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S. Nicole Culos-Reed


Dr. Culos-Reed is a Professor of Health and Exercise Psychology in the Faculty of Kinesiology; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine; and Director of the Health and Wellness Lab and Thrive Centre. She holds a Research Associate appointment with the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cancer Care, Alberta Health Services.

Dr. Culos-Reed’s research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of exercise in chronic disease management. Her research includes national and international collaboration, including a Canadian Institute of Health Research-Canadian Cancer Society (CIHR-CCS) Cancer Survivorship Team Grant, with additional support from Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF), to bring her team’s exercise oncology program to rural and remote cancer survivors across Canada (2020-26). In addition to the adult exercise oncology work, Dr. Culos-Reed leads a team examining the role of exercise in pediatric oncology. This includes the development of the international Pediatric Oncology Exercise Guidelines (iPOEG), and development of pediatric and adolescent and young adult (AYA) exercise programming.

Dr. Culos-Reed is also the co-founder of Thrive Health, an online educational company building capacity in health and fitness professionals to deliver safe and effective exercise oncology resources.

Dr. Culos-Reed is collaborating on the SPIN projects with Dr. Brett Thombs and the international network, bringing expertise in health behaviour change, exercise training, and delivery of online exercise programming.

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