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Chris Ardern, Ph.D.

Chris Ardern is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University and Research Scientist at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Dr. Ardern completed his Ph.D work in Physical Activity Epidemiology at Queen’s University (2006) where his work investigated the refinement of anthropometric measures for health and the role of cardiorespiratory fitness within U.S. Adult Treatment Panel guidelines for the management of global cardiometabolic risk. His current research activities involve the modeling of long-term changes in chronic disease risk and the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviours using a variety of quantitative and geospatial methodologies. Dr. Ardern’s work is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes).

Dr. Ardern is active in various health-related research communities, including the Canadian Obesity Network (CON) and International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH), and is an alumnus of the CON and U.S. Centers for Disease Control Physical Activity and Public Health course. He is a member of the York University College of CIHR reviewers, and has served on review panels for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, UK Cancer Society, and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Dr. Ardern is involved in the development of research capacity within the chronic disease, health informatics, and emergency medicine portfolio.

Professional Association Memberships:
International Society for Physical Activity and Health
American College of Sports Medicine
Canadian Obesity Network
Obesity Society
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Knowledge Mobilization (Select):
Regional Steering Committee Member, Central East Stroke Network
Consensus Panel, Physical Activity and Alzheimer’s Disease
Local Organizing Committee, 2010 International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health
Local Organizing Committee, 2010 Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology