Faculty & Staff


Valerie Carson, PhD

Associate Professor

Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me

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 currently supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Salary Award. 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