Philip M. Wilson, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 291
905 688 5550 x4997

My research interests are focused on understanding the determinants and consequences of participation behaviour (e.g., physical activity, eating behaviours, etc.) using motivational concepts, and applied measurement issues with an emphasis on instrument development and evaluation. I am particularly interested in applications of Self-Determination Theory to the study of motivational and psychological well-being issues in various contexts, as well as, instructional platforms that can be used to develop skills in motivational interviewing for kinesiologists.

  • Motivational processes and health behaviours
  • Motivational interviewing and physical activity behaviours
  • Applied measurement issues in behavioural health sciences
  • Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS)
  • International Scholar, Faculty of Self-Determination Theory
  • International Faculty, Motivation in Educational Research Lab, National Institute of Education, Singapore


Editorial Board Member

  • Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
  • American Journal of Health Behavior
  • Health Behavior & Policy Review

Mack, D. E., & Wilson, P. M. (2021). Measuring psychological need satisfaction in exercise: A tale of two instruments. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences/Revue Canadienne des sciences du comportment, 53(4), 423-432.

Wilson, P. M., Mack, D. E., & Janjic-Zarab, M. (2021). Assessing physical activity levels in children/youth living with Fragile X Syndrome. Palaestra, 35(3), 13-17.

Wilson, P. M., Kelley, C., Mack, D. E., & Wierts, C. M. (2019). Physical activity counseling in kinesiology curricular: What is offered in Ontario? International Journal of Kinesiology & Sports Sciences, 7, 1-10.

Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., Bell, C., & Kelley, C. (2019). The devil is always in the details: Intervention description as applied to motivational interviewing and physical activity. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 52(1), 25-35.

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

Santos, E. S., Wilson, P. M., & Mack, D. E. (2018). Does exergaming promote well-being in adults? Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, 11, 5-14.

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

Wilson, P. M., Mack. D. E., & Kelly, C. (2018). Modes of physical activity reported by older adults living with osteoporosis in Canada. Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, 11, 20-30.

Mack, D. E., Brooks, K. S., Santos, E. S., & Wilson, P. M. (2018). Standards of Reporting: The use of CONSORT PRO and CERT in individuals living with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis International, 29, 305-313.

Crouch, M., Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., & Kwan, M. Y. K. (2017). Variability of coefficient alpha: An empirical investigation of the scales of psychological well-being. Review of General Psychology, 21, 255-268. doi: 10.1037/gpr0000112

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

Mack, D. E., Gunnell, K. E., Wilson, P. M., & Wierts, C. (2017). Well-being in group-based exercises classes for people living with osteoporosis: Does psychological need fulfillment and perceived interpersonal supports matter? Applied Research in Quality of Life, 12, 89-102. DOI: 10.1007/s11482-016-9454-y

Blais, L., Mack, D. E., Wilson, P. M., & Blanchard, C. M. (2017). Challenging body weight: Evidence from a community-based intervention on weight, behavior, and motivation. Psychology, Health, & Medicine, 7, 872-878. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2016.1271440.

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 & Fitness Journal of Canada, 9, 3-11.

KINE2P08: Research Design in Kinesiology
KINE2P41: Health and Physical Activity Promotion
KINE3P41: Communications in Health
KINE4P65: Physical Activity Counselling for Kinesiologists