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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, Associate Director Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health

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, Director of the Behavioural Medicine Lab (BMED), and Associate Director of the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health 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, and presentations. For information about research funding, please click grants and awards.

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
  • Associate Director, Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health
  • Cross-listed Faculty, Psychology Department, UVic
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba
  • 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
  • Associate Editor, Health Psychology
  • Associate Editor, Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews

Google Scholar Profile

Research Gate Profile

Sandy Courtnall
Research Coordinator

My name is Sandy Courtnall 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.  

In the BMed lab I am currently coordinating the Parent Well-being Study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council which explores the impact of different activities for parents.

When not working in the lab I can be found instructing a variety of fitness/weight training classes for youth, adults & seniors as well as running, hiking, biking & spending time with my family.


Amy Cox
Research Coordinator

Hi all! I joined the Behavioural Medicine Lab in the summer of 2019 as a Research Coordinator. I have worked in a similar capacity on other projects at UVIC which have focused on palliative/end of life care, youth health, health equity, and human resource management in residential long care settings. I have an MA in Sociology, with a special interest in Cultural, Social, and Political Theory. Outside the lab, I work as a Bikram, flow and yin yoga teacher and I have a 3.5 year old son who keeps me extremely busy.



Alexander Lithopoulos
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Hello, I’m Alex. I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. I completed my undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Ottawa and my Ph.D. at Queen’s University. I joined the lab in September of 2018. The majority of my research has been in the area of marketing to encourage healthy behaviours such as physical activity. My dissertation specifically explored whether branding of health behaviour promotion organizations and products can influence healthy movement behaviours (i.e., more physical activity, less sitting, and more sleep). I’m excited to now be in Victoria working in a world-class physical activity promotion research environment. When not at work, I enjoy playing sports such as badminton, soccer, and beach volleyball.

Aimee Harrison
Master's Student

Aloha! My name is Aimee Harrison and I joined the BMed lab in September 2017. I am working towards my Master’s in Kinesiology studying under Ryan Rhodes, as well as, his colleague Paul Zehr in the Rehab Neuro lab next door. I completed my undergrad degree in Psychology in August 2016 at the University of Hawaii, and decided to further pursue my education back here in Canada. I am originally from Winnipeg, MB, but have always dreamed about moving to the west coast, so I am ecstatic about this opportunity! I will be studying the psychosocial rehabilitation of people recovering from stroke and spinal cord injury, and also people with Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. After lab hours, I enjoy spending as much time outside as possible. A few of my hobbies include paddle boarding, cliff diving and hiking. I am very thankful for this opportunity to work in the BMed lab and look forward to what the next couple years have in store.

(Alison Quinlan)

Alison Quinlan MSc.
Research Coordinator

My name is Alison and I joined the Behavioral Medicine Lab in November 2011. I completed my master's in kinesiology with a focus on sport psychology. My research qualitatively explored a group of Canadian athletes' experiences with sport psychology leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. In the BMed lab, I am involved in a variety of projects. Outside of the lab I enjoy going for hikes with my husky, running, golfing and playing tennis.


Anika Todd
Master's Student

I joined the lab in fall of 2018 as a graduate student. My previous studies include an honours BSc in biology and post degree diploma in interprofessional mental health and addictions. After completing my undergraduate, which included research on mammalian retinal development and a genetic disease (aniridia), I spent three years racing road bikes professionally. At the end of my professional sport career, I returned to school and completed a diploma program that allowed me to begin working as a mental health clinician for Vancouver Island Health Authority. I now work full time at a number of VIHA services, including a tertiary mental health facility for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. This work inspired my thesis project, which will focus on developing a holistic wellness program for tertiary mental health facilities. Sport and travel continue to be passions. Running, cycling, lifting and yoga are an invaluable part of my daily life. Whenever school and work allow, I hop on a plane. I have travelled to about 30 countries and will be adding a few more to the list this winter with a mountain expedition in Nepal, yoga meditation retreat in India, and road trip through eastern Europe.

Dayna Clarke
Research Assistant

Emily Medd
Project Coordinator

I first joined the lab as a Fitness Tester during my time as a master’s student at UVIC. I completed my MSc in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) in December 2015 and came back on board with the Behavioural Medicine Lab as a part-time Research Coordinator in early 2017. I am thoroughly enjoying being back in the world of research, especially with such a fun group of lab-mates!

