Dr. Brenda Bruner

Schulich School of Education – Associate Professor
office: AC201-K
email: brendab@nipissingu.ca
tel: (705) 474-3450
ext: 4069
fax: 705-474-1947

 

 

Education:

BSc, University of Saskatchewan;
MSc, University of Saskatchewan;
PhD, University of Saskatchewan

Areas of Specialization:

Community-based physical activity health promotion

Research Interests:

Physical activity, healthy eating, chronic disease prevention, women’s health, Aboriginal health, adolescent & emerging adult health, older adults

Current Funding

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Mitacs

RBC, Public Health Agency of Canada, with support from ParticipACTION

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Nipissing University Research Council

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Select Publications:

1.Bruner, M.W., Hillier, S., Baillie, C.P.T., Lavallée, L.F., Bruner, B.G., Hare, K., Lovelace, R., & Lévesque, L. Positive Youth Development in Aboriginal Sport and Physical Activity: A Systematic Review. Adolescent Research Review (in press)

2.  Karvinen, K.H., Bruner, B., Truant, T. The teachable moment after cancer diagnosis: Perceptions from oncology nurses.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(6), 602-609, 2015

3. Karvinen, K.H., Bruner, B., Truant, T. Lifestyle Counseling Practices of Oncology Nurses in the United States and Canada. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(6):690-696.

4. Bruner, B.G. and Chad, K.E. Dietary Practices and Influences on Diet Intake Among Women in a Woodland Cree Community. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, 27(s2), 220-229, 2014.

5. Bruner, B.G. and Chad, K.E. Physical Activity Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices Among Women in a Woodland Cree Community. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10 (8), 1119 – 1127, 2013.

6. Leis, K.S., Reeder, B.A., Chad, K.E., Spink, K.S., Fisher, K.L., Bruner, B.G. The Relationship of Chronic Disease and Demographic Variables to Physical Activity in a Sample of Women Aged 65 to 79 Years. Women & Health, 50(5):459-474, 2010.

7. Harrison, E.L., Fisher, K.L., Lawson, J.A., Chad, K.E., Sheppard, M.S., Reeder, B.A., Ashworth, N.L., Bruner, B.G. Exploring the role of housing type on physical activity and health status in community dwelling older adults. Activities, Adaptations and Aging, 34 94-118, 2010.

8. Bruner, B.G, Chad, K.E and Dyck, R.F. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in a Woodland Cree Community:  Past and Present Trends.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 33(2) 104-112, 2009

Select Conference Presentations:

1. Bruner, B., Rickwood, G., Tremblay, T., Hay, D., Karvinen, K., Lévesque, L., Mantha, S, Mayer, A., Raymer, G. Is active school transport sustainable in a northern, rural environment? Exploring child and parent perspectives on facilitators and barriers. To be presented at the Active Living Research conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida, January 31-February 3, 2016.

2. Richards, D., Bruner, B., Bruner, M.W. Arnocky, S. The Effect of Physical Positioning and Changes in Perceived Effort During Group Exercise. Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Toronto, ON, March 27-28, 2015

3. Paton, C., Bruner, B., Karvinen, K., Law, B., Mairs, K., Petrella, R.  HeatheSteps™ in the Workplace: Prescribing Exercise and Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Diabetes. Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Toronto, ON, March 27-28, 2015

4. VanMoorsel, S., Bruner, B. Exploring the Health Literacy of University Students and its Relationship to Health Behaviour. Nipissing University’s Seventh Eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, North Bay, ON, March 6-7, 2015.

5.  McCluskie, Q., Bruner, B. Characterizing Food and Beverage Purchasing Behaviours of Post-Secondary Students Through Grocery Receipts: A Pilot Study. Society of Behavioral Medicine 36th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 22-25, 2015

6. Guty, J., Bruner, B. Exploring the influences of dietary acculturation among international students in Canada. Society of Behavioral Medicine 36th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 22-25, 2015

7. Harrison, E.L., Fisher, K.L., Chad, K.E., Reeder, B.A., Ashworth, N.L., Sheppard, M.S. Bruner, B.G. Function, Health Status, and Health Services Costs in Older Adults with Osteoarthritis Participating in Physical Activity Programming: A Longitudinal Study. World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, Singapore May 1-4, 2015

8. Lovelace, R.P., Hillier, S.A., Bruner, M.W., Hare, K.E., Head, C.P., Bruner, B.G., Paibomsai, A., Auski, M., Lavallée, L., Lévesque, L. Learning from Aboriginal Youth: A New Perspective on Positive Youth. International Indigenous Health Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October, 5-10, 2014.

