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Athabasca University

Dr. Jeff Vallance

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

Academic Appointments

  • 2018 – present: Full Professor, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University.
  • 2007 - 2018: 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. Several of my graduate students have gone on to pursue doctoral studies. 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):

D’Silva, A., Gardiner, P., Boyle, T., Bebb, G., Johnson, S.T., & Vallance, J.K. (2018). Associations of objectively assessed physical activity and sedentary time with health-related quality of life among lung cancer survivors: A quantile regression approach. Lung Cancer, 119, 78-84

D’Silva, A., Bebb, G., Boyle, T., Johnson, S.T., & Vallance, J.K. (2018). Demographic and clinical correlates of accelerometer-assessed physical activity and sedentary time in lung cancer survivors. Psychooncology, 27(2), 1042-1049.

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 a 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 also 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 health outcomes. I am involved in (and leading) several studies to objectively assess sedentary time and physical activity behaviors of cancer survivors. Recently our group has started exploring sedentary time in other chronic disease groups including kidney transplant recipients, individuals with metabolic syndrome, and individuals with ulcerative colitis. 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.

Other Interests

A little bit about me... my wife is a Registered Dietitian and also holds a PhD and works as a Research Director at the University of Calgary. We live in Medicine Hat, Alberta with our busy family which includes Kaitlyn (11), Ben (8), Rhys (6), and our two Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Sydney (‘Tyrone’s In the Naaame of Love’) and Crosby (Can Ch. 'Bumblebeary’s Wild Honey’). I’ve included their registered names in case you follow the dog show circuit! I enjoy going for my morning run and post run coffee. I can also be found trying to become a proficient guitar play, although I haven’ been very successful. U2 (followed by Oasis) are most often found on my playlist. We can often be found at the swimming rinks, soccer fields, 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, 2018). Tier II Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management. Canada Research Chairs Program ($500,000 / 5 years), renewed.
  • 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).

Recent Grants

  • Friedenreich, C.M, Vallance, J.K., McNeely, M., Culos-Reed, S.N., Brenner, D., Corcoran, L., Kopciuk, K., Mackey, J., McNeil, J., & Courneya, K.S. (2018). Alberta Moving Beyond Breast Cancer (AMBER Cohort Study. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant ($1.9 million / 5 years).
  • 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).

Other Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision (AEGSS) (my graduate student, Adrijana D’Silva) also won the Governor General’s Gold Medal in this same year.
  • 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.

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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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