About Us

What is ActiveMatch?

The research involved in the development and evaluation of ActiveMatch is funded by a Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute Innovation Grant. The lead principal investigator is Dr. Catherine Sabiston, an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Additional team members include: Dr. Jennifer Jones (ELLICSR, University Health Network), Dr. Pamela Goodwin (Mount Sinai Hospital), Dr. Jackie Bender (ELLICSR, University Health Network), Dr. Katherine Tamminen (University of Toronto), Dr. Kelly Arbor-Nicitopolous (University of Toronto), and Dr. Steve Amireault (University of Toronto).

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Catherine Sabiston, PhD

Catherine is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Mental Health. Her research is focused on ways to improve physical activity experiences with a focus on cancer survivorship. She is an expert in physical activity motivation, psychological and social factors tied to physical activity, and emotional well-being. Catherine is currently leading (or co-leading) a number of funded research studies developing ways to help individuals with cancer start and/or continue to exercise. She is the lead investigator on ActiveMatch, which is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.


Steve Amireault, PhD

Steve is a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. He is specifically interested in (1) developing and refining physical activity measurement instruments (2) identifying determinants of physical activity, and (3) evaluating the effectiveness of behaviour change techniques to favour physical activity. Steve’s research applies to diverse populations; with experience working with apparently healthy adults, overweight/obese individuals, cancer survivors, and older adults. The overall goal of his research is to develop behaviour change interventions and evaluate their impact on physical activity and health.


Kelly Arbour-Nicitopolous, PhD

Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She is also a co-investigator of SCI Action Canada, a community-university research initiative aimed to promote physical activity participation in persons living with spinal cord injury. Over the past 10 years, Kelly has studied evidence-based practices for promoting physical activity in adults with spinal cord injury. This research has led to the development of a national telephone-based physical counseling service (Get In Motion), as well as a physical activity toolkit (SCI Get Fit Toolkit). Her research interests are directed towards physical activity behaviour change in clinical and community-based populations with chronic disability across the lifespan, with a focus on identifying social cognitive predictors of physical activity, and examining the efficacy of theory-based interventions for promoting physical activity.


Jackie Bender, PhD

Jackie is an educator and a social and behavioural health scientist. She is a Research Scientist at the Electronic Living Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Cancer Survivorship Research (ELLICSR) and the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network, and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on informing, developing and evaluating innovative ways to improve the health, wellness and health care experience of people living with cancer and other chronic conditions through the use of information and communication technologies.


Jennifer M. Jones, PhD

Jennifer is the Director of Research for the Cancer Survivorship Program and Associate Director of the Centre for Health Wellness and Cancer Survivorship (www.ellicsr.ca) at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. In addition, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry (primary), Faculty of Medicine, at University of Toronto and co-Leads the Canadian Cancer Survivorship Research Consortium (www.ccsrc.ca). Dr. Jones’ research program has focused primarily on the quality of life and psychosocial issues of individuals and families facing cancer. Her most recent scholarly and professional activities have clustered around; 1) Translational research to inform clinical survivorship care; 2) Fostering innovative health professional and continuing education that is designed to transform the patient experience.


Katherine Tamminen, PhD

Katherine is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on two main areas: young athletes’ experiences in sport; and stress, coping, and emotion in sport. Her research examines youth sport experiences and adolescent athletes’ coping in sport. She also conducts research on interpersonal emotion regulation and social processes of coping in groups and teams, to understand how individuals’ coping impacts others. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been published in journal such as Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Journal of Sports Sciences, and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health.