About Us

The research team May 2022

The research team December 2020

The research team September 2019

Part of the 2019 BMED research team

The BMED lab research team in 2016

Who is in the BMED Lab?

The BMED lab was created in 2004 by Dr. Ryan Rhodes. The lab complement includes administration staff, research project coordinators, and postdoctoral, doctoral, masters, and undergraduate trainees focused on conducting research in the domain of physical activity and population health.

Lab members promote a positive, encouraging, supportive, and collaborative working environment with lab meetings, workshops, and social events that serve to advance knowledge exchange, learning, and experience.


Professor, Director Behavioural Medicine Lab

School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, Cross-listed Faculty Psychology Department


Room 189, McKinnon Building

Dr. Ryan E Rhodes is a Professor in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, cross-listed Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Director of the Behavioural Medicine Lab (BMED) at the University of Victoria. His primary area of research is on the psychology of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with an applied focus of physical activity promotion during early family development.

Dr. Rhodes is an expert on the intention-behaviour gap and studies how to link intention to action and physical activity. Based on this research, his team has developed the multi-process action control framework which focuses on effective ways to turn good intentions into action. He is also interested in determining the behavioural and psychological aspects of physical activity and population health. Click here to read more about Dr. Rhodes' research interests. For a complete profile of his research, please see publicationsabstracts, invited presentations and keynotes, and presentations. For information about research funding, please click grants and awards.

Google Scholar Profile

Research Gate Profile

Dr. Rhodes teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health psychology and behavioural medicine. In his class, he shows students that community participation and engagement are an important part of research. Find the courses Dr. Rhodes teaches here.

Educational Qualification:

  • Ph.D. Behavioural Medicine University of Alberta (2001)
  • M.A. Exercise Psychology University of British Columbia (1998)
  • B.A. Psychology University of British Columbia (1996)

Professional Affiliation:

  • Professor, Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, UVic
  • Director, Behavioural Medicine Lab, UVic
  • Graduate Program Director, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
  • Cross-listed Faculty, Psychology Department, UVic
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia
  • Supervisory Professor, Griffith University, Australia
  • Affiliated Researcher, Island Health

Fellowships and Distinctions:

  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Fellow, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
  • College member, Royal Society of Canada
  • Co-Editor-In-Chief at Psychology and Health
  • Associate Editor, Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews

Sandy Courtnall
Research Coordinator & Lab Manager

My name is Sandy and I joined the Behavioral Medicine lab in June of 2014. Prior to this I spent 10 years as a Research Coordinator at the Institute of Applied Physical Activity & Health, University of Victoria working on various Community Based Research Projects involving the overall well-being and health of BC Youth.  

I am currently the Lab Manager for the Behavioural Medicine lab as well as the Research Coordinator for the following two(2) studies:

The Parent Well-being Study which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council which explores the impact of different activities for parents

The Family Physical Activity Study which is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada which focuses on promoting habit formation in family physical activity.

When not working in the lab I can usually be found either outside hiking, biking, running etc. or instructing a variety of fitness/weight training classes for youth, adults & seniors :)


Evie Streight
Research Coordinator

My name is Evie Streight and I just joined the lab in the fall of 2022 and am coordinating the following two studies

(1) Active Together Study - Funded by the Canada Cancer Society

(2) We are an Active Family Study - Funded by Diabetes Canada

I just moved to Victoria, BC from Kingston, ON in January of 2022, looking to challenge myself in a new and beautiful environment.

I completed my BSc. Honors Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON from 2015 to 2019 where I was also a proud member of the Women’s Varsity Basketball team for four years. Following my time at McMaster I then completed my MSc. Anatomical Sciences at Queen’s University from September 2020-December 2021. On top of wet lab and lecture components, I completed my master’s thesis under the supervision of Dr. James Reynolds focused on developmental vulnerability in young children: a comparative analysis of child welfare versus community samples using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire.

I have always been fascinated by the vulnerability of child and adolescent development, and the powerful effect environment and experience during these stages can ultimately have on health outcomes. Additionally, as a retired varsity athlete, I know first-hand how important it was to feel empowered in sport and physical activity during my developing years. I am excited to be a part of the Behavioural Medicine Lab, and to learn and grow amongst some incredible people!


Amy Cox
Research Coordinator

Amy has returned to the lab after having her baby girl in April 2020.  Amy graduated with a MA in Sociology in 2010, and has been working on projects at UVIC ever since. She found her way to the BML in 2019, coordinating the Empty Nest and Retirement PA Intervention Feasibility Study and is now coordinating the Canadian Cancer Society's Active Together Study.


