PhD Science, School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec - 1998
MA Physical Education with specialization in Psychology of Sport, Department of Physical Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec - 1991
BA Psychology, Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec - 1987
Dr. Spence has expertise in the area of behavioural medicine and research methods. His research focuses on both the benefits and determinants of physical activity and how physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are related to obesity. Dr. Spence has studied the broad social determinants (e.g., SES) and population physical activity patterns. More recently, he has focused on (a) the physical environment and how it may influence physical activity choices and risk for obesity among both children and adults (e.g., urban form, location of food establishments); and (b) the role of policy initiatives such as tax credits for promoting physical activity. Dr. Spence has a strong background in physical activity measurement, meta-analysis, and ecological models of behaviour and health.
A study of basic philosophical issues, methodology and methods used by researchers in physical activity, sport, recreation and leisure. The emphasis of this course will be on quantitative inquiry. Prerequisite: KIN 309 or consent of Faculty. Note: Students will not receive credit for KRLS 580 if credit was previously awarded for KIN 580. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 580, KRLS 580 or PERLS 580.Fall Term 2020