Population Physical Activity Lab

 

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Welcome to the Population Physical Activity Lab (Pop-PA Lab)

The Pop-PA lab conducts research incorporating a range of disciplinary perspectives and research designs, theoretical and methodological approaches in addressing three critical questions:

  • What factors cause or prevent physical (in)activity and sedentary behaviour?
  • How does participation in physical activity influence mental health?
  • How are effective population-level physical activity initiatives designed, delivered and disseminated for public health?

Guy Faulkner

Guy Faulkner, PhD

Professor, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education
CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health

After completing an undergraduate education in Physical Education at Sydney University, Australia, I went backpacking and spent ten years in England studying and working in mental health services and then Higher Education. After completing a PhD in exercise psychology in 2001 at Loughborough University, I worked for three years as Director of the Exercise and Sport Psychology Unit at the University of Exeter in England. Eager to see more of the Commonwealth, I moved to Canada in August 2003 and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto.  I am currently a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia (from July 2015) and also a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC) Chair in Applied Public Health.

I am currently an investigator with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU); and a Research Affiliate of the Alberta Centre for Active Living.  I serve on the ParticipACTION research committee and am a member of the Research Work Group for the annual Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.  I am also the founding editor of the Elsevier journal 'Mental Health and Physical Activity'.

Broadly, my research has focused on two inter-related themes: the development and evaluation of physical activity interventions; and physical activity and mental health. If you would like to learn more about my research, please contact me at guy.faulkner@ubc.ca  or follow me at @guyfaulkner.

DSC_0005Erica Lau, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I completed my undergraduate education in Sports Science and Physical Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Master of Philosophy at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Then, I pursued my PhD in Exercise Science (concentration in health aspect of physical activity) at the University of South Carolina, United States. My dissertation focused on factors influencing implementation of physical activity interventions in youth-serving organizations. After completing my PhD in August, 2015, I received a postdoctoral fellowship in physical activity and applied public health funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and started my postdoc training in School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, under the mentorship of Dr. Guy Faulkner.

As a postdoctoral research fellow, my role is to support and assist evaluations of national, provincial, and local policy and/or programs to promote physical activity or reduce sedentary behavior. Currently, I am one of the evaluation leads of the UpnGo with ParticipACTION program, a year-long evidence-based physical activity program that aims to get employees to sit less and move more through creation of an active workplace culture by using an ICT-platform and real-life activities. In addition to outcome evaluation, this program will include comprehensive formative assessments and process evaluations that allow us to examine the effects of organizational characteristics on program uptake, and to assess implementation fidelity and its effects on program effectiveness. I am also conducting secondary data analyses using national datasets to examine correlates of youth physical activity at the population level.

My goal is to use implementation and outcome evaluation research to promote successful dissemination of evidence-based physical activity interventions at the population level. If you would like to learn more about my research, please contact me at erica.lau@ubc.ca

DSC_0002Carly Priebe, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

After graduating at the top of my undergraduate class and being awarded the Dean’s Medal in 2007, I went on to pursue a Master of Science in the area of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; SSRHC funded).  My thesis topic involved investigating the influence of groups and descriptive norms (i.e., our perceptions of others’ behaviour) on physical activity and healthy eating in both student and office worker populations and was awarded the University of Saskatchewan Thesis Award in the Life Sciences category.  In 2009, I was awarded a SSHRC Vanier Graduate Scholarship which allowed me to continue this research program as well as investigate the effects of norms in relation to new behaviours (e.g., sedentary behaviour in office settings).  Throughout my time as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, in addition to being involved in research, I also competed and coached internationally in the sport of triathlon (e.g., coached Canada’s national paratriathlon team).  In addition, I enjoyed merging my passion for research with my love of coaching/assisting others in reaching their goals as a sessional instructor in the College of Kinesiology.

I am currently starting my postdoc training (commencing January 2016) in the School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia (UBC) under the leadership of Dr. Guy Faulkner. I am involved in research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).  In addition to being involved in other projects, my primary role is to coordinate an evaluation of a national collaboration between UBC, Canadian Cancer Society and Running Room in delivering a physical activity smoking cessation intervention – Run to Quit.  I am very excited about my work with this and other related projects as my goal is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles throughout Canada, with groups and social influence being one way to do this. I can be contacted at carly.priebe@ubc.ca

IMG_20160121_151026_hdr PIXLR (2)Leila Dale, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

My primary research interest is health behaviour change, as I have always been curious as why some people engage in healthy behaviours and others do not. I began my career as a secondary school science teacher, after completing a BPE/BEd at the University of Alberta. After receiving my permanent teaching certification I decided to pursue graduate level education at the University of Victoria. My master’s thesis focused on improving physical education classes for adolescent girls, as this group has a sharp decline in physical activity levels which tend to continue into adulthood. During my time at UVic I was worked on several research projects as a research assistant and eventually a project coordinator, in addition to working as a sessional instructor.

