Diane E. Mack, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Diane E. Mack, PhD

Office: WC 244
905 688 5550 x4360

Central to by program of research is understanding what contributes to wellbeing. While most of my work addresses the behaviours (e.g., physical activity) and psychological mechanisms linked to wellbeing, work with colleagues has extended to include behaviour change, motivation, self-compassion and pride.  My interests have been investigated using diverse study designs and include the use of meta-analytic investigations.  Recent interests also include reliability generalization studies and consideration of reporting standards (e.g., CONSORT-PRO) to guide and inform evidence.

  • Wellbeing
  • Health enhancing physical activity
  • Behaviour change
  • Reporting Standards

Mack, D. E., Vo, K. T., & Wilson, P. M. (in press). The long and short-form Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale: A Reliability Generalization Meta-Analysis. Journal of Happiness Studies.

Tremonte, I. L., Burgess, M. B., Bonisteel, E., Wilson, P. M., & Mack, D. E. (in press). Does mental health medal? An investigation into Canadian Olympic Sport Organizations. Health and Fitness Journal of Canada.

Angrish, K., Khan-Poulin, Y., Mangat, J., Mack, D. E., & Nagpal, T. S. (2023). Culturally-tailored strategies for prenatal physical activity for South Asian women: A scoping review. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-023-01486-1

Columbus, A., Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., & Chimera, N. J. (2023). Stable or fluid: An investigation into female student-athlete basketball players well-being. Case Studies in Sport & Exercise Psychology, 7(3), 71-78. https://doi.org/10.1123/cssep.2022-0023

Ferguson, L., J., Adam, M. E. K., Gunnell, K. E., Kowalski, K. C., Mack, D. E., Mosewich, A.  D., & Murphy, N. (2022).  Self-compassion or self-criticism? Predicting women athlete’s psychological flourishing in sport in Canada.  Journal of Happiness Studies., 23(5), 1923–1939.  https://doi:10.1007/s10902-021-00483-1

Kelley, C., Mack, D. E., & Wilson, P. M. (2022). Does physical activity in natural outdoor environments improve wellbeing? A meta-analysis. Sports. 10(7), 103. https://doi.org/10.3390/ sports10070103

Mack, D. E., & Wilson, P. M. (2021). Measuring psychological need satisfaction in exercise: A tale of two instruments. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 53(4), 423–432. https://doi-org.proxy.library.brocku.ca/10.1037/cbs0000261

Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., Bell, C., & Kelley, C. (2020). The devil is always in the details: Intervention description as applied to Motivational Interviewing and physical activity. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 52, 29-35. doi.org/10.1037/cbs0000159

Sabiston, C. M., Pila, E., Crocker, P. R., Mack D. E., Wilson, P. M., Brunet, J., & Kowalski, K. C. (2020). Changes in body-related self-conscious emotions over time in youth female athletes. Body Image, 32, 24-33.

Pila, E., Sabiston, C. M., Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., Brunet, J., Kowalski, K. C., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2020). Fitness – and appearance-related self-conscious emotions and sport experiences: A prospective longitudinal investigation in adolescent girls. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 47, doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101641 .

Wierts, C., Wilson, P. M., & Mack, D. E. (2019). Awareness and use of motivational interviewing reported by Canadian university sport coaches. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. 17, 63-71. doi: 10.24384/k0xn-af87

Wilson, P. M., Kelley, C., Mack, D. E., & Wierts, C. M. (2019). Physical activity counseling in kinesiology curricula: What’s offered in Ontario. International Journal of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, 7, 22. doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijkss.v.7n.4p.22

Deck, S., Wilson, P. M., & Mack, D. E. (2018). Rehabilitation following a sports injury: Do the motives of athlete and athletic therapist matter? Archives of Physical Health & Sports Medicine, 1(2), 1-7.

Gilchrist, J. D., Pila, E., Castonguay, A., Sabiston, C. M., & Mack, D. E. (2018). Body pride and physical activity. Differential functions of fitness- and appearance-related pride in young adult Canadians. Body Image., 27, 77-85.

Kilham, M. E., Mosewich, A. D., Mack, D. E., Gunnell, K. E., & Ferguson, L. J. (2018). Self-compassion and women athletes’ sport performance. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. 7, 297-307. doi.org/10.1037/spy0000127
Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., Santos, E., & Brooks, K. (2018). Standards of reporting: The use of CONSORT PRO and CERT in individuals living with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis International, 29, 305-313. doi: 10.1007/s00198-017-4249-z

Santos, E. S., Wilson, P. M., & Mack, D. E., (2018). Does exergaming promote well-being in adults? Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, 11, 3-14.


Partnership for Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Participation, Access, and Quality Experiences in Youth Sport and Exercise (Sabiston – PI): Sport4All

  • Sport Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods of Inquiry
  • Sport and Mental Health
  • Psychological Approaches to Health Behaviour Change.

Associate Editor

  • Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology
  • International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Editorial Board

  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise,
  • International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology,
  • International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Agencies who have supported our research include

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
  • Niagara Region Public Health.