Mary Jung

Associate Professor

School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Office: RHS 119
Phone: 250.807.9670

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Jung's major research area is self-regulation of health behaviours, with a specialization in exercise, physical activity, and dietary behaviours, and the creation of community-based self-regulatory skills interventions for individuals at risk or living with Type 2 Diabetes.



Post-doctoral Fellowship: Western University (2009-2010)
PhD: University of Saskatchewan (2005-2008)
MSc: McMaster University (2002-2004)
H.B.Kin: McMaster University (1998-2002)

Selected Publications & Presentations


Currie, K. D., Bailey, K. J., Jung, M. E., McKelvie, R. S., MacDonalad, M. J. (2015). Effects of resistance training combined with moderate-intensity endurance or low-volume high-intensity interval exercise on cardiovascular risk factors in patients with coronary artery disesase. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18, 637-642.

Robinson, E., Durrer, C., Jung, M. E., Voth, E., Bourne, J. E., Simtchouk, S., Little, J. P. Short-term high-intensity interval and moderate-intensity continuous training reduce leukocyte TLR4 in inactive adults at elevated risk of type 2 diabetes. JAPPL-00334-2015R1 Journal of Applied Physiology.

DowdA. J., JungM. E., Chen, M. Y., CaseS., & BeauchampM. R. (2015) Prediction of Adherence to a Gluten-free Diet using Protection Motivation Theory Among Adults with Coeliac Disease. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12321

Jung, M. E., Bourne, J. E., Beauchamp, M. R., Robinson, E. &, Little, J. P. (accepted February 24th 2015) High-intensity interval training as an efficacious alternative to moderate-intensity continuous training for adults with pre diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Research, Volume 2015 (2015) Article ID: 191595, 9 pages.

Kilpatrick, M. E., Martinez, N., Jung, M. E., Little, J. P., Salomon, K. (accepted January 19th 2015). Affective and Enjoyment Responses to High-Intensity Interval Training in Overweight/Obese and Sedentary Individuals, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Jung, M. E., Bourne, J. E., Little, J. P. (2014). Where does HIT Fit? An examination of the Affective Response to High-Intensity Intervals in Comparison to Continuous Moderate- and Continuous Vigorous-Intensity Exercise in the Exercise Intensity-Affect Continuum. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12): e114541.

Currie, K. D., Bailey, K. J., Ramautar, S., Jung, M. E., McKelvie, R. S., MacDonald, M. (2014). Combined high-intensity interval and resistance training in patients with coronary artery disease. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport,  pii: S1440-2440(14)00198-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.09.013

Kilpatrick, M. W., Jung, M. E., Little, J. P. “High-intensity interval training: A review of physiological and psychological responses”. ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal 18(5), 11-16

Gierc, M. S. H., Locke, S., Jung, M. E., & Brawley, L. (2014). Attempting to be Active: Self-Efficacy and Barrier Limitation Differentiate Activity Levels of Working Mothers. Journal of Health Psychology.DOI: 10.1177/1359105314553047

Kilpatrick, M., Martinez, N., Little, J., Jung, M. E., Jones, A., Price, N. (2014). Impact of High-Intensity Interval Duration on Perceived Exertion. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Published ahead of print, August 18, 2014. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000495

Dowd, A. J., Chen, M. Y., Jung, M. E., Beauchamp, M. R. (2015). ‘Go Girls!’: Psychological and behavioral outcomes associated with a healthy lifestyle program for adolescent girls. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 5(1), 77-86.  doi:10.1007/s13142-014-0285-9

Jung, M. E., Stork, M. J., Stapleton, J., Bourne, J. E., Martin Ginis, K. A. (2014). A Systematic Review of Behavioural Interventions to Increase Maternal Calcium Intake. Maternal and Child Health. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12158.

Sessford J.D., Jung M. E., Brawley L.R., & Forbes J. L.Do older adults’ beliefs about their community mobility predict walking performance? (2014) Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 23(2), 272-278. doi: 10.1123/japa.2013-0235

Jung, M. E., Mistry, C., Bourne, J. E., Perrier, M. J., Martin Ginis, K. A., Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2014). A qualitative investigation of adults’ perceived benefits, barriers and strategies for consuming milk and milk products. Health Education Journal. DOI: 10.1177/0017896914540295

Little, J. P., Jung, M. E., Wright, A. E., Wright, W., & Manders, R. J. F. (in press). Effects of high-intensity interval exercise versus continuous-moderate intensity exercise on postprandial glycemic control assessed by continuous glucose monitoring in obese adults. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 39(7), 835 – 841. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2013-0512


Selected Grants & Awards

Dr. Jung’s primary research focus is in the development and testing of novel self-regulatory behaviour change strategies to promote health behaviours. Health program evaluation, and assessment of existing mHealth strategies to promote physical and mental health are also current research projects under the oversight of Dr. Jung.


CURRENT Grant Funding reported only:

CIHR Foundation Scheme New Investigator
Self-Regulation of Exercise Behaviour in Individuals with Prediabetes: From Evidence to Community Implementation
Principal Investigator: Jung, M. E.
Co-Investigator(s): Program Experts: Dale Esliger, Heather Gainforth, Kendall Ho, Charlotte Jones, Jonathan Little, Joel Singer

CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant

Consortium to Improve Physical Activity across the Adult Lifespan: Maximizing the Potential of Digital Technologies
Principal Investigator: Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Thomas Graham, Linda Li
Co-Investigator(s): John Best, Mary Jung

CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant
The Canadian E-PAraDiGM (Exercise-Physical Activity and Diabetes Glucose Monitoring) Protocol
Principal Investigator: Normand Boule, Jonathan Little
Co-Investigator(s): Martin Gibala, Mary Jung, Ronald Sigal, Jonathan McGavock, Carla Prado, John, S. Weisnagel, Jane Yardley

CIHR Operating Grant
Embracing A Vision for Indigenous Health: Community Access to Prevention, Self-Management and Integrated Diabetes Services in the British Columbia Interior
Principal Investigator: Donna Kurtz
Co-Investigator(s): Jones, C. A., Hutchinson, P., Jung, M. E., Wilson, D.

Dairy Farmers of Canada
Increasing Household Purchase and Child Consumption of Milk and Milk products: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Principal Investigator: Jung, M. E.
Co-Investigator(s): Kathleen Martin Ginis, Andrea Buchholz

Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research
Attitudes and Beliefs of Young Adults Towards Dairy Products: Mobilizing Knowledge for the Dietetics and Research Communities
2014- 2016
Principal Investigator: Buchholz, A.
Co-Investigator(s): Randall Simpson, S., Whiting, S., Jung, M. E.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Integrating a brief, social cognitive theory-based intervention with high-intensity interval training to improve exercise adherence
Principal Investigator: Jung, M. E. (Nominated PI), Little, J. P. (Co-PI)
Co-Investigator(s): Beauchamp, M., Jones, C., Singer, J.


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Self-regulation of physical activity behaviour: Novel theory-based intervention strategies for bolstering exercise adherence
Principal Investigator: Jung, M. E.


Impact Foundation
Implementation and Efficacy Evaluation of smartNURSING
Principal Investigator: Jung, M. E.
Co-Investigator(s): Vinek, J.

Public Health Agency of Canada
Healthy Weights for Children
Principal Lead Evaluator: Jung, M. E.
Community Lead: The Bridge Youth and Family Services



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