A photo of Dr. Katie Gunnell - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Welcome to my website! My name is Katie and I am an Assistant Professor conducting research in the area of Exercise and Health Psychology. Originally from a small town east of Ottawa Ontario, I completed my undergraduate and masters training at Brock University in St. Catharines Ontario.  Following that, I undertook my doctoral research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver British Columbia. I returned to the Ottawa area to complete a post-doctoral fellowship. Following my post-doctoral fellowship, I was a Junior Researcher and Scientist with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.  Currently, I'm an Assistant Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa. I will be using this website to post new papers, information for participants including links to ongoing studies and research summaries, and information for the public about our research findings. I also intend to post syntax and any supplemental material that accompanies publications. Please follow me on twitter for updates @katiegunnell or to get in touch, send an e-mail through the contact form. Thank you for visiting!



  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, School of Psychology and Human Kinetics, the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada (2014)
  • PhD, School of Kinesiology, sub-specialization in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2013)
  • MA, Applied Health Sciences, Brock University, St. Catharines Ontario, Canada (2009)
  • BKIN, Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology, Brock University, St. Catharines Ontario, Canada (2007)


Dr. Gunnell examines the psychological antecedents of behaviours and psychological health in various populations including children and youth, adults, and people diagnosed with osteoporosis. Specific interests include:

  • Psychological health (e.g., hedonic and eudaimonic well-being; symptoms of mental disorders)
  • Behaviours (e.g., physical activity, screen time, and sedentary time)
  • Correlates and Mechanisms (e.g., psychological need satisfaction and frustration, motivational regulations and goal contents)
  • Disentangling complex reciprocal relationships between behaviours and psychological variables using longitudinal research designs
  • Psychometrics



  • The Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS)
  • North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
  • European Congress of Sport Psychology
  • Sedentary Behaviour Research Network