News & events

Welcome to our new master's student Sarah!

We are excited to welcome our new master's student, Sarah Hough, who will be joining the BMed lab in January, 2023!

BMed members attending the 44th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Congratulations to one of our postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Yoah Sui, as well as our Lab Director, Dr. Rhodes, who recently received notice of accepted presentations for the upcoming 44th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine! The meeting will be taking place on April 26-29, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Welcome Postdoc Colin!

We are excited to welcome Colin Wierts as a new Postdoctoral Fellow in the BMed lab! Colin's current research interests include the processes by which individuals develop physical activity-related identities (e.g., "I am an exerciser", "I am a runner") and how life transitions (post-secondary education, parenthood, employment, retirement) may affect these identities, but also how they can be leveraged to develop new physical activity-related identities. Colin is also interested in how parents develop individual and collective social identities surrounding family-based physical activity participation.

Welcome to our visiting and incoming students!

We would like to welcome Katharina Feil, who is a PhD student visiting from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Katharina's PhD research examines the anticipated emotions in physical activity behaviour and she will be working with the BMed lab during the 2022 summer semester. We would also like to welcome Avi Ghorbani who is our incoming Masters student.

Welcome Yoah, our new Postdoctoral Fellow!

The BMED lab is excited to announce our new Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Yoah Sui. Yoah recently completed his PhD at Western University where his research focused on sedentary behaviour and its relation to health and well-being among university students. We have already been impressed by his astute, innovative, and thought-provoking contributions to several ongoing projects in the BMED lab. Welcome to the team, Yoah!

New study shows impact of COVID-19 on movement behaviours

A new, hot of the press study commissioned by ParticipACTION explores the impact of the initial COVID-19 crisis on the movement behaviours of Canadian children and youth. This national survey linked COVID-19 restrictions with adverse behaviours such as lower PA, less outside time, and higher SB. Unsurprisingly, the stay at home instructions made it more challenging than ever for kids to maintain healthy movement behaviours. Indeed, during the lockdown, the grade for 24-hour movement behaviours would be an “F”.

Congrats Cassandra on Masters Student Research Award!

The BMED lab is pleased to announce that Cassandra Husband has been awarded the Graduate Student Research Award (Masters student) for the Faculty of Education for 2018. Her work involved considerably advanced methodological design and her findings offered important new insights into the field. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating Cassandra's exciting accomplishment!

Dr. Rhodes is accepting doctoral students

Dr. Rhodes is currently accepting doctoral students! At this time, the lab’s primary research areas are exploring affect, habit, and identity. That said, prospective students are welcome to bring their own research ideas. If you believe BMED may be a good fit, we encourage you to get in touch with Dr. Rhodes regarding pursuing a PhD under his supervision!

Check out our M-PAC website!

Our team has created a website dedicated to the Multi-Process Action Control Model. Over the years, work within the lab indicated the need for a meta-theory to organize key concepts, bridge important streams of thinking, and generally inform interventions and promotion strategies. This approach was born as a result of collaboration and from years of studying physical activity behaviour promotion. On the website you will find information about the model and the constructs within it, schematics, and resources for health promotion practitioners and researchers alike. Visit the M-PAC website to see for yourself and learn more!

Welcome to our incoming grad students!

The Behavioural Medicine Lab welcomes two incoming Master's students under Dr Rhodes' supervision. Madeline Juba and Stina Grant, who are currently working in the lab, are commencing graduate studies this January 2019!

Congrats on defence Cassandra!

A big congratulations goes out to Cassandra who successfully defended her thesis! Cassandra performed wonderfully and all attendees were extremely impressed by her knowledge, delivery, and composure. Her thesis examined exercise identity development using a mixed methods approach including qualitative interviews and a feasibility trial. Wow! Way to go on this incredible accomplishment!

Announcing BMED Postdoctoral Fellow

The Behavioural Medicine Lab is excited to announce we will be welcoming Alex Lithopoulos as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow this fall. Alex brings with him some impressive accomplishments and expertise and we have no doubt he will make a wonderful complement to the lab. We are looking forward to Alex joining the team!

Congrats Dr. Rhodes on REACH Award!

This May, Dr. Rhodes will be awarded the Silver Medal for Excellence in Research in the second annual UVic REACH Awards which will celebrate UVic scientists, scholars and artists for their extraordinary contributions in research and teaching. This award is presented to UVic's outstanding research scientist of the year with under twenty years since obtaining a PhD. We are so very proud of the Dr. Rhodes' contributions to the field - please join the BMED lab in congratulating Ryan on this exciting achievement!

Dr. Rhodes to receive APA Fellowship

Join us in congratulating Dr. Rhodes, who will be recognized as a Distinguished International Affiliate for his unusual and outstanding contributions to health psychology. Dr. Rhodes will be formally receiving this award in San Francisco this August.

Welcome Stephan, our Visiting International Research Student!

The Behavioural Medicine Lab welcomes Stephan Renz, who arrives later this month as a Visiting International Research Student. Stephan is visiting from Wageningen University in the Netherlands where he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Health and Society. Stephan brings a passion for physical activity and we are looking forward to him joining our research team this spring!

Dr. Rhodes and Clarise featured in the fall issue of the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health's official newsletter

Dr. Rhodes is featured in the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health's newsletter, "The Bulletin", in the Fall issue. The article congratulates Dr. Rhodes on his recent funding award from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and overviews some of his key research focus areas. Clarise is featured in the "Student Profile" section of the newsletter and talks about her journey to grad school and inspiration for her research. You can read the full newsletter here.

Congratulations Dr. Rhodes and the BMed Lab on receiving the CIHR foundation grant!

Dr. Rhodes and the Bmed lab recently won the Canadian Institute of Health Research Foundation Grant. This grant will be for seven years and will allow for the lab's research to build on the innovative area of identity and habit formation strategies to help people increase physical activity. Congratulations!

Looking for a little kick starter for becoming more active? Join one of our studies!

Looking for a little help with those New Year's physical activity resolutions!? We are currently conducting many exciting research studies exploring strategies for becoming more physically active and are seeking participants! With the new year underway it's time to learn strategies that will help get you active and stay active! Current projects include a Family Physical Activity Study which looks at increasing physical activity among the whole family, and a new-parent physical activity study for first-time parents two-months post-partum. For more information check out our on-going projects page or Contact us to see if you are eligible or have any questions!

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Statistics Seminar: Multivariate One-sided Tests for Nonlinear Mixed Effects Models with Censored Responses

Speaker: Lang Wu, UBC
Location: via Zoom
Event type: Statistics seminar

Catholic Campus Mass

Please come and celebrate the source and summit of the Catholic faith.

Beyond Bystander Intervention: Creating a Culture of Care and Accountability in Sport

Hosted by the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, and the University of British Columbia

Join us for an online panel discussion with Brennan Bastyovansky, Georgette Reed, and Nangghaahlaangstangs about sexual violence prevention and intervention in sport. Panelists will share storiesand perspectives on how we can take bystander intervention from one moment of action to an ongoing practice.

During this event, we'll discuss the following questions:

  • What can we do to overcome the discomfort of either intervening in the moment or providing ongoing support?
  • What can we do when a whole team is impacted by an incident or ongoing incidents of sexualized violence?
  • What is possible for teams when it comes to restorative practices such as accountability and community care?

Intro to ArcGIS_Online and Geospatial Data

Designing Effective Peace Accords to Tackle Civil War Recurrence

The UVic Graduate Student Law & Society Research Group
Treaty making series: with Professor Giuditta Fontana, DPhil (University of Birmingham)