Dr. Brenda Bruner

Dr. Brenda Bruner
Professor / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - Schulich School of Education - Physical and Health Education
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
BSc, University of Saskatchewan
MSc, University of Saskatchewan
PhD, University of Saskatchewan
Areas of Specialization:

Community-based physical activity health promotion

Research Interests:

Physical activity, healthy eating, chronic disease prevention, women's health, Aboriginal health, adolescent & emerging adult health, older adults

Current & Future Research:
  • Promoting a Population Level Intervention to Enhance Participation in Physical Activity: The Role of Marketing And Peer Ambassadors (Principal Investigator)
  • Integrating Academia and Practice: Evaluation of Conference and Workshop Effectiveness for Generating and Mobilizing New Knowledge (Principal Investigator)
  • Evaluation effectiveness of a computer-assisted wellness program (Principal Investigator)
  • Youth Driven Development in Aboriginal Communities: Impact Evaluation of the Active Circle Initiative (Co-investigator; Under review)
  • Effectiveness evaluation of a food skill and knowledge program among university students living in residence (Principal Investigator)

Refereed Journals

Fisher, KL., Harrison, EL., Bruner, BG., Lawson, JA., Reeder, BA., Ashworth, NL., Sheppard, MS., Chad, KE. Predictors of physical activity levels in community dwelling older adults: A multivariate approach based on a socio-ecological framework. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 26(1): 114-120, 2018.

Fisher, KL., Reeder, BA., Harrison, EL., Bruner, BG., Sheilds, CA., Pahwa, P., Sari, N. Ashworth, NL., Sheppard, MS., Chad, KE. Comparing Class-based and Home-Based Exercise for Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions: 12-Month Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 1-44, 2017 ePub ahead of print.

Baillie, CPT., Emiry, K., Galaviz, KI., Bruner, MW., Bruner, BG., Lévesque, L. Physical Activity Interventions to Promote Positive Youth Development among Indigenous Youth: A RE-AIM Review. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 21:1-9, 2016.

Bruner, M.W., Hillier, S., Baillie, C.P.T., Lavallée, L.F., Bruner, B.G., Hare, K., Lovelace, R., & Lévesque, L. Positive Youth Development in Aboriginal Sport and Physical Activity: A Systematic Review. Adolescent Research Review, 1(3): 257-269, 2016.

Karvinen, K.H., Bruner, B.G., Truant, T. The teachable moment after cancer diagnosis: Perceptions from oncology nurses.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(6), 602-609, 2015

Karvinen, K.H., Bruner, B.G., Truant, T. Lifestyle Counseling Practices of Oncology Nurses in the United States and Canada. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(6):690-696.

Bruner, B.G. and Chad, K.E. Dietary Practices and Influences on Diet Intake Among Women in a Woodland Cree Community. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, 27(s2), 220-229, 2014.

Bruner, B.G. and Chad, K.E. Physical Activity Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices Among Women in a Woodland Cree Community. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10 (8), 1119 – 1127, 2013.

Leis, K.S., Reeder, B.A., Chad, K.E., Spink, K.S., Fisher, K.L., Bruner, B.G. The Relationship of Chronic Disease and Demographic Variables to Physical Activity in a Sample of Women Aged 65 to 79 Years.Women & Health, 50(5):459-474, 2010.

Harrison, E.L., Fisher, K.L., Lawson, J.A., Chad, K.E., Sheppard, M.S., Reeder, B.A., Ashworth, N.L., Bruner, B.G. Exploring the role of housing type on physical activity and health status in community dwelling older adults.Activities, Adaptations and Aging, 34 94-118, 2010.

Bruner, B.G, Chad, K.E and Dyck, R.F. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in a Woodland Cree Community: Past and Present Trends.Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 33(2) 104-112, 2009.

Reeder, B.A., Chad, K.E., Harrison, E.L., Ashworth, N.L., Sheppard, M.S., Fisher, K.L., Bruner, B.G., Quinn, B.G., Pahwa, P., Hossain, M.A.. Saskatoon in motion: Class- vs. Home-based Exercise Intervention for Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions.Journal of Physical Activity and Health,5, 74-87, 2008.

Bruner, B., Chad, K., Chizen, D. Effects of exercise and nutritional counseling in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism,31(4) 384-391, 2006.

Chad, K.E., Reeder, B.A., Harrison, E.L. Ashworth, N.L., Sheppard, M.S., Schultz, S.L., Bruner, B.G., Fisher, K.L., and Lawson, J.A. Profile of Physical Activity Levels In Community Dwelling Older Adults.Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, 7(10) 1774-84, 2005.

Lindstrom, B., Chad, K., Ashworth, N., Dunphy, B., Harrison, L., Reeder, B., Schultz, S., Sheppard, S., Fisher, K. Effectiveness of Recruitment Strategies for a Physical Activity Intervention in Older Adults with Chronic Diseases.Journal of Physical Activity & Health,1(3), 259-269, 2004.

Refereed Journals - Under Review

Reeder, B.A., Chad, K.E., Harrison, E.L., Ashworth, N.L., Sheppard, M.S., Fisher, K.L., Bruner, B.G., Sheilds, C., Pahwa, P., Hossain, M.A.. Centre vs. home-based physical activity for older adults: A 12-month follow-up to the Saskatoon in-motion randomized controlled trial.