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Rebecca Bassett-Gunter

Director of LaMarsh & Associate Professor


Department: School of Kinesiology & Health Sciences
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Research Interests

Dr. Bassett-Gunter's research is focused on understanding the promotion of health behaviours and the development of optimally effective health promotion messages targeting psychosocial predictors of behaviour. Her work is particularly focused on physical activity promotion among children and youth with disabilities. She is focused on understanding the role of supportive others such as parents, teachers and coaches, in promoting physical activity among children and youth. Her work is grounded within an integrated knowledge translation approach whereby she works to engage community partners in her research program. 

Published Manuscripts (Select Publications)

Natkunam, T., Tristani, L., Peers, D., Fraser-Thomas, J.L., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Bassett-Gunter, R.L. (2020). Using a Think Aloud Methodology to Understand Online Physical Activity Information Search Experiences and Preferences of Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 

Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Tanna, S., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. A., Rhodes, R. E., & Leo, J. (2020). Understanding the Role of Parents in Supporting Physical Activity among Children and Youth with Disabilities; A Behavior Change Theory Perspective. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity.

Tristani, L., Tomasone, J., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2020). Examining Factors Related to Teachers’ Decision to Adopt Teacher Training Resources for Inclusive PE.” Canadian Journal of Education. 

Tristani, L., & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2020). Making the grade: Teacher training and inclusive education. A systematic review. Journal of Research in Special Education Needs, 20(3), DOI:10.1111/1471-3802.12483

Larocca, V., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2019). “Even if someone has a physical disability, they can still participate”: Youth with physical disabilities’ motivational physical activity message preferences. Disability and Health Journal, DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2019.100845

Larocca, V., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K., Latimer-Cheung, A., & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2019). Physical activity messages for youth with disabilities: An evaluation of attitudes, intentions, and preferences. Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1598746 

Tristani, L., Tomasone, J., Gainforth, H., & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2019). Taking Steps to Inclusion: A Content Analysis of a Teaching Resource Aimed to Enhance Inclusive Physical Education. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 

Faulkner, G. Bassett-Gunter, R. L., White, L., Berry, T., & Tremblay, M. (2018). Can The Moblees move Canadian children? Investigating the impact of a television program on children’s physical activity. Frontiers in Public Health, 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00206

Leo, J., Faulkner, G., Volfson, Z., Bassett-Gunter, R. L., & Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. (2018) Physical activity preferences, attitudes, and behaviour of children and youth with physical disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 52(2), 140-153. DOI:

Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Stone, R., Jarvis, J., & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2017). Motivating parent support for physical activity: The role of framed persuasive messages. Health Education Research, 32(5), 412-422. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyx059