Dr. Shane Sweet

Dr. Shane N. Sweet

Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, McGill University

Research Interests:
Dr. Shane Sweet joined the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education as an Assistant Professor in August of 2013. His research aims at understanding, changing and promoting physical activity adoption and maintenance in adults with a focus on special populations (i.e., adults with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and spinal cord injury)

Phone: (514) 398-4184 x09903
Fax: 514-398-4186
shane.sweet [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

475 Pine Avenue West
Room 203, Montreal, Quebec
Canada   H2W 1S4


The overarching goal of Dr. Shane Sweet’s program of research is to enhance the lives of adults, whether healthy or living with chronic conditions/disease (e.g., adults with cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injury), by understanding and promoting physical activity and well-being and engaging community members. His program of research is therefore guided by three pillars:

  1. Understand: The purpose of this pillar is to understand physical activity participation and well-being by applying, testing and integrating theory, developing conceptual models and tracking changes over time. Research within this pillar is categorized by two streams: physical activity and well-being.
  2. Promote: In this pillar, Dr. Sweet looks to increase physical activity and related constructs and enhance well-being through the two streams: persuasive messaging and intensive interventions.
  3. Engage: The objective of this pillar is to incorporate the community in research, co-construct research with community, inform key end-users of the results and evaluate knowledge translation initiatives. As a result, consumer engagement and knowledge translation research are the two streams imbedded within this pillar



Publications by each Pillar and Stream

Pillar 1: Understand


Physical activity stream

  1. Sweet, S.N., Fortier, M.S., Strachan, S.M., Blanchard, C.M., Boulay, P. (2014). Testing a longitudinal integrated self-efficacy and self-determination theory model for physical activity post-cardiac rehabilitation. Health Psychology Research, 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/hpr.2014.1008.
  2. Sweet, S.N., Fortier, M.S., & Blanchard, C. (2014). Investigating motivational regulations and physical activity over 25 weeks. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 11, 1052-1056.
  3. Sweet, S.N., Martin Ginis, K.S., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., & the SHAPE-SCI research group. (2012). Examining physical activity trajectories for people with spinal cord injury. Health Psychology, 31, 728-732. doi: 10.1037/a0027795

Well-being stream

  1. Sweet, S.N., Noreau, L., Leblond, J., & Martin Ginis. K.A. (2015). Peer support need fulfillment among adults with spinal cord injury: Relationships with participation, life satisfaction and individual characteristics. Disability and Rehabilitation. Published online first. doi:10.3109/09638288.2015.1049376.
  2. Sweet, S.N., Noreau, L., Leblond, J., Dumont, F. (2014). Understanding quality of life in adults with spinal cord injury via SCI-related needs and secondary complications. Topics of Spinal Cord Rehabilitation, 20, 321-328.
  3. Sweet, S.N., Martin Ginis, K.A., Tomasone, J.R., & the SHAPE-SCI Research Group (2013). Investigating intermediary variables in the physical activity and quality of life relationship in persons with spinal cord injury. Health Psychology, 38, 877-885. doi: 10.1037/a0032383


Pillar 2: Promote


Persuasive messaging stream

  1. Mistry, C. D., Sweet, S.N., Rhodes, R. E. & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2015). Text2Plan: Exploring changes in the quantity and quality of action plans and physical activity in a text messaging intervention. Psychology & Health, 30, 839 – 856. doi:    10.1080/08870446.2014.997731
  2. Sweet, S.N., Brawley, L.R., Hatchell, A., Gainforth, H.L., & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2014). Can persuasive messages encourage individuals to create action plans for physical activity? Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 36, 413-423.

Intensive interventions stream

  1. Fortier, M.S., Wiseman, E., Sweet, S.N., O’Sullivan, T.L., Blanchard, C.M., Sigal, R.J., Hogg, W. (2011). A moderated mediation of motivation on physical activity in the context of the PAC randomized control trial. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12, 71-78.


Pillar 3 – Engage


Consumer engagement stream

  1. Sweet, S.N., Perrier, M-J., Podzyhun, C., & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2013). Identifying physical activity information needs and preferred methods of delivery of people with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation. 35, 2056-2063. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2013.800915

Knowledge translation research stream

  1. Caron, J. G., Bloom, G. A., Falcao, W. R., & Sweet, S.N. (2015). An examination of concussion education programs: A scoping review methodology. Injury Prevention. Published online first. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041479
  2. Sweet, S.N., Martin Ginis, K.A., Estabrooks, P.A., & Latimer-Cheung, A.E. (2014). Operationalizing the RE-AIM framework to evaluate the impact of multi-sector partnerships. Implementation Science, 9, 74 http://www.implementationscience.com/content/9/1/74. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-9-74
  3. Sweet, S.N., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., Bourne, C., Martin Ginis, K.A. (2014). Assessing the research use and needs of organizations promoting healthy living for adults with disabilities. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 4, 86-94. doi: 10.1007/s13142-013-0231-2