Lab Members

Kathleen McGinnisKathleen Martin Ginis, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., O.M.C., Distinguished University Scholar

Director, UBC Faculty of Medicine Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine
Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Principal Investigator, ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries)
Chair & Principal Investigator, Canadian Disability Participation Project

The University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)
Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory
1088 Discovery Avenue
Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1V7
Phone: 250.807.9768


  • B.Sc. Psychology, 1992, University of Toronto
  • M.A. Kinesiology, 1993, Western University
  • Ph.D. Kinesiology, 1996, University of Waterloo
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1996-1998, Wake Forest University


My primary research focus is physical activity participation in community-dwelling people living with spinal cord injury. In particular, I am interested in how we can use principles of exercise psychology and behavioural science to improve physical activity participation. I am also interested in the psychosocial and physical health benefits of physical activity in people with SCI and other physical disabilities.

Community partnerships are at the heart of my research program. I work closely with over 20 provincial and national organizations (e.g., Spinal Cord Injury British Columbia [SCI BC], Disability Foundation, Neil Squire Society, Praxis Spinal Cord [formerly Rick Hansen] Institute, Canadian Paralympic Committee). I also collaborate regularly with a close network of colleagues working in a wide variety of disciplines including exercise physiology, rehabilitation science, sport psychology, and disability studies.

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in my lab typically have a primary interest in the behavioural aspects of exercise or other health-related behaviours* in people with disabilities. Most students in my lab have a background in Kinesiology, Psychology or a related discipline that has provided training in the behavioural aspects of health or exercise.

(*Note that we are not a bioscience research lab. We do not do research with animal models or in areas such as neuroregeneration or biomedical treatments for spinal cord injury)

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2019 SCAPPS Brawley & Elliott Award for Excellence in Supervision & Mentorship
  • 2019 Readers’ Choice Award for best review paper published in 2018 in Spinal Cord
  • 2015 John Gibbons Counsell Award for contributions to the cause of people with SCI
  • 2014 Government of Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship
  • 2014 National Spinal Cord Injury Conference Research Award, 1st Prize
  • 2011 International Fellow, National Academy of Kinesiology
  • 2010 The President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, McMaster University


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Femke Hoekstra, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

Twitter: @FHoekstra_Groot


  • My research focuses on understanding and improving knowledge translation processes, especially in the area of rehabilitation and health promotion. My research involves studying implementation processes of behavior interventions and trials in real-world settings from different perspectives (organization, professional, and client/patient).
  • My research focuses on understanding and improving effective exercise counselling in spinal cord injury


  • BSc, Human Movement Sciences, 2009, VU University Amsterdam.
  • MSc, Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences, 2012, VU University Amsterdam.
  • PhD, Physical Activity, Rehabilitation, and Implementation, 2017, University of Groningen

Funding and Awards

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship (2020-2022)
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Trainee Award (2021-2023)
  • Association for Canada Studies in the Netherlands (ACSN) Student Research Awards (2016)
  • Stichting Nicolaas Mulierus Fonds (the Netherlands) (2016)
  • Stichting Beatrixoord Noord-Nederland (the Netherlands) ReSpAct-study (2014-2015)

Cameron Gee, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Twitter: @CameronMGee


  • Effects of novel exercise interventions, specific to individuals with spinal cord injury, on quality of life.
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity levels, stressors, and lifestyle habits in Canadians with disabilities.
  • Hemodynamic management in the intensive care unit to enhance spinal cord oxygenation and promote neurological recovery following acute spinal cord injury.


  • BAppSc, School of Human Movement Studies, 2008, University of Queensland
  • MExSc, School of Human Movement Studies, 2011, University of Queensland
  • PhD, School of Kinesiology, 2020, University of British Columbia


Robert Shaw, BPHE

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

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  • Research focusing on ‘deconstructing’ the peer mentorship experience for people with spinal cord injury in order to better understand how specific elements of peer mentorship contribute to its effectiveness.


  • BPHE, 2014, Nipissing University

Scholarships & Awards

  • SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2018-2021)
  • Gragopean Scholarship (2018-2019)
  • Institute for Work and Health Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • UBC University Graduate Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Joseph David Hall Memorial Scholarship (2017)
  • Rising Star Alumni Award (2016)
  • Harry Lyman Hooker Senior Fellowship (2014-2016)
  • McMaster Graduate Scholarship (2014-2016)
  • Toronto Rehab’s Research Training Award for Students with Disabilities (2014-2015)


Kendra Todd, MSc

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

Twitter: @ktodd16


  • BSc Human Kinetics, 2015, University of Guelph
  • MSc Interdisciplinary Sciences, Health and Exercise Science, 2017, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)


  • Research focusing on the effects of exercise on subjective wellbeing and neuropathic pain experienced by adults with spinal cord injury. My research involves evaluating both the psychological (e.g., questionnaires), and physiological (e.g., inflammatory markers) aspects of neuropathic pain and exercise participation.

