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Physical activity promotion and behaviour change

Using theories and frameworks drawn from psychology and the behavioural sciences, our research focuses on:

  1. Identifying and modifying factors related to physical activity participation and
  2. Developing and implementing physical activity behaviour change interventions.

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Psychological and physical health benefits of physical activity

Our research aims to identify the types and amounts of physical activity that improve health and well-being. We have a primary interest in quality of life outcomes such as pain, psychological well-being, and social functioning. We frequently collaborate with physiologists to study additional outcomes such as changes in fitness, inflammation and other marks of cardiometabolic health.

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Translation of knowledge into products, tools and services

We are committed to ensuring that the results of our research are put in the hands of people who can use them. Using both integrated Knowledge Translation (KT) and end-of-research KT methods, we work with various end-users (e.g. people living with SCI, healthcare professionals, not-for-profit organizations, policy makers) to translate our research into knowledge products, tools and services.




The following organizations support our research:


Canadian Disability Participation Project

The Canadian Disability Participation Project is a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant focused on enhancing sport and exercise, mobility, and employment participation among Canadians with physical disabilities. Kathleen Martin Ginis is the Principal Investigator. Visit for more information.


Exercise Guidelines Promotion and Implementation in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

The “EPIC-SCI” Trial

Our lab is conducting a 6-month study looking at the effects of exercise on health and well-being among adults with spinal cord injury who live with chronic neuropathic or musculoskeletal pain. Eligible participants will be randomly allocated to 6-months of home/community-based exercise or a 6-month waiting list.

If you have a spinal cord injury and would like to take part, please contact the investigators below to determine if you are eligible for the study:

Kenedy Olsen, Research Coordinator, B.H.K (Hons), or call (236) 970 – 6226.

Femke Hoekstra, Post-Doctoral Fellow, PhD,

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Improving Exercise Counselling for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

Invitation to take part in an online survey

We invite counsellors and peer mentors to take part in an online survey about exercise counselling for adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). The survey identifies counsellors’ barriers, needs and preferences related to providing and improving SCI exercise counselling. We will use the findings to develop evidence-based training modules on best practices for SCI-specific exercise counselling.

The survey takes 20 minutes to complete. You will receive a $10 (CAN) gift card for participating in this study.

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Contact persons: Femke Hoekstra via or Laura Kuipers (