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Dr. Kimberley Dawson, Professor

Dr. Kimberley Dawson

Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4155   |  lab Science Research Centre SR117 ext.3219

Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, Room BA513
Office Hours: Mondays 11:30-1:00 pm
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
BSc (Waterloo), MSc (Illinois), PhD (Waterloo)

My academic interests cover the sport, exercise, and health domains.  I attempt to understand how psychological variables such as perceived control, attitudes, and self-efficacy affect individual's participation in physical activity.  I work with athletes to maximize their performance potential by utilizing constructive thought patterns.  I also attempt to evaluate behavioural change programs in order maximize exercise participation for targeted individuals (e.g. individuals with chronic conditions).  Working within the health domain, I have examined how exercise affects individuals with fibromyalgia, college student's health behaviours, how massage facilitates recovery from muscle injury, and how perceptions of control influence the effectiveness of athletic therapy and barriers to physical activity that individuals with Multiple Sclerosis face.  I am an exercise enthusiast, and have completed a number of marathons, triathlons and adventure races.  I work closely with my husband Lance who is a sport massage therapist to keep people psychologically and physically healthy.  I am a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Mental Skills Consultant for Speed River runners in Guelph, Ontario  My biggest joy is adventuring with my very active boys, Gray (age 9) and Ben (age 8)!


Grants Currently Held

Wideman, L., Reid, F., & Dawson, K.A. (2006-2007). Second Stage of Project A.C.H.I.E.V.E. Moses-Cone Wesley Long Community Health Foundation, Greensboro, North Carolina. $233, 395.00.

Berry, T.R., Tracey, J., Dawson, K.A., Jacobs, M., Zettel, K., & Kibbee, S. (2005-2007). Using the internet for a physical activity intervention: The search for a more effective intervention with workers. Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), $27,700.00.

Dawson, K.A. & Higham, K.  The seed is planted: Mothers, children, and physical activity. Malaysian Journal of Sports Science and Recreation.

Wideman, L. & Dawson, K. (2004-2006). Project A.C.H.I.E.V.E., Moses Cone-Wesley Long Community Health Foundation, $245,000.00.

Published Refereed Papers

Fletcher, P.C., Bryden P.J., Schneider, M.A., Dawson, K.A., & Vandermeer, A.  (2007). Health issues and service utilization of university students: Experience, practices & perceptions of the students, staff, and faculty. College Student Journal 41(2), 482-493.

Dawson, K.A. Schneider, M.A., Fletcher, P.C., Bryden, P.J. (2007). Examining gender differences in the health and lifestyle behaviors of Canadian university students. Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 127 (1), 1-8.

Dawson, K.A.  (2006). Perceptions of efficacy in the rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Malaysian Journal of Sports Science and Recreation, 2(1), 41-53.

Dawson, K.A. & Tiidus, P.M. (2005). Physical activity in the treatment and management of fibromyalgia. Critical Reviews in Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, 17(1), 53-64.

Shrigley, T.L. & Dawson, K.A. (2004). Understanding the role of behavior and cognitions in a group exercise setting. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 3, 56-61.

Dawson, LG., Dawson, K.A., & Tiidus, P.M. (2004). Evaluating the influence of massage on leg strength, swelling, and pain following a half-marathon. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 3, 37-43.

Dawson, K.A., Tiidus, P.M., Pierrynowski, M., Crawford, J.P. & Trotter, J. (2003). Evaluation of a community-based exercise program for diminishing symptoms of fibromyalgia. Physiotherapy Canada, 55(1), 17-22.

Dawson, K.A., Brawley, L.R. (2003). How social support and self-confidence influence the physical activity patterns of seniors. Stride, 5(1), 4-7.

Maddux, J.E. & Dawson, K.A. (2003). Physical fitness in Adulthood. In Gullotta, T. & Bloom, M. (Eds). Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion. New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Williamson, A.T., Fletcher, P.C., & Dawson, K.A. (2003). The use of complementary and alternative medicine in an older population. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 29(5), 1-8.

Dawson, K.A., Bray, S.R., & Widmeyer, W.N. (2002). Goal setting by intercollegiate sport teams and athletes. Avante, 8(2), 14-22.

Tiidus, P.M., Pierrynowski, M., & Dawson, K.A. (2002). Influence of moderate training on gait and work capacity of fibromyalgia patients: A preliminary field study. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 4, 122-127.

Dawson, K.A. (2001). Predicting community exercise attendance using goal influence and self-efficacy. Avante, 7(1), 75-85.

Dawson, K.A. Gyurcsik, N. Culos, N. & Brawley, L.R. (2001). Perceived control: A construct that bridges theories of motivated behavior. In G. Roberts (Ed.), Advances in Motivation in sport and exercise (2nd edition) (pp 321-347). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Bray, S.R., Gyurcsik, N.C., Culos-Reed, S.N., Dawson, K.A., & Martin, K.A. (2001). An exploratory investigation of the relationship between proxy efficacy, self-efficacy, and exercise attendance. Journal of Health Psychology, 6, 425-434.

Dawson, K.A., Brawley, L.R., & Maddux, J.E. (2000). Examining the relationship among concepts of control and exercise attendance. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 22, 1-14.

Dawson, K.A. & Brawley, L.R. (2000). Examining the relationship between exercise goals, self-efficacy, and overt behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 315-329.

Dawson, K.A., Dawson, L.G., & Tiidus, P.M. (1999). Manual massage and post-exercise muscle recovery. Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation, 7, 4-5.

Published Abstracts

Dawson, K.A. & Higham, K. (2006). The seed is planted: Motherís perspectives on influencing their childrenís physical activity levels. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 38 (5), S538.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Denver, Colorado.

Dawson, K.A. (2005). Perceptions of control in the rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 37 (5), S180.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), Nashville, Tennessee.

Tiidus, P.M., Dawson, K.A., Dawson, L.G., Roefs, A., & Bombardier, E. (2004). Massage does not influence muscle soreness or strength recovery following a half-marathon. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 36(5), S15.

Dawson, K.A., & Peco, J. (2004). Exercise motivation, commitment, addiction, and gender. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 36(5), S64.

Dawson, K.A., Tiidus, P.M., Pierrynowski, M., Crawfor, J., & Trotter, J. (2001). Effectiveness of a community based exercise program in diminishing symptoms of fibromyalgia. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 33(5), 1644.

Dorsch, K.D., Haennel, R.G., Bend, P., Paskevich, D.M., Dawson, K.A., & Farrell, J. (1999). Motivational reasons for attending a cardiac rehabilitation program. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, 19, 322.

Dawson, K.A., Dawson, L.G., & Tiidus, P.M. (1999). Manual massage and post-exercise muscle recovery. Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, 24, 437.

Additional Information


Courses 2014/2015

KP261A/B - Research Methods I

KP414 Exercise Psychology

KP420A -Children in Physical Activity