Outside the lab, I work as an Exercise Physiologist/Kinesiologist and can sometimes be found teaching fitness classes and coaching kid’s sports. I play soccer and love doing all kinds of physical activities such as rock climbing, running, kickboxing, hiking, and surfing. 


Erin Patrick
Fitness Tester

My name is Erin Patrick and I joined the Behavioural Medicine lab as a fitness tester in April of 2019. I completed my BSc in Kinesiology Degree at Camosun College in 2018 and earned the CSEP Undergraduate Award in Exercise Therapy. I am a registered Kinesiologist with BCAK and an Exercise Physiologist through CSEP. I've been involved in the Fitness Industry for the past 20 years teaching group fitness classes & personal training. I have a special interest in exercise and chronic disease management. When not working in the lab I can be teaching classes, working with clients, running, doing yoga, biking and trying to keep up with my kids.

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.  

Jessica Alkana
Recruitment and Research Assistant

I graduated in 2007 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and worked in marketing and communications for nearly a decade. I returned to university two years ago and was interested in the BMED lab because it explores health behaviours. I joined the BMED lab in 2016 and have since taken on the role of recruitment for the various studies. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, hiking and reading.


Madeline Juba
Master's Student; Project Coordinator

I first became involved with the BMed lab in January 2017, where I worked as a Research Assistant for a number of family-based studies while completing my BSc in Kinesiology at UVic. Since then, my role in the lab has developed to encompass project coordination (for the Mom’s Pilot study – soon to be underway) and developing an online platform using the M-PAC model. I completed my BSc in Kinesiology in June 2018, and, after a short but much needed break, I started my MSc in Kinesiology in January 2019. My area of research involves incorporating an online educational component to the existing exercise-based Osteofit program. In my spare time, you’ll find me hiking, running, eating, or curled up reading a book.

Reza Sayar
Doctoral Student


Riana Rajaram
Master's Student

I joined the BML in fall of 2018 as a graduate student. Growing up I played various sports from AAA soccer, varsity basketball and going to Nationals for TaeKwonDo as well as many others. During my grade 10 year, I tore my ACL and MCL during a basketball game and could no longer participate competitively in sports anymore. I found the gym to be my replacement for sports. After going through the process of physiotherapy and realizing that physically I would be okay but mentally I struggled a lot. My own experience led me to wanting to better understand myself mentally and to become mentally strong again in which I completed my honours bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. During my undergrad, I worked in 2 research labs, the first, a child memory lab where I learned how to code data, transcribe interviews and ultimately, put my research skills to the test and interview the children myself. 
In the second lab, we were assessing wellbeing in older adults which led to my directed studies examining physical exertion and wellbeing in older adults.
This initial interest helped me realized I can put my love of sports and psychology together and move out to Victoria to pursue my masters degree in exercise science. 


Sara Paziraei
Master's Student

Hi, my name is Sara. I am pursing my MSc in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Rhodes. I joined the Behavioral Medicine Lab early September 2017, as a research coordinator for Neuro Study. As a master student, I am going to investigate the effects of cooperative and competitive exercises on the mental health. I spend my leisure time fishing, biking and reading books. 

Savanna Malli
Research Assistant
Hello! My name is Savanna and I joined the BMED lab in September 2019 as a Research Assistant. I am originally from Vancouver but moved to the island 5 years ago for school (and I might never leave!). I am I currently on track to complete my my BSc in Kinesiology at Uvic in April, with a specific focus in psychology. One day, I hope to do my own research in family-base physical activity and I am looking forward to increasing my knowledge about research studies in a lab setting. My long term goals include completing a MSc in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy and becoming a dog mom! In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, discovering new restaurants, reading, and spending time with my (very energetic) twin nieces and nephew.


Stina Grant
Master's Student; Project Coordinator

During my undergraduate degree in psychology at UVic I discovered BMED's research. I was fascinated by the work the team was conducting as it represents a marriage of my interest of health behaviours and my love for exercise. I was lucky enough to join the team back in 2015. Over the years I’ve been involved in several capacities. Currently I am coordinating the Active Together Study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society while pursuing my MSc in kinesiology beginning in January 2019. I feel very fortunate to work with such a great group of individuals in a field that I am passionate about. In my spare time I enjoy running, tennis, soccer, yoga, hiking, camping, and exploring the wonderful west coast!


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