Colin Wierts
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am currently finishing my PhD at the University of British Columbia while transitioning into a post-doctoral role in the BMED lab. I completed my BSc (Health Sciences) and MSc (Kinesiology) at Brock University. My doctoral research focused on testing the utility of an emerging psychological needs framework (Dweck, 2017; Psychological Review) for explaining exercise-related well-being and behaviour, which led to focused attention on exercise identity (key predictors and intervention development) in the latter part of my dissertation. As a postdoctoral fellow in the BMED lab, I will continue to investigate determinants and outcomes of identity in the context of physical activity behaviour, while also addressing research questions related to physical activity behaviour change and physical activity-related outcomes (e.g., quality of life). For fun, I love to play golf, run, and spend time in the outdoors (skiing, hiking, camping) with my wife.

alyssa bio

Alyssa Manankil-Lakusta
Master's Student

After moving to Victoria from Toronto in 2013 and almost 8 years of undergraduate study, I am excited to finally be pursuing my Master’s (Fall 2021). Before joining the BMED Lab, I obtained Bachelor's degrees in Psychology (UVic ’17) and Kinesiology (Camosun ’20). My previous research experience includes designing and executing an applied research study investigating the environmental factors of fatigue and resilience in aerial firefighting pilots. I am fascinated by the mind-body connection and want to understand how movement impacts the psyche, whether it’s through research or exploring holistic approaches to health management. Outside of my studies, you can find me participating in various types of volunteer work, spending time on the mats doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or planning my next road-trip adventure.


Avishan Ghorbani
Master's Student

Hello my name is Avi! I graduate with a BA in Psychology at UBC and am excited to be a new member of the Behavioural Medicine Lab here at UVic. My research focus is very psychology invested, and I'm currently exploring Exercise Addiciton in an attempt to understand the underlying mechanisms that are at work and that help to sustain detrimental habits and health behaviours. I plan to bridge my research into a Clinical Psychology degree in the near future. When I am not in school, I enjoy going for runs in the warm weather and visiting art exhibits! 

Emily Magel
Master's Student

Hi there! My name is Emily, and I will be pursuing my M.A in Kinesiology through the BMED Lab this fall, 2021! After completing my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, I have spent the last two years putting my undergraduate research into practice through my coaching and personal training career. I’m excited to be joining Dr. Rhodes research team and continue learning more about health behaviour change theory. My research will focus on the psychological factors that influence the mindset behind athletic adversity, athletic achievement, and maintaining physical activity when faced with environmental barriers. Outside of the lab you can find me at the gym, in the forest, or by the ocean. 

Harvey Zhang
Master's Student and Research Assistant

My name is Harvey, and I am a fourth-year Kinesiology student at UVic. I started helping out at the BMED lab in the fall of 2021. It has been truly inspirational as I gained knowledge and experience in accelerometry, literature review, and data collection. Working in the lab, I became fascinated by how different interventions could help people change their mindset, behavior, and adherence to physical activity, thus promoting healthy living. I am very fortunate to be a part of a wonderful and welcoming team, and I am thrilled to learn and contribute more here in the future. I enjoy watching basketball games in my free time, and you can catch me playing basketball at CARSA.


Heather Hollman
Doctoral Student

I’m excited to be joining the BMED lab this coming fall of 2020.  My passion for research stems from my clinical experience as a chiropractor where I managed a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.  During my clinical work, I became aware of gaps in the literature regarding musculoskeletal care and was led to pursue a Master of Rehabilitation Science degree.  My master’s research focussed on running-related injury prevention knowledge and behaviours.  For my PhD, I will be exploring the optimization of participation in regular physical activity by postpartum women suffering from lumbopelvic pain.  Outside of the lab, I can be found chasing after my toddler and border collie/aussie shepherd, hopefully somewhere in a forest, on a beach, or up a mountain. 

Henry La
Web Developer and Research Assistant

I graduated from UVic in the summer of 2017 and started working with BMed Lab in May 2017 and worked as a Research Assistant and web developer for the lab. My work mostly consisted of helping researchers build online intervention programs to help people improve their lifestyles. Working in the lab not only helped me improve my web development skills but working around health specialists helped me learn a lot about being healthy and become more active. Outside of the lab, I work as a freelance web developer/designer helping small local businesses improve their online presence, and some of my hobbies are biking, hiking, boxing, and kick-boxing.  


