Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room E205
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 26472
E-mail: sbray@mcmaster.ca


My research examines social-cognitive factors that influence and are influenced by participation in physical activity. Current interests include