Christy Tomkins-Lane, PhD, CKA

Administrative title:  (on leave) Chair, Department of Health and Physical Education

Academic title: (on leave) Professor

PhD, University of Alberta
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan
M.Sc., Western University
B.Sc., Western University

Contact Information
Office: U243E
Email: clane@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.8671


Dr. Tomkins-Lane is currently on a leave of absence as Chair of the Health and Physical Education department.  She is a startup Founder and award-winning exercise scientist with expertise in big data, wearable devices, and digital health. She has won many international awards for her work in lifestyle medicine and the application of technology in health and speaks often internationally on these topics. Dr. Tomkins-Lane is a founding member of the Stanford Wearable Health Lab and is the Founder of Vivametrica, a health tech company that uses data from wearable devices to predict mortality and disease risks, as well as to engage individuals in wellness. She was recently recognized as Avenue Calgary's Top 40 Under 40, Top 20 Women in Tech 2018, and was awarded the Mount Royal University Research Excellence Award in 2019.

Areas of Instruction

  • Human Anatomy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Digital Health
  • Entrepreneurship

Areas of Scholarship

  • Digital health
  • Wearable devices
  • Lifestyle medicine and e-health
  • Lumbar spine
  • Outcomes assessment and diagnosis

Selected Publications

Digital biomarkers of spine and musculoskeletal disease from accelerometers: Defining phenotypes of free-living physical activity in knee osteoarthritis and lumbar spinal stenosis

Digital transformation in spine research and outcome assessment

Diagnostic tests in the clinical diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis: Consensus and Results of an International Delphi Study

ISSLS Prize Winner: Consensus on the Clinical Diagnosis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Results of an International Delphi Study

The spinal stenosis pedometer and nutrition lifestyle intervention (SSPANLI): development and pilot

Relevant Community Service

  • Mount Royal University Childcare Board Member
  • MRU Launchpad Mentor
  • Women's Entrepreneurship Hub MRU Member
  • Mount Royal Women's Rugby Faculty Representative
  • WESTEM Mentor

Link to my professional website.