Diane E. Mack, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 287
905 688 5550 x4997

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., Gunnell, K. E., Wilson, P. M., & Wierts, C. (2017). Well-being in group-
based exercise classes: Do psychological need fulfillment and interpersonal
supports matter? Applied Research in Quality of Life. 21, 89-102. doi: 10.1007/s11482-

Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., & Gunnell, K. E. (2017). Land of confusion: Unpacking the
relationship between physical activity and well-being in individuals living with
osteoporosis. International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 10, 212-229.
doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2016.1216149

Blais, L. T., Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., & Blanchard, C. (2016). Challenging body
weight: Evidence from a community-based intervention on weight, behaviour and
motivation. Psychology, Health & Medicine. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2016.1271440

Mack, D. E., Aymar, M., Cosby, J., Wilson, P. M., Bradley, C., & Walters Gray, C. (2016).
Barriers for communicating injury prevention messages: Perspectives from direct
care providers. Public Health Nursing, 33, 159-166. doi: 10.1111/phn.12224

Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., Crouch, M., & Gunnell, K. E. (2016). Evaluating the quality
and accuracy of online sources for individuals living with osteoporosis.
Educational Gerontology: An International Journal, 42, 321- 329.

Wilson, P. M. Mack., D. E., & Blanchard, C. M. (2016). Use of digital technology to
monitor dietary intake and physical activity: Issues of compliance in commercial
weight-loss program users. Health and Fitness Journal of Canada, 9, 3-11.

Brooks, K. M., Mack, D. E., & Wilson, P. M. (2015). Obesity-related health risk and
lifestyle behaviours: A descriptive study. Health and Fitness Journal of Canada., 8, 3-

Ferguson, L., Kowalski, K. C., Mack, D. E., & Sabiston, C. M. (2015). Self-compassion
and psychological flourishing during emotionally difficult times in sport. Journal of
Happiness Studies, 16, 1263-1280. doi: 10.1007/s10902-014-9558-8

Mack, D. E., Kouali, D., Gilchrist, J. D., & Sabiston, C. M. (2015). Pride and physical
activity: Are behavioural regulations motivational mechanisms? Psychology &
Health, 30, 1049-1062. doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2015.1022547

  • Sport Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods of Inquiry
  • Physical Activity Interventions
  • Psychological Approaches to Health Behaviour Change.

Associate Editor

  • Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology

Editorial Board

  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise,
  • International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology,
  • Journal of American College Health,
  • Health Behavior & Policy Review,
  • American Journal of Health Behavior. ;

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.