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Athabasca University

Dr. Jeff Vallance

Associate Professor, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

Dr. Jeff Vallance is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. He holds an Alberta-Innovates Health Solutions Population Health Investigator Award as well as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award. His research is focused on testing approaches to facilitate physical activity among cancer survivors and exploring the role of sedentary behavior and its consequences across the cancer context. Jeff is particularly interested in how physical activity and sedentary behaviors relate to psychosocial health (e.g., depression, health-related quality of life). Jeff recently published the first paper linking objectively determined (i.e., accelerometer) sedentary time with depression risk. Jeff and his colleagues also just published a proposed sedentary behavior and cancer survivorship research agenda in Cancer, the Official Journal of the American Cancer Society. Jeff is currently a principal investigator on the CIHR Team Grant in Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Survivorship ($2.5 million over 5 years) that will aim to further understand the link between fitness and cancer survivorship (recurrence and mortality) among newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors. Jeff has published in journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Preventive Medicine, and the American Journal of Health Promotion. Jeff and his wife Lorian, and their 3 kids (Kaitlyn, Ben, and Rhys) reside in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Updated March 03 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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