Rebecca Bassett-Gunter

Associate Professor

Director LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research
Dissemination Team Lead Canadian Disability Participation Project

Locations / Contact Info:

Stong College - SC
Keele Campus

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Canadian Disability Participation Project
AIMPA website

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., 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.  Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly Paper of the Year 2023.

Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K.P., Kuzik, N., Vanderloo, L.M., Martin Ginis, K.A., James, M.E., Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Ruttle, D., DaSilva, P., Disimino, K., Cameron, C., Arthur, M., Shikako-Thomas, K., & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2022). Expert Appraisal of the 2022 Canadian Para Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents With Disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 40(3), 1-474. Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1123/apaq.2022-0050

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

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

Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Angevaare, K., Tomasone, J., Leo, J., Varughese, B., Langvee, J., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2019). A systematic scoping review: Resources targeting the training and education of health and recreation practitioners to support physical activity among people with physical disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 12(4), 542-550. DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2019.06.007

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.

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.

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, 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

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.





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 the promotion of health behaviours and the development of optimally effective health promotion messages targeting psychosocial predictors of behaviour. I am particularly interested in physical activity promotion among special populations (e.g., people with disabilities) as well as children and youth. My research has focused on understanding the role of supportive others such as parents, teachers and coaches, in youth physical activity promotion. More recently, my research has focused on understanding optimal strategies for knowledge mobilization through community partnerships.