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
EdmontonAB
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

  • 2016-2019: 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 health. Dr. Spence has studied the broad social determinants (e.g., SES) and population physical activity patterns. More recently, he has focused on (a) factors that impact mobility and active transportation; and, (b) the role of policy initiatives such as national strategies for promoting physical activity. Dr. Spence has a strong background in physical activity measurement, meta-analysis, and ecological models of behaviour and health.


Courses

KIN 209 - Research Methods in Kinesiology

An overview of research in kinesiology with emphasis on practical application of research techniques and designs. Prerequisite: KIN 109 or 309, STAT 141 or 151. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 209 or 409, PEDS 209 or 409.

Fall Term 2022

KSR 546 - Social Cognitive Approaches to Health Promoting Behaviors

This course will address social-cognitive theories as they relate to behavioral change in the broad areas of health-promoting-behaviors (HPBS) with particular emphasis on physical activity. The theories and models to be covered will include Stages of Change, Social-Cognitive and Self-efficacy, Reasoned Action and Planned behavior, Self-esteem (various), etc. The specific context areas and order of classes will be determined in consultation with the class members each term. Areas of common interest will be identified and used as the basis for classes and examples throughout the term. The course is appropriate for individuals interested in social psychological and social-cognitive influences on health promoting behaviors and sport performance. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 546, KRLS 541 or PERLS 541.

Winter Term 2023

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Publications

Determinants of physical activity among adults in the United Kingdom during the COVID‐19 pandemic: The DUK‐COVID study

Author(s): Spence, J. C., Rhodes, R. E., McCurdy, A., Mangan, A., Hopkins, D., & Mummery, W. K.
Publication Date: 5/1/2021
Volume: 26
Page Numbers: 588–605
DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12497

Potential impact of autonomous vehicles on movement behavior: A scoping review

Author(s): Spence, J. C., Kim, Y.- B., Lamboglia, C. G., Lindeman, C., Mangan, A. J., McCurdy, A. P., Stearns, J. A., Sivak, A., Wohlers, B., & Clark, M. I.
Publication Date: 1/31/2020
Volume: 58
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: e191-e199
DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.01.010

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

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