Amy Latimer-Cheung, PhD

PhD (McMaster University)

MSc (McMaster University)

BSc (University of Ottawa)


Contact Information


Telephone:  613-533-6000 x78773

Office:  KINE 301M


Undergraduate Courses

HLTH 315 – Theory and Practice of Health Behaviour Change


Graduate Courses

KHS 872 – Health Behaviour Change

KHS 891 - Statistics


Research Summary

The overarching goal of my research program is to increase physical activity participation among adults with a mobility impairment in an effort to minimize disability and maximize quality of life.  A mobility impairment is a condition that affects a person's ability to move including amputation, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury.  The specific aims of my research include:

1. Developing physical activity guidelines for adults with mobility impairment.

2. Testing and disseminating persuasive messages and theory-based interventions promotion physical activity.

3. Investigating able-bodied adults' stereotypes of physically active adults with a disability


Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate students are integral to the success and advancement of my research program. Applications for study at the MSc and PhD level are welcome. Students will develop expertise in areas related to health promotion, health communication, and special populations. Internal funding is available. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (, and other agencies that provide support for graduate students. Interested applicants with an entrance average above 80 should get in touch with Dr. Latimer-Cheung via e-mail.  Please forward a copy of your resume and your academic transcript.


Current Funding

Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

Rick Hansen Institute

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)


Recent Publications

Google Scholar

  1. Basset-Gunter, R.L., Ruscitti, R.J., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., & Fraser-Thomas, J.L. (2017). Targeted physical activity messages for parents of children with disabilities: A qualitative investigation of parents’ informational needs and preferences. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 64, 37-46.
  2. Casey, B., Coote, S., Shirazipour, C.H., Hannigan, A., Motl, R., Martin Ginis, K.A., & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2017). Modifiable psychosocial constructs associated with physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.01.027.
  3. 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, 22(6), 523-531. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2017.1318983
  4. Martin Ginis, K. A., van der Scheer, J. W., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Barrow, A., Bourne, C., Carruthers, P., ... & Hayes, K. C. (2017). Evidence-based scientific exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury: an update and a new guideline. Spinal Cord.
  5. Shirazipour, C.H., Aiken, A. B. & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2017). Exploring strategies used to deliver physical activity experiences to Veterans with a physical disability. Disability and Rehabilitation.
  6. Shirazipour, C.H., & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2017). Psychosocial determinants of parental support behaviours enabling sport participation among children with a physical impairmet: A literature review and research agenda. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 64(3), 294-309. DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2016.1203394
  7. Shirazipour, C.H., Evans, M.B., Caddick, N., Smith, B., Aiken, A.B., Martin Ginis, K.A., & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2017). Quality participation experiences in the physical activity domain: Perspectives of veterans with a physical disability. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 29, 40-50. doi:
  8. Shirazipour, C.H., Meehan, M., & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2017). An Analysis of BBC Television Coverage of the 2014 Invictus Games. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34(1), 33-54.
  9. Tomasone, J., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K.P., Pila, E., Lamontagne, M.E., Cummings, I., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., & Routhier, F. (2017). Exploring end user adoption and maintenance of a telephone-based physical activity counseling service for individuals with physical disabilities using the Theoretical Domains Framework. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(13): 1332-1340.
  10. Tremblay, M. S., Aubert, S., Barnes, J. D., Saunders, T. J., Carson, V., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., ... & Chinapaw, M. J. (2017). Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN)–Terminology Consensus Project process and outcome. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity14(1), 75.
  11.  Faulkner, G., White, L., Raizi, N., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., & Tremblay, M.S. (2016). Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines for children and youth: Exploring the perceptions of stakeholders regarding their acceptability, barriers to uptake, and dissemination. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41(6 suppl.3), S303-S310.
  12. Gainforth HL, Jarvis JW, Berry TR, Chulak-Bozzer T, Deshpande S, Faulkner G, Rhodes RE, Spence JC, Tremblay MS, Latimer-Cheung AE.(2016). Evaluating the ParticipACTION “Think Again” Campaign. Health Education Behaviour, 43(4), 434-441.
  13. Latimer-Cheung, A.E., Copeland, J.L., Fowles, J., Zehr, L., Duggan, M., & Tremblay, M.S. (2016). The Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines for children and youth: Implications for practitioners, professionals, and organizations. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41(6 suppl.3), S328-S335.
  14. Martin Ginis, K.A., Ma, J.K, Latimer-Cheung, A.E., & Rimmer, J. (2016). A systematic review of review articles addressing factors related to physical activity participation among children and adults with physical disabilities.  Health Psychology Review, 10(4), 478-494.
  15. Ross, R., Hill, J.O., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., & Day, A.G. (2016). Evaluating a small change approach to preventing long term weight gain in overweight and obese adults – study rationale, design, and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 47, 275-281.
  16. Tremblay, M.S., … Latimer-Cheung, A.E., et al. (2016) Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines for children and youth: An integration of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41(6 suppl.3), S311-S327. 



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