Scholarships and Awards

  • CGS-SSHRC Doctoral Award (2019-2022)
  • Killam Doctoral Scholarship (2019-2021)
  • WorkSafe BC Research Training Award (2019-2021)
  • UBC University Graduate Fellowship (2017-2020)


Sarah Lawrason, BScH, MSc

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

Twitter: @sarahvclawrason


  • BScH, Specialization in Kinesiology, 2016, Queen’s University
  • MSc, Sport Psychology, 2018, Queen’s University


  • My research focuses on the quantity and quality of physical activity experiences for individuals living with spinal cord injury who ambulate/walk. My work is informed by behaviour change theory and an integrated knowledge translation approach to maximize the potential effectiveness of strategies developed to improve quality participation for this group.

Scholarships and Awards

  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, UBC (2020-2023)
  • WorkSafe BC Doctoral Research Training Award, UBC (2020-2022)
  • University Graduate Fellowship, UBC (2019-2021)
  • Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship, UBC (2018-2019)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Queen’s University (2017-2018)
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship, Queen’s University (2012-2013)


Gabriel Dix, B.H.K

M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

Twitter: @gabedix


  • Research focuses on examining the effects of non-pharmacological interventions (i.e. diet and exercise) on immunology and neuropathic pain in adults with spinal cord injury.
  • Involved in the evaluation of the availability of healthcare services as they pertain to diabetes and obesity in the Okanagan and South Okanagan regions.


Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Hons), 2019, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Lieutenant Governors Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation (2019)
  • Canadian Institute for Health Research: Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis – Summer Studentship Award (2019)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Undergraduate Student Research Award (2019)
  • Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship -Master’s (2019)
  • UBC Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship (2019)
  • UBC Okanagan Health and Exercise Sciences Deans Scholarship (2019)
  • Julianne Lion Memorial Bursary in the Faculty of Health and Social Development (2019)
  • Human Kinetics Student Association Achievement Award (2018)


Adrienne Sinden

Adrienne R. Sinden, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Research Coordinator, McMaster University



  • Hons. B.Sc., Psychology, Specialist, 1996, McMaster University
  • Hons. Kinesiology, 2nd degree course work, 1998-1999, McMaster University
  • M.Sc., Health & Exercise Psychology, 2001, McMaster University


  • SCI Action Canada Lab research coordinator (2010-present), UBC
  • Canadian Disability Participation Project research coordinator (2013-present), UBC
  • Health & Exercise Psychology Lab (Kinesiology), Community Health Lab (Rehabilitation Sciences) research assistant (2003-2004), McMaster University
  • Infant Auditory Lab, Cognitive Lab research coordinator (1996-1998), Psychology, McMaster University
  • experience researching and coordinating studies involving adults with spinal cord injury, able-bodied adults, infants and seniors


  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2000-2001)
  • Harry S. Lyman Hooker Senior Fellowship (1999-2001)
  • Abe Black Memorial Prize (1996)


Joan Úbeda Colomer
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2020
PhD 2019: Co-Supervised, José Devís Devís, University of Valencia, Spain
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Valencia, Spain

Matthew Stork
PhD 2018
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Jasmin Ma
PhD 2018
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Jan van der Scheer
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2017, International trainee
Current Position: Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Kendra Todd
MSc 2017
Current Position: PhD Student, University of British Columbia

Marie-Josée Perrier
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2016
Current Position: Private Consulting

Lauren Salci
MSc 2015
Current Position: Hospital Sales Representative, GlaxoSmithKline

Jennifer Tomasone
PhD 2014
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Queen’s University

Jessica Stapleton
PhD 2014, International Trainee
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of North Florida

Matthew Stork
MSc 2014
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Shane Sweet
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013
Current Position: Associate Professor, CRC Tier 2, McGill University

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2012
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Rebecca Bassett-Gunter
PhD 2011
Current Position: Associate Professor, York University

Desmond McEwan
MSc 2011
Current Position: Lecturer, Bath University

Natascha Wesch
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2010
Current Position: Sport Psychologist, Private Practice

Heather Strong
PhD 2010
Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Trinity Western University

Sen Hoong Phang
MSc 2010
Physiotherapist, Propel Physiotherapy

Brianne Foulon
MSc 2010
Current Position: Health Promotion Specialist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos
PhD 2008
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Neil Barr
MSc 2008
Current Position: Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Elisa Murru
MSc 2008
Current Position: National Manager, Canadian Mental Health Association

Jennifer Woodgate
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2007
Current Position: Social Entrepreneur; Founder of Cuddle + Kind

Guillaume Coudevylle
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2007, International Trainee
Current Position: Maître de conferences (equivalent of Associate Professor) Université des Antilles

Rebecca Bassett-Gunter
MSc 2007
Current Position: Associate Professor, York University

Jeffrey Eng
MSc 2006

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos
MSc 2005
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Amy Latimer-Cheung
PhD 2004
Current Position: Professor, CRC Tier 2, Queen’s University

Mary Jung
MSc 2004
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

Tara-Lyn (Elston) Dinyer
MSc 2004
Current Position: Professor, Mohawk College

Catharine Lichtenberger
MSc 2003

Amy Latimer-Cheung
MSc 2001
Current Position: Professor, CRC Tier 2, Queen’s University

Julie Flemming
MSc 2001
Current Position: Teacher, Toronto District School Board

Adrienne Sinden
MSc 2001
Current Position: Research Coordinator, McMaster University