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Katie Gunnell
Clinical Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Part Time Faculty, School of Human Kinetics, the University of Ottawa
613-737-7600 Ext. 4016
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Current Research:
Dr. Gunnell’s current research focuses on understanding factors that influence physical activity participation and psychological well-being. Specifically, she focuses on understanding three factors as predictors of behaviour and well-being: (1) the different types of physical activity goals people set, (2) the different sources of motivation people have for physical activity, and (3) the impact of experiencing satisfaction of key psychological needs (competence, autonomy, and relatedness) during physical activity. She is also interested in exercise identity, stress and coping, personality traits, and statistics and measurement. Much of her research extends beyond cross-sectional analyses to examine changes in these variables. 

Dr. Gunnell is a junior scientist at the CHEO Research Institute with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) Research Group. Dr. Gunnell received her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia in 2013. Her primary research focuses on understanding physical activity behaviour and psychological well-being. Specifically, she is interested in the role of physical activity goals, motivation, psychological need satisfaction, and identity as explanatory variables linked to behaviour and well-being. Her secondary line of research focuses on measurement, evaluation and research methodology. Dr. Gunnell publishes her research in top-tier journals and has written many invited book chapters. 

Sample Publications:
Gunnell, K.E., Crocker, P. R. E., Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., & Zumbo, B. D. (2014). Goal contents, motivation, psychological need satisfaction, well-being and physical activity over 6-months: A test of Self-Determination Theory. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15, 19-29.

Gunnell, K. E., Crocker, P. R. E., Wilson, P. M., Mack, D. E., Zumbo, B. D. (2013) Psychological need satisfaction and thwarting: A test of Basic Psychological Needs Theory in physical activity contexts. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14,599-607.

Gunnell, K. E., Crocker, P. R. E., Mack, D. E., Zumbo, B. D. (in press). The role of psychological need satisfaction in the relationship between exercise self-schema and physical activity behaviour and well-being. International Journal of Sport Psychology.

Gaudreau, P., Gunnell, K. E., Hoar, S. D., Thompson, A., Leliève, J. (in press). Optimism, Pessimism, and Coping in a Dual-Domain Model of Sport and School Satisfaction . Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.

Note: The first two authors played equal roles in the preparation of this article and should both be considered as first authors.
Gunnell, K. E., Schellenberg, B. J. I., Wilson, P. M., Crocker, P. R. E., Mack, D. E., & Zumbo, B.D. (2014). A review of validity evidence presented in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2002-2012): Misconceptions and recommendations for validation research. In B. D. Zumbo & K. H. Chan (Eds.). Validity and validation in social, behavioral, and health sciences. New York: Springer.
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