Catherine Sabiston

Catherine Sabiston

  • Professor
  • Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Mental Health
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Catherine

Academic Training

Post-doctoral fellowship, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

PhD, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

MHK., Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor

BSc, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University 

Research Interests

Exercise and health psychology

Psychosocial determinants of health behaviour

Mental health

Body-related emotions

Physical self

Physical activity intervention

Physical activity measurement

Physical activity and cancer

Selected Publications

Identifying and exploring body-related self-conscious emotions and associations to health and well-being

Pila, E., Brunet, J., Crocker, P., Kowlaski, K., & Sabiston, C.M. (2016). Intrapersonal characteristics of body-related shame, guilt, pride and envy in Canadian adultsInternational Journal of Body Image, 16, 100-106. 

Pila, E., Sabiston, C. M., Brunet, J., Castonaguay, A., & O’Loughlin, J. (2015). Do body-related shame and guilt mediate the association between weight status and self-esteem? Journal of Health Psychology20(5), 659-669. 

Contreras, G., Sabiston, C. M., O’Loughlin, E. K., Belanger, M., & O’Loughlin, J. (2015). Body image emotions, perceptions, and cognitions distinguish physically active and inactive smokers. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2, 141-145. 

Lifestyle physical activity and emotional indicators of well-being in breast cancer survivors 

Fong, A. J., Scarapicchia, T. M.F, McDonough, M. H., Wrosch, C., O’Loughlin, J., & Sabiston, C. M. (2016). Changes in social support predict emotional wellbeing in breast cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology  

Castonguay, A., Hadd, V., Crocker, P. R. E., McDonough, M. H., & Sabiston, C. M. (2015). Linking physical self-worth and enduring stressors to post-traumatic growth in a sample of physically-active breast cancer survivorsJournal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 20(2), 53-70. 

Amireault, S. Godin, G., Lacombe, J. & Sabiston, C. M. (2015). Validation of the Godin-Shephard Leisure-time Physical Activity Questionnaire classification coding system using accelerometer assessment among breast cancer survivors.Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 9(3), 532-540.      

Interpersonal context of sport

Sabiston, C. M., Jewett, R., Ashdown-Franks, G., Brunet, J., Belanger, M., O’Loughlin, E., & O’Loughlin, J. (2016). Number of years of team sport participation during adolescence and depression in adulthoodJournal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38(1), 105-110. 

Reis, N. A., Kowalski, K. C., Ferguson, L. J., Sabiston, C. M., Sedgwick, W. A., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2015). Self-compassion and women athletes' responses to emotionally difficult sport situations: An evaluation of a brief induction.Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16, 18-25.

Garcia, E., Sabiston, C. M., & Wilson, P. M. (2015). The interpersonal context in youth sport questionnaireInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 13(2), 1-19. 

Correlates and health outcomes of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and exergaming

Kakinami, L., O’Loughlin, E., Dugas, E., Sabiston, C. M., Paradis, G., & O’Loughlin, J. L. (In Press). The association between exergaming and physical activity in young adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 

Herman, K. M., Sabiston, C. M., Mathieu, M. E., Tremblay, A., & Paradis, G. (2015). Correlates of sedentary behaviour in 8- to 10-year-old children at elevated risk for obesityApplied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 40, 10-19. 

Kakinami, L., O’Loughlin, E., Dugas, E., Sabiston, C. M., Paradis, G., & O’Loughlin, J. L. (2015). The association between exergaming and physical activity in young adultsJournal of Physical Activity and Health, 12(6), 789-793. 

Measurement issues and reviews

Amireault, S. Godin, G., Lacombe, J., & Sabiston, C. M. (2015). Validation of the Godin-Shephard Leisure-time Physical Activity Questionnaire classification coding system using accelerometer assessment among breast cancer survivors.Journal of Cancer Survivorship (Available online), 1-9. 

Garcia, E., Sabiston, C. M., & Wilson, P. M. (2015). The interpersonal context in youth sport questionnaireInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 13, 1-19. 

O’Loughlin, J., Dugas, E., Brunet, J., DiFranza, J., Engert, J., Gervais, A., Gray-Donald, K., Karp, I., Low, N. C., Sabiston, C. M., Sylvestre, M-P., & Tyndale, R. F. (2014). Cohort Profile: Nicotine Dependence in Teens (NDIT) Study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 1-10.

Currently Funded Projects

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Supervised Theses

MSc

Garcia Ashdown-Franks - (2016 -). Area of interest: mental illness, physical activity

Douglas Rosa - (2016 - ). Area of interest: gender differences, fitness, health, motivation

David DiFonzo - (2015 - ). Area of interest: physical activity, immune function, mental health

Madison Vani - (2015 - ). Area of Interest: stress, self-conscious emotions, body image

Holly Howe - (2014-2016). Area of interest: women’s health, weight training, mental illness (SSHRC)

Jason Lacombe - (2013-2015) - Area of interest - breast cancer, sedentary behaviour, mental health (CIHR)

PhD

Anika Gentile - (2015 - ) - Area of interest: men's health, cancer, sport participation

Jenna Gilchrist - (2013- ) - Area of interest: body-related emotion, pride, well-being, physical activity (SSHRC)

Eva Pila - (2013- ) - Area of interest: mental health, body image, stress (SSHRC)

Angela Fong - (2013- ) - Area of Interest - Cancer, physical activity, knowledge translation

Tanya Scarabocchia (2012-2016) - Area of Interest - Social Contagion, physical activity motivation, social support, public health

Professional Memberships

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Grant for Psychosocial Oncology Research Training (PORT)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Grant in Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention: A Pan-Canadian Program (PICDP)

Quebec Adipose and Lifestyle InvesTigation in Youth (QUALITY)