Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis

Visiting Professor to the PHC, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, Director of McMaster University’s Physical Activity Centre of Excellence

Kathleen Martin Ginis joined the PHC as a Visiting Professor in 2013. Her expertise is in exercise psychology; she has a particular interest in understanding and enhancing physical activity participation among people living with spinal cord injury. She is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, the Director of McMaster University’s Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (www.science.mcmaster.ca/pace/) and the founder and Director of SCI Action Canada (www.sciactioncanada.ca).

Qualifications

  • B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (1992).
  • M.A. in Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario (1993). Specialized in Psychology.                                                
  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario (1996). Specialized in Psychology.
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychology and Department of Health and Exercise Science, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina (1996-1998).
  • Scientist Knowledge Translation Certificate, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (January 2011).

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

Kathleen is affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), KT (Knowledge Translation) Canada, and the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.  Since 2003, she has also served on the editorial boards of several academic journals that health and exercise psychology, including Health Psychology, Health Psychology Reviews; Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology; and Body Image: An International Journal.  Her most recent prestigious positions include being named an international fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, as well as associate editor of the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Current research (and teaching) interests

Kathleen’s general research area is exercise psychology with a focus on psychosocial antecedents and consequences of physical activity participation. She has a particular interest in the self-regulatory processes that underlie exercise initiation and maintenance. Although her research program reflects an interest in understanding these phenomena in the lab, the general population, and among people with chronic disease and disability, much of her research is focused on people living with spinal cord injury. In recent years, her research time has also been devoted to knowledge translation and knowledge mobilization, particularly within the spinal cord injury community.


Her teaching interests and expertise are in two areas: (1) health behaviour change and (2) psychosocial aspects of physical activity participation in the general and special populations. As such, she has taught undergraduate courses in health psychology, exercise psychology, exercise rehabilitation, and physical activity epidemiology. At the graduate level, she has taught courses in health and exercise psychology and statistics.

Selected external research-related roles and research collaborations

  • Martin Ginis, K. A. on behalf of McMaster University (2013-2016). Active Living Peer Mentorship Program for Adults with Physical Disabilities. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: Development Partnerships Program-Disability Component.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Beauchamp, M., Casemore, S., Connelly, C., Latimer, A. E., McBride, C., Noreau, L., Sweet, S., Tawse, H. (2013-2016). Using peer mentorship support to enhance social participation/community integration in adults with spinal cord injury. S.S.H.R.C. Partnership Development Grant.
  • Hicks, A., Ward, S., & Matin Ginis, K. A. (2013-2015).  Optimizing Transition into Community-based Exercise after Spinal Cord Injury.  Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation Grant.
  • Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Duggan, M., Martin Ginis, K. A., Bourne, C., Costas-Bradstreet, C., Leonard, S., & Shepherd, J. (2013-2014).  An evidence-informed e-learning module to promote the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Multiple Sclerosis.  C.I.H.R. Knowledge Dissemination Event Grant.
  • Arnold, K., Connelly, C., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2013-2017). Transformational leadership style and leadership stress: a multi-source, multi-method analysis. S.S.H.R.C. Insight Grant.
  • Latimer, A. E., Martin Ginis, K. A., MacDonald, T., Perrier M. J., & Sweet, S. N. (2013-2016). Examining the role of Paralympic sport in challenging negative stereotypes of disability. S.S.H.R.C. Insight Grant.
  • Krassioukov, A., MacDonald, M. J., Martin Ginis, K. A. (Co-PI) et al. (2012-2017). Improving cardiovascular health for people with spinal cord injury. Effects of exercise and targeted education. C.I.H.R. Team Grant: Chronic Disease Risk and Intervention Strategies.

