Heather Gainforth BScKin, MSc, PhD

Current Positions and Affiliations:

  • Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Physical activity
  • Behaviour change
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Community-based research

Current Research Related to the Institute's Priorities:

  • Investigating the effective application of behaviour change techniques by stop smoking practitioners using state space grids

Reports and Publications:

Cradock, K. A., ÓLaighin, G., Finucane, F. M., Gainforth, H. L., Quinlan, L. R., & Ginis, K. A. M. (2017). Behaviour change techniques targeting both diet and physical activity in type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 18. doi: 10.1186/s12966-016-0436-0

Weatherson, K. A., Gainforth, H. L., & Jung, M. E. (2017). A theoretical analysis of the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of school-based physical activity policies in Canada: a mixed methods scoping review. Implementation Science, 12(1), 41. doi:  10.1186/s13012-017-0570-3

Allan, V., Vierimaa, M., Gainforth, H. L., & Côté, J. (2017). The use of behaviour change theories and techniques in research-informed coach development programmes: a systematic review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2017.1286514

Bragge, P., Grimshaw, J.M., Lokker, C., Colquhoun, H., Albrecht, L., Baron, J., Dadich, A., Damschroder, L., Danko, K., Fernandez, M.E., Flottorp, S.A., Gainforth, H.L., Gooding, K., Graham, I.D., Hempel, S., Kitto, S., Leeman, J., Mazza, D., McKibbon, A., Michie, S., Nuckols, T., Ovretveit, J., Peters, G.-J.Y., Sax, H., Scott, S.D., Stevens, K.R., Wilson, M.G.. (2017). AIMD-a validated, simplified framework of interventions to promote and integrate evidence into health practices, systems, and policies. BMC medical research methodology, 17(1), 38. doi: 10.1186/s12874-017-0314-8

Gainforth, H. L., Aujla, S. Y., Beard, E., Croghan, E., & West, R. (2017). Associations between Practitioner Personality and Client Quit Rates in Smoking Cessation Behavioural Support Interventions. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 1-7. doi: 10.1017/jsc.2017.10

Gainforth, H. L., Jarvis, J. W., Berry, T. R., Chulak-Bozzer, T., Deshpande, S., Faulkner, G., ... & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2016). Evaluating the ParticipACTION “Think Again” Campaign. Health Education & Behavior, 43(4), 434-441. doi: 10.1177/1090198115604614

Gainforth, H. L., Sheals, K., Atkins, L., Jackson, R., & Michie, S. (2016). Developing interventions to change recycling behaviors: A case study of applying behavioral science. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 15(4), 325-339. doi: 10.1080/1533015X.2016.1241166

Gainforth, H. L., Lorencatto, F., Erickson, K., West, R., & Michie, S. (2016). Characterizing clients' verbal statements in behavioural support interventions: The case of smoking cessation. British journal of health psychology, 21(3), 600-612. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12188

Lefebvre, J. S., Evans, M. B., Turnnidge, J., Gainforth, H. L., & Côté, J. (2016). Describing and classifying coach development programmes: A synthesis of empirical research and applied practice. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11(6), 887-899. doi: 10.1177/1747954116676116

Evans, M. B., McGuckin, M., Gainforth, H. L., Bruner, M. W., & Côté, J. (2015). Coach development programmes to improve interpersonal coach behaviours: a systematic review using the re-aim framework. Br J Sports Med, bjsports-2015. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094634

Gainforth, H. L., West, R., & Michie, S. (2015). Assessing connections between behavior change theories using network analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49(5), 754-761. doi: 10.1007/s12160-015-9710-7

Gainforth, H. L., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Athanasopoulos, P., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2015). Examining the Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Community-Based Organization Implementing an Event-Based Knowledge Mobilization Initiative to Promote Physical Activity Guidelines for People With Spinal Cord Injury Among Support Personnel. Health promotion practice, 16(1), 55-62. doi: 10.1177/1524839914528210

Gainforth, H. L., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Davis, C., Casemore, S., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2015). Testing the feasibility of training peers with a spinal cord injury to learn and implement brief action planning to promote physical activity to people with spinal cord injury. The journal of spinal cord medicine, 38(4), 515-525. doi: 10.1179/2045772314Y.0000000239

