Population Physical Activity Lab


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.

Erica 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

Carly 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

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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.

Negin 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@ubc.ca

Mark 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

Krista Glowacki
Krista 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

Kelly WunderlichKelly Wunderlich
Masters Student

I recently completed a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology at UBC. After working as a Research Assistant in the Population Physical Activity Lab, I began pursuing a Masters of Science in January 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Faulkner. My main research interests are in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions, and discovering more about what makes them effective or ineffective for the target population. The projects that I currently work are Run to Quit, a nation-wide smoking cessation program that is a partnership between Running Room, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the University of British Columbia, as well as StandUP UBC, which is investigating the effectiveness of a low-cost standing desk in office settings. If you would like to know more about my research please email me at kelly.wunderlich@ubc.ca. In my spare time, I enjoy playing, watching, and mentoring ultimate frisbee.

Katie Weatherson
Research Coordinator

I completed my undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2014, with a special focus on health promotion. During this time, I had the opportunity to facilitate a community-based health behaviour change program, educating overweight children and their families about nutrition and physical activity. This work impressed upon me the complexity of human behaviour, the multi-level factors that influence adoption of and adherence to health behaviours, and the challenges associated with changing behaviour in real-world settings, and led me to pursue and recently complete my Master of Science at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Mary Jung. My thesis research comprised an evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of a school-based daily physical activity policy in elementary schools. Cumulatively, these experiences have profoundly impacted my interest in conducting theoretically-informed, community-based research to better understand and promote health behaviour change at an individual and population level. As such, I began working as a research coordinator in the POP-PA lab with Dr. Guy Faulkner, assisting with many projects, including the provincial COMPASS and Early Years project. If you would like to learn more about my research and interests, please contact me at katie.weatherson@ubc.ca.

Isabella Cina
Research Assistant

I am a newly graduated student from the Bachelors of Kinesiology at UBC and a research assistant at the Pop-PA lab. This degree allowed me to take courses that explored physical activity in the context of mental health and wellbeing, Indigenous studies and health promotion. Outside of my academics I was a UBC Varsity rower, member of the UBC Thunderbird Athletes Council and Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative. These experiences cultivated my interest in public health with a focus on socio-behavioural health and health promotion. The Pop-PA lab combines my interests in physical activity as a form of preventative medicine and health promotion research and I will be working on a variety of on-going projects. In the future I hope to pursue a Master of Public Health while exploring the world of communication design within the context of health promotion.

Sophie Harasymchuk
Co-op Student

I am currently a third year student in the Health Sciences stream of the UBC School of Kinesiology. Within the Pop-PA lab, I will be working on a variety of projects and community-based research such as StandUP UBC, Run to Quit and COMPASS.  I am particularly interested in the influence of exercise on mental health and wellbeing. Outside of school and my co-op placement, I enjoy playing soccer and downhill skiing. Previously, I volunteered with UBC BodyWorks and I am currently involved with UBC’s Fitness, Aging & Stress Lab as well as UBC’s Emergency Medical Aid Team.

Current Projects

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 took place at Running Rooms across Canada in spring 2016.  The ongoing evaluation of this program examines 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 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.

The Pop-PA Lab is evaluating the dissemination of the Mind Fit program, a 10-week group-based program which aims at improving the physical and mental well-beings of adolescents who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Each session consists of a 1 hour psychiatrist-led wellness session and another 1 hour physical activity session.

The COMPASS study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Health Canada, started in 2012-13 in Ontario, and was expanded to BC in 2016-17. Our team at UBC is responsible for facilitating the project in secondary schools across BC.

In brief, COMPASS is a three-year collaborative partnership with schools where we survey students in grades 9-12 to understand how changes in school environment characteristics (policies, programs and resources) are associated with physical activity, healthy eating behaviour, sedentary behaviour, obesity, tobacco-, alcohol-, and drug-use, mental health, bullying, school connectedness and educational outcomes among students. Each year, participating schools are provided with a detailed feedback report to bring awareness to youth health issues and help inform the school’s health promotion and prevention agenda. In addition, the results of the survey can support the evaluation of any school-based policies and programs that the school develops over the study period. For more information, check out the COMPASS website.

Archived Projects

The Pop-PA lab examined 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 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 provided in-depth insights into the clarity of the guidelines, as well as their level of agreement, perceived importance, and support for the new guidelines. Read the paper here.