After three years in Victoria, my personal life took me around the world to Auckland, New Zealand. I worked as a research assistant at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland. During this time I became interested in using mobile technologies to encourage physical activity participation. This work led to my PhD topic, which investigated using text messaging to change multiple health behaviours in a heart disease population. My PhD work has been published and I am now preparing for my oral exam. Upon completing my PhD thesis in August 2015, I moved back to Canada and was fortunate to have the opportunity to continue my research career at UBC under the direction of Dr. Faulkner. My main responsibilities include the evaluation of two projects in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada. For more information about my research please contact me at leila.dale@ubc.ca.

DSC_0003pixlrNegin Riazi
PhD Student

I completed my undergraduate education in Exercise Biology at the University of California, Davis. I went on to pursue my Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Pedagogy at California State University Chico where I received the distinction of Outstanding Kinesiology Graduate Student.  My Master’s thesis focused on the effects of a goal-setting intervention on fitness and achievement goals as well as understanding of goal-setting among secondary school physical education students. The results indicated that students, although familiar with goal-setting, had trouble implementing proper goal-setting techniques.

Through my previous experiences working in physical education settings, I understand the importance and benefits of getting children and youth moving at a young age in order to help them become life-long movers. I also understand that achieving this aim is challenging because it requires a substantial effort in addressing the influences of children’s physical activity behaviour at multiple socio-ecological levels, including individual, community, environmental, and policy.

This lead to my interest in pursuing my Ph.D. in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Guy Faulkner with a focus on promoting physical activity through nation-wide programming and policy interventions. If you would like to learn more about my research, please contact me at negin.riazi@alumni.ubc.ca

DSC_0007Mark Duncan
PhD Student

I received my B.Sc. from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Psychology and a Major in Human Biology, and my M.Sc. in Exercise Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2014 with a thesis examining affective responses to physical activity among individuals with schizophrenia. I am currently working towards my Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Guy Faulkner. I am particularly interested in the use of physical activity to improve mental well-being and physical health in both clinical and non-clinical populations. As such, my research tends to draw from the areas of health promotion, individual difference measurement, psychometrics, and intervention development. Recently my research has lead me to become interested in the interrelationships between physical activity and affect. If you would like to learn more about my research, please contact me at mark.duncan@alumni.ubc.ca

img_20160912_103605pixlr2Krista Glowacki
PhD Student

I completed a bachelor of arts with a specialization in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. I then went on to complete a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. I then worked in the healthcare field as an occupational therapist in northern Ontario for the past couple of years. Most recently I worked for the Canadian Mental Health Association with adults with a diagnosed mental illness.

Most of my experience is clinical, but I am now pursing my Ph.D. in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Guy Faulkner. My research interests include physical activity intervention for adults with mental illness and the broader relationship between physical activity and mental health. If you would like to learn more about my research and interests please contact me at krista.glowacki@ubc.ca

img_20160912_103733pixlr2Kelly Wunderlich
Co-op Student

I am currently in my sixth and final year of undergraduate study in the School of Kinesiology. Through my courses and co-op work experience I have become intrigued by health promotion and how our environments can impact our health. I am interested in learning more about how to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs and am excited to find out more by working with the various projects that the Pop-PA lab is currently undertaking. I will mainly be working on the Active Transportation, Independent Mobility, and Physical Activity Among School Children study, as well as providing some assistance with the next phase of evaluation of the UpnGo with ParticipACTION program. If you would like to know more about what I am currently working on, please feel free to contact me at kelly.wunderlich@alumni.ubc.ca.

The Pop-PA lab is currently leading the evaluation of a national intervention focused on physical activity and smoking cessation. The Canadian Cancer Society, Running Room, and the Public Health Agency of Canada have collaborated to offer a smoking cessation program that is facilitated by learn to run training – Run to Quit.  Participants in this intervention can train in either an in-person group environment or utilize an online format.  They are introduced to basic tips regarding run training, while also being given support and information about quitting smoking.  As they build up their run stamina and work towards a 5km walk or run, participants gradually wean off smoking with the support of the group and other resources provided by the intervention.  An evaluation of the pilot project was conducted in 2015 and the first full implementation of the program will take place at Running Rooms across Canada in spring 2016.  The evaluation of this year’s program will examine physical activity and smoking cessation outcomes along with other variables of interest such as the influence of identity, social influence, and belonging to a group and the role these factors play in influencing health behaviours.

The Pop-PA lab is leading the evaluation of UPnGO with ParticipACTION, a 1-year theory-based physical activity program that aims to help employees to sit less and move more through creating an active workplace culture. The program has three essential elements:  1) education and training on PA behavior change skills, 2) real-world PA opportunities; and 3) leadership support of engagement in UPnGO and PA at the workplace. UPnGO will launch a pilot study involving 6 work sites located in British Columbia (BC) in Spring 2015 and an effectiveness trial with multiple work sites in BC and Ontario in Fall 2015.

