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Research and Professional Interests
Dr. Trinh's research interests are focused in the area of cancer control and survivorship from a health and exercise psychology perspective where she develops and implements theory-based physical activity interventions. She conducts research on a unique population group of cancer survivors where physical activity promotion and a reduction in sedentary behavior is essential for improving quality of life, symptom management, and cancer prognosis. Specifically, she focuses on establishing the link between physical activity and/or sedentary behavior and quality of life among obesity-linked (i.e., kidney, breast, colon) and older cancer survivor groups (i.e., prostate). In addition, Dr. Trinh has expertise in developing sound, effective, and theory-driven physical activity interventions based on behavior change techniques through various modes of delivery including print material, face-to-face, and web-based technology. She also evaluates the feasibility and effectiveness of physical activity interventions for larger scale randomized controlled trials.
Dr. Trinh's current research projects include examining a web-based intervention to reduce sedentary time among prostate cancer survivors (RiseTx). The central objective of this two-phase (formative and intervention research) feasibility study is to develop and evaluate acceptability, compliance, delivery of the intervention, and recruitment and retention of a sedentary behavior intervention for men on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Secondary outcomes include change in sedentary behavior, quality of life, and fatigue. Other collaborative research projects include an international, multi-center, clinical trial to examine the effects of exercise among prostate cancer patients (Global Action Plan for Prostate Cancer Exercise & Metabolic Health). The key objective is to establish and test the effects of an exercise intervention on patient-reported outcomes and biomarkers of disease biology and progression. She is also involved with knowledge translation activities through a team grant to develop a sustainable infrastructure for enhancing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior among breast cancer survivors. The overarching goals of this project are to integrate knowledge of lifestyle activity resources and unmet needs among breast cancer survivors and clinicians, and develop a training module to improve lifestyle activity counselling in oncology practice.
Projects that she is currently involved with and collaborating on are being funded by Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), and the Movember Foundation. Her prior research has been previously funded by a post-doctoral trainee award from the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada, a full-time doctoral health research studentship from the Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions, as well as a Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Scholarship.
Dr. Trinh is a member of several scholarly and professional organizations including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Canadian Cancer Survivorship Research Consortium (CCSRC), Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada (KCRNC), and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists (CSEP).