Behavioural Medicine Lab

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What is the Behavioural Medicine lab?

The Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab is a research lab (director: Dr. Ryan Rhodes) within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. Our mission is to produce and disseminate innovative and population-relevant physical activity and health research of the highest calibre within an environment that fosters collaboration, community, pride, and life balance.

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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior, edited by David M. Williams, Ryan E. Rhodes, and Mark T. Conner is now published! Check out the book that brings together this burgeoning area of research into a single volume, with contributions from leading experts from around the world.

Affective Determinants Book

BMed lab alumni Claire Sauvage-Mar and Dr. Rhodes recently published a systematic review examining interactive aspects between the built environment, social cognition, and leisure-time physical activity.

Read the article to learn more!

Dr. Rhodes recently published a paper on the Multi-Process Action Control model as an approach to understanding and increasing physical activity.

Rhodes, R.E. (2017). The evolving understanding of physical activity behavior: A multi-process action control approach. In A. J. Elliot (Eds.), Advances in Motivation Science (4th ed., pp. 171-205).

Check out the article here!

An exciting new comprehensive review on the current state of physical activity research has been published in Psychology and Health. Here is the full citation:

Rhodes, R.E., Bredin, S,.S.D., Janssen, I., Warburton, D.E.R., & Bauman, A. (2017). Physical activity; Health impact, prevalence, correlates and interventions. Psychology and Health. 32(8), 942-975.

Ryan textbook Dr. Rhodes' co-authored textbook titled "Exercise Psychology - Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour" was recently published! This book focuses on the psychological effects of physical activity in a variety of populations. A unique part of this book is the emphasis on physical activity combined with a reduction in sedentary behaviour.

Check it out here!

A systematic review investigating the factors associated with participating in resistance training.

See the the article here!