Samantha Gibson
Master's Student

Hello! My name is Samantha and I have recently joined the BMED Lab to continue my studies in my MSc in Kinesiology. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Queen’s University in the spring of 2021 and began my Master’s journey in September of 2021 at the University of Victoria. I am excited to be part of this lab as the psychological influences on health behaviours are a major interest to me, and I am fascinated by the other projects being pursued by the lab. I am very grateful to be part of the BMED team and see where it takes me!

 Sarah Hough

Sarah Hough
Master's Student

Hello!! My name is Sarah, and I recently joined the BMED lab in January of 2023. I am a uOttawa BSc Human Kinetics graduate and have a minor in psychology. I moved to the island in September of 2021 to pursue an internship at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and ended up falling in love with Victoria and studying psychology within the scope of sport and exercise! I come from a competitive figure skating background, and am extremely passionate about how physical activity or certain sports have a relationship with body-image and well-being. Outside of the lab, I work as a perosnal trainer and enjoy to go out with friends, try new things, eat lots of yummy foods and spend time outdoors! 

Joe Barton
Master's Student and Research Assistant

Hi, my name’s Joe! I graduated from UVic with a B.A. in psychology and am very excited to be starting my M.A. in kinesiology with the BMED lab this September. Coming from a psychology background, my research interests mainly focus on the psychological tools that can help people overcome the common problems that arise when starting/maintaining health behaviour change. Outside of school I enjoy playing sports with friends, watching movies, and finding new spots to eat.


Brad Rudner
Master's Student

I have degrees in philosophy and education and am currently completing a master’s degree in Child and Youth Care with the aim of becoming a Registered Clinical Counsellor under the BCACC. I am focusing my research at BMED on the benefits of time in nature and resistance training, both of which I am passionate about and practice in my own life. I plan to utilize nature-based and fitness-based counselling with clients in my clinical practice going forward. I am excited to be involved with the lab as I am very aligned with all the research here. When I am not involved here or counselling, you can find me training in the gym, being a dad to two daughters, or taking my tireless Goldendoodle, Blue, on extended nature adventures. 


Chris Graham
Master's Student

I started working at the Behavioural Medicine Lab as fitness tester while I was at Camosun College getting my Kinesiology degree and am starting a Masters degree in the fall of 2023. My research interests are in the area of youth health, chronic disease management and resistance training, particularly how these areas intersect. As a paddling coach and personal trainer, I have worked with a broad spectrum of individuals from children to seniors, including competitive athletes and people living with chronic health conditions. Outside of school I enjoy paddling, weightlifting and board games.


Yoah Sui
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2021-2023)

Aleah Ross
Master's Student (2020-2023)

Stina Grant
Master's Student; Project Coordinator (2015-2022)

Alexandra Soanes
Research Assistant (2020-2022)

Brittany Atkins
Research Assistant (2021-2022)

Josh Palmer
Research Assistant (2018-2022)

Michael Smith
Research Assistant (2020-2022)

Peter Filice
Research Coordinator (2022)

Erla Hjartar
Visiting International Research Student (2021-2022)

Katie Dzynel
Research Assistant (2020-2021)

Richele Alde 
Fitness Tester (2021)

Savana Godfrey 
Fitness Tester (2020-2021)

Sara Paziraei
Master's Student (2017-2021)

Riana Rajaram
Master's Student (2018-2021)

Reza Sayar
Master's Student (2019-2021)

Aimee Harrison
Master's Student (2017-2021)

Anika Todd
Master's Student (2018-2021)

Bianca DeSilva, MSc
Research Trial Coordinator (2020-2021)

Alison Quinlan, MSc
Research Coordinator (2011-2021)

Alexander Lithopoulos
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2018-2020)

Erin Patrick
Fitness Tester (2019-2020)

Quinn Fitzgerald
Research Assistant (2020)

Madeline Juba
Master's Student; Project Coordinator (2017-2020)

Amy Cox
Research Coordinator (2019-2020)

Emily Medd
Project Coordinator (2017-2019)

Jessica Alkana
Recruitment Officer (2016-2020)

Savanna Malli
Research Assistant (2019-2020)

Dayna Clarke
Research Assistant (2019-2020)

Erica Somer
Recruitment Officer (2018-2019)

Maria Baranova
Research Assistant (2018-2019)

Casandra Noble
Fitness Tester (2018-2019)

Christina McLean
Fitness Tester/Research Assistant (2014-2019)

Raven Loucks
Research Assistant (2017-2019)

Cassandra Husband, MSc
Master's Student (2016-2018)

Claire Sauvage-Mar, MSc
Master's Student (2016-2017)

