Nicole Culos-Reed

Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed




Faculty of Kinesiology

Full Member

Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute


Health and Wellness Lab, Thrive Centre

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.220.7540
Lab: 403.210.8482


Office: KNB238

Preferred method of communication



Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy Exercise and Health Psychology, University of Waterloo, 2000

MSc Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, University of Oregon, 1996

BA Psychology, University of British Columbia, 1994


Nicole Culos-Reed is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, and also holds appointments with the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, and with the Department of Psychosocial Resources, Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Nicole is the director of the Health and Wellness Lab and the Thrive Centre, a dedicated fitness facility for individuals living with and beyond cancer. Nicole's expertise is in health and exercise psychology, with a focus on health behaviour change. Nicole’s research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable community-based exercise oncology programs, building exercise into standard cancer care.

Nicole is a member of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, and the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute.


Areas of Research

Exercise Oncology

Exercise oncology implementation, and health behaviour change researcher.

Health and exercise psychology

Our team works on developing, implementing, and disseminating evidence-based exercise oncology programs. This includes supporting exercise behaviour change in all individuals living with and beyond cancer through our exercise oncology resources, including education and programs. Our work spans from pediatric oncology to individuals living with advanced cancer.

Health coaching

Effective communication to build a positive motivational climate is essential for supporting exercise behaviour change


Dr. Culos-Reed studies physical activity for cancer survivors, and focuses on utilizing a multidisciplinary perspective to understand and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. The goal of this research is to develop physical activity programs that positively impact the myriad of physical and psychological factors that cancer survivors experience, ultimately enhancing their quality of life.

Upcoming work includes providing greater accessibility and options for physical activity programs to the cancer survivor population, to examine the feasibility of lifestyle interventions at various stages of the cancer continuum (diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment, survivorship, and palliation), and to collaborate with other cancer centers to better understand the role of physical activity for different cancer types.


Ongoing Research

Please check out our website for up to date information on our ongoing projects in exercise oncology.


  • CAPO Award for Research Excellence, CIHR – Institute of Cancer Research. 2019
  • 2018 - Pathfinder’s Award, PROSTAID Calgary, Prostate Cancer Canada Clinical Network. 2018
  • Great Supervisor Award, University of Calgary. 2017
  • Peak Scholars in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Knowledge Engagement Award, University of Calgary. 2017
  • City of Calgary's Community Achievement Award, Excellence in Education, 2014
  • Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness, Faculty Excellence Award, 2013
  • University of Calgary Graduate Supervision Award, Nomination, 2013
  • AHFMR Population Health Investigator, 2002