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Dr. Kristina Karvinen

Schulich School of Education - School of Physical and Health Education - Associate Professor
office: AC201-I, Centre for Physical and Health Education
email: kristinak@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450
ext: 4670
fax: 705.474.1947

Education:

BA (Honours), Queen's University;
MA, York University;
PhD, University of Alberta

Areas of Specialization:

Physical activity and cancer

Research Interests:

  • Physical activity promotion in cancer survivors
  • Quality of life and survival benefits of physical activity for cancer survivors
  • Psychosocial determinants of physical activity

Current & Future Research:

  • Effectiveness of a resistance training program on inflammatory markers and chemotherapy completion in lung cancer patients on chemotherapy (Principal Investigator)
  • Physical activity in newly diagnosed lung cancer patients (Principal Investigator)
  • Physical activity programming and counseling in cancer centers in the United States (Principal Investigator)
  • Locus of control and health behaviors in Americans (Principal Investigator)
  • Active Life: Predictors of long-term maintenance of physical activity (Co-Investigator)
  • The effectiveness of an internet-based physical activity intervention for improving physical activity counselling skills in oncology nurses (Principal Investigator; pending funding)

Publications:

Courneya, K.S., Karvinen, K.H., McNeely, M.L., Campbell, K.L., Brar, S. Woolcott, C.G., McTiernan, A., Ballard-Barbash, R., & Friedenreich, C.M. (Epub ahead of print). Predictors of adherence to supervised and unsupervised exercise in the Alberta Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Prevention Trial. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Karvinen, K.H., McGourty, S., Parent, T., & Walker, P. (Epub ahead of print). Physical activity promotion among oncology nurses. Cancer Nursing

Karvinen, K.H., Raedeke, T.D., Arastu, H., & Allison, R. (2011). Exercise programming and counselling preferences of breast cancer survivors during or after radiation therapy.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 38, E326-E334.

Samuels, T.Y., Raedeke, T.D., Mahar, M.T., Karvinen, K.H., & DuBose, K.D. (2011). A randomized controlled trial of continuous activity, short bouts and a 10,000 step guideline in physically inactive adults. Preventive Medicine, 52, 120-125.

Courneya, K.S., Tamburrini, A-L., Woolcott, C.G., McNeely, M.L., Karvinen, K.H., Campbell, K.L., McTiernan, A., & Friedenreich, C.M. (2011). The Alberta physical activity and breast cancer prevention trial: Quality of life outcomes. Preventive Medicine, 52, 26-32.

Friedenreich, C.M., Neilson, H.K., Woolcott, C.G., McTiernan, A., Wang, Q., Ballard-Barbash, R., Jones, C.A., Stanczyk, F.Z., Brant, R.F., Yasui, Y., Irwin, M.L., Campbell, K.L., McNeely, M.L., Karvinen, K.H., & Courneya, K.S. (2011). Changes in insulin resistance indicators, IGFs, and adipokines in a year-long trial of aerobic exercise in postmenopausal women. Endocrine Related Cancer, 18, 357-369.

Friedenreich, C.M., Woolcott, C.G., McTiernan, A., Terry, T., Brant, R., Ballard-Barbash, R., Irwin, M.L., Jones, C.A., Boyd, N.F., Yaffe, M.J., Campbell, K.L., McNeely, M.L., Karvinen, K.H., & Courneya, K.S. (2011). Adiposity changes after a 1-year aerobic exercise intervention among postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Obesity, 35, 427-435.

Karvinen, K.H., DuBose, K.D., Carney, B., & Allison, R. (2010). Promotion of physical activity among oncologists in the United States. Journal of Supportive Oncology, 8, 35-41.

Woolcott, C.G., Courneya, K.S., Boyd, N.F., Yaffe, M.J., Terry, T., McTiernan, A., Ballard-Barbash, R., Brant, R.F., Irwin, M.L., Jones, C.A., Brar, S., Campbell, K.L., McNeely, M.L., Karvinen, K.H. & Friedenreich, C.M. (2010). Mammographic density changes with one year of aerobic exercise among postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 19, 1112-1121.

Friedenreich, C.M., Woolcott, C.G., McTiernan, A., Ballard-Barbash, R., Brant, R., Stanczyk, F.Z., Terry, T., Boyd, N.F., Yaffe, M.J., Irwin, M.L., Jones, C.A., Yasui, Y., Campbell, K.L., McNeely, M.L., Karvinen, K.H., Wang, Q., & Courneya, K.S. (2010). Alberta Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Prevention Trial: Sex hormone changes in a year-long exercise intervention among postmenopausal women. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28, 1458-1466.

Vallance, J.K., Courneya, K.S., Plotnikoff, R., Karvinen, K.H., & Mackey, J.R. (2010). Understanding follow-up physical activity in breast cancer survivors after a randomized trial. American Journal of Health Behavior, 34, 225-236.

Karvinen, K.H., Courneya, K.S., Plotnikoff, R., Spence, J.C., Venner, P.M., & North, S. (2009). A prospective study of the determinants of exercise in bladder cancer survivors using the Theory of Planned Behavior. Supportive Care in Cancer, 17, 171-179.

Karvinen, K.H., Courneya, K.S., Campbell, K.L., Pearcey, R.G., Dundas, G., Capstick, V., & Tonkin, K.S. (2007). Correlates of exercise motivation and behavior in endometrial cancer survivors: A test of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, May 30, 4:21.

Courneya, K.S. & Karvinen, K.H. (2007). Exercise, aging, and cancer. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 32, 1001-1007.

Karvinen, K.H., Courneya, K.S., North, S., & Venner, P. (2007). Associations between exercise and quality of life in bladder cancer survivors: A population based study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 16, 984-990.

Karvinen, K.H., Courneya, K.S., Venner, P., & North, S. (2007). Exercise programming and counseling preferences of bladder cancer survivors: A population-based study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 1,27-34.

McCreary, D.R., Karvinen, K.H., & Davis, C. (2006). The relationship between the drive for muscularity and anthropometric measures of muscularity and adiposity. Body Image, 3, 145-152.

Karvinen, K.H., Courneya, K.S., Campbell, K.L., Pearcey, R.G., Dundas, G., Capstick, V., & Tonkin, K.S. (2006). Exercise preferences among endometrial cancer survivors: A population-based study. Cancer Nursing 29, 259-265.

Courneya, K.S., Karvinen, K.H., Campbell, K.L., Pearcey, R.G., Dundas, G., Capstick, V, & Tonkin, K.S. (2005). Associations among exercise, body weight, and quality of life in a population-based sample of endometrial cancer survivors. Gynecologic Oncology, 97, 422-430.

Davis, C., & Karvinen, K. (2005). Personality correlates of a drive for muscularity in young men. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 349-359.

Courneya, K.S., Vallance, J.K.H., McNeely, M.L., Karvinen, K.H., Peddle, C.J., & Mackey, J.R. (2004). Exercise issues in older cancer survivors. Critical Reviews in Oncology and Hemotology, 51, 249-261.

Davis, C., & Karvinen, K. (2002). Personality characteristics and intention to self-harm: A study of eating disordered patients. Eating Disorders, 10, 245-255.​
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