We used a systematic, theory-driven approach to develop the UPnGO evaluation framework. Specifically, we identified relevant evaluation objectives and performance indicators by engaging stakeholders and mapping program and change theory (through the use of logic models). In addition to outcome evaluation, the UPnGO evaluation framework also involves a comprehensive formative assessment and process evaluation component to examine the effects of organizational characteristics on program uptake, and to assess implementation fidelity and its effects on program effectiveness.

The Pop-PA lab is in the process of examining stakeholder perceptions regarding the 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. Current guidelines are missing information on two important movement behaviours. In order to address this, experts in Canada have developed an initial draft of the world’s first integrated 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (5-17 years old). Through a series of focus groups, with parents, adolescents, teachers, pediatricians and exercise practitioners, the study will seek to understand how the 24-hour Movement Guidelines are perceived by stakeholders. The participants will provide in-depth insights into the clarity of the guidelines, as well as their level of agreement, perceived importance, and support for the new guidelines.

The Pop-PA lab is involved in a multi-site study looking at the relationships between active transportation, independent mobility and the physical activity levels of children in grades 4 to 6 as well as the correlates of active transportation, independent mobility and physical activity to inform the development of more effective interventions.

Since children’s active transportation varies between regions, participants will be recruited across urban, suburban and rural areas in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Trois-Rivières. Participants (parents and children) will be asked to complete a survey on active transportation and independent mobility. Children will also be asked to wear a sealed pedometer for 8 consecutive days and complete a map that will indicate the road network and their home and school locations. A school official will also be asked to complete a survey about their schools’ policies and practices related to physical activity.

Currently, the pilot study is underway in Ottawa. Data collection will begin in all three locations in Spring and Autumn of 2016.

