Meghan McDonough

Associate Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Contact information


Office: 403.220.7211

Web presence



Office : KNB250

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Health & exercise psychology
  • Social relationships in physical activity
  • Stress coping & emotion
  • Physical activity for cancer survivors
  • Aging
  • Positive youth development
  • motivation
  • Dementia & Cognitive Disorders
  • Mental Health

Research activities

My research focuses on social relationships and support in physical activity and their role in motivation and physical activity, coping with stress, and psychological well-being. My work includes studies with older adults and clinical populations (specifically cancer survivors, Parkinson’s patients), with a particular interest in vulnerable populations, including those with low income, diverse populations, and those who are socially isolated. My current SSHRC-funded research with older adults is examining social support processes related to physical activity and psychological well-being.

My work with cancer survivors has a strong focus on the role of exercise and social support in coping with stress, including psychological growth in the wake of the traumatic experience of cancer.

With Parkinson’s patents, I have examined the role of social comparisons and social support in motivation and resistance towards participating in exercise programs. I also have experience examining how social factors are associated with psychosocial well-being and health risk behaviours in low-income youth, including publications examining social predictors of substance use risk in adolescents.

I have expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including teaching a graduate course in qualitative research in kinesiology.