Chris Blanchard


Chris Blanchard

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Chris Blanchard


Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Human Kinetics

Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Human Kinetics

Research Focus

To investigate the inter-relationships between weight gain, reduced energy expenditure and their impact on the quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Key theoretical determinants unique to weight gain and reduced energy expenditure during treatment will be studied which will eventually lead to the development of a multi-behavioural intervention.

Research Relevance

The proposed research promises to advance our knowledge of the vital area of public health concerning cancer survivors in general and women’s health in particular and to help ease the burden of cancer on individuals, families, and society.

Improving Quality of Life: Understanding the Determinants of Exercise Among Cancer Survivors

It is estimated that over 20,000 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Although promising, chemotherapy has negative side effects such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue and weight gain. Of these symptoms, weight gain appears to be of the greatest concern – breast cancer survivors who gain weight are at a significantly increased risk of cancer recurrence and mortality.

Chris Blanchard has quickly established himself as a leading researcher in health psychology and has made significant contributions to research on the theoretical determinants of exercise behaviour, quality of life among cancer survivors, and the development of effective interventions related to improving the health of at risk populations. In the brief three-year period since he completed his doctorate, Blanchard has maintained an unusually high rate of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and is on his way to becoming one of the most significant leaders in research dealing with physical activity, behaviour change, and cancer survivorship.

An assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics, Prof. Blanchard also holds a cross-appointment in the School of Psychology. Having command of the methodology of social and behavioural psychology gives him considerable importance in the field of health where it is important to be able to measure the psychological outcomes for various interventions.

Prof. Blanchard has mapped out an ambitious five-year plan of research for his University Research Chair. The three studies he will conduct build upon each other and promise to yield answers to some of the more pressing questions we have about the physiological, psychological and behavioural interactions between exercise and health and their impact on cancer survivors.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute of Health Economics, 2001
  • CIHR Doctoral Research Grant, 2000
  • MRC Doctoral Research Award, 1998
  • Former Director of Cancer Prevention with the American Cancer Society
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