Gainforth, H. L., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Moore, S., Athanasopoulos, P., & Ginis, K. A. M. (2015). Using network analysis to understand knowledge mobilization in a community-based organization. International journal of behavioral medicine, 22(3), 292-300. doi: 10.1007/s12529-014-9430-6

Gutnick, D., Reims, K., Davis, C., Gainforth, H., Jay, M., & Cole, S. (2014). Brief action planning to facilitate behavior change and support patient self-management. JCOM, 21(1), 18-29.

Gainforth, H. L., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Athanasopoulos, P., Moore, S., & Ginis, K. A. M. (2014). The role of interpersonal communication in the process of knowledge mobilization within a community-based organization: a network analysis. Implementation Science, 9(1), 59. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-9-59

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(4), 413-423. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2013-0218

Jarvis, J. W., Gainforth, H. L., & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2014). Investigating the effect of message framing on parents’ engagement with advertisements promoting child physical activity. International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, 11(2), 115-127. doi: 10.1007/s12208-013-0110-z ​

Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Rhodes, R. E., Kho, M. E., Tomasone, J. R., Gainforth, H. L., Kowalski, K., ... & Duggan, M. (2013). Evidence-informed recommendations for constructing and disseminating messages supplementing the new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. BMC public health, 13(1), 419. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-419

Gainforth, H. L., Latimer-Cheung, A. E., Athanasopoulos, P., & Ginis, K. A. M. (2013). Examining the effectiveness of a knowledge mobilization initiative for disseminating the physical activity guidelines for people with spinal cord injury. Disability and health journal, 6(3), 260-265. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.01.012

Gainforth, H. L., Berry, T., Faulkner, G., Rhodes, R. E., Spence, J. C., Tremblay, M. S., & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2013). Evaluating the uptake of Canada’s new physical activity and sedentary behavior guidelines on service organizations’ websites. Translational behavioral medicine, 3(2), 172-179. doi: 10.1007/s13142-012-0190-z

Dionne, C. D., Gainforth, H. L., O’Malley, D. A., & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2013). Examining implicit attitudes towards exercisers with a physical disability. The Scientific World Journal, 2013. doi: 10.1155/2013/621596

Kittson, K., Gainforth, H. L., Edwards, J., Bolkowy, R., & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2013). The effect of video observation on warmth and competence ratings of individuals with a disability. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14(6), 847-851. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.07.003

Gainforth, H. L., O'Malley, D., Mountenay, T., & Latimer-Cheung, A. (2013). Independence and physical activity status moderate stereotypes toward people with a physical disability. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 11(3), 244-257. doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2013.749001

Ginis, K. A. M., Latimer-Cheung, A., Corkum, S., Ginis, S., Anathasopoulos, P., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K., & Gainforth, H. (2012). A case study of a community-university multidisciplinary partnership approach to increasing physical activity participation among people with spinal cord injury. Translational behavioral medicine, 2(4), 516-522. doi: 10.1007/s13142-012-0157-0

Gainforth, H. L., Cao, W., & Latimer‐Cheung, A. E. (2012). Message framing and parents' intentions to have their children vaccinated against HPV. Public Health Nursing, 29(6), 542-552. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2012.01038.x

Gainforth, H. L., & Latimer, A. E. (2012). Risky business: risk information and the moderating effect of message frame and past behaviour on women’s perceptions of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Journal of health psychology, 17(6), 896-906. doi: 10.1177/1359105311431173

Gainforth, H. L., Cao, W., & Latimer-Cheung, A. E. (2012). Determinants of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination intent among three Canadian target groups. Journal of Cancer Education, 27(4), 717-724. doi: 10.1007/s13187-012-0389-1

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Heather Gainforth
Assistant Professor
School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Faculty of Health and Social Development
UBC Okanagan
1147 Research Road ART 129

Tel:  250-807-9352
email: heather.gainforth@ubc.ca

web:  https://hes.ok.ubc.ca/person/heather-gainforth

Heather Gainforth