JC Spence, PhD, FCAHS

Contact

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
Email
jc.spence@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-1379
Address
1-153 University Hall
8840 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J9

Overview

About

Degrees
PhD Science, School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec - 1998
MA Physical Education with specialization in Psychology of Sport, Department of Physical Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec - 1991
BA Psychology, Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec - 1987

Background

  • 2016-present:  Vice Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta.
  • 2015-2016: Interim Vice Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta.
  • 2011-present: Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta.
  • 2010-2015: Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta.
  • 2004-2011: Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta.
  • 2001-2004: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta.
  • 1998-2001 Senior Research Associate, Alberta Centre for Well-Being, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.
  • 1997-1998 Research Coordinator, Alberta Centre for Well-Being, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.
  • 1996-1997 Research Associate, Alberta Centre for Well-Being, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.

 

 


Research

Dr. Spence has expertise in the area of behavioural medicine and research methods. His research focuses on both the benefits and determinants of physical activity and how physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are related to obesity. Dr. Spence has studied the broad social determinants (e.g., SES) and population physical activity patterns. More recently, he has focused on (a) the physical environment and how it may influence physical activity choices and risk for obesity among both children and adults (e.g., urban form, location of food establishments); and (b) the role of policy initiatives such as tax credits for promoting physical activity. Dr. Spence has a strong background in physical activity measurement, meta-analysis, and ecological models of behaviour and health.

Courses

KSR 580 - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Research Methodology

A study of basic philosophical issues, methodology and methods used by researchers in physical activity, sport, recreation and leisure. The emphasis of this course will be on quantitative inquiry. Prerequisite: KIN 309 or consent of Faculty. Note: Students will not receive credit for KRLS 580 if credit was previously awarded for KIN 580. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 580, KRLS 580 or PERLS 580.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Active Canada 20/20: A physical activity plan for Canada
Author(s): Spence, J. C., Faulkner, G., Costas-Bradstreet, C., Duggan, M., & Tremblay, M. S.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Canadian Journal of Public Health
Volume: 106
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: e470–e473
External Link: http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/5041
A qualitative examination of the impact of microgrants to promote physical activity among adolescents
Author(s): Tamminen, K., Faulkner, G., Witcher, C. S., & Spence, J. C.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: BMC Public Health
Volume: 14
Issue: 1206
External Link: http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-14-1206
Toward a comprehensive model of physical activity
Author(s): 140. Spence, J. C., & Lee, R. E.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 7-24
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1469-0292(02)00014-6
Challenging the Dual-Hinge Approach to Intervening on Sedentary Behavior
Author(s): Spence, J. C., Rhodes, R. E., & Carson, V.
Publication: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume: 52
Page Numbers: 403–406
External Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S074937971630544X
A cross-sectional study of the relationship between parents’ and children’s physical activity
Author(s): Stearns, J. A., Rhodes, R., Ball, GDC, Boule, N., Veugelers, P. J., Cutumisu, N., & Spence, J. C.
Publication: BMC Public Health
Volume: 16
Issue: 1129
External Link: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-3793-3