COVID-19 Research

Throughout the pandemic, the BMed Lab has been hard at work studying various behaviours during COVID-19. Studies investigate everything from children and youth’s adherence to the 24-hour movement guidelines, outdoor play opportunities, perceived physical activity transitions among adults, individual differences in perceived stress, perceived threat, and efficacy to follow government recommendations to slow the spread of the virus.


Key Papers about COVID-19


  1. Cushan-Kain, G., Gardner, B., Verplanken, B., Lally, P., Rhodes, R.E., Kwasnicka, D., Alfrey, K,-L., & Rebar, A.L. (2022). Identifying as someone who avoids virus transmission strengthens physical distancing habit-behaviour relationships: A longitudinal multi-national study during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applied Psychology: Health & Wellbeing.
  2. Caldwell, H.A.T., Faulkner, G., Tremblay, M.S., Rhodes, R.E., de Lannoy, L., Kirk, S.F.L., Rehman, L., & Moore, S.A. (2022). Regional differences in movement behaviours of children and youth during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada: Follow-up from a national study. Canadian Journal of Public Health, Published Online, 1-12.
  3. McCurdy, A.P., Stearns, J.A., Rhodes, R.E., Hopkins, D., Mummery, W.K., & Spence, J.C. (2022). Relationships between physical activity, boredom proneness, and subjective well-being among UK adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Ahead of Print, 1-9.
  4. Beauchamp, M.R., Hulteen, R.M., Ruissen, G.R., Liu, Y., Rhodes, R.E., Wierts, C.M., Waldhauser, K.J., Harden, S.M., & Puterman, E. (2021). Online-delivered group and personal exercise programs to support low active older adults’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(7), e30709.
  5. Moore, S., Faulkner, G., Rhodes, R.E., Vanderloo, L., Ferguson, L., Guerrero, M., Brussoni, M., Mitra, R., O'Reilly, N., Spence, J., Chulak-Bozzer, T., & Tremblay, M. (2021). Few Canadian children and youth were meeting the 24-hour movement behaviour guidelines 6-months into the COVID-19 pandemic: Follow-up from a national study. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 46(10), 1225-1240.
  6. Lithopoulos, A., Zhang, C.Q., Liu, S., & Rhodes, R.E. (2021). Predicting physical distancing in the context of COVID-19: A test of the extended parallel process model among Canadian adults. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 62(1), 56-64.
  7. Liu, S., Rhodes, R.E., Lithopoulos, A., Garcia-Barrera, M., Zhang, C.Q. (2021). Personality and perceived stress during COVID-19 pandemic: Testing the mediating role of perceived threat and efficacy. Personality and Individual Differences, 168(1), 110351.
  8. Guerrero, M.D., Vanderloo, L.M., Rhodes, R.E., Faulkner, G., Moore, S.A., Tremblay, M.S. (2020). Children and youth’s adherence to the 24-hour movement guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic: A decision tree analysis. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 9(4), 313-321.
  9. Moore, S.A., Faulkner, G., Rhodes, R.E., Brussoni, M., Chulak-Bozzer, T., Ferguson, L.J., Mitra, R., O’Reilly, N., Spence, J.C., Vanderloo, L.M., Tremblay, M.S. (2020). Impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on movement and play behaviours of Canadian children and youth: A national survey. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17(85), 1-11.
  10. Rhodes, R.E., Liu, S., Lithopoulos, A., Zhang, C.Q., Garcia-Barrera, M.A. (2020). Correlates of perceived physical activity transitions during the COVID-19 pandemic among Canadian adults. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 12(4),1157-1182.
  11. Spence, J.C., Rhodes, R.E., McCurdy, A., Mangan, A., Hopkins, D., & Mummery, W.K. (2021). Determinants of physical activity among adults in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic: The DUK-COVID study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 26(2), 588-605.
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