The ABC Lab aims to understand and improve how evidence-based behaviour change research is applied in the real word and to understand how we can foster effective community-university research partnerships. We aim to close the gap between research and practice by examining knowledge translation (KT) – the act of moving research evidence into the hands of research users.
We develop, implement and evaluate interventions to change a variety of behaviours (e.g. physical activity, participation, smoking cessation, evidence-based practice, research participation) in both the general and spinal cord injury (SCI) population. Our systems-based research program has a strong foundation in behaviour change theory and techniques and is guide by strong integrated knowledge translation (IKT) collaborations between researchers and the community.
The ABC Lab has two main research themes:
- Theme 1: To develop, understand, and improve the application of evidence-based behaviour change interventions in real-world settings.
- Theme 2: To advance the science and practice of Integrated Knowledge Translation.
The Applied Behaviour Change Lab is also a part of the newly emerging Centre for Health Behaviour Change which also includes the SCI Action Canada Lab (PI: Martin Ginis) and the Diabetes Prevention Research Group (PI: Jung).