Kathleen Martin Ginis


Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Other Titles: Director, Chronic Disease Prevention Program Reichwald Family UBC Southern Medical Program Chair in Preventive Medicine
Office: Reichwald Health Sciences Centre
Phone: 250.807.9187
Email: kathleen_martin.ginis@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Martin Ginis focuses on understanding and changing physical activity behaviour. I have a particular interest in physical activity among people with spinal cord injury and other types of physical disabilities.

Courses & Teaching

HMKN 201 Exercise Psychology


Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis joined the School of Health and Exercise Sciences in July 2016. From 1999-2016, she was a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, where she also served as Inaugural Director of the McMaster University Physical Activity Centre of Excellence.

Dr. Martin Ginis is the Founding Director of SCI Action Canada (www.sciactioncanada.ca), a national alliance of community-based organizations and university-based researchers working together to advance physical activity participation in people living with spinal cord injury. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Disability Participation Project (www.cdpp.ca). The CDPP is a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant that brings together nearly 50 university, public, private and government sector partners  to enhance community participation among Canadians with physical disabilities.

Dr. Martin Ginis has received over $11 million in research funding, including nearly $4M from SSHRC to fund three community-university research partnerships. She has published over 250 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.

Her research frequently appears in the media and has been featured on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, and in The Globe & Mail, The National Post, The New York Times, “O” The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health & Fitness, and Shape Magazine, among others.

In 2014, the Government of Ontario recognized Dr. Martin Ginis’s long-standing contributions to science designed to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury, by awarding her the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship.

Dr. Martin Ginis resides in Kelowna, British Columbia. She is an avid runner and traveler.



Kathleen completed her B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Toronto, her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, and postdoctoral training at Wake Forest University.

Research Interests & Projects

My research program focuses on understanding and changing physical activity behaviour. I have a particular interest in physical activity among people with spinal cord injury and other types of physical disabilities. Although most of my work addresses the psychosocial mechanisms and consequences of physical activity behaviour change, I often collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to study various health-related outcomes associated with physical activity participation (e.g., weight loss, cardiovascular disease risk, pain). I also work closely with numerous community-based organizations on research and knowledge translation projects to advance physical activity and other types of social participation among Canadians with disabilities (www.cdpp.ca).

I have a profound commitment to knowledge translation; specifically, the development and implementation of evidence-based best-practices to improve health and well-being among people with disabilities. Examples of best-practices developed by my team, include formulation of the first evidence-based physical activity guidelines for people with spinal cord injury; implementation of a nation-wide service to provide telephone-based physical activity counseling to adults with physical disabilities; and creation of an online physical activity resource centre to serve the international spinal cord injury communities (www.sciactioncanada.ca).

Selected Publications & Presentations

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