Dr. Tudor-Locke is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion at the Department of Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University and an Adjunct Professor at the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Tudor-Locke has been uniquely trained as both a basic scientist (exercise physiology) and as a practice-based health program educator and evaluator. Dr. Tudor-Locke is gaining a reputation as a researcher interested in understanding and addressing the problems associated with sedentary lifestyles. Her name has been linked to pedometry in numerous publications and through national and international conference presentations. Dr. Tudor-Locke has considerable experience collecting and analyzing pedometer-assessed physical activity data in field settings. Her work shows that she excels at effectively linking and intergrating both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is rooted in practice-based, action research. Dr. Tudor-Locke is the creator of the First Step Program, a novel daily physical activity intervention for overweight and sedentary individuals, capitalizing on a simple and inexpensive pedometer as a self-monitoring and goal setting tool.
Prior to returning to academic training, Dr. Tudor-Locke worked for four years as a Program Director at the YMCA in Alberta, Canada, and another four years as the Community Exercise Physiologist at the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging. In both these practice-based occupations, Dr. Tudor-Locke directed physical activity program development, implementation, and delivery for a wide range of populations. Dr. Tudor-Locke has presented widely to both academic and lay audiences and has written educational and training documents suitable for both reader audiences. She has added to her training with a certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Dr. Tudor-Locke monitors her physical activity daily with a pedometer. She walks or bikes to work regularly, tries to keep true to a weight training regimen, walks to local coffee and lunch spots for a break from her sedentary academic occupation, and runs and walks regularly in her neighborhood with friends. In the evening she lays on the couch with her husband and watches TV. She averages 14,000 steps/day.