Behavioural Medicine Lab

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What is the Behavioural Medicine lab?

The Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab is a research lab (director: Dr. Ryan Rhodes) within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. Our mission is to produce and disseminate innovative and population-relevant physical activity and health research of the highest calibre within an environment that fosters collaboration, community, pride, and life balance.

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Ryan textbook Dr. Rhodes' co-authored textbook titled "Exercise Psychology - Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour" was recently published! This book focuses on the psychological effects of physical activity in a variety of populations. A unique part of this book is the emphasis on physical activity combined with a reduction in sedentary behaviour.

Check it out here!

Clarise and Dr. Rhodes recently published their dog walking study in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise. This study showed many interesting findings such as dog owners who valued and enjoyed dog walking engaged in more dog walking, and owning larger, higher energy dogs  resulted in higher levels of walking. Here is the full citation below!

Lim, C. & Rhodes, R.E. (2016). Sizing up physical activity: The relationships among dog characteristics, dog owners' motivations, and dog walking. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 24, 65-71.

Physical activity identity is becoming an interesting area of research. Check out this review on identity, schema and physical activity by Dr. Rhodes, Navin and Alison!

Rhodes, R.E., Kaushal, N., & Quinlan, A., (2016). Is Physical Activity a Part of Who I Am?  A Review and Meta-Analysis of Identity, Schema and Physical Activity. Health Psychology Review.