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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)

Bassett-Gunter, R.L, Tomasone, J., Latimer-Cheung, A., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K., Disimino, K., Larocca, V., Tristani, L., Martin Ginis, K., Leo, J., Vanderloo, L., Sora, D., & Allison, A. (2023). Evidence-Informed Recommendations for Community-Based Organizations Developing Physical Activity Information Targeting Families of Children and Youth With Disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 1-16. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1123/apaq.2022-0130

McKinnon, A., Bassett-Gunter, R.L., Fraser-Thomas, J. & Nicitopoulos, K.P.  (2022). Understanding sport as a vehicle to promote positive development among youth with physical disabilities. Journal of Sport for Development, 10(2), 55-71. Available at:

Larocca, V., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. P, Tomasone, J. R., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2021). Developing and disseminating physical activity messages targeting parents: A systematic scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(13), 7046. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18137046

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