Annie Walters
Recruitment Officer (2017-2018)

Patrick Boudreau, MA
Master's Student (2016-2017)

Maeve Hodge, BSc
Research Assistant (2014-2017)

Allison Rodway
Fitness Tester (2015-2017)

Joy Egilson
Fitness Tester (2016-2017)

Justin Wolfe
Fitness Tester (2015-2016)

Clarise Lim, MSc
Master's Student (2012-2017)

Samantha Gray, MSc
Master's Student (2015-2017)

Alison Haynes
Fitness Tester (2015-2016)

Hannah Flahr
Fitness Tester (2015-2017)

Navin Kaushal, MSc
PhD graduate student (2011-2016)

Megan Webb (2014-2015)
Recruitment Officer

Chet Mistry (2012-2015)
PhD student

Christopher Yao
Master's student

Shabnam Almasi
Research assistant (2014 - 2015)

Olivia Romalis
Work study student (2014)

Andrew Kates
Research assistant/fitness tester (2013-2014)

Erica Crowe
Fitness tester/research assistant (2013-2014)

Molly Hulbert
Recruitment Officer (2014)

Cara Temmel
Research Assistant (2009-2014)

Kristina Kowalski, PhD
PhD graduate student (2011-2014)

Natalia Zapotoczny
Research Assistant 2013-2014

Greg Mulligan, MSc
Former Laboratory Coordinator 2013

Holly Murray, BSc 
Former Laboratory Coordinator (2004-2013)

Katrina Laquian
Research assistant 2013

Janine Sigurdson  
Research assistant 2012

Alisha Witter  
Research assistant 2012

Kathryn Moncks 
Research assistant 2012

Alex Anderson 
Research assistant 2010

Rachel Blacklock, MSc 
Master's student 2004-2007

Megan Buchholz 
Research assistant 2010-2011

Naomi Casiro, BSc 
Undergraduate Co-op student 2008-2010

Kim Choy, BSc
Research assistant 2010-2011

Alexandra Coates
Research assistant 2010-2012

James Coble, MA 
Master's student 2003-2005

Anna-Marie de Zwager, BSc 
Research assistant & Project coordinator 2009-2010

Leanne Dickau, MSc 
Project coordinator 2009-2011

Jelena Dukic, MA 
Project coordinator 2010-2012

Bonnie Fiala, MA 
Master's Student 2007-2010

Amanda Frazer, BSc 
Research assistant 2009-2010

Keri Fuchko, BSc 
Research assistant 2010

Lindsay Grainger-Frost, BSc 
Research assistant 2010

Lizette Greyling, BA 
Research assistant 2010-2011

Krista Hoffert, BSc 
Undergraduate student (directed study) 2006-2007

Rosie Hsu, BSc 
Research assistant 2010

Olivia Hughes, BA 
Research assistant 2011-2012

Marc Jacobson, MSc 
Project Coordinator 2010-2011

Alyssa Jesson, BA
Research assistant 2010-2011

Kelly Kerr 
Research assistant 2010-2011

Megan Kirk, MA 
Master's student 2008-2010

Aviva Kliman, MA 
Master's student 2003-2006

Rachel Mark, MA 
Master's student 2007-2009 
Research coordinator 2009-2010

Kevin McDowall 
Research assistant 2010-2011

Carolyn McIntyre, MScPT
Master's student 2004-2006

Alyssa OConnor, MA 
Research assistant 2008-2009

 Gabriella Nasuti, MSc 
Project Coordinator 2008-2010
Research Coordinator 2010-2012

Alyssa OConnor, MA 
Research assistant 2008-2009

Danielle Olmstead, BKin 
Research Assistant 2011-2012

Mika Oshige, MA 
Website development & maintenance 2009-2011

Thalia Parkinson, MSc 
Project Coordinator 2007-2008

Leila Pfaeffli, MSc 
Project coordinator 2008-2009
Research Coordinator 2009-2010

Rachel Phillips, PhD 
Research assistant 2010-2011

Gregory Rickwood, MA 
Research assistant 2010

Eleanor Rushton, BSc
Research assistant 2009-2010

Felicity Scott-Klimstra, BSc 
Undergraduate Honours student 2007-2008

Nicole Smith, MSc 
Master's student 2005-2007

Evan Thomas, BSc 
Research assistant 2009-2010

Linda Trinh, MA 
Project coordinator 2005-2008

Lori Horne 
PhD student (2011-2013)

Karlie Windatt, BA 
Research Assistant 2011-2012