  • Lau, E.Y., Dowda,M., McIver,K., Pate, R. Changes in children’s segmented physical activity in the transition from elementary to middle school  (Journal of School Health, in press)
  • Barnes JD, Cameron C, Carson V, Chaput JP, Faulkner G, Janssen I, Janson K, Kramers R, LeBlanc AG, Spence JC, Tremblay MS. Results from the Canadian 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. J Phys Act Health. 2016.
  • Larsen K, Faulkner GEJ, Boak A, Hamilton H, Mann R, Irving H, To T. (in press). Looking beyond cigarettes: Are Ontario adolescents with asthma less likely to smoke e-cigarettes, marijuana, waterpipes or tobacco cigarettes? Respiratory Medicine.
  • Luciani, A., White, L, Berry, T.R., Deshpande, S., Latimer-Cheung, A., O'Reilly, N., Rhodes, R., Spence, J.C., Tremblay, M.S., & Faulkner, G. (in press). Sports Day in Canada: Examining the benefits for event organizers (2010-2013). International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.
  • Lau, E.Y., Saunders R.P., Beets, W.M., Cai, B., Pate, R.R. (2017) Factors influencing implementation of a preschool-based physical activity intervention. Health Education Research, 32(1): 69-80. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyw053
  • Lau, E. Y., Faulkner, G., Riazi, N., Qian, W., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2017). An examination of how changing patterns of school travel mode impact moderate-to-vigorous physical activity among adolescents over time. Journal of Transport & Health. doi:10.1016/j.jth.2017.03.011
  • Allison KR, Irving HM, Adlaf EM, Faulkner GE, Boak A, Manson HE, Hamilton HA, Ng B. (2016). Ten-year trends in overweight/obesity among Ontario middle and high school students and their use in establishing baseline measures for government reduction targets. Can J Public Health;106(8):e514–e519
  • Biswas A, Oh PI, Faulkner GE, Alter DA (2016) Examining the efficacy of a novel integrative exercise-based intervention in reducing the sedentary time of a clinical population. Gen Int Med Clin Innov 2: doi: 10.15761/GIMCI.1000122
  • Biswas A, Oh PI, Faulkner GE, Alter DA. Baseline risk has greater influence over behavioral attrition on the real-world clinical effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation. Clin Epidemiol. 2016 Apr 28. pii: S0895-4356(16)30081-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.03.027. [Epub ahead of print]
  • deRuiter WK, Cairney J, Leatherdale S, Faulkner G. (2016). The Period Prevalence of Risk Behaviour Co-Occurrence Among Canadians. Prev Med, 85, 11–16.
  • Duncan MJ, Faulkner G, Remington G, Arbour-Nicitopoulos K. Characterizing the affective responses to an acute bout of moderate-intensity exercise among outpatients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2016 Mar 30;237:264-70.
  • Duncan MJ, Arbour-Nicitopoulos K, Subramanieapillai M, Remington G, Faulkner G. Revisiting the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ): Assessing physical activity among individuals with schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2016 Sep 9. pii: S0920-9964(16)30392-9. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2016.09.010.
  • Faulkner G, White L, Raizi N, Latimer-Cheung AE, Tremblay MS. Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: Exploring the perceptions of stakeholders regarding their acceptability, barriers to uptake, and dissemination. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 41(6 suppl.3):S303-S310, 2016.
  • Gainforth, H. L., Jarvis, J., Berry, T., Chulak-Bozzer, T., Deshpande, S., Faulkner, G., Rhodes, R., Spence, J. C., Tremblay, M., & Latimer-Cheung, A. E.   (2016). Evaluating the ParticipACTION Think Again! Campaign. Health Education & Behavior Vol. 43(4) 434 –441.
  • Kwan MY, Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP, Duku E, Faulkner G. (2016). Patterns of multiple health risk-behaviours in university students and their association with mental health: application of latent class analysis. Health Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can, 36(8):163-70.
  • Lamarche, L., Kimberley L. Gammage, Gretchen Kerr, Guy Faulkner, & Klentrou, P. (2016). Psychological and Cortisol Responses to and Recovery from Exposure to a Body Image Threat. SAGE Open, April-June 2016: 1–9.
  • Larouche, R., Faulkner, G.E.J., Tremblay, M.S. (2016). Active travel and adults’ health: The 2007-to-2011 Canadian Health Measures Surveys. Health Reports, 27 (4), 10-18.
  • Larouche, R., Stone, M., Buliung, R., & Faulkner, G. (2016).  “I’d rather bike to school!”: Profiling children who would prefer to cycle to school. Journal of Transport and Health, 3(3), 377–385.
  • Larsen, K., Buliung, R.N., Faulkner, G.E.J. (2016). School travel route measurement and built environment effects in models of children’s school travel behaviour. International Journal of Transportation and Land Use, 9(2), 1-19.
  • Lau, E., Faulkner, G., Wei, S., & Leatherdale, S. (2016). Longitudinal associations of parental and peer influences with physical activity during adolescence: findings from the COMPASS study.  Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 36:11
  • Lau, E. Y., Saunders, R. P., & Pate, R. R. (2016). Factors Influencing Implementation of a Physical Activity Intervention in Residential Children’s Homes. Prevention Science, 1-10.
  • Lau, E. Y., Wandersman, A. H., & Pate, R. R. (2016). Factors Influencing Implementation of Youth Physical Activity Interventions: An Expert Perspective. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 1(7), 60-70.
  • Lubans, D., Richards, J., Hillman, C., Faulkner, G., Beauchamp, M., Nilsson, M., Kelly, P., Smith, J., Raine, L., & Biddle, S. Physical Activity for Cognitive and Mental Health in Youth: A Systematic Review of Mechanisms. Pediatrics. 2016;138(3):e20161642.
  • Pfaeffli Dale, L, LeBlanc, A.G., Orr, K., Berry, T., Deshpande, S., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., O’Reilly, N., Rhodes, R.E., Tremblay, M.S., & Faulkner, G. (2016). Canadian physical activity guidelines for adults: are Canadians aware? Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41(9), 1008-11.
