Kathleen Martin Ginis


Research Interests

exercise behaviour change science
Spinal cord injury
psychological well-being

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.

Research Methodology

pragmatic randomized controlled trials
community-engaged research
quantitative-qualitative mixed-methods research
Systematic Reviews
survey-based research
adapted exercise equipment
Integrated Knowledge Translation
interdisciplinary health outcomes research


Master's students
Doctoral students


  • students interested in psychosocial and behavioural determinants of health among people living with spinal cord injury 
  • students with a background in psychology, kinesiology or a related discipline
  • students who are passionate about engaging with community members to conduct research that will impact the lives of people with a spinal cord injury
  • you can read more about my lab's research here: https://sciactioncanada.ok.ubc.ca
  • please note that we are not a basic science lab; we are not an exercise physiology lab; we are not a rehabilitation lab 



Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
Attend an information session

G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.


Recent Tri-Agency Grants

The following is a selection of grants for which the faculty member was principal investigator or co-investigator. Currently, the list only covers Canadian Tri-Agency grants from years 2013/14-2016/17 and excludes grants from any other agencies.

  • Using peer mentor support to enhance social participation/community integration among adults with spinal cord injury - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Partnership Development Grants (2016/2017)
  • Improving cardiovascular health for Canadians living with spinal cord injury: effects of exercise and targeted education (Project 2: Animal Mechanisms) - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - CIHR Team Grant Program (2013/2014)



If this is your researcher profile you can log in to the Faculty & Staff portal to update your details and provide recruitment preferences.


Follow these steps to apply to UBC Graduate School!