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  • Dr. Melanie Keats, BKin, MSc, PhD


Associate Professor, School of Health and Human Performance
Cross appointment with the School of Physiotherapy
Scientific staff appointment at the IWK Children's Hospital


Dalhousie University Faculty of Health Professions

Research Interests:

Physical activity and cancer, pediatric, adolescent/young adult cancer, health behavior change, interventions to promote physical activity, digital technologies to support physical activity behaviors, health outcomes associated with physical activity, quality of life in cancer survival

Physical Activity across the Cancer Continuum

In addition to my faculty position within the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University, I am the Co-Chair of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Physical Activity and Cancer Care Standards Working Group, and I am a Senior Research Scientist with both the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute and Atlantic PATH. As an exercise oncology scientist the focus of my research is physical activity and cancer survivorship. Specifically, my research program explores how physical activity may help survivors cope and recover from treatment, reduce co-morbid disease, extend survivorship, and improve outcomes for those confronted with a non-curative diagnosis. My colleagues and research trainees are also invested in exploring the effectiveness of interventions designed to promote physical activity across the cancer care continuum (including engaging clinicians in the long-term care of survivors). 

Membership Status:

Dr. Keats is a BHCRI Senior Scientist, a member of the BHCRI Training Committee and has presented at a BHCRI Seminar Series.


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Keats, M.R., Grandy, S., Giacomantonio, N., MacDonald, D., Rajda, M., & Younis, T. (2016). EXercise to prevent AnthrCycline-based Cardio-Toxicity (EXACT) in individuals with breast or hematological cancers: a feasibility study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2(44). DOI: 10.1186/s40814-016-0084-9

Lawrence, L.M., Stone, Michelle, R., Rainham, D.G., Keats, M.R. (2016). Environments associated with moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior of colorectal cancer survivors. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s12529-016-9575-6

Tyrrell, A., Keats, M.R., & Blanchard, C. (2014). What WE want and why WE want it: A closer look at the physical activity preference of gynecologic cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(5), 461-469. 

Celine-Martin, A., & Keats, M.R. (2014). Yoga’s effect on quality of life and psychological distress in caregivers of cancer survivors: An exploratory study. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(3), 257-264. 

Woodside, H., & Keats, M.R. (2013). Exploring the role of physical activity during end-of-life care for adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 2(1), 35-37. Impact Factor: Not available. Featured article at the Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) First Annual Conference (October 2013).

Culos-Reed, S.N., Robinson, J.W., Lau, H., Stephenson, L., Keats, M.R., Norris, S., Kline, G., & Faris, P. (2010). Physical activity for men receiving androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: Benefits from a 16-week intervention.  Supportive Care in Cancer, 18(5), 591-599. 

Keats, M.R., & Culos-Reed, S.N. (2009).  A theory-driven approach to encourage physical activity in pediatric cancer survivors: A pilot study. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 31(2), 267-83. 

Keats, M.R., & Culos-Reed, S.N. (2008). A community-based physical activity program for adolescents with cancer (Project TREK): Program feasibility and preliminary findings. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 30(4), 272-280. 

Keats, M.R., Culos-Reed, S.N., & Courneya, K.S. (2007). An examination of the beliefs, attitudes and counselling practices of paediatric oncologists toward physical activity: A provincial survey. Paediatrics & Child Health, 12(4), 289-93. 

Keats, M.R., Culos-Reed, S.N., Courneya, K.S., & McBride, M. (2007). Understanding physical activity in adolescent cancer survivors: An application of the theory of planned behavior.  Psycho-Oncology, 16(5), 448-57. 


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