Catrine Tudor-Locke

Catrine Tudor-Locke

Office of the Dean


Catrine Tudor-Locke, PhD, FACSM, FNAK is Professor and Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Dean Tudor-Locke has joined the University from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was associate dean for research and administration in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Prior to her current appointment, Tudor-Locke served as chair of the Department of Kinesiology.

Dean Tudor-Locke is a walking behavior researcher and a recognized world leader in objective physical activity assessment and promotion, specifically focused on pedometer or accelerometer-determined ambulatory activity captured as steps/day across the lifespan. She is a trained program evaluator and adult educator focused on practical applications in objective monitoring measurement and intervention. She has also published on clinical vs. free-living gait analysis, including interpretation of cadence as a simple indicator of ambulatory patterns. She has also published work documenting the relationship between time spent in sedentary behavior and relatively low ambulatory activity, measured as steps/day.


  • PhD – University of Waterloo, 2000, Health Studies and Gerontology
  • Certificate – St. Francis Xavier University, 1995, Adult Education
  • MSc – Dalhousie University, 1992, Kinesiology
  • BA – University of Lethbridge 1985, Physical Education


  • Physical Activity
  • Public Health Research

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

With funding from many public agencies and private foundations, Dean Tudor-Locke has established an internationally recognized research program on the promotion of walking throughout the lifespan and the development of objective measures of physical activity using wearable technology. She has more than 280 articles published or in press in leading physical activity journals and has presented at many national and international conferences resulting in more than 150 abstracts or conference presentations. She also has delivered more than 85 invited academic presentations in the U.S. and internationally.

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