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Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos

  • Assistant Professor
  • Adjunct Scientist Bloorview Research Institute
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Kelly

Academic Training

Research Associate, Kinesiology, McMaster University, 2011-12

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kinesiology, University of Toronto, 2008-11, McMaster University, 2010-11

PhD, Kinesiology (Health and Exercise Psychology), McMaster University, 2008

MSc, Kinesiology (Health and Exercise Psychology), McMaster University, 2005

BSc, (Hons) Kinesiology, McMaster University, 2003

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting PhD and MSc students
Research Interests

Health and exercise psychology

Disability and physical activity

Quantitative research methodology

Knowledge translation

Selected Publications

Subramaniapillai, M., Goldstein, B., MacIntosh, B., Korczak, D., Ou, T., Scavone, A., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K. & Faulkner, G. (2016). Characterizing exercise-induced feelings after one bout of exercise among adolescents with and without bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders 190, 467-473.

White L, Volfson Z, Faulkner GE, & Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP. (2016). Reliability and validity of physical activity instruments used in children and youth with physical disabilities: A systematic reviewPediatric Exercise Sciences, 28, 240-263.

Shirazipour CH, Latimer-Cheung AE, & Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP. (2015). An exploratory qualitative investigation of psychosocial determinants of parental decisions to support sport participation for youth with a mobility impairment.Research in Developmental Disabilities, 45-46, 400-410. 

Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP, Duncan M, Remington G, Cairney, J, & Faulkner GE. (2014). Development and reliability testing of a Health Action Process Approach inventory for physical activity participation among individuals with schizophrenia.Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5:68.

Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP, Tomasone JR, Latimer-Cheung AE, & Martin Ginis KA. (2014). Get In Motion: An evaluation of the reach and effectiveness of a physical activity telephone counseling service for Canadians living with spinal cord injury.PM & R Journal, 6, 1088-1096.

Currently Funded Projects

Sweet SN, Kairy D, & Arbour-Nicitopoulos K. (2016-2017). Enhancing quality of life through exercise: A tele-rehabilitation approach. Craig H. Neilson Foundation, Psychosocial Research Grants    

Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP (PI), Wright V, Faulkner GE, McPherson AC, & Wood, S. (2014-2017). Developing and pilot-testing an inclusive recreational sports program for preadolescent children with physical disabilities. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant.


Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K.P. (2014-2016). Igniting Fitness Possibilities: A pilot study to develop and test the feasibility of a community-based inclusive physical activity program for youth with physical disabilities. Connaught New Researcher Grant.


Wright V & Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP (co-PI). (2015-2020). Igniting Fitness Possibilities: A pilot study to test the feasibility of an inclusive community-based physical activity program for children and youth (Phase 2). The National Bank.


Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP (PI), Leo, J, Faulkner, G, & Bassett-Gunter, R. (2015-2016). The Physical Activity Monitoring Study: A Pilot Study Examining the Feasibility and Validity of Community-Based Physical Activity Measurement in Children and Youth with Mobility Impairments living in the Greater Toronto Area. Internal Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education Research Grant.


Martin Ginis KA, Latimer-Cheung AE, Connelly CE, Miller WC, Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP (co-I), Bassett-Gunter RL, Beauchamp MR, Bonaccio S, Borisoff JF, Bray SR, Chaudhury H, Côté J, Demers L, Eng J, Gellatly IR, Gignac MAM, Horrocks J, Jetha A, McBride CB, McColl MH, Mortenson WB, Noreau L, Rimmer JH, Routhier F, Tucker SM, & Smith BM. (2014-2021). Enhancing community participation in Canadians with physical disabilities: Development, implementation, and evaluation of a partnered strategy. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant.


Faulkner GE, Sabiston C, & Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP (co-I). (2013-2018). Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Centre. Canadian Foundation and Innovation and Ontario Research Fund.