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



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.


Dr. Rhodes teamed up with Dr. de Bruijn and one of our graduate students, Stina Grant, to co-author a chapter titled "Planning and Implementation Intention Interventions" found in the recently published Handbook of Behavior Change.

Rhodes, R.E., Grant, S. & De Bruijn, G.J. (2020). Planning and Implementation Intention Interventions. In: M.S. Hagger, L. D. Cameron, K. Hamilton, N. Hankonen, & T. Lintunen (Eds.). Handbook of Behavior Change (pp. 572-585). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

The Handbook of Behavior Change


The grades are in! On June 17, ParticipACTION released the latest Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. A grade of D+ was assigned to kids on their overall physical activity as well as their sedentary behaviour. Be sure to check out the full report card to learn more.

Dr. Rhodes is a member of the Research Advisory Group for ParticipACTION. In creating the report, he also published a Consensus Statement on the role of the family in movement behaviours:

  • Rhodes, R.E., Guerrero, M.D., Vanderloo, L.M., Barbeau, K., Birken, C.S., Chaput, J., . . . Tremblay, M.S. (2020). Development of a consensus statement on the role of the family in the physical activity, sedentary, and sleep behaviours of children and youth. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17(1), 1-31.

The takeaway: family is key to kids' healthy movement behaviours. Parents should make family physical activity a priority and facilitate it by encouraging, watching, role modelling, and co-participating.