Guy Faulkner


Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
55 Harbord St., Rm # 2080
Toronto, ON M5S 2W6, Canada


Project BEAT

Exercise Psychology Unit


Ph.D. (Exercise Psychology), Loughborough University, UK, 2001

M.Sc. (Exercise and Sport Psychology), University of Exeter, UK, 1995

B.Ed. (Human Movement), University of Sydney, Australia, 1992



Physical activity promotion in community and rehabilitation settings, and the relationship between physical activity and mental health in children and adults. 

Weight management and schizophrenia; environmental influences promoting obesity in this population.

Exercise as an adjunct for smoking cessation.

The built environment and active transport.

Qualitative research methodology


Recent Publications


Duncan*, M. J., Faulkner, G., Remington, G., & Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. (2016). Characterizing the affective responses to an acute bout of moderate-intensity exercise among outpatients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 237, 264-70.

Scarapicchia*, T., Sabiston, C. M. & Faulkner, G. (2015). Understanding health behavior guidelines among university students: Examining correlates of attaining health behaviour guidelines. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 106(3), e109-14.

 Biswas*, A., Oh, P., Faulkner, G., Bajaj, A., Silver, B., Mitchell, M., & D. Alter. (2015). Sedentary Time and Its Independent Risk on Disease Incidence, Mortality and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162, 123-132.

Larsen, K., Cook, B., Stone, M. R , & Faulkner,  G. E. (2015). Food access and children's BMI in Toronto, Ontario: assessing how the food environment relates to overweight and obesity. International Journal of Public Health, 60(1), 69-77.

Moola, F., Faulkner, G., White,* L., & Kirsh, J. (2015). Kids with special hearts: The experience of children with congenital heart disease at Camp Willowood. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7(2), 271-293.

A complete list of Dr. Faulkner's publications can be found at Google Scholar 


Faulkner, G. & Taylor, A. (Eds.) (2005). Exercise, health and mental health: Emerging relationship. London: Routledge.


Current Graduate Students


Mehala Subramanieapillai

Janine Omran



Mark Duncan – Physical Activity and Mental Health

Bonny Wong - Active School Transport



Subha Ramanathan

Linda Trinh

Recent Graduates

Alicia Luciani (MSc)
Lauren White (MSc) - 
Physical activity effects on health related quality of life of children with congenital heart disease

Agnes Hsin (MSc) - Exercise and attentional bias among abstaining smokers

Fiona Moola (PhD) - Children, chronic disease, and physical activity

Paul Gorzynski (PhD) - Schizophrenia and weight management
George Mamman (PhD) – School Travel Planning



International Society for Physical Activity and Health

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS)

Canadian Obesity Network (CON)


Selected Awards

Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC) Chair in Applied Public Health (2014-2019)

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of outstanding contributions to making physical activity a priority within the community and across Canada (2013).

Winner of the 2013 Sustainable Urban Transportation Award from the Transportation Association of Canada as a member of the Stepping It Up project, a Metrolinx-led project in partnership with Green Communities Canada, City of Hamilton, Peel Region and University of Toronto.