  • Prapavessis H, De Jesus S, Fitzgeorge L, Faulkner G, Maddison R, Batten S. Exercise to Enhance Smoking Cessation: the Getting Physical on Cigarette Randomized Control Trial. Ann Behav Med. 2016 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Ravensbergen, L., Buliung, R., Wilson, K., Faulkner, G. (2016). Socioeconomic Inequalities in Children's Accessibility to Food Retailing: Examining the Roles of Mobility and Time. Social Science and Medicine. 153:81-9. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.01.030.
  • Ravindran AV, Balneaves LG, Faulkner G, Ortiz A, McIntosh D, Morehouse RL, Ravindran L, Yatham LN, Kennedy SH, Lam RW, MacQueen GM, Milev RV, Parikh SV; CANMAT Depression Work Group. (2016). Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) 2016 Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Major Depressive Disorder: Section 5. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments.  Can J Psychiatry. 2016 Sep;61(9):576-87.
  • Scarapicchia, T. M. F., Amireault, S., Faulkner, G., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. & Sabiston, C. M. (2016). Social Support and physical activity participation among adults: a systematic review of prospective studies. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10(1), 50–83.
  • Spence JC, Faulkner G, Costas Bradstreet C, Duggan M, Tremblay MS. Active Canada 20/20: A physical activity plan for Canada. Can J Public Health. 2016 Mar 16;106(8):e470-3. doi: 10.17269/cjph.106.5041.
  • Subramaniapillai, M., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K., Duncan, M., McIntyre, R.S., Mansur, R., Remington, G., & Faulkner, G. (2016). Physical Activity Preferences of Individuals Diagnosed with Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder. BMC Research Notes, 9:340, DOI: 10.1186/s13104-016-2151-y
  • Subramaniapillaia, M., Goldstein, B., MacIntosh, B., Korczak, D., Ou, X, Scavone, A., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K., & Faulkner, G. (2016).  Characterizing exercise-induced feelings after one bout of exercise among adolescents with and without bipolar disorder Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 467–473.
  • Tremblay MS, Carson V, Chaput J-P, Connor Gorber S, Dinh T, Duggan M, Faulkner G, Gray CE, Gruber R, Janson K, Janssen I, Katzmarzyk PT, Kho ME, Latimer-Cheung AE, LeBlanc C, Okely AD, Olds T, Pate RR, Phillips A, Poitras VJ, Rodenburg S, Sampson M, Saunders TJ, Stone JA, Stratton G, Weiss SK, Zehr L. Canadian 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 41(6 suppl.3):S311-S327, 2016.
  • White L, Volfson Z, Faulkner G, Arbour-Nicitopoulos K.(2016). Reliability and Validity of Physical Activity Instruments Used in Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities: A Systematic Review. Pediatric Exercise Science, 2016, 28, 240 -263.
  • White, L., Moola, F., Kirsh, J., & Faulkner, G. (2016). A Therapeutic Recreation Camp for Children with Congenital Heart Disease: Examining Impact on the Psychosocial Well-Being of Parents.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(10), 3034–3043.
  • Biswas, A., Oh, P., Faulkner, G., Bajaj, A., Silver, B., Mitchell, M., & D. Alter. (2015). Sedentary Time and Its Independent Risk on Disease Incidence, Mortality and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162, 123-132.
  • Carson, V. Faulkner, G., Sabiston, C., Tremblay, M. S., & Leatherdale, S. T., (2015). Patterns of movement behaviors and their association with overweight and obesity in youth. International Journal of Obesity, 60, 551-559.
  • Craig CL, Bauman A, Latimer-Cheung A, Rhodes RE, Faulkner G. Berry TR, Tremblay MS, Spence JC. (2015). An Evaluation of the “My ParticipACTION” campaign to increase self-efficacy for being more physically active. Journal of Health Communications, 20, 995-1003.
  • De Jesus, S., Agnes Hsin, Guy Faulkner and Harry Prapavessis (2015). A systematic review and analysis of data reduction techniques for the CReSS smoking topography device. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 10, 12-28. doi:10.1017/jsc.2013.31
  • Deshpande, S., Berry, T., Faulkner, G., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Rhodes, R., & Tremblay, M. S. (2015). Comparing the influence of dynamic and static versions of media in evaluating physical-activity promotion ads. Social Marketing Quarterly. Advance online publication doi:10.1177/1524500415599376.
  • Faulkner, G., Mitra, R., Buliung, R., Fusco, C., & Stone, M. (2015). Children’s outdoor play time, physical activity, and parental perceptions of the neighbourhood environment. International Journal of Play, 4, 84-97.
  • Faulkner G, Duncan M. Metformin to reduce weight gain and metabolic disturbance in schizophrenia. Evid Based Ment Health. 2015 Aug;18(3):89. doi: 10.1136/eb-2014-102039.
  • Faulkner, G., Irving, H., Adlaf, E.M., & Turner, N. (2015). Subtypes of adolescent video gamers: A latent class analysis. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13, 1-18.
  • Fervaha G, Duncan M, Foussias G, Agid O, Faulkner GE, Remington G. (2015). Effort-based decision making as an objective paradigm for the assessment of motivational deficits in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2015.07.023.
  • Francis, C. E., Longmuir, P. E., Boyer, C., Belanger, P., Andersen, L. B., Barnes, J. D., … Tremblay, M. S. (2015). The Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy: Development of a Model of Children’s Capacity for a Healthy, Active Lifestyle through a Delphi Process. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Advance online publication. 2015 June 23.
  • Gagliardi, A.R., Faulkner, G., Ciliska, D., & Hicks, A. (2015). Factors contributing to the effectiveness of physical activity counselling in primary care: A realist systematic review. Patient Education and Counseling, 98, 412-419.
