Kathleen Martin Ginis

Chair Preventive Medicine, Director Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Southern Medical Program
Other Titles: Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Health and Exercise Sciences; UBC Distinguished University Scholar
Office: Reichwald Health Sciences Centre
Phone: 250.807.9187
Email: kathleen_martin.ginis@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Dr. Martin Ginis focuses on understanding and changing physical activity behaviour. She has a particular interest in physical activity among people with spinal cord injury and other types of physical disabilities.

Courses & Teaching

HES 491 Honour's Thesis Seminar
HES 490 Project in Health and Exercise Sciences
MED 419 Year 1 FLEX
MED 429 Year 2 FLEX
MED 449 Year 4 FLEX


Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis joined the School of Health and Exercise Sciences in July 2016. She was appointed to the UBC Department of Medicine as the Reichwald Family UBC Southern Medical Program Chair in Preventive Medicine in July 2017. From 1999-2016, she was a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, where she also served as Inaugural Director of the McMaster University Physical Activity Centre of Excellence.

Dr. Martin Ginis is the Founding Director of SCI Action Canada (www.sciactioncanada.ca), a national alliance of community-based organizations and university-based researchers working together to advance physical activity participation in people living with spinal cord injury. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Disability Participation Project (www.cdpp.ca). The CDPP is a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant that brings together nearly 50 university, public, private and government sector partners  to enhance community participation among Canadians with physical disabilities.

Dr. Martin Ginis has received nearly $11 million in research funding as a Principal Investigator ($20M in total research funding), including $4M from SSHRC to fund three community-university research partnerships. She has published over 300 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.

Her research frequently appears in the media and has been featured on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, and in The Globe & Mail, The National Post, The New York Times, “O” The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health & Fitness, and Shape Magazine, among others.

In 2014, the Government of Ontario recognized Dr. Martin Ginis’s long-standing contributions to science designed to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury, by awarding her the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship.

Dr. Martin Ginis resides in Kelowna, British Columbia. She is an avid runner and traveler.



Dr. Martin Ginis completed a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Toronto, her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, and postdoctoral training at Wake Forest University.

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Martin Ginis’s program focuses on understanding and changing physical activity behaviour. She has a particular interest in physical activity among people with spinal cord injury and other types of physical disabilities. Although most of her work addresses the psychosocial mechanisms and consequences of physical activity behaviour change, she often collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams to study various health-related outcomes associated with physical activity participation (e.g., weight loss, cardiovascular disease risk, pain). She also works closely with numerous community-based organizations on research and knowledge translation projects to advance physical activity and other types of social participation among Canadians with disabilities (www.cdpp.ca).

Dr. Martin Ginis has a profound commitment to knowledge translation; specifically, the development and implementation of evidence-based best-practices to improve health and well-being among people with disabilities. Examples of best-practices developed by her team, include formulation of the first evidence-based physical activity guidelines for people with spinal cord injury; implementation of a nation-wide service to provide telephone-based physical activity counseling to adults with physical disabilities; and creation of an online physical activity resource centre to serve the international spinal cord injury communities (www.sciactioncanada.ca).

Selected Publications & Presentations

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