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Shilpa Dogra

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room B345
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 6240

Research topics

  • aging
  • asthma
  • chronic disease
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • performance
  • sedentary behaviour


Dr. Shilpa Dogra completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto, Ontario. While working on her master's degree, she became a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Her doctoral work focused on understanding the impact of exercise on asthma control in adults. She completed additional research training at Western University in London, Ontario in the area of cardiovascular exercise physiology and aging.


Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise for Chronic Conditions
  • Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
  • Human Physiology

Research and expertise

Research areas of specialty:

  • asthma and exercise-induced asthma in adults
  • active aging and sedentary behaviour in older adults
  • physical activity for chronic disease prevention and management     

Research background and interests

Dr. Dogra's two main areas of research are asthma and aging. Work in the area of asthma is primarily laboratory-based and incorporates use of physiological measures to understand the acute and chronic response of the airways to different types of exercise. Work in the area of aging is primarily epidemiological and community based. Large epidemiological datasets are used for secondary analysis, and community interventions are run in partnership with local seniors’ centres.

Research collaborators

  • Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, Ontario
  • Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre, Oshawa, Ontario
  • York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta


  • Selected publications
    • O’Neil C, Kimmerly D, Dogra S. Central and Peripheral Response to Incremental Cycling Exercise in Older Recreationally Trained and Recreationally Active Men. Physiological Research; Accepted.
    • O’Neil C, Dogra S. Different Types of Sedentary Activities and their Association with Perceived Health and Wellness among Middle-Aged and Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Analysis. American Journal of Health Promotion; In Press.
    • Stathokostas L, Dogra S, Paterson DH. The Independent Roles of Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Sedentary Time on Chronic Conditions and Body Mass Index in Older Adults. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness; In Press.
    • Copeland J, Clarke J, Dogra S. Objectively Measured and Self-Reported Leisure Sedentary Time in Older Canadians. Preventive Medicine Reports 2015;2:90-95.
    • Doggett N, Dogra S. Physical Inactivity and Television Viewing Time in Aboriginal Adults with Asthma: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Aboriginal Peoples Survey. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice. 2015;35(3):54-61.
    • Dogra S, Clarke J, Roy J, Fowles J. An Assessment of Current Practices for Body Composition Assessment and Health Risk Determination in the General Population. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.2015;40(2):134-41.
    • Dogra S, Al-Sahab B, Manson J, Tamim H. Aging Expectations are associated with Physical Activity and Health among Older Adults of Low Socioeconomic Status. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2015;23(2):180-6.
    • Dogra S, Shah S, Patel M, Tamim H. Effectiveness of a Tai Chi Intervention for Improving Functional Fitness and General Health among Ethnically Diverse Older Adults with Self-Reported Arthritis Living in Low Income Neighborhoods: A Cohort Study. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2015;38(2):71-7.
  • Presentations
    • Dogra S and Carley O’Neil. A Comparison Of Central Components Of Cardiorespiratory Fitness In Trained And Untrained Older Male Cyclists. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2014; 46(1):5S.
    • Dogra S, Doggett N. Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour among Aboriginal Adults with Asthma from the Aboriginal Peoples Survey. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2014; 46(1):5S.
    • Clark J, Roy J, Fowles J, Dogra S. Should qualified exercise professionals measure skinfolds when assessing health related fitness in the general population? Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 2013; 38(10):1003-1091.
    • Roy J, Clark J, Dogra S, Fowles J. The health of Canadian adults across fitness categories. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 2013; 38(10):1003-1091.
    • Dogra S, Stathokostas L. Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Activity are Independent Predictors of Successful Aging in Middle-Aged and Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 2012; 20, S1 – S369.
    • Dogra S, Manson J, Tamim H. Aging Attitudes are a Predictors of Physical Activity among Ethnically Diverse Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 2012;20,S1–S369.
    • Tamim H, Manson J, Shah S, Dogra S. Happiness is a Determinant of Physical Activity Levels among Ethnically Diverse Older Adults. Accepted for presentation at the World Congress on Activity and Aging (Glasgow, UK). Journal of Aging and Physical Activity Special Issue 2012.
    • Dogra S, Spencer MD, Paterson DH. Higher Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Older Trained Women is Due to Preserved Stroke Volume. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Abst C-Thematic 2012; 44(5S):186-266.
    • McLay K, Dogra S, Paterson DH. Responsiveness of the Popliteal Artery in Older Trained and Untrained Women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Abst E-Index 2012; 44(5S):959-1065.
    • Dogra S, Tamim H, Paterson DH. Which is more important for cardiometabolic health in older and middle-aged Canadian adults: moderate to vigorous physical activity or aerobic fitness? Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 2011; 36(S2).
    • Dogra S, Jamnik V, Baker J. Self-directed exercise improves perceived measures of health in adults with partly controlled asthma. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2010; 35(S1): S25.
    • Dogra S., Baker J., Ardern C.I., Gledhill N., Jamnik V. Aerobic training contributes to improved asthma control in adults. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2009; 34(S1):S23.
    • Dogra S., Ardern C.I., Baker J. Does physical activity attenuate healthcare utilization in adults with asthma? Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2008; 33(S1): S27.
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