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. Guerrero, M.D., Moore, S., Faulkner, G., Roberts, K.C., Mitra, R., Vanderloo, L.M., Rhodes, R.E., & Tremblay, M.S. (in press). Identifying risk profiles for non-adherence to the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines six months into the COVID-19 pandemic: Follow-up from a national study. Pediatric Exercise Science.
  2. Rhodes, R.E. & Hamilton, K. (in press). Three years on, COVID-19 is still relevant. Psychology & Health.
  3. Sui, W., Hollman, H., Magel, E., & Rhodes, R.E. (in press). Increasing physical activity among adults affected by COVID-19 social distancing restrictions: A feasibility trial of an online intervention. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
  4. 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, 113(4), 535-546.
  5. 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, 14, 1464-1482.
  6. Li, F., Liang, W., Rhodes, R.E., Duan, Y., Wang, X., Shang, B., Yang, Y., Jiao, J., Yang, M., Supriya, R., Baker, J.S., Yi, L. (2022). A systematic review and meta-analysis on the preventive behaviors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic among children and adolescents. BMC Public Health, 22(1), 1-13.
  7. Liang, W., Duan, Y., Li, F., Rhodes, R.E., Wang, X., Peiris, D., Shang, B., Yang, Y., Zhou, L., Baker, J.S., & Jiao, J. (2022). Psychosocial determinants of hand hygiene, facemask wearing, and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 56(11), 1174-1187.
  8. 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, 44(3), 189-197.
  9. Rebar, A.L., Lally, P., Verplanken, B., Diefenbacher, S., Kwasnicka, D., Rhodes, R.E., Lanzini, P., Koutoukidis, D.A., Venema, T.A.G., & Gardner, B. (2022). Changes in virus-transmission habits during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-national, repeated measures study. Psychology and Health, Available Online, 1-20.
  10. Rhodes, R.E., Sui, W., Nuss, K., & Liu, S. (2022). Reflecting on physical activity across two years of the COVID-19 pandemic: Predictors of intention-behavior profiles. Applied Psychology: Health and Well Being, Available Online, 1-19.
  11. Sui, W., Rush, J., & Rhodes, R.E. (2022). Engagement with online fitness videos on YouTube and Instagram during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A longitudinal study. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Formative Research, 6(3), e25055.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. De Lannoy, L., Rhodes, R.E., Moore, S.A., Faulkner, G., Tremblay, M.S. (2020). Regional differences in access to the outdoors and outdoor play of Canadian children and youth during the COVID-19 outbreak. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 111(6), 988-994.
  18. Faulkner, G., Rhodes, R.E., Vanderloo, L., Chulak-Bozer, T., O’Reilly, N., Ferguson, L., & Spence, J.C. (2020). Physical activity as a coping strategy for mental health due to the COVID-19 virus: A potential disconnect among Canadian adults?. Frontiers in Communication, Health Communication, 5, 571833
  19. 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.
  20. Mitra, R., Moore, S., Gillespie, M., Faulkner, G., Vanderloo, L., Chulak-Bozzer, T., Rhodes, R.E., Brussoni, M., Tremblay, M. (2020). Healthy movement behaviours in children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic: Exploring the role of the neighbourhood built environment. Health and Place, 65, 102418.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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