previous students’ research (they are all first authors):

Schmidt, L., Rempel, G., Murray, T., McHugh, T.L., & Vallance, J.K. (submitted). “We have this saying, you do what you can”: A qualitative description of physical activity among older adults in rural Saskatchewan. BMC Research Notes.

Bampton, E., Johnson, S.T., & Vallance, J. (2015). Patterns of sedentary time and resistance training among older adults: Associations with health-related quality of life and psychosocial health. Preventive Medicine Reports, 4, 773-776.

Bampton, E., Johnson, S.T., & Vallance, J. (accepted). Preferences and determinants of resistance training behaviours among older adults in Alberta. Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Raymond, J., Johnson, S.T., Diehl-Jones, W., & Vallance, J.K. (2016). Walking, sedentary time, and health-related quality of life among kidney transplant recipients: An exploratory study. Transplantation Proceedings, 48, 59-64.

Scholarship and Research Interests

I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. I currently hold a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management as well as a Population Health Investigator Award from Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Oncology at the University of Calgary. I received my MA (2002) and PhD (2007) in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, School of Human Kinetics (2000). My research program explores physical activity, sedentary behavior, and related psychosocial health outcomes across the cancer context as well as among older adults. I am also involved in (and leading) several studies to objectively assess sedentary time and physical activity behaviors of cancer survivors. My research also aims to develop and evaluate strategies to facilitate physical activity behavior among cancer survivors. We have published several studies exploring the role of distance-based physical activity promotion strategies among cancer survivors. I currently lead several national and international studies focusing on the health consequences of physical activity and sedentary behavior among older adults, cancer survivors, and individuals with other chronic diseases, including kidney transplant recipients.

Other Interests

My wife (a dietitian / PhD) and I live in Medicine Hat, Alberta with our family which includes Kaitlyn (9), Ben (7), Rhys (4), and our Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Crosby ('Bumblebeary’s Sweetest Thing’, if you follow the dog show circuit!). I enjoy going for my morning jog and post jog coffee. I also frequently practice my woodworking skills in my garage while listening to U2. We can often be found in the local ice rinks, and in the mountains of Kimberley, BC where we relax, ski, and snowboard. 

Education

  • PhD (2007), University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (Supervisor: Dr. Kerry Courneya).
  • Master of Arts (2002), University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (Supervisor: Dr. John Dunn).
  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics (2000), University of British Columbia, School of Human Kinetics.

Investigator Awards

  • Vallance, J (June, 2013). Tier II Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management. Canada Research Chairs Program ($500,000 / 5 years)
  • Vallance, J. (March, 2009). Facilitating physical activity behavior and health outcomes in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy: A practical behavioral trial. Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Population Health Investigator Award Competition ($1,000,080 / 7 years).
  • Vallance, J (April, 2009 to May, 2013). Facilitating physical activity behavior and health outcomes in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy: A practical behavioral trial. Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award ($300,000 / 5 years).

Grants Received

  • Courneya, K.S., Friedenreich, C.M. (Team Leaders), Culos-Reed, S.N. (Principal Investigator), Vallance, J.K. (Principal Investigator), Bell, G. (Principal Investigator), & McNeely, M. (Principal Investigator). (2011-2015) CIHR team in physical activity and breast cancer survivorship: Establishing the Moving Beyond Breast Cancer Cohort ($2.5 million / 5 years).
  • Vallance, J.K., Trudeau, M.G., Culos-Reed, S.N., Friedenreich, C.M., & Courneya, K.S. (2009). Facilitating physical activity behavior and health outcomes in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy: A practical behavioral trial. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant Competition ($187,963 / 3 years).
  • Vallance, J.K., Trudeau, M.G., & Culos-Reed, S.N. (2009). Understanding physical activity behavior, determinants, and preferences in rural breast cancer survivors in Southern Alberta. Funded by the Cancer Corridor, Alberta Health Services ($7,500 / 1 year).
  • Vallance, J.K. (March, 2009). Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Population Health Investigator Award Establishment Grant, ($210,000).
  • Keats, M. & Vallance, J.K. (2009). Facilitating health behavior change in young adult cancer survivors: Development and comparison of two theory-based physical activity guidebooks. Funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Capacity Competitive Grants Competition ($15,024 / 1 year).
  • Courneya, K.S., Vallance, J.K., Friedenreich, C.M., Segal, R., McKenzie, D.C., & Blanchard, C.M. (208. Development of an exercise guidebook for colon cancer survivors to be used in the CHALLENGE trial. Funded by the National Cancer Institute of Canada - Canadian Cancer Society Research Grant (Sociobehavioral Cancer Research Network) - Research Team Grant ($40,000 / 1 year).

Other Awards

  • 2004 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canada Graduate Scholarship.
  • 2004 Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Incentive Award.
  • 2004 Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Research Studentship Award funded through the National Cancer Institute of Canada (declined).
  • 2003 Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Health Research Studentship.

Links

  • Behavioural Medicine Laboratory - Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta
  • The University of Queensland Cancer Prevention Research Centre (www.sph.uq.edu.au/crpc)
  • Culos-Reed Health & Wellness Lab - Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Publications

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Vallance%20JK

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Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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