Dr. Jenna Gibbs

Assistant Professor
Academic title(s): 

FRQS Chercheurs-boursiers (Research Scholar) Junior 1

Dr. Jenna Gibbs
Contact Information
Email address: 
jenna.gibbs [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate phone: 

Currie Gymnasium
475 Avenue des Pins Ouest
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4

Kinesiology & Physical Education
Biomechanics, Neuroscience & Physiology
Sports and Exercise Sciences
Areas of expertise: 
  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Aging
  • Osteoporosis
  • Body Composition and Bone Strength Assessment
  • Physical Activity Interventions
  • Energy Balance
  • Eating Behavior
  • Nutrition
  • Women’s Health
  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow, Bone Health and Exercise Science Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Ph.D., Women’s Health and Exercise Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, Penn State University, State College, PA, USA
  • Honors B.Sc., School of Kinesiology, Western University, London, ON, Canada
Prizes and Awards: 
FRQS Chercheurs-boursiers / Chercheuses-boursières (Research Scholar)
Selected publications: 

Drummond K, Bennett R, Gibbs JC, Wei R, Hu W, Tardio V, Gagnon C, Berger C, Morin SN. Perceptions of fracture and fall risk and of the benefits and barriers to exercise in adults with diabetes. Osteoporos Int. doi: 10.1007/s00198-022-06524-6
De Souza MJ, Ricker EA, Mallinson RJ, Allaway HCM, Koltun KJ, Strock NCA, Gibbs JC, P Kuruppumullage Don, Williams NI. Bone mineral density in response to increased energy intake in exercising women with oligomenorrhea/amenorrhea: the REFUEL randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Feb 16:nqac044. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqac044. Online ahead of print.
Gibbs JC, Patsakos E, Maltais DB, Wolfe DL, Gagnon DH, Craven BC. Rehabilitation interventions to modify endocrine-metabolic disease risk in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury living in the community (RIISC): A systematic search and review of prospective cohort and case-control studies. J Spinal Cord Med. 2021 Feb 17:1-20. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2020.1863898. Online ahead of print.
Turcotte AF, O’Connor S, Morin SN, Gibbs JC, Willie BM, Jean S, Gagnon C. Effects of Obesity on Risk of Fracture, Bone Mineral Density and Bone Quality in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS One. 2021 Jun 8;16(6):e0252487
Terada T, Scott K, Way KL, Tulloch HE, Pipe AL, Chirico D, Reid RD, Gibbs JC, Reed JL. Meeting the Canadian strength training recommendations: implications for the cardiometabolic, psychological and musculoskeletal health of nurses. J Nurs Manag. 2021 May;29(4):681-689.
Ponzano M, Gibbs JC, Templeton JA, Adachi JD, Ashe MC, Cheung AM, Kendler D, Khan A, McArthur C, Papaioannou A, Prasad S, Thabane L, Wark JD, Giangregorio LM. Exploring fear of falling and exercise self-efficacy in older women with vertebral fractures. J Aging Phys Act. 2021 Apr 1;29(2):219-224.
Gibbs JC, McArthur C, Wark JD, Thabane L, Scherer SC, Prasad S, Papaioannou A, Mittmann N, Kim S, Khan A, Kendler DL, Hill KD, Cheung AM, Bleakney RR, Ashe MC, Adachi JD, Giangregororio LM. The effects of home exercise in older women with vertebral fractures: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther. 2020 Apr 17;100(4):662-676.
McArthur C, Gibbs JC, Ashe MC, Cheung AM, Hill KD, Kendler DL, Khan A, Prasad S, Thabane L, Wark JD, Giangregorio LM. The association between trunk muscle endurance, balance and falls self-efficacy in women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures: an exploratory analysis from a pilot randomized controlled trial. Disabil Rehabil. 2021 Aug;43(16):2268-2274.
Gibbs JC, Macintyre NJ, Ponzano M, Templeton JA, Thabane L, Papaioannou A, Giangregorio LM. Exercise for improving outcomes after osteoporotic vertebral fracture: An update. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Jul 5;7:CD008618.
Gibbs JC, McArthur C, Milligan J, Clemson L, Lee L, Boscart V, Heckman G, Stolee P, Giangregorio LM. Measuring the implementation of Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (Mi-LiFE) in primary care for older adults: Results of a feasibility study. Can J Aging. 2019 Sep;38(3):350-366.Publication 5.

  • M.Sc. Exercise Physiology
  • Ph.D. Kinesiology Sciences (Exercise Physiology)
Graduate supervision: 

Accepting students for 2023-24

Students interested in pursuing training opportunities are encouraged to contact Dr. Gibbs directly, providing a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae.

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