Behavioural Medicine Lab

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. 

Signature Research Areas 

M-PAC and Physical Activity Theory
Digital Health



The second edition of Psychology of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior, an eBook written by Dr. Rhodes, Dr. Heather Hausenblaus, and Dr. Amanda Rebar is now available.

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Dr. Rhodes recently published a mini-review on the Multi-Process Action Control (M-PAC) framework in Frontiers in Psychology. It includes an overview of the framework as well as applications in physical activity, unanswered questions, limitations, and possibilities for future research. It can be found here!

Rhodes, R.E. (2021). Multi-process action control in physical activity: A primer. Frontiers in Psychology, section Health Psychology, 12, 797484.

MPAC Framework

Dr. Rhodes recently authored a new chapter on the Multi-Process Action Control (M-PAC) model as an approach to understanding and increasing physical activity. Be sure to check it out here!

Rhodes, R.E., La, H., Quinlan, A. & Grant, S. (2021). Enacting physical activity intention: A multi-process action control approach. In C. Englert & I. Taylor (Eds.), Motivation and Self-Regulation in Sport and Exercise (pp. 8-20). New York: Taylor & Francis.