Diane E. Mack, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 287
905 688 5550 x4997
dmack@brocku.ca

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., & Wilson, P. M., (in press). Measuring Psychological Need Satisfaction in Exercise: A Tale of Two Instruments. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences

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.
doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.010

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.

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-
016-9454-y

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., 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.
doi.org/10.1080/03601277.2015.1121750

  • 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.