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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 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:

Gabriel Dix, Research Coordinator, MSc

Kendra Todd, Student Investigator, PhD Candidate

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Factors that influence quantity and quality of physical activity participation among people with spinal cord injury who don’t use a wheelchair

We are currently recruiting people with SCI who ambulate/walk more often than not for daily activities to participate in a study.

Sarah Lawrason, PhD student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) and Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, Professor at UBCO, are conducting a study aimed at understanding factors that influence the quality and quantity of physical activity for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) who ambulate/walk more often than not.

The purpose of this study is to develop resources for people with SCI who are ambulatory to participate in quality physical activity. If you choose to participate in this study, you would take part in three questionnaires (approximately 1 hr 20 minutes) and you have the option to participate in an audio-recorded phone interview that would last 30-60 minutes. You will receive a $25 gift card for completing the questionnaires and an additional $25 gift card for completing the interview.

To be able to take part in this study you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Speak English
  • Have been living with a SCI for over one year
  • Ambulate/walk for daily activities more often than not

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the survey.

If you have any questions about the study please email Sarah Lawrason at or Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis at

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