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Dr. Shane Sweet, Director


The overarching goal of Dr. Shane Sweet’s program of research is to enhance the lives of adults, whether healthy or living with chronic conditions/disease (e.g., adults with cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injury), by understanding and promoting physical activity and well-being and engaging community members. His program of research is therefore guided by three pillars: 


1. Understand: The purpose of this pillar is to understand physical activity participation and well-being by applying, testing and integrating theory, developing conceptual models and tracking changes over time. Research within this pillar is categorized by two streams: physical activity and well-being. .

2. Promote: In this pillar, Dr. Sweet looks to increase physical activity and related constructs and enhance well-being through the two streams: persuasive messaging and intensive interventions.

3. Engage: The objective of this pillar is to incorporate the community in research, co-construct research with community, inform key end-users of the results and evaluate knowledge translation initiatives. As a result, consumer engagement and knowledge translation research are the two streams imbedded within this pillar


Dr. Lindsay Duncan, Director


Dr. Duncan’s research is focused on investigating strategies to support the initiation and maintenance of physical activity and health behaviour change; particularly among those who face disproportionate risks from unhealthy behaviours (e.g., cancer survivors), or those who face disproportionate challenges to engaging in health behaviour (e.g., medically-underserved populations or the elderly). Dr. Duncan’s research focuses primarily on the promotion of exercise and physical activity; however, she has a keen interest in a wide variety of health behaviours including but not limited to:

  1. Healthy eating

  2. Smoking cessation

  3. Prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.

Currently, Dr. Duncan is working on developing interventions to motivate and support physical activity participation women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. She also is collaborating on a series of projects in the evolving area of “serious games” (i.e., videogames intended for use in education or health) with the goal of developing innovative evidence-based educational materials and targeted videogame interventions for risk reduction and prevention in youth and young adults. Dr. Duncan believes strongly in taking a theory-based approach to health-behaviour research as well as partnering with community-based organizations to develop practically-relevant and sustainable interventions. Dr. Duncan maintains a network of multi-disciplinary research partners and is excited to expand her collaborative network.



Masters Students / PhD / Postdoc

Laura Hallward: (1st year Master’s)

Research Interests:
Promoting physical activity among cancer survivors, particularly breast cancer and prostate cancer; preventing doping (or the use of performance-enhancing substances) among adolescent athletes

About me:
I have always led an active lifestyle either playing sports or engaging in different forms of exercise. With my interest in health and fitness, I joined the TIE lab during my undergraduate degree to help promote a healthy and active lifestyle among different populations. I also enjoying spending time exploring Montreal, from going for a run on the mountain to trying out new restaurants around the city.


Shannon Herrick (1st year Master’s)

Research Interests:
The intersection of sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical activity participation. More specifically, looking at how unique minority experiences within the LBGTQ+ community affect physical activity engagement.

About me:
As an athlete, physical activity has always played a significant role in my life. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, physical activity settings and practices have not always been the most inclusive. This inspired me to found Queerobics Montreal, a community organization and non-profit focused on creating safer spaces for physical activity engagement, and workshops for body positivity. Queerobics operates as my passion project, as well as ongoing inspiration for my master’s research.


Eric Hutt (2nd year Master’s)


Research Interests:

Exercise promotion, especially in vulnerable/low health populations; increasing physical and mental health through exercise; resistance training; gender & health; public health & built environment.


About me:
I enjoy learning about a wide variety of exercise-related fields. In my spare time I enjoy video games, heavy metal, and weightlifting, and often wax philosophical about these three activities as they intersect with my own physical and mental health. Having experienced firsthand the benefits resulting from consciously exercising more, I hope to help develop communities, societies and cultures that make health accessible and attainable to all.


Keryn Chemtob (2nd year Master’s)


Research Interests:

Tele-rehabilitation and self determination theory based physical activity counselling for adults with spinal cord injuries as a mean to increase their leisure activity, and ultimately improve their quality of life. 

About me:
Sport and exercise have always played a large role in my life. As an experienced aqua fitness instructor, I regularly teach classes for groups with limited mobility and very low levels of physical activity. I am extremely passionate about promoting physical and psychological health, particularly in special populations. 


Emilie Michalovic (1st year PhD)

Research Interests:

Physical activity and exercise in special population, especially those living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); exercise promotion for inactive adults; using action planning to promote physical activity.


About me:
Exercise psychology has been a field that I have been interested in for several years, beginning in my second year of my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. I have always been an active athlete, participating in many sports; but as a university student, I found myself becoming more and more interested in exercise and health. Since then, I have becoming interested in studying individuals living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), investigating ways that physical activity is limited in their lives and how it affects their quality of life and well-being.


Samantha Taran (3rd year PhD)


Research Interests:

Understanding what psychological and physiological factors contribute to sedentary behavior in order to develop an evidence-based intervention to reduce sedentary behavior in the aging population; health promotion in older adults; quality of life in older adults.

About me:
As a native Montrealer, I love all four seasons and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Walking with my dog, Alfie, on Mont Royal is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. I believe that being physically active shouldn’t be a chore – instead it should be fun and social, and part of your every day life.


Jeff Caron (Postdoctoral Fellow)


Research Interests:

I completed my undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics (2009) at St. Francis Xavier University, and master’s (2012) and doctoral (2016) degrees in Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. The research I have developed to date has focused on understanding the behaviours and psychosocial health of athletes and coaches, primarily with respect to concussions. During my postdoctoral fellowship in the TIE lab, I am working on a project to better understand how adults living with a disability participate in daily activities, with a particular focus on the quality of their participation.


About me:
Sport and exercise have been very important in my personal and professional development. I was a varsity ice hockey player during my undergraduate degree and, since then, I have maintained an active lifestyle and regularly engage in running and cycling. Knowing the many benefits of being physically active, I feel strongly about promoting health and well-being for children and adults living with and without disabilities.


Meredith Rocchi (Postdoctoral Fellow)


Research Interests:

I completed my PhD in psychology at the University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Dr. Luc Pelletier. My doctoral research focused on how the coaching environment impacts coaches' motivation and their subsequent behaviours with their athletes. Outside of my main research, I also looked at athletes, parents, and teachers' motivational experiences. As part of my Post-Doctoral research, I am working with Dr. Sweet to examine strategies for improving motivation towards physical activity for adults with spinal cord injury.


About me:
I am actively involved in the sport and exercise community as both an athlete and coach. I am a Skate Canada Professional Coach and currently work with a number of synchronized skating teams. Outside of coaching, I am actively involved in CrossFit, paddling, and enjoying the outdoors.




Chelsey Saunders

Supervisor: Dr. Shane Sweet

Thesis title: Physical Activity and Well-being Post-Cardiac Rehabilitation: Adopting the Empirical Model of Well-being




Jamie Rebner

Supervisor: Dr. Lindsay Duncan

Thesis title: Talking your way to record times: Instructional vs. motivational self-talk and 10 km time trial performance.




Martina Marien

Supervisor: Dr. Lindsay Duncan

Thesis title: Using a Think-Aloud Protocol to Explore Affective Experiences during Exercise in an Insufficiently Physically Active Population.