Amy Latimer-Cheung, PhD

PhD (McMaster University)

MSc (McMaster University)

BSc (University of Ottawa)


Contact Information


Telephone:  613-533-6000 x78773

Office:  KHS 301T


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 an 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

Underlined authors represent graduate students' and/or research associates/assistants' work in which I had a supervisory role.

Barg, C. J., Latimer, A. E., Pomery, E. A., & Salovey, P. (in press). Examining predictors of physical activity among low-active adults: An application of the health action process approach. Psychology & Health.

Gainforth, H., Barg, C., Schmid, K., O’Malley, D., Salovey, P., & Latimer, A. E. (in press).  An investigation of the theoretical content of physical activity brochures.  Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Latimer, A. E., Cavallo, D. A., Duhig, A.,  Krishnan-Sarin, S., Salovey, P., & O’Malley, S. A. (in press). Development of targeted smoking cessation messages for adolescents: A preliminary evaluation. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Latimer, A. E., Fucito, L. M., Carlin-Menter, S.,  Rodriguez, J., Raymond, L., Salovey, P., Makuch, R., Cummings, K. M., & Toll, B. A. (in press). How do perceptions about cessation outcomes moderate the effectiveness of a gain-framed smoking cessation telephone counseling intervention? Journal of Health Communication.

Latimer, A. E., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Perrier, M. J. (in press). The story behind the numbers: A tale of three quantitative researchers’ foray into qualitative research territory.  Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.  

Bray, S. R., Beauchamp, M. R., Latimer, A. E., Hoar, S. D., Shields, C. A., & Bruner M. W. (2011). Effects of a print-mediated intervention on physical activity during transition to the first year of university.  Behavioral Medecine, 37(2), 60-69.

Fucito, L. M., Latimer, A. E., Carlin-Menter, S., Salovey, P., Cummings, K. M., Makuch, R. W. & Toll, B. A. (2011) Nicotine dependence as a moderator of a quitline-based message framing intervention. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 114, 229-232.  

Hetz, S. P., Latimer, A. E., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Martin Ginis, K. A., & the SHAPE-SCI Research Group. (2011). Secondary complications and subjective well-being in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury: Associations with adiposity. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 49, 266-272.

Martin Ginis, K. A., Latimer, A. E., Bassett, R. L., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. P., & Wolfe, D. (in press). The importance of self-regulation for physical activity participation: A test of Social Cognitive Theory. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Martin Ginis, K.A., Hicks, A., Latimer, A.E, Warburton, D.E.R, Bourne, C., Ditor, D.S., Goodwin, D.L., Hayes, K.C., McCartney, N., McIlraith, A., Pomerleau, P., Smith, K., Stone, J. & Wolfe, D.L. (2011). The Development of Evidence-Informed Physical Activity Guidelines for People with Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal Cord, 1-9doi: 10.1038/sc.2011.63.

Martinez, J., Latimer, A.E., Rivers, S. & Salovey, P. (in press) Formative Research for a Community-Based Message Framing Intervention. American Journal Health Behavior

Tremblay, M. S., Warburton, D. E. R., Janssen, I., Paterson, D. H., Latimer, A. E., Rhodes, R. E. et al (2011). New Canadian physical activity guidelines. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism,36, 36-46.

Tyrell, A., Hetz, S. P., Barg, C., & Latimer, A. E. (2010). Using exercise for the stigma management of individuals with onset-controllable and onset-uncontrollable spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 55, 383-390.

Barg, C. J., Armstrong, B., Hetz, S. P., & Latimer, A. E. (2010). Disability, stigma, and physical activity in children.International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education,57, 371-382.

Fucito, L., Latimer, A. E., Salovey, P., O’Malley, S. & Toll, B. (2010). Nicotine dependence as a moderator of message framing effects on smoking cessation outcomes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 311 - 317.

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

Martin Ginis, K. A., Arbour, K. P., Latimer, A. E.,Buchholz, A. C., Bray, S. R., Craven, B. C., Hayes, K. C., Hicks, A. L., McColl, M. A., Potter, P. J., Smith, K. & Wolfe, D. L. (2010). Leisure-time physical activity in a population-based sample of people with spinal cord injury Part II: Activity types, intensities and durations. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, 729-733

Martin Ginis, K. A., Latimer, A. E., Arbour, K. P. Buchholz, A. C., Bray, S. R., Craven, B. C., Hayes, K. C., Hicks, A. L., McColl, M. A., Potter, P. J., Smith, K. & Wolfe, D. L. (2010). Leisure-time physical activity in a population-based sample of people with spinal cord injury Part I: Demographic and injury-related correlates. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, 722-728 

Wallace, P., Pomery, E., Latimer, A. E., Martinez, J., & Salovey, P. (2010). A review of acculturation measures and their utility in studies promoting Latino health. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32, 37-54. doi: 10.1177/0739986309352341.

Toll, B., Martino, S., Latimer, A. E., Salovey, P., O'Malley, S., Carlin-Menter, S., Hopkins, J., Wu, R., Celestino, P., & Cummings, K. M. (2010). Training Quitline Specialists to Provide Gain-Framed Messages: Fidelity and Smoking Cessation Outcomes from a Randomized Trial. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 102, 96-106.



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