Recent external income generation

  • Latimer, A. E., Martin Ginis, K. A (Co-PI). Duggan, M., Brouwers, M., Hicks, A. L., McKibbon, K., Motl, R., Smith, K. (2011-2012). Developing physical activity guidelines for Canadians with multiple sclerosis. Phase 1: Knowledge Synthesis and Consensus Guidelines. CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant, $100,000.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Latimer, A. E., & Hicks, A.L. (2011-2012). Best practices implementation: Physical activity guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury. Rick Hansen Institute and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, $95,000.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Arbour, K. P., & Latimer, A. E. (2009-2010). Get in Motion: Physical activity counseling for Canadians living with spinal cord injury. Rick Hansen Foundation SCI Translational Research Network. $35,801.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., & Hicks, A. L. (2009-2010). Development of physical activity guidelines and guides for Canadians living with spinal cord injury. Rick Hansen Foundation SCI Translational Research Network. $54,000.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Hayes, K. C. Adair, W. et al. (2007). Promoting physical activity in the spinal cord injury community: development, mobilization and assessment of an evidence-based approach. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Community-University Research Alliances. $963, 328 plus $1,300,000 in partner contributions.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Bray, S. R., Gibala, M.J., & Arent, S. M. (2007-2009). Broadening psychosocial theories and methodologies for studying the exercise-body image relationship: a possible role for cortisol. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Research Development Initiatives. $33,800.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., & Bray, S. R. (2005-2008). Exercising self-control: Examining the utility of a limited resource model of self-regulation for explaining exercise adherence in beginner exercisers. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant. $116,196.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Latimer, A. E., Buchholz, A., Hicks, A. L., Bray, S. R., Craven, B. C., Hayes, K., McColl, M., Wolfe, D., Potter, P. (2005-2009). Developing physical activity recommendations & interventions for people with spinal cord injury. Phase II: Health benefits of physical activity for people with SCI.. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Standard Research Grant. $501, 337.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A. (2004-2010). Developing physical activity recommendations & interventions for people with spinal cord injury. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, New Investigator Award  $275, 000.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Senior Lecture (June, 2012). Taking it to the Streets: A community-university partnership approach to physical activity research and knowledge translation.
  • The Pan Pacific Conference of Medicine and Science in Sport (January, 2011). Exercising Self- Control: Why lifelong physical activity is so difficult and how to make it easier.
  • Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, Albert V. Carron Distinguished Lecture (October, 2010). Serendipity, self-regulation and spinal cord injury: A program of physical activity behaviour change research.
  • Thomson Rogers and the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario Back to School Conference (Sept, 2012). Physical activity guidelines for adults with SCI.
  • Rick Hansen Institute, Interdependence Conference 2012 (May, 2012). Best practices implementation through community-university partnerships.
  • Rick Hansen Institute, Interdependence Conference 2012 (May, 2012). Development of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI and the SCI Get Fit Toolkit.
  • TEDx McMaster University (March, 2011). Exercising Self-Control: Rethinking solutions to Canada’s physical inactivity crisis.
  • G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre Research Day Keynote Speaker (May, 2012). Innovations in SCI physical activity research and promotion.
  • Loughborough University, Peter Harrison Centre for Disability and Sport (November, 2011). Innovations in the study and promotion of physical activity for people with spinal cord injury. 

Selected recent publications

Books and Book Chapters

  • Martin Ginis, K.A., McEwan, D., & Bassett-Gunter, R. (2013).  Physical activity and body image.  In P. Ekkekakis (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health (pp. 236-246). London, UK: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Martin Ginis K.A. & Bassett R.L. (2012) Exercise: Effects on Body Image. In Thomas F. Cash (Ed). Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance, Vol 1. (pp. 412-417). San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Bassett-Gunter, R. L., & Conlin, C. (2012). Body Image and Exercise. In Edmund O. Acevedo (Ed.), Oxford Handbook Of Exercise Psychology (pp. 55-75). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Martin Ginis K. A., & Mack, D. (2012).  Understanding exercise behaviour: A self-presentation perspective. In G. C. Roberts & D. Treasure (Eds.), Advances in motivation in sport and exercise 3rd ed, (pp. 327-355). Champaign IL, Human Kinetics.

Journal Articles: 2013

  • Foulon, B. L. and Martin Ginis, K. A. (2013, Epub ahead of print).  The effects of physical activity vignettes on physical activity-related social cognitions among people with spinal cord injury.  Disability and Rehabilitation. 
  • Tomasone, J. R., Wesch, N. N., Martin Ginis, K. A. and Noreau, L.  (2013). Spinal cord injury, physical activity, and quality of life: A systematic review.  Kinesiology Review. 2, 113-129.
  • Sweet, S.N., Martin Ginis, K.A., Tomasone, J.R. and the SHAPE-SCI Research Group (2013, Epub ahead of print). Investigating intermediary variables in the physical activity and quality of life relationship in persons with spinal cord injury. Health Psychology.

Journal Articles: 2012

  • Bassett, R. L., Martin Ginis, K. A. and Latimer, A. E. (2012, Epub ahead of print). Do you want the good news or the bad news? Gain- versus loss-framed messages following health risk information: The effects on physical activity beliefs and cognitions. Health Psychology.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A. (2012). Takin’ it to the Streets: A community-university partnership approach to physical activity research and knowledge translation. Kinesiology Review. 1, 190-196.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Corkum, S., Ginis, S., Anathasopoulos, P., Arbour- Nicitopoulos, K. P. and Gainforth. H. (2012).  A case study of a community-university multidisciplinary partnership approach to increasing physical activity participation among people with spinal cord injury. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2, 516-522.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. A., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Bray, S. R., Craven, B.C., Hayes, K.C., McColl, M.A., Potter, P.J., Smith, K., Wolfe, D.L., Goy, R., Horrocks, J. (2012). Predictors of leisure time physical activity among people with spinal cord injury. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 44, 104-118.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., McEwan, D., Josse, A. and Phillips, S. M. (2012). Body image change in obese and overweight women enrolled in a weight-loss intervention: The importance of perceived versus actual physical changes. Body Image. 9, 311-317.
  • Martin Ginis, K. A., Strong, H. A., Arent, S. M. and Bray, S. R. (2012). The effects of threatened social evaluation of the physique on cortisol activity. Psychology & Health. 27,990-1007.