  • Guliani, A., Mitra, R., Buliung, R. N., Larsen, K., & Faulkner, G. E. J. (2015). Gender-based differences in school travel mode choice behavior: Examining the relationship between the neighbourhood environment and perceived traffic safety. Transport and Health, 2, 502-511.
  • Larsen, K., Cook, B., Stone, M. R , & Faulkner,  G. E. (2015). Food access and children's BMI in Toronto, Ontario: assessing how the food environment relates to overweight and obesity. International Journal of Public Health, 60, 69-77.
  • Larsen K, Buliung RN, Faulkner GEJ. (2015). School travel: Assessing how the built and social environment relate to children’s walking and independent mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Transportation Research Record, 2513, 80-89.
  • LeBlanc, A. G., Berry, T., Deshpande, S., Duggan, M., Faulkner, G., Latimer-Cheung. A., … Tremblay, M. S. (2015). Knowledge and awareness of Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines: a synthesis of existing evidence. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism, 40, 716-724.
  • Longmuir, P. E., Corey, M., G. Faulkner, G., Russell, J. L., & McCrindle, B. W. (2015). Children After Fontan have Strength and Body Composition Similar to Healthy Peers and Can successfully Participate in Daily Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity. Pediatric Cardiology, 36, 759-767.
  • Moola, F., Faulkner, G., White,* L., & Kirsh, J. (2015). Kids with special hearts: The experience of children with congenital heart disease at Camp Willowood. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7, 271-293.
  • Mammen, G., Stone, M., Buliung, R., & Faulkner, G. (2015). “Putting school travel on the map": Facilitators and barriers to implementing school travel planning in Canada. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.jth.2015.05.003
  • Mitchell, M., Goodman, J., Alter, D., Oh, P. & Faulkner, G. (2015). Development of the Health Incentive Program Questionnaire (HIP-Q) in a cardiac rehabilitation population. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s13142-015-0330-3.
  • Mitchell, M, Oh, PI, G. Faulkner. Nudge theory uncovers new opportunities in cardiac rehabilitation, CV Edge: Current Issues and Trends in Cardiac Disease, Rehab and Prevention, Published online May 2015.
  • Orr K, Howe HS, Omran J, Smith KA, Palmateer TM, Ma AE, Faulkner G.Validity of smartphone pedometer applications. BMC Res Notes. 2015 Nov 30;8(1):733. doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1705-8.
  • Ramanathan, S., & Faulkner, G. (2015). Calculating Outcome Rates in Web Surveys. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 30 (1), ISSN 1496-7308.
  • Rebar, A., Stanton, R., & Faulkner, G. (2015).  An exploratory study examining the core affect hypothesis of the anti-depressive and anxiolytic effects of physical activity. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 9, 55-58.
  • Rhodes, R.E., Spence, J.C., Berry, T., Deshpande, S., Faulkner, G., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., O’Reilly, N. & Tremblay, M.S. (2015). Predicting changes across 12 months in three types of parental support behaviors and mothers’ perceptions of child physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Advance online publication. 2015 July 11.
  • Rhodes, R., Spence, J. C., Berry, T., Deshpande, S., Faulkner, G., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., O’Reilly, N., & Tremblay, M. S. (2015). Understanding Action Control of Parental Support Behavior for Child Physical Activity. Health Psychology. Advance online publication. 2015 July 27.
  • Scarapicchia, T. M. F., Sabiston, C. M.., Brownrigg, M., Blackburn-Evans, A., Cressy, J., Robb, J. & Faulkner, G. (2015). MoveU? Assessing a social marketing campaign to promote physical activity. Journal of the American College Health Association, 63, 299-306.
  • Scarapicchia, T. M. F., Sabiston, C. M. & Faulkner, G. (2015). Understanding health behaviour guidelines among university students: Tailoring programs by gender and weight status. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 106, e109–e114
  • Trinh, L., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. P., Sabiston, C. M., Alibhai, S. M. H., Jones, J. M., Berry, S. R.,  Loblaw, A., & Faulkner, G. E. (2015). A qualitative study exploring the perceptions of sedentary behavior in men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42, 398-406.
  • Trinh, L., Wong, B., & Faulkner, G. E. (2015). The independent and interactive associations of screen time and physical activity on mental health, school connectedness and academic achievement among a population-based sample of youth. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 24(1).
  • Trinh, L., Larsen, K., Faulkner, G. E., Plotnikoff, R. C., Rhodes, R. E., North, S., & Courneya, K. S. (2015).  Social-Ecological Correlates of Physical Activity in Kidney Cancer Survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Advance online publication. 2015 June 6.
  • White, L., Luciani, A., Berry, T., Desphande, S., Latimer-Cheung, A., O'Reilly, N., Rhodes, R., Spence, J., Tremblay, M., & Faulkner, G. (2015). Sports day in Canada: A longitudinal evaluation. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/14635240.2015. 1050122.Barnes JD, Cameron C, Carson V, Chaput JP, Faulkner G, Janssen I, Janson K, Kramers R, LeBlanc AG, Spence JC, Tremblay MS. Results from the Canadian 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. J Phys Act Health. 2016.
  • Larsen K, Faulkner GEJ, Boak A, Hamilton H, Mann R, Irving H, To T. (in press). Looking beyond cigarettes: Are Ontario adolescents with asthma less likely to smoke e-cigarettes, marijuana, waterpipes or tobacco cigarettes? Respiratory Medicine
  • Luciani, A., White, L, Berry, T.R., Deshpande, S., Latimer-Cheung, A., O'Reilly, N., Rhodes, R., Spence, J.C., Tremblay, M.S., & Faulkner, G. (in press). Sports Day in Canada: Examining the benefits for event organizers (2010-2013). International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.

