About us

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, 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
  • 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
  • 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

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.




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.


Alexandra Soanes
Research Assistant

My name is Alexandra (usually go by Zandra), and I joined the lab spring of 2020 doing a variety of different tasks. I am a student at UVic pursuing a BCs in Kinesiology, having moved from a small town near Edmonton  AB where I did my first year at the U of A. My interests in helping people live healthier lives through physical activity, lead me to the BML lab where exactly this is done! I love horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, running, CrossFit, traveling, and cooking. Fun fact is I do most of this with my dog Cinnamon, along side! I have type one diabetes and Cinnamon is trained to alert to high and low blood sugar as well as other helpful tasks. 

(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.


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.


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.  

Josh Palmer
Research Assistant


Katie Dzyngel
Research Assistant

Hi there! My name is Katie and I’m currently an undergraduate student studying Geography and Environmental Studies. I joined the Behavioural Medicine Lab as a Research Assistant in January 2020 after becoming super intrigued by the research being conducted at BMed which aligns with my hope to eventually pursue a masters grounded in community based research. I’ve been inspired by the research projects at BMed that I’ve had the opportunity to assist with and the way in which they help to improve the lives of families and children. Outside of my classes and work in the lab, I love surfing, hiking, yoga, and trying to make the perfect loaf of bread!

Quinn Fitzgerald
Research Assistant

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. 


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!


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