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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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior, edited by David M. Williams, Ryan E. Rhodes, and Mark T. Conner is now published! Check out the book that brings together this burgeoning area of research into a single volume, with contributions from leading experts from around the world.

Affective Determinants Book

Dr. Rhodes interviewed by Victoria News on the results of the Canadian Physical Activity Report Card. Unfortunately, many Canadians are not getting 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Dr. Rhodes highlights enjoyment and focusing on achievable activity such as brief walking.

Check out The Psychology of Habit - Theory, Mechanisms, Change and Contexts edited by Bas Verplanken. Dr. Rhodes contributed two chapters to this book which presents the latest resesarch on habits.

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Dr. Rhodes recently published a paper on the Multi-Process Action Control model as an approach to understanding and increasing physical activity.

Rhodes, R.E. (2017). The evolving understanding of physical activity behavior: A multi-process action control approach. In A. J. Elliot (Eds.), Advances in Motivation Science (4th ed., pp. 171-205).

Check out the article here!

A must-read paper on theories of physical activity change! Four main approaches are examined and new applications of integrated theoretical approaches are highlighted:

Rhodes, R. E., McEwan, D., & Rebar, A. L. (2018). Theories of physical activity behaviour change: A history and synthesis of approaches. Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Ahead of Print).