Volunteers

We are always looking for keen students who may be interested in volunteering to assist with research projects. Please email: pop_pa.lab@ubc.ca

Graduate Study

Potential Post Doctoral Fellows, and students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the Population Physical Activity Lab are always welcome.  In order to be considered applicants should contact Guy Faulkner with a cover letter and a copy of their resume at guy.faulkner@ubc.ca.

Location

D.H. Copp Building
2146 Health Sciences Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

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Contact Info

PRAGMATIC EVALUATION IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Intensive 2.5 day course for researchers and practitioners
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sunday, 4th – Tuesday, 6th June, 2017

For early career researchers & practitioners passionate about practically applied research

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Pragmatic Evaluation course has been developed to build capacity in pragmatic evaluation skills for physical activity actions in multiple stakeholders from different cultures and contexts. The course aims to promote interaction between the various stakeholders that deliver and evaluate physical activity actions, including academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The course is ideal for academic researchers who are interested in the practical application of their work AND/OR for employees of government and non-government entities who aspire to rigorously evaluate their programs and policies. The course will be led by an international faculty of evaluation experts and delivered in association with the 2017 ISBNPA Annual Conference.

DATE: Sunday 4 – Tuesday 6 June, 2017

LOCATION: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

PARTICIPANTS:  16-24 early career researchers and practitioners who are passionate about developing skills in pragmatic evaluation of physical activity policy, projects and programs

CONTENT: The course includes an online component to be completed prior to the face-to-face modules

 

Online module (3 hours):  Physical activity epidemiology and public health in nutshell (Content from the University of Sydney online course in Exercise and Physical Activity in Non-Communicable Disease Prevention in partnership with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity)

Face-to-face modules (2.5 days):

  • Planning for Evaluation
  • Introduction to Evaluation Methods
  • Formative Evaluation
  • Outcome/Impact Evaluation
  • Process Evaluation
  • Complex Program Evaluation

The cost of the course is GB£590 / CA$950 / US$720 / AU$980. Scholarships to cover the course fees and accommodation are available for successful applicants who require additional financial support to attend the course.

FACULTY:

Professor Adrian Bauman, University of Sydney, Australia
Professor Guy Faulkner, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr Paul Kelly, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Karen Milton, University of Oxford, UK
Professor Patti-Jean (PJ) Naylor, University of Victoria, Canada
Dr Justin Richards, University of Sydney, Australia
Alex Wright, University of Edinburgh, UK

CONTACT: pragmatic.evaluation@gmail.com

FLYER: Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity

APPLICATION: Application form 2017

COURSE ORGANIZERS:

 

ONLINE SUPPORT:

 


COURSE AFFILIATES:

Pop-PA Lab News



Congratulations Mark Duncan!

Apr. 25, 2017 – Congrats to PhD candidate Mark Duncan who successfully completed his comps.

24-Hour Movement Guidelines Recruitment


April 10, 2017
 – ***recruitment has ended*** Calling all parents and childcare providers! The UBC School of Kinesiology Pop-PA lab is seeking your input on the 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years. Focus groups will be held from April 1-21st in the DH Copp Building on the UBC campus. To learn more about how you can contribute to the development of the guidelines or to register for a focus group contact us at kin.24hr.guidelines@ubc.ca and receive $20 for your time! Check out the flyer here!

***Participation criteria: Parents must have children 0-4 years of age. Childcare providers must have experience working with children 0-4 years of age.

BC-SHEPS 2017 – 1 week away!

Mar. 31, 2017 – We are looking forward to hosting the inaugural 2017 BC-SHEPS at UBC Vancouver in 1 week (April 7th, 2017). For more information, check out the site about this initiative driven by and for graduate and undergraduate students as an opportunity to develop presentation skills, network with professors and receive feedback on projects!

New Papers Out

Mar. 30, 2017 – Read the newest publications by Dr. Erica Lau:

1. Factors influencing implementation of a preschool-based physical activity intervention and 2. Changes in children’s segmented physical activity in the transition from elementary to middle school (Journal of School Health, in press)

New Paper Out

Mar. 22, 2017 – Read the latest publication by Dr. Erica Lau, Dr. Guy Faulkner, and Negin Riazi examining temporal variations in school travel mode and whether these variations predict changes in MVPA among adolescents. Read it here!

Global News: Run to Quit Project

Mar. 3, 2017  See Dr. Carly Priebe talk about the first results of the Run to Quit project on Global News. Watch it here!

ISBNPA 2017 – Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity ***Application deadline extended to midnight on Sunday March 12th***

PRAGMATIC EVALUATION IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Intensive 2.5 day course for researchers and practitioners
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sunday, 4th – Tuesday, 6th June, 2017

For early career researchers & practitioners passionate about practically applied research

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Pragmatic Evaluation course has been developed to build capacity in pragmatic evaluation skills for physical activity actions in multiple stakeholders from different cultures and contexts. The course aims to promote interaction between the various stakeholders that deliver and evaluate physical activity actions, including academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The course is ideal for academic researchers who are interested in the practical application of their work AND/OR for employees of government and non-government entities who aspire to rigorously evaluate their programs and policies. The course will be led by an international faculty of evaluation experts and delivered in association with the 2017 ISBNPA Annual Conference.

DATE: Sunday 4 – Tuesday 6 June, 2017

LOCATION: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

PARTICIPANTS:  16-24 early career researchers and practitioners who are passionate about developing skills in pragmatic evaluation of physical activity policy, projects and programs

CONTENT: The course includes an online component to be completed prior to the face-to-face modules

Online module (3 hours):  Physical activity epidemiology and public health in nutshell (Content from the University of Sydney online course in Exercise and Physical Activity in Non-Communicable Disease Prevention in partnership with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity)

Face-to-face modules (2.5 days):

  • Planning for Evaluation
  • Introduction to Evaluation Methods
  • Formative Evaluation
  • Outcome/Impact Evaluation
  • Process Evaluation
  • Complex Program Evaluation

The cost of the course is GB£590 / CA$950 / US$720 / AU$980.  Scholarships to cover the course fees and accommodation are available for successful applicants who require additional financial support to attend the course.

