Research Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kerry Courneya, Ph.D.

Dr. Courneya is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He received his BA (1987) and MA (1989) in physical education from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and his Ph.D. (1992) in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL, USA).

Dr. Courneya spent five years as an Assistant/Associate Professor at the University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada) before moving to the University of Alberta in 1997. His research program focuses on the role of physical activity in cancer control including primary prevention, coping with treatments, rehabilitation after treatments, and secondary prevention and survival. His research interests include both the outcomes and determinants of physical activity for cancer control as well as behavior change interventions.


Dr. Adrian Fairey, MD

Dr. Fairey is an active uro-oncologist surgeon and clinical trials team leader at the Northern Alberta Urology Centre (NAUC) in Edmonton, Alberta who specializes in surgical procedures for bladder, prostate, and kidney cancers. He is also the Director of the NAUC Research Institute and Co-Principal Investigator in the Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (APCaRI).

Dr. Fairey is involved in urologic oncology at the national level as a member of the Canadian Bladder Cancer Network, Canadian Upper Tract Collaboration, Bladder Cancer Canada, and the global Prostate Cancer Outcomes to compare and reduce variation program. He is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed cancer and urology journals. Dr. Fairey earned his Master’s degree from the University of Alberta in 2001 and his MD, FRCS (C) from the University of Alberta in 2006.

Dr. Normand Boulé, Ph.D.

Dr. Boulé is a Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate) of the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. He is also the Director of the Physical Activity and Diabetes Laboratory (PADL), Alberta Diabetes Institute and Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta 

Dr. Boulé has been acting as co-investigator in exercise oncology trials since 2016 and has extensive knowledge and interest in the effects of different exercise types (e.g., resistance vs. aerobic), intensities (e.g., high-intensity interval training), frequencies and durations. Dr. Boulé received his BSc (1990) and MA (2000) in Sciences de L’Activité Physique from the Université d’Ottawa) and his Ph.D. (2005) in Kinesiology from the Université Laval.

Study Coordinator

Fernanda Arthuso, MSc

Fernanda is a Ph.D. student in behavioral medicine, teaching assistant in assessment of fitness and health, and research assistant at the Behavioural Medicine Laboratory, at the University of Alberta.

Fernanda has a Teaching (2012) and Bachelor (2017) degree in Physical Education from the Sao Paulo State University (UNESP, Brazil) and a Master’s in Psychology of Development and Learning (2017). Fernanda completed the Cancer and Exercise Online Training for Health and Fitness Professionals (2018).

Qualified Exercise Physiologists

Ki-Yong An, Ph.D.

Ki-Yong completed his MSc and Ph.D. program at Yonsei University, South Korea. In 2017 he joined the BML as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Ki-Yong is currently working as a Research Associate at the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory.

Myriam Filion

Myriam has a master's in clinical epidemiology from the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval. In September 2020, she was admitted to a Ph.D. program at the University of Alberta. Myriam has 15 years of experience in the field of exercise oncology, and she has implemented the “My Active Health” program from the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

Stephanie Ntoukas

Stephanie graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (honours) in 2014. She became a Registered Kinesiologist (R.Kin) through the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario in 2015. Stephanie is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, with a focus on Heavy Lifting Strength Training in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors.