Areas of Research

Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine

What is Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine?

Health psychology and behavioral medicine combines concepts from medicine and psychology to examine relations between physical activity and health. Some of our researchers in this area also examine links between sedentary behavior and health outcomes.

Focus of Research

Dr. Tanya Berry
As a Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity Promotion, Dr. Berry is examining automatic and cognitive responses to health-promotion messages and how these reactions influence one's decision to be physically active or not.

Dr. Valerie Carson
Dr. Carson’s research has primarily focused on the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, obesity, and related health outcomes as well as the determinants and measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children and youth.

Dr. Kerry Courneya
As a Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer, Dr. Courneya's research program focuses on the role of physical activity in cancer survivorship including coping with treatments, recovery after treatments, and long-term survival.

Dr. Tara-Leigh McHugh
Dr. McHugh’s research is focused on enhancing the sport, physical activity, and body image experiences of youth. Through qualitative and collaborative research approaches her research provides an in-depth exploration of the psychosocial aspects of such experiences.

Dr. Kerry Mummery
Dr. Mummery's research focuses on the promotion and understanding of health-related physical activity.

Dr. Wendy Rodgers
Dr. Rodgers studies social cognitive theories as they relate to behavior change in varying context with a particular focus on exercise rehabilitation settings.

Dr. John C. Spence
Dr. Spence's research focuses on both the benefits and determinants of physical activity and how physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are related to obesity.