Dr. Jeff Vallance

Dr. Jeff Vallance


Contact information

Email: jeffv@athabascau.ca


I am a Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines. I received my undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and my PhD from the University of Alberta in 2007. Since then, I have over 130 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, health, and chronic disease. Most of our work has been in the area of cancer. I have also published in populations including older adults, pediatrics, diabetes, stroke, irritable bowel disease, and renal disease. For a time, I also worked and published in the area of developing and evaluating suitable health resources. I have been successful at both provincial and national investigator competitions (e.g., Canada Research Chairs program, Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator, Alberta Innovates Population Health Investigator). My research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and I have worked with and mentored scientists both in Canada and overseas. Our work (research is not just me) has been published in high quality journals including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, American Journal of Public Health, Cancer (the official journal of the American Cancer Society), Preventive Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 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.

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Research interests

  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Chronic disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Health

Educational credentials

  • PhD University of Alberta
  • Master of Arts University of Alberta
  • Bachelors of Human Kinetics University of British Columbia

Professional affiliations

  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine