Assisting, Informing and Motivating Physical Activity

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We are a team of researchers who work with community partners to develop evidence-based resources to assist, inform and motivate physical activity! We want to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to participate in physical activity.

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About the AIMPA Team

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Dr. Rebecca Bassett-Gunter

Dr. Rebecca Bassett-Gunter is the AIMPA team lead. Rebecca is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. Her research is focused on understanding strategies to motivate and support physical activity for children and youth of all abilities. If she is not at her computer, you can likely find her walking her dog or at a hockey arena cheering on her son.

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Dr. Lauren Tristani

Dr. Lauren Tristani is a Research and Evaluation Specialist at Autism Ontario. She completed her PhD in AIMPA lab. Her work has focused on supporting inclusive physical education and physical activity for children and youth with disabilities.

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Dr. Victoria Larocca

Dr. Victoria Larocca completed her PhD in the AIMPA lab. Her research focused on developing effective messaging strategies to support community-based organizations in promoting physical activity to families of children and teens with disabilities. She is currently working as a Research Analyst with Muscular Dystrophy Canada. When she is not working, you can find her working out at the gym or experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes.

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Nicholas Santino

Nicholas Santino is a Doctoral student in the AIMPA lab. His research is focused on understanding environmental and cognitive factors related to the development of effective physical activity messaging and high-quality participation. The vastness of the human experience is of substantial interest to Nicholas so you will often find him exploring new activities and talking with many people to hear their stories.

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Katerina Disimino

Katerina Disimino is a doctoral student in the AIMPA lab. Her research is focused on identifying strategies to support community based physical activity organizations in developing inclusive practices. She has a passion for all things fitness, and in her free time she enjoys going for walks, playing soccer, and riding her bike.

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Sepehr Rassi

Sepehr Rassi is a doctoral student in the AIMPA lab. His research is focused on developing interactive online programming to support accessible physical activity for children and youth with Autism. Sep is a huge soccer fan and has been a supporter of Barcelona FC since 1997.

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