Linda Trinh

Linda Trinh, Assistant Professor, Exercise & Cancer Survivorship

  • Assistant Professor
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Linda

Academic Training

Post-doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

PhD, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta

MA, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, University of Victoria

BPHE/BA, School of Physical and Health Education/Philosophy, Queen’s University


My research agenda is focused in the development of evidence-based and theoretically-driven physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions for cancer control and survivorship. My main research interests include examining: a) the effects of physical activity in cancer survivors on symptom management (e.g., quality of life, fatigue, cognitive function) and health-related fitness outcomes (e.g., cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength/endurance, physical function); b) behavior change interventions for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior in cancer survivors; and c) profiling physical activity levels, patterns, and determinants in cancer survivors. My secondary line of research is a focus on sedentary behaviour and establishing how these patterns (i.e., volume; bout length; breaks in sitting time) are related to physical and psychosocial health outcomes.

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting PhD and MSc students
Research Interests

Exercise and cancer survivorship

Exercise and health psychology

Theory-based interventions

Symptom management (e.g., cognitive function, quality of life, fatigue)

Sedentary behaviour

Watch video of Linda Trinh and KPE colleagues Catherine Sabiston and Daniel Santa Mina discuss their research into exercise oncology

Selected Publications

Tabaczynski, A., Whitehorn, A., Mcauley, E.,Trinh, L. (2020). A comparison of total and domain-specific sedentary time in breast cancer survivors and age-matched healthy controls. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Trinh, L., Kramer, A., Rowland, K., Strom, D., Wong, J., Mcauley, E. (2020). A pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial adding behavioral counseling to supervised physical activity in prostate cancer survivors: behavior change in prostate cancer survivors trial (BOOST). Journal of behavioral medicine.

Tabaczynski, A., Courneya, K.,Trinh, L. (2020). Replacing sedentary time with physical activity and sleep: associations with quality of life in kidney cancer survivors. Cancer Causes & Control.

Salerno, E., Rowland, K., Hillman, C., Trinh, L., Kramer, A., Mcauley, E. (2020). Dose-Response Effects of Acute Aerobic Exercise Duration on Cognitive Function in Patients With Breast Cancer: A Randomized Crossover Trial. Frontiers in Psychology.

Tabaczynski, A., Strom, D., Wong, J., Mcauley, E., Larsen, K., Faulkner, G., Courneya, K., Trinh, L. (2020). Demographic, medical, social-cognitive, and environmental correlates of meeting independent and combined physical activity guidelines in kidney cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer.

Trinh, L., Motl, R., Roberts, S., Gibbons, T., Mcauley, E. (2019). Estimation of physical activity intensity cut‐points using accelerometry in breast cancer survivors and age‐matched controls. European Journal of Cancer Care.

Ehlers, D., Trinh, L., & McAuley, M. (2016). The Intersection of Cancer and Aging: Implications for Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness on Cognition. Expert Review of Quality of Life in Cancer Care, 1(5), 347-350.

Trinh, L., Larsen, K., Faulkner, G. E., Plotnikoff, R. C., Rhodes, R. E., North, S., & Courneya, K. S. (2016).  Social-Ecological Correlates of Physical Activity in Kidney Cancer Survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10(1), 164-175. PMID: 26048546

Trinh, L., Amireault, S., Lacombe, J., & Sabiston, C. M. (2015). Physical and psychological health among breast cancer survivors:  Interactions with sedentary behavior and physical activity. Psycho-Oncology, 24(10), 1279-1285.

Trinh, L., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. P., Sabiston, C. M., Alibhai, S. M. H., Jones, J. M., Berry, S. R.,  Loblaw, A., & Faulkner, G. E. (2015). A qualitative study exploring the perceptions of sedentary behavior in men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(4), 398-406.

Trinh, L., Plotnikoff, R. C., Rhodes, R. E., North, S., & Courneya, K. S. (2015). Changes in motivational outcomes following a supervised physical activity program with behavioral counseling in kidney cancer survivors: A pilot study. Psycho-Oncology, 24(9), 1204-1207. PMID: 25628184

Currently Funded Projects

Trinh, L. (PI), McAuley, E., Kramer, A., & Rowland, K. (2015-2017). A Pilot, Randomized Controlled Trial Adding Behavioral Counseling to Supervised Physical Activity in Prostate Cancer Survivors. Campus Research Board, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sabiston, C. M. (PI); Vallance, J., Ahmed, R., Brunet, J., Campbell, K., Courneya, K. S., Culos-Reed, S. N., Faulkner, G. E., Friedenreich, C., Gauvin, L., Jones, J. M., Karvinen, K., Keats, M., McGowan, E., Rennie, H, Santa Mina, D., Fong, A. J., Tomasone, J., Trinh, L. (Co-I’s). (2015-2020). Improving Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Behavior Among Breast Cancer Survivors: MOVING Research into Practice. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario (CBCF)

Santa Mina, D. & Sabiston, C. M. (Co-PI’s); Matthew, A. G., Alibhai, S. M. H., Jones, J., Fleshner, N. E., Trachtenberg, J., Joshua, A., Faulkner, G., Catton, C., Ritvo, P., Trinh, L., Dolan, L., Chang, E., Jurisica, I., Loblaw, A., Cheung, A. M., Ma, D., Krahn, M. (Co-I’s). (2015-2020). GAP4 Prostate Cancer Exercise & Metabolic Health Project. Movember Global Action Plan

Professional Memberships

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – CSEP

  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

Canadian Cancer Survivorship Research Consortium

Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) 

International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)

Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN)