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International Postgraduate Fellow CDC/USC Physical Activity and Public Health Research Course , 2005
Department of Physical Education, Sport Sciences and Recreation Management Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK , 2001, Ph.D.
Associate Diploma in Higher Education Exeter University, Exeter, UK , 2001
Sport and Exercise Psychology Exeter University, Exeter, UK , 1995, M.Sc.
Sydney University, Sydney, Australia , 1992, B.Ed, Human Movement


 Academic Experience 

Professor (Exercise and Health Psychology)

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

August 2003 to present

o 2014: Associate Dean (Research)

o 2012: Research Scientist (Affiliate Status), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

o 2012: Promotion to Full Professor

o 2010: Tenure (promotion to Associate Professor)

o 2006: Appointed Full-member of the Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences.

o 2005: Cross appointment to the Institute for Human Development, Life Course and Aging.

Lecturer in Exercise Psychology 

Exeter University, Exeter, Devon, UK.

August 2000 to July 2003

Post-graduate Research Student

Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

September 1998 to August 2001

Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Psychology 

Greeenwich University, London, UK

August 1995 to July 1998

Research Interests



Research Interests 

• Physical activity promotion in community and rehabilitation settings, and the relationship between physical activity and mental health in children and adults.

• Weight management and schizophrenia; environmental influences promoting obesity in this population.

• Exercise as an adjunct for smoking cessation.

• The built environment and active transport.


  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC) Chair in Applied Public Health (2014-2019)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of outstanding contributions to making physical activity a priority within the community and across Canada (2013).
  • Winner of the 2013 Sustainable Urban Transportation Award from the Transportation Association of Canada as a member of the Stepping It Up project, a Metrolinx-led project in partnership with Green Communities Canada, City of Hamilton, Peel Region and University of Toronto.
  • Young Investigator Award, The Cooper Institute Conference Series, Physical Activity and Mental Health, October 23-25, 2003.
  • Best student psychology paper, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference, 2000
  • European College of Sport Science Young Investigator Award (oral papers), 2000.


Scholarships and Fellowships

* Fully funded studentships/fellowships are available to new graduate students.
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