Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Psychology Physical Activity from Queen’s University in 2006 after completing my MA there in 2002.
I joined the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My academic areas of interest include health promotion and the psychology of sport and physical activity. My research applies a social ecological lens to understand individual, environment (social and physical), and policy influences on physical activity across a variety of settings, in particular school-based physical activity.
I am also interested in how the built environment (e.g., parks) impacts physical activity behaviour.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate and undergraduate students interested in the broad area of physical activity promotion in both youth and adult populations.
Specific research interests of mine focus on school-based physical activity policies and promotion, the impact of the built environment on physical activity behaviour, and the motivation behind participation in various (and novel or understudied) forms of physical activity.
Evans, M. B., Benson, A. J., Mitchell, T. L., Robertson-Wilson, J. E., & Eys, M. A. (2013). An exploration of municipal active living charter development and advocacy. Health and Fitness Journal of Canada, 6, 101-115.
Robertson-Wilson, J., Dargavel, M., Bryden, P., & Giles-Corti, B. (2012). Physical activity policies and legislation in schools: A review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43, 643-649.
Kaczynski, A., Robertson-Wilson, J., & Decloe, M. (2012, February). Interaction of perceived neighborhood walkability and self-efficacy on physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(2), 208-217.
Hobin, E., Leatherdale, S., Manske, S., & Robertson-Wilson, J. (2010). A multilevel examination of school and student characteristics associated with moderate and high levels of physical activity among elementary school students (Ontario, Canada). Canadian Journal of Public Health, 101, 495-499.
Robertson-Wilson, J., & Lévesque, L. (2009). Ontario’s daily physical activity policy for elementary schools: Is everything in place for success? Canadian Journal of Public Health, 100, 125-129.