Valerie Carson, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs


Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
(780) 492-1004
1-149 University Hall
8840 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J9




PhD (Physical Activity Epidemiology), Queen’s University, 2012

MA (Behavioural Medicine), University of Alberta, 2009

Bed (Kinesiology and Geography), University of Winnipeg, 2007

BA (Kinesiology and Geography), University of Winnipeg, 2007


Dr. Carson is a member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Before starting at the University of Alberta, Dr. Carson completed postdoctoral fellowships with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research group (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and with the Centre for Physical activity and Nutrition Research (CPAN) at Deakin University in Australia. Her graduate training was from Queen’s University where she completed her PhD and University of Alberta where she completed her Master’s degree.


Dr. Carson’s research primarily focuses on the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health, as well as the determinants and measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children and youth. She is particularly interested in physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children of the early years (<5 years old), including social and cognitive development, parental influences, and child care influences. Dr. Carson works with undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows within her Behavioural Epidemiology Laboratory.


HEED 221 – Population Health


HE ED 221 - Population Health

The course focuses on the role of physical activity and other health behaviours in the primary prevention of chronic diseases across the lifespan. An epidemiological approach will be used to examine determinants, health behaviours, health outcomes, and interventions at a population-level in Canada and around the world. Prerequisites: HE ED 110 or 120, KIN 101 and 103.

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.

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