9. Lévesque, L., Lepage, R., Baillie, C.P.T., Head, C.P., Bruner, B.G., Bruner, M.W., Hare, K.E., Lovelace, R.P.,  Lavallée, L.  Active Circle: Youth Perspectives on Community Physical Activity Resources Captured through Photovoice. 5th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Management of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity ‘Time to Focus on Strengths: Addressing Obesity in Indigenous Youth’, Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 24-26, 2014

10. Harrison, E.L., Chad, K.E., Reeder, B.A., Bruner, B.G, Lawson, J.A., Fisher, K.L., Ashworth, N.L., Sheppard, M.S. Factors Influencing Physical Activity Levels in Community Dwelling Older Adults. Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Congress, Edmonton, Alberta, June 19-22, 2014.

11. Baillie, C.P.T., Emiry, K., Bruner, B., Bruner, M., Galaviz, K., Lévesque, L. Physical Activity Interventions to Promote Positive Youth Development among Indigenous Youth: A RE-AIM Review. Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, Toronto, ON, May 19-22, 2014.

12. Bruner, M., Hillier, S., Paibomsai, A., Baillie, C.P.T., Lavallee, L., Auski, M., Bruner, B., Hare, K., Head, C., Lovelace, R., Lévesque, L. Positive Youth Development in Aboriginal Sport and Physical Activity: A Systematic Review. Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, Toronto, ON, May 19-22, 2014.

13. Bruner, B., Holmes, M, Phillips, C. Atrooshi, D. Beyond Fast Food: Exploring how to improve the food skills of university students. Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 23-26, 2014.

14. Atrooshi, D., Bruner, B., Holmes, M, Phillips, C. Beyond KD: Exploring how to improve the diet of university students. Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Toronto, ON, March 21-22, 2014

15. McCluskie, Q., Bruner, B. The food and beverage purchasing behaviours of university students utilized through grocery store receipts. Nipissing University’s Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, North Bay, ON, March 21-22, 2014.

16. Guty, J., Bruner, B. Changes in dietary habits among international students at Nipissing University. Nipissing University’s Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, North Bay, ON, March 21-22, 2014.

17. Bruner, B., Holmes, M, Phillips, C. A mixed methods approach to understanding food skills and dietary habits among emerging adults living in a campus environment. Northern Health/North Bay Regional Health Center Research Conference, North Bay, Ontario, June, 2013.

18. Bruner, B., Holmes, M, Phillips, C. Characterizing the food skills and dietary habits among emerging adults on a university campus. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, Ghent, Belgium, May, 2013.

19. Gough, C., Bruner, B. Exploring Weight Loss and Maintenance Success in a Publicly Funded Weight Management Clinic. Nipissing University’s Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, North Bay, ON, March, 2013.

20. Bruner, B.G., Lévesque, L., Rand, E., Galaviz, K. Youth encouraging youth to be active: The role of peer ambassadors in promoting the Community Physical Activity Pass. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 2012; 34(Suppl.): p. S207-208.

21. Bruner, B., Northcott, A. Integrating Academia and Practice: The Role of Conference and Workshop Settings in Mobilizing Knowledge. Canadian Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, June, 2011.

22. Northcott, A., Bruner, B., Lévesque, L., Bell, C., & Abeid-McDougall, M. Bridging the Gap: An academic-community health partnership to enhance physical activity in community-dwelling adults with chronic health conditions.  Canadian Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, June, 2011.

Courses Taught

  • PHED 1017: Health Concepts in Physical Education
  • PHED 3017: Contemporary Health Issues
  • PHED 3037: Gerontology
  • PHED 3046: Physica Fitness Principles, Prescription & Assessment
  • PHED 3217: Research Methods and Statistics in Physical Activity