The Pop-PA lab examined stakeholder and end user perceptions regarding the 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years. Current guidelines are missing information on two important movement behaviours. In order to address this, experts in Canada developed an integrated 24-hour Movement Guidelines encompassing physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep. Through a series of interviews and focus groups, with stakeholders (i.e. experts in the field of family/pediatric medicine, physical activity knowledge translation, early childhood education, and research) and end users (i.e. parents and Early Childhood Educators), the study examined how the 24-hour Movement Guidelines were perceived by stakeholders. The participants provided in-depth insights into the clarity of the guidelines, as well as their level of agreement, perceived importance, and support for the new guidelines. Read the paper here.

The Pop-PA lab created a knowledge translation product to communicate the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years) and the benefits of movement for promoting children's mental health and wellbeing to Early Childhood Educators and parents. The full animated video for the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines can be viewed here.

Videos for each age group can be accessed below:


  • 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.
  • Riazi, N., Ramanathan, S., O’Neill, M., Tremblay, M. S., & Faulkner, G. (2017). Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines for the early years (0–4 years): exploring the perceptions of stakeholders and end users regarding their acceptability, barriers to uptake, and dissemination. BMC Public Health17(5), 841.
  • 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(5), 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., & Duncan, M. (2015) Metformin to reduce weight gain and metabolic disturbance in schizophrenia. Evidence-Based Mental Health, (3):89. doi:10.1136/eb-2 014-102039.
  • 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, 4:1, 84-97, doi:10.1080/21594937.2015.1017303.
  • 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.201 5.07.023.
  • 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 Educ Couns, 98(4), 412–419.
  • 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. (2015). Evaluating the ParticipACTION Think Again! Campaign. Health Education & Behavior. doi:1177/10901 98115604614 Advance online publication.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Larsen, K., Cook, B., Stone, M. R , & Faulkner, 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(1), 69-77.
  • LeBlanc AG, Berry T, Deshpande S, Duggan M, Faulkner G, Latimer-Cheung A, O’Reilly N, Rhodes RE, Spence JC, Tremblay MS. Knowledge and awareness of Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines: a synthesis of existing evidence. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. 40: 1–9 (2015).
  • 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, 4, 759-767.
  • 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.
  • 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(2), 271-293.
  • 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.
  • 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, Mar 16:0. Advance online publication
  • 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(3):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(4), 398-406.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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We are always looking for keen students who may be interested in volunteering to assist with research projects. Please read the Pop-PA Lab Volunteer Agreement and if interested, 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 directly with a cover letter and a copy of their resume at guy.faulkner@ubc.ca.


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Dr. Guy Faulkner speaks to CTV News and FairchildTV about the ParticipACTION 2018 Report Card

Jun. 20, 2018 – The ParticipACTION 2018 Report Card was released June 19th, 2018. Dr. Guy Faulkner spoke to CTV News Vancouver  and Fairchild TV regarding the benefits of physical activity on brain health, benefits of children’s independent mobility, and the pitfalls of screen time. Watch the CTV News interview here and the Fairchild TV interview here. To […]

ISBNPA & QRSE 2018 conferences

Jun. 14, 2018 – It has been a whirlwind of a month at the Pop-PA Lab ! Congrats to Dr. Guy Faulkner and Dr. Erica Lau for their presentations at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity  (ISBNPA) conference in Hong Kong. And congrats to PhD students Krista Glowacki and Negin Riazi for […]

Congratulations to Dr. Guy Faulkner

Apr. 26, 2018 – Congratulations to Dr. Guy Faulkner who was awarded the Rossy Family Foundation grant for the development of the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Surveillance System. Read about other recent grant awards of KIN Faculty here.

New Paper Out

Apr. 24, 2018 – New paper out by Dr. Leila Pfaeffli Dale and Dr. Guy Faulkner titled Smartphone app uses loyalty point incentives and push notifications to encourage influenza vaccine uptake.

New Papers Out – The ‘New’ ParticipACTION

Apr. 23, 2018 – Read the new papers by Dr. Guy Faulkner and Dr. Lira Yun in the special issue of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada (The ‘New’ ParticipACTION ). Read about Exploring the impact of the ‘new’ ParticipACTION: overview and introduction of the special issue and ParticipACTION after 5 years of relaunch: a quantitative survey […]