Shauna Burke, PhD

Shauna Burke

Associate Professor

Room 337, HSB
519 661-2111 x82214


  • MA, PhD (Western University)
  • BKin Hons (McMaster)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Infant, child, and youth health
  • Childhood obesity
  • Measurement and promotion of physical activity in children and adults
  • Breastfeeding and infant feeding practices
  • Health promotion
  • Group dynamics

Additional Information

Recent Publications

  • Burke SM, Vanderloo L, Gaston A, Pearson ES & Tucker, P. (2015). An examination of self-reported physical activity and physical activity self-efficacy among children with obesity: Findings from the Children’s Health and Activity Modification Program (C.H.A.M.P.) pilot study. Retos: Nuevas tendencias en Educacion Fisica, Deporte y Recreacion (Challenges: New tendencies in Physical Education, Sport, and Recreation), 28, 212-218.  (Invited (peer-reviewed) article for a special issue of the academic journal “Retos”, edited by the Spanish Federation of Associations of Physical Education Professionals.)
  • Mandich G, Burke S, Gaston A & Tucker P. (2015). The Physical Activity Levels and Sedentary Behaviors of Latino Children in Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 5528-5539. doi:10.3390/ijerph120505528.
  • Burke SM, Shapiro S, Petrella RJ, Irwin JD, Jackman M, Pearson ES, Prapavessis H & Shoemaker JK. (2015). Using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate a community-based summer camp for children with obesity: A prospective feasibility study. BMC Obesity, 2(21). DOI:10.1186/s40608-015-0050-8. (10 pages).
  • Eys MA, Burke SM, Dennis PW & Evans B. (2014). The sport team as an effective group. In J. M. Williams (Ed.), Applied sport psychology: Personal growth to peak performance (7th ed.). New York, NY:  McGraw Hill, 124-139.
  • Gavarkovs AG, Burke SM & Petrella RJ. (2015). Engaging men in chronic disease prevention and management programs: A scoping review. American Journal of Men’s Health, 1-10 [June 30, 2015]. doi: 10.1177/1557988315587549
  • Lala D, Spaulding S, Burke SM & Houghton P. (2015). Electrical stimulation therapy for the treatment of pressure ulcers among individuals with spinal cord injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Wound Journal, [Online View, pp. 1-13]. doi: 10.1111/iwj.12446
  • Harden SM, Burke SM, Haile AM & Estabrooks PA. (2015). Generalizing the findings from group dynamics-based physical activity research to practice settings: What do we know? Evaluation and the Health Professions, 38(1), 3-14.

Research Affiliations

  • Faculty researcher in the Health Promotion Laboratory at Western University
  • Principal investigator of the Children's Health and Activity Modification Program (“C.H.A.M.P.”) and “C.H.A.M.P. Families” program
    • Family-based programs targeting childhood obesity in the London, Ontario community.

Teaching Areas

  • Personal Determinants to Health
  • Child and Youth Health
  • Research Methodology and Scientific Writing in the Health Sciences


  • Faculty of Health Sciences Recognition of Achievement for outstanding contributions to teaching: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
  • “Outstanding Reference Source” award from the American Library Association for: Carron, A. V., & Burke, S. M. (2010). Group cohesion. In J. M. Levine & M. A. Hogg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (pp. 316-320). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Canadian Obesity Network (CON; 2007-present)
  • Member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA; 2003-present)
  • Member of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA; 2008-present)
  • Member of the HealtheSteps Chronic Disease Network (2012-present)
  • Member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA; 2012-present)