Dr. Kristina Karvinen



Schulich School of Education – Associate Professor
office: AC201-I
email: kristinak@nipissingu.ca
ext: 4670


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)
  • Knowledge translation strategies for improving physical activity counseling practices of nurses and oncology nurses.
  • Beliefs about the primary prevention of cancer in the general population.
  • Beliefs and barriers about physical activity in adults with Type I Diabetes.


Karvinen, K. H., Vallance, J., & Walker, P. R. (2016). Newly diagnosed lung cancer patients’ preferences for and beliefs about physical activity pre chemotherapy. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 21(5), 593-600.

Karvinen, K. H., Bruner, B., & Truant, T. (2015). Lifestyle counselling practices of oncology nurses in the United States and Canada. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(6), 690-696.

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

Karvinen, K. H., & Vallance, J. (2015). Breast and colon cancer survivors’ expectations about physical activity for improving cancer survival. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(5), 527-533.

Karvinen, K. H., & Carr, L. J. (2014). Does the perception that God controls health outcomes matter for health behaviors? Journal of Health Psychology, 19(4), 521-530.

Karvinen, K. H., Esposito, D., Raedeke, T. D., Vick, J., & Walker, P. (2014).

Effect of an exercise training intervention with resistance bands on blood cell counts during chemotherapy for lung cancer: a pilot randomized controlled trial. SpringerPlus, 3, 15.

Karvinen, K. H., Carr, L. J., & Stevinson, C. D. (2013). Resources for physical activity in cancer centers in the United States. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17(6), E71-76.

Carr, L. J., Karvinen, K. H., Peavler, M., Smith, R., & Cangelosi, K. (2013). Multicomponent technology intervention to reduce daily sedentary time: a randomized controlled trial. British Medical Journal Open, 3: doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003261

Karvinen, K. H., Murray, N. P., Arastu, H., & Allison, R. R. (2013). Stress reactivity, health behaviors, and compliance to medical care in breast cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40, 149-156.

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. (2012). Predictors of adherence to supervised and unsupervised exercise in the Alberta Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Prevention Trial. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(6), 857-66.

Karvinen, K.H., McGourty, S., Parent, T., & Walker, P. (2012). Physical activity promotion among oncology nurses. Cancer Nursing, 35, E41-E48.

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 Nursing29, 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.