Rebecca Bassett-Gunter

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

310 Stong College - SC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 22072

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2011
McMaster University

MSc - 2008
McMaster University

Hon. BKin - 2006
McMaster University

Selected Publications

Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Ruscitti, R., Latimer-Cheung, A. L., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2017). Targeted Physical Activity Messages for Parents of Children with Disabilities: A Qualitative Investigation of Parents' Informational Needs and Preferences. Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Lithopoulos, A., Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Martin Ginis, K. A, & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2017).  The effects of gain- versus loss-framed messages following health risk information on physical activity in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Health Communication.  

Tristani, L., Tanna, S. & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2017). Evaluating the theoretical content of internet-based information regarding physical activity for children and youth with physical disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. E-publication ahead of print.

Martin Ginis, K. A., Strong, H. A., Arent, S. A., Bray, S. R., & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2014). The effects of aerobic- versus strength-training on body image among young women with pre-existing body image concerns. Body Image, 11, 219-227. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.02.004.

Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Latimer, A. E., Martin Ginis, K. A., Castlehano, M. S. (2014). I spy with my little eye; Cognitive processing of framed physical activity messages. Journal of Health Communication, 19(6), 676-691. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2013.837553

Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Levy-Milne, R., Naylor, P. J., Symons Downs, D., Benoit, C., Warburton, D. E. R., Blanchard, C. M., & Rhodes, R. E. (2013). Oh Baby! Motivation for healthy eating during parenthood transitions: A longitudinal examination with a theory of planned behavior perspective. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(1), 88.

Martin Ginis, K. A., Tomasone, J. R., Latimer, A. E., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Bassett-Gunter, R. L., & Wolfe, D. (2013). Developing Physical Activity Interventions for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury. Part 1: A Comparison of Social Cognitions Across Actors Intenders and Non-Intenders. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58, 299-306. DOI: 10.1037/a0032815.

Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Manske, S., Yessis, J., Stockton, L. (2013). Healthy School Communities: What? Why? How? Physical and Health Education Journal, 78 (3), 28-32.

Hatchell, A. C., Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Clarke, M., Kimura, S., & Latimer, A. E. (2013). Messages for Men: The efficacy of EPPM-based messages targeting men’s physical activity. Health Psychology, 32, 24-32. DOI: 10.1037/a0030108

Bassett, R. L., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Latimer, A. E. (2012). Do you want the good news or the bad news? Gain- versus loss-framed messages following health risk information: The effects on leisure time physical activity beliefs and cognitions. Health Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0030126

Bassett, R. L., and Martin Ginis, K. A. (2011). Risky business: The effects of an individualized health-information intervention on health risk perceptions and leisure time physical activity among people with spinal cord injury. Disability and Health, 4(3), 165-176. DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2010.12.001

Martin Ginis, K. A., Latimer, A. E., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. A., Bassett, R. L., Wolfe, D & Hanna S. (2011). Determinants of leisure time physical activity among people with spinal cord injury: A test of social cognitive theory. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 127-133. DOI 10.1007/s12160-011-9278-9.

Bray, S. R., Bassett, R. L., & Amirthavasar, G. (2011). Self-monitoring and women¹s self-presentational reactions to gender variations in sex of exercise class instructor and co-exercisers. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 16, 1-15. DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-9861.2011.00062.x.

Latimer, A. E., Brawley, L. R., & Bassett, R.L. (2010). A systematic review of three approaches for constructing physical activity messages: What messages work and what improvements are needed? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 7(1), 36. DOI:10.1186/1479-5868-7-36.

Bassett, R. L. and Martin Ginis, K. A. (2009). More than looking good; Impact on quality of life moderates the relationship between functional body image & physical activity in men with SCI. Spinal Cord, 47, 252-256. DOI:10.1038/sc.2008.114.

Bassett, R. L., Martin Ginis, K. A., and Buchholz, A. (2009). A pilot study examining correlates of body image among women living with body image. Spinal Cord, 47(6), 496-498. DOI: 10.1038/sc.2008.174.





Canadian Disability Participation Project


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

My research is focused on understanding health promotion and the development of optimally effective health promotion messages targeting psychosocial predictors of behaviour. I am particularly interested in health promotion among special populations (e.g., people with SCI, MS) as well as children and youth. My research has focused on understanding the role of supportive others in youth health promotion including parents and teachers in the school environment. 

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Rebecca L Gunter