FACULTY:

  • Professor Adrian Bauman, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Professor Guy Faulkner, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Dr Paul Kelly, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Karen Milton, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Patti-Jean (PJ) Naylor, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Dr Justin Richards, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Alex Wright, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Meghan Winters, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Dr Christine Voss, University of British Columbia, Canada

CONTACT: pragmatic.evaluation@gmail.com

FLYER: Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity

APPLICATION: Application form 2017 

COURSE ORGANIZERS:
ONLINE SUPPORT:

COURSE AFFILIATES:

UPnGO with ParticipACTION: Building active workplaces

Jan. 5, 2017 – UPnGO is a workplace physical activity program that aims to make physical activity both accepted and expected at work. Learn more about UPnGO with ParticipACTION here.

BC-SHEPS 2017

Jan. 3, 2017 – The 1st British Columbia Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology Symposium (BC-SHEPS) will be held April 7th, 2017. BC-SHEPS is an initiative driven by and for students as an opportunity to develop presentation skills, network with professors, receive feedback on projects and discuss research with others in the field. For more information please refer to the BC-SHEPS website.

Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity & Public Health

Dec. 12, 2016 – The Pop-PA Lab will be hosting the Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity & Public Health June 4-6, 2017. Watch out for further details!

For more info: Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity & Public Health Flyer

End of the Year Lab Outing

Dec. 9, 2016  Taking ‘active’ lab outing to the next level. Photo taken after the Pop-PA lab dominated the curling rink!

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Keynote Speaker @ SKESA Mini-Education Day

Nov. 7, 2016 – Guy Faulkner was the invited keynote speaker at the Saskatchewan Kinesiology & Exercise Science Association (SKESA) Mini-Education Day on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at the University of Regina.  His talk focused on the new Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) 2016 Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Major Depressive Disorder. In an important change to the guidelines, exercise is now recommended as first-line mono therapy for mild to moderate depression and as second-line adjunctive treatment for moderate to severe depression. Learn more about the guidelines HERE.

Pittu Laungani Award

Oct. 25, 2016 – A study led by Dr. Guy Faulkner – “Sports day in Canada: A longitudinal evaluation” – has won the annual Pittu Laungani award for best paper in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.  Sports Day in Canada (SDIC) is an annual event celebrating the role of sport within communities and promoting sport participation across Canada. The objectives of this study were to evaluate whether awareness of SDIC has increased over time among Canadians (2010–2013), identify correlates of awareness, and assess changes in individuals’ intentions to engage in sport. Read the paper HERE.

Congratulations Dr. Carly Priebe!

Oct. 12, 2016 – Congratulations to Carly Priebe for taking 1st place at the PDA’s Annual 3 minute PostDoc Slam on May 26th! Dr. Priebe presented her work with Run to Quit, a 10-week smoking cessation program where participants receive practical support on quitting smoking and also train to run a 5K.

Read the Run to Quit paper HERE and watch Carly’s 3 Minute PostDoc Slam HERE.

New PhD Paper Out

Sept. 15, 2016 – Congratulations to Mark Duncan on the publishing his first PhD paper – Revisiting the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ): Assessing physical activity among individuals with schizophrenia . The study expands on the initial validation study by examining retest reliability over a 4-week period, assessing validity with a larger sample, and comparing validity of the IPAQ to a 24-hour recall alternative. Read the paper HERE.

Welcome to the Pop-PA Lab!

Sept. 10, 2016 – We are excited to announce the new members of the Pop-PA Lab: Krista Glowacki (PhD student) and Kelly Wunderlich (Co-op student)! Welcome to the team!

New Paper Out

Sept. 6, 2016 – Read the latest publication by Dr. Erica Lau titled: Factors Influencing Implementation of a Physical Activity Intervention in Residential Children’s Homes

New Study: Awareness of Physical Activity Guidelines

A new study led by Post Doctoral Fellow Leila Dale and Guy Faulkner has just been published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.  The study examines Canadian awareness of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s 2011 Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults. Read more here.

Visit from Professor Adrian Bauman

Had a great visit with Professor Adrian Bauman from the University of Sydney! We also made time for an exciting game of table tennis!20160901_134131

Exercise: therapy for depression

Dr. Guy Faulkner has been working on the development of the new Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) 2016 Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Major Depressive Disorder. In an important change to the guidelines, exercise is now recommended as first-line mono therapy for mild to moderate depression and as second-line adjunctive treatment for moderate to severe depression. This is an exciting opportunity for examining how kinesiologists can be integrated as part of the mental health care team. Learn more about the guidelines HERE.