Dr. Brenda Bruner

Schulich School of Education – Associate Professor
office: AC 201-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

Specialization and Interests

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 Research Funding

Cultural Continuity and Physical Health: Creating a Model of Resiliency Among Indigenous Post-Secondary Students and Their Families (Principal Applicant)

    Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

    Funding Amount: $149,858

Opportunities for Moving More and Sitting Less: Exploring a Whole School Approach to Improve Children’s 24-Hour Movement Patterns (Co-Principal Investigator)

    Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

    Funding Amount: $504,900

Mno Nimkodadding Geegi “We Are All Connected”: The Ontario Node of the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program (Co-Applicant)

    Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

    Funding Amount: $1,000,000

An Indigenous Collaborative Care Best Practices Model (ICCBPM) Using Simulated Participant Simulations to Promote Culturally Safe Healthcare along the Cancer Journey (Co-Applicant)

    Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

    Funding Amount: $143,286

 

      

Courses Taught
  • PHED 1017: Health Concepts in Physical Education
  • PHED 3017: Contemporary Health Issues
  • PHED 3036: Health Promotion
  • PHED 3037: Gerontology
  • PHED 3046: Physical Fitness Principles, Prescription & Assessment
  • PHED 4227: Nutrition
  • KINE 5006: Research Methods
  • KINE 5027: Health Promotion
Select Publications
  1. Fisher, KL., Harrison, EL., Bruner, BG., Lawson, JA., Reeder, BA., Ashworth, NL., Sheppard, MS., Chad, KE. Predictors of physical activity levels in community dwelling older adults: A multivariate approach based on a socio-ecological framework. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 26(1): 114-120, 2018.
  2. Fisher, KL., Reeder, BA., Harrison, EL., Bruner, BG., Sheilds, CA., Pahwa, P., Sari, N. Ashworth, NL., Sheppard, MS., Chad, KE. Comparing Class-based and Home-Based Exercise for Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions: 12-Month Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 1-44, 2017 ePub ahead of print.
  3. Baillie, CPT., Emiry, K., Galaviz, KI., Bruner, MW., Bruner, BG., Lévesque, L. Physical Activity Interventions to Promote Positive Youth Development among Indigenous Youth: A RE-AIM Review. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 21:1-9, 2016.
  4. 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, 1(3): 257-269, 2016.
  5. Karvinen, K.H., Bruner, B.G., Truant, T. The teachable moment after cancer diagnosis: Perceptions from oncology nurses.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(6), 602-609, 2015
  6. Karvinen, K.H., Bruner, B.G., Truant, T. Lifestyle Counseling Practices of Oncology Nurses in the United States and Canada. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(6):690-696.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. Hergott, C., Bruner, B., Meighan, A., Fiorino, B. How Community Partnerships Support Active Transportation and Increase Physical Activity Levels in an Elementary School.  PHE Canada, 2017 Healthy School Communities National Forum, November 2, 2017
  2. Bruner, B., Scharoun, S., Mayer, A. Encouraging Active Transportation to School: Lessons learned from evaluating a pilot Walking School Bus program in Northeastern Ontario. Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, Victoria, Canada, June, 7-10, 2017.
  3. Baillie, C., Lovelace, R., Bruner, M., Bruner, B., Hare, K., Head, C., Hillier, S., Lavallée, L., Lévesque, L. Towards a Culturally Relevant Understanding of Indigenous Positive Youth Development. National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference. Guelph, ON May 10-12, 2017.
  4. Confesor, V., Bruner, B., Scharoun, S., Hay, D., Karvinen, K., Lévesque, L., Mantha, S., Mayer, A., Raymer, G., Rickwood, G. Contribution of active transportation to school to total daily physical activity and moderate-vigorous physical activity among students living in Northeastern Ontario. Active Living Research conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida, February 3, 2017
  5. Bruner, B., Confesor, V., Mayer, A. Impact of a school-based cycling education and encouragement initiative on active transportation to school. International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Melbourne, Australia, December 7-10, 2016.
  6. Atrooshi, D., Bruner, B., Parker, N., Lee, R.E., Lévesque, L. Exploring parental perceptions of a walking school bus in northern Ontario. International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Melbourne, Australia, December 7-10, 2016.
  7. Bruner, M., Lovelace, R., Hillier, S., Hare, K., Head, C., Bruner, B., Paibomsai, A., Lavallee, L., Auski, M., Lévesque, L. Understanding Aboriginal youth development through sport and physical activity: Their voices, their stories, and their experiences. International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Melbourne, Australia, December 7-10, 2016.
  8. Hayter, R., Bruner, B., Arnocky, S.   Does knowledge of energy expenditure influence post-exercise food intake? Nipissing University’s Ninth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, North Bay, ON, April 1-2, 2016.
  9. Atrooshi, D., Lévesque, L., Bruner, B. Exploring Parental Perceptions of a Walking-School-Bus Initiative in Northern Ontario. Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Hamilton, ON, March 11-12, 2016.
  10. Atrooshi, D., Bruner, B., Lévesque, L., Hay, D., Karvinen, K., Mantha, S, Mayer, A., Raymer, G. Rickwood, G., Exploring school transportation modes in rural, northern Ontario – challenges and future directions. Active Living Research Conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida, January 31-February 3, 2016.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. McCluskie, Q., Bruner, B. Characterizing Food and Beverage Purchasing Behaviours of Post-Secondary Students Through Grocery Receipts: A Pilot StudySociety of Behavioral Medicine 36thAnnual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 22-25, 2015
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Bruner, B., Northcott, A. Integrating Academia and Practice: The Role of Conference and Workshop Settings in Mobilizing KnowledgeCanadian Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, June, 2011.
  32. 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.
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