Danielle Bouchard

Full Professor


Kinesiology, Faculty of

KIN 322


1 506 443 3908

Research interests

  • Aging, exercise and functional benefits
  • Chronic conditions and exercise
  • Implementation of evidence-based exercise programs

Current teaching

  • KIN 3201- Exercise Prescription
  • KIN4082 - Advance Exercise Prescription for Chronic Conditions
  • KIN 4994 - Physical Activity and Aging


Dr. Bouchard is from Edmundston, NB. If you see her, she is either walking, rolling or running. She has an undergrad in Physical Education from the Université de Moncton, an MSc. from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in Exercise Sciences and a Ph.D. from the Université de Sherbrooke in Gerontology. She completed two post-doctoral training. The first was in Epidemiology at Queen’s University, and the second was in Endocrinology at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Her research mainly focuses on identifying novel exercise programs for inactive individuals to become regular exercisers and testing adherence and the potential health/functional benefits of such programs. Her population of interest is aging adults with or without chronic conditions.

Dr. Bouchard has authored or co-authored 95 peer-reviewed journals, is an Editor for a Human Kinetics book and has attracted about nine million in research funding since starting her appointment in 2015. She has supervised 20 graduate students since her first appointment in 2012.

Highlighting current projects

  • The small steps- A project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Research New Brunswick. This project consists of understanding what seniors and key stakeholders would want as an intervention to sit less and potentially become more active.

  • Adapt, Attract, Implement, and Sustain (AAIMS)- A project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Research New Brunswick and Trauma NB. The main goals of this project are to understand strategies that lead to more Canadians having access to an evidence-based exercise program to reduce the risk of falls.

Recent publications

Lorbergs, A.L., Prorok, J.C., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Bouchard, D.R., Giguere, A., Gramlich, L., Keller, H., Tang, A., Racey, M., Ali, M.U., Fitzpatrick-Lewis, D., Sherifali, D., Kim, P., & Muscedere, J. on behalf of the Canadian Frailty Network (2022). Nutrition and physical activity clinical practice guidelines for older adults living with frailty. The Journal of Frailty & Aging, 11(1), 3-11.

Lees, M.A., Edwards, J., McCain, J.E., & Bouchard, D.R., (2022). Potential value of home square-stepping exercises for inactive older adults: an exploratory case study. BMC geriatrics, 22(1), 14.

Keshavarz, M., Sénéchal, M., Dombrowski, S.U., Meister, D. & Bouchard, D.R. (2022) Examining the role of sex on the benefits of muscle-strengthening activities for people living with obesity. Health Science Reports 2022 Jul.; 5(4): e720.

McDonald M, Sénéchal, Leadbetter B, Bouchard D.R. Your article Fear of Falls Following an Online Exercise Program for Aging Adults. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. Jan.-Dec.; 9: 23337214231151357.

Gallibois, M., Handrigan, G., Caissie, L., Cooling, K., Hébert, J., Jarrett, P., McGibbon, C., Read, E., Sénéchal, M., & Bouchard, D.R. (2023) The effect of a standing intervention on falls in long term care: a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Canadian Journal of Geriatrics. 1;26(2):247-52.

McCain J, Edwards J, Gallibois, M., Handrigan, G., Caissie, L., Cooling, K., Hébert, J., Jarrett, P., McGibbon, C., Read, E., Sénéchal, M., & Bouchard, D.R. (2023). The Long-Term Care Residents’ Acceptance of a Standing Intervention: A Qualitative Intrinsic Case Study. Geriatric Nursing Mar.-Apr.; 50:94-101.

McCain, A., McGibbon, C., Mackenzie, E., Carroll, M., Sénéchal, M., & Bouchard, D.R. (2023) Validity of common physical function online testing for older adults. In Press at the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Pitre V, Sénéchal M, Bouchard D.R. (2023) Comparing online and in Person Delivery of a Fall Prevention Exercise Program for Older Adults. In press in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Keshavarz, M., Sénéchal, M., & Bouchard, D.R. Online Circuit Training Increases Adherence to Physical Activity: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Men with Obesity. In press to MSSE.