Dr. Shane Sweet

Dr. Shane N. Sweet

Associate 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) - Website

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: 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.
  2. Promote: In this pillar, Dr. Sweet looks to increase physical activity and related constructs and enhance well-being.
  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.



Publications by each Pillar


  1. Michalovic, E., Rocchi, M., & Sweet, S. N. (2019). Motivation and participation in daily and social activities among adults with spinal cord injury: Applying self-determination theory.Disability and Health Journal, 12, 489-494. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.11.015
  2. Saunders, C. S., Huta, V. & Sweet, S. N. (2018). Physical activity, well-being and the basic psychological needs: Adopting the SDT model of eudaimonia in a post-cardiac rehabilitation sample. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 10, 347-367. doi: 10.1111/aphw.12136
  3. Taran, S., Conti, J., Routhier, F., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., Noreau, L., & Sweet, S. N. (2018). Leisure time physical activity, perception of impact of pain and life satisfaction after spinal cord injury.Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 4, 273-275. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2018.02.007



  1. Chemtob, K., Rocchi, M., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K., Kairy, D., Fillion, B., & Sweet, S. N. (2019). Using tele-health to enhance motivation, leisure time physical activity, and quality of life in adults with spinal cord injury: A self-determination theory-based pilot randomized control trial. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 43, 243-252. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.03.008
  2. Sweet, S. N., Michalovic, E., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Fortier, M., Noreau, L., Zelaya, W., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2018). Spinal cord injury peer mentorship: Applying self-determination theory to explain quality of life and participation outcomes. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99, 468-476.
  3. Michalovic. E., Hall, S., Duncan, L. R., Bassett-Gunter, R., & Sweet, S. N. (2018). Understanding the effects of message framing on physical activity action planning: The role of risk perception and elaboration. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 25, 626–636. doi: 10.1007/s12529-018-9746-8



  1. Sweet, S. N., Michalovic, E., Baxter, K., Baron, J. & Gainforth, H. L. (2019). RE-AIMing conferences: A reach, effectiveness, and maintenance evaluation of the Rick Hansen Institute’s Praxis 2016. Translational Behavioral Medicine. Advanced online doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibz002
  2. Gainforth, H. L., Baxter, K., Baron, J., Michalovic, E., Caron, J. G., & Sweet, S. N. (2019). RE-AIMing Conferences: Evaluating the adoption, implementation and maintenance of the Rick Hansen Institute’s Praxis 2016. Health Research Policy and Systems, 17, 39.


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