News & events

Scientific Abstract to be presented at 2024 ACSM Meeting

Congratulations to Craig, T.V., Rhodes, R.E., and Scientific Abstract titled “Energy Expenditure And Mood States During Two Modes Of A Virtual Reality Fitness Game” has been accepted for in-person presentation in a Free Communication/Poster session at the 2024 ACSM Annual Meeting being held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA from May 28 to 31, 2024.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

The BMED team would like to wish you all a very happy and safe holidays, as well as a Happy New Year! We hope all of our students and colleagues had a productive and successful finish to their term, and we look forward to what 2024 has to bring!

Masters Student Chris Graham awarded First Open Heart Society of B.C. Scholarship

Congratulations to our Masters Student Chris Graham on his First Open Heart Society of B.C. Scholarship! This $8,000 scholarship has been created to financially assist a member of the next generation of health professionals who will working to improve the lives of cardiovascular patients of the Vancouver Island community. Well deserved Chris!

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Rhodes for his Research Fellowship at the University of Hong Kong

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Ryan Rhodes as he received a $15,000 Research Fellowship in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Education University of Hong Kong in 2024!

We Are Recruiting for New Studies!

We are excited to announce that we have new studies in the works, and a couple up and running! Most recently our "We Are an Active Family" Study funded by Diabetes Canada began recruitment this past summer! Check out our Research Studies page for more information, or email us at to learn more! Parents and children who get involved in our studies before 2024 will enter themselves into a draw for the opportunity to win a week of FREE Sports Camp at UVic, along with some other great prizes from local Yoga studios, Flying Squirrel, and Lululemon!

Dr. Ryan Rhodes presenting expert workshop in Bremen, Germany

Special shout out to Dr. Ryan Rhodes who is leading an expert workshop in Bremen, Germany (September 3-4) with Dr. Aleks Luszczynska (SWPS University, Wroclaw, Poland) called “All we know about physical activity and the social environment: A system mapping approach”. The workshop will kick off the EHPS Annual Meeting.

Welcome Yasmine Forghanisoong to the BMed Lab

We want to give a nice warm welcome to Yasmine Forghanisoong who will be beginning her undergraduate honours degree under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Rhodes starting this fall!

Dr. Rhodes awarded Faculty of Education Established Scholar Award for Excellence in Research

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Rhodes for being awarded the Faculty of Education Established Scholar Award for Excellence in Research. The Established Scholar award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in multiple categories, including research awards and external funding, publications and presentations, and research-inspired teaching.

Dr. Ryan Rhodes' Research Feature at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

We are excited to hear that Dr. Ryan Rhodes and his current research is featured in an exhibition at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada. This exhibit panel showcases Diabetes Canada’s 2022 funded researchers and their projects, tying back to Diabetes Canada’s history of supporting the research community and the history of Banting House.

Congratulations Heather on her SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Award

Doctoral Student Heather Hollman has been awarded a $20,000 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Award! Congratulations!

Congratulations Aleah on successful Master's thesis defence!

Congratulations to Aleah on her successful Master's thesis defence. Her thesis is titled "A Feasibility Study Evaluating an Online Physical Activity Intervention for Young Adults with Low Mood and/or Depression Engaged in Community Primary Clinical Care". Aleah was also recently enrolled in the highly competitive UVic Clinical Psychology graduate program. We wish you the best, Aleah!

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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2024 Mock Interview Clinic

Have a 30-minute virtual mock interview with a real employer and get instant feedback on how you can ace your future interviews.

Mustard Seed & Multifaith Centre Food Share Program

This foodshare program provides food for UVic students through the Multifaith Centre.

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Food for Thought: Conversations to Nourish the Aging Brain

The Brain Health Research Cluster at UVic's Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health present part 2 of 3 of their Café Scientifique series entitled Forever Young: Brain Health and Aging . This session will provide a fun, interactive opportunity to discuss brain health with experts from the University of Victoria. What made them decide to research brain health and how it affectsaging? What do YOU want to know about brain health and aging? What research do YOU think still needs to be done? They are here to answer your questions!

Lunch will be provided for those attending in person. This event is free to attend, though registration is required.

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