Welcome to the Applied Behaviour Change (ABC) Laboratory! We are located in the Upper Campus Health (UCH) building in the Centre for Health Behaviour Change (CHBC). The ABC Lab is overseen by Dr. Heather Gainforth, Associate Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences within the Faculty of Health and Social Development. As a lab, we are committed to conducting partnered research where the endpoint is application rather than just publication within five years.

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).

ABC Lab team

Lab Research Themes


Applied Behaviour Change

To develop, understand, and improve the application of evidence-based behaviour change interventions in real-world settings.

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Integrated Knowledge Translation

To advance the science and practice of Integrated Knowledge Translation.

Areas Of Research Interest


Dr. Gainforth’s academic training in Health Promotion, Knowledge Translation and Kinesiology has fostered her belief that evidence-based health promotion interventions and guidelines must be widely disseminated both in general and special populations. Her research aims to close the gap between health behaviour change research and practice by examining knowledge translation – the act of moving research evidence into the hands of research users. Her emerging research program aims to identify, develop and implement novel strategies for disseminating evidence-based health information and interventions to populations. Her systems-based research is grounded in behaviour change theory and techniques and is guided by strong collaborations between researchers and communities.

Email: Dr. Gainforth || Twitter: @hgainforth