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.


We are currently recruiting participants for a study on Canadian adults whose physical activity has been affected due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Find out more about the study and how to participate here.


Key Papers about COVID-19


  1. 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. (in press). 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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