Catherine Gaul

Catherine Gaul
Emeritus Professor

BEd (New Brunswick), MSc (SFU), PhD (Victoria)

Area of expertise

Exercise physiology; pediatric sport performance; women and exercise; health benefits of exercise in cancer patients; occupational physiology; fitness and testing


Dr. Kathy Gaul is a Professor. She conducts physiological research that connects exercise to physical performance, health, and the prevention and management of chronic disease and injuries.  She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses with an emphasis on Human Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, and Exercise as Medicine. Kathy was the recipient of the 2008 UVic Legacy Award for Teaching.

Dr. Gaul is not currently accepting any additional graduate students under her supervision.

Research interests

  • Exercise physiology
  • Pediatric sport performance
  • Women and exercise
  • Health benefits of exercise in cancer patients
  • Occupational physiology

Selected publications

Gaul, C.A. (2019) Exercise is Medicine: Treatment and Prevention of Chronic Disease. UBC Medical Journal 11(1): 5-6. 

Pethick, W.A., Murray, H.J., McFadyen, P., Brodie, R., Gaul, C.A., Stellingwerff, T. (2019) Effects of hydration status during heat acclimation on plasma volume and performance. Scand J Med Sci Sports 29:189-199

Duke, S. R., Martin, S.E., Gaul, C.A. (2017) Preseason Functional Movement Screen Predicts Risk of Time-Loss Injury in Experienced Male Rugby Union Athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 2017 Oct; 31(10):2740-2747. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001838

Reider, N.C., Naylor, PJ, Gaul, C. (2015) Sensitivity and Specificity of the Minimal Chair Height Standing Ability Test: A Simple and Affordable Fall-Risk Screening Instrument. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 38(2):90-95. DOI: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000025

Gibson, J.C., Stuart-Hill, L.A., Pethick, W., Gaul, C.A. (2012) Hydration status, and fluid and sodium balance in elite Canadian junior women’s soccer players in a cool environment. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2012 Oct;37(5):931-7. DOI: 10.1139/h2012-073  

Gibson, J., Martin S, Stuart-Hill, L., & Gaul, C. (2011). Nutrition status of junior elite Canadian female soccer athletes. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2011 Dec;21(6):507-14.  DOI: 10.1123/ijsnem.21.6.507