Dr. Kristina Karvinen

Dr. Kristina Karvinen


Schulich School of Education – Associate Professor
office: AC 201-I
email: kristinak@nipissingu.ca
tel: (705) 474-3450
ext: 4670






BA (Honours), Queen’s University;
MA, York University;
PhD, University of Alberta


Specialization and Interests

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 Research and Funding
  • A knowledge translation strategy for enhancing physical activity counselling among nurses (Principal Investigator)
  • The effectiveness of a distance-based physical activity intervention for cancer survivors living in Northern Ontario (Principal Investigator)
  • Improving physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour among breast cancer survivors: MOVING research into practice (Co-Investigator, funded by Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)
  • Lifestyle prescriptions and supports to reduce the risk of diabetes in rural and remote communities (Collaborator, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Implementation and impact evaluation of a safe active school travel planning program (Co-Investigator, funded by CIHR)


Courses Taught
  • PHED 1016 Motor Development
  • PHED 1007 Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Physical Activity
  • PHED 3156 Physical Activity and Cancer
  • PHED 3037 Gerontology
  • PHED 4227 Nutrition

Select Publications

Papers under Review in Refereed Journals: 

  1. Karvinen, K.H., Brunet, J., Carr, L.J. (under review). Family history of cancer as a cue to action for physical activity behavior and beliefs.
  2. Bruner, B., Scharoun, S., Confesor, V., Raymer, G., Hay, D., Karvinen, K.H., Levesque, L., Mantha, S., Mayer, A., & Rickwood, G. (under review). The contribution of active transportation to daily physical activity among Canadian elementary school students in Northeastern Ontario.
  3. Wardley, L.J., Karvinen, K.H., Bennison, H., & Seguin, J. (under review). The Healthy Living Clinic (HLC): Providing physical activity and clinical support to patients with a mental disorder diagnosis.

Papers in Refereed Journals: 

  1. Karvinen, K.H., Balneaves, L.G., Courneva, K.S., Perry, B., Truant, T., & Vallance, J. (2017). Evaluation of online learning modules for improving physical activity counseling skills and practices of oncology nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44 (6), 729-738
  2. Gill, D.P., Blunt, W., Bartol, C., Pulford, R., De Cruz, A., Simmavong, K., Gavarkovs, A.G., Newhouse, I., Pearson, E., Ostenfeldt, B., Law, B., Karvinen, K.H., Moffitt, P., Jones, G., Watson, C., Zou, G., & Petrella, R.J. (2017). Healthesteps™ Study Protocol: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial promoting active living and healthy lifestyles in at-risk Canadian adults delievered at primary care and community-based clinics. BMC Public Health, 17(1): 173.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Karvinen, K. H., Bruner, B., & Truant, T. (2015). The teachable moment after cancer diagnosis: perceptions from oncology nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(6), 602-
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Karvinen, K.H., McGourty, S., Parent, T., & Walker, P. (2012). Physical activity promotion among oncology nurses. Cancer Nursing, 35, E41-E48.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Courneya, K.S. & Karvinen, K.H. (2007). Exercise, aging, and cancer. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 32, 1001-1007.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Davis, C., & Karvinen, K. (2005). Personality correlates of a drive for muscularity in young men. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 349-359.
  32. 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.
  33. Davis, C., & Karvinen, K. (2002). Personality characteristics and intention to self-harm: A study of eating disordered patients. Eating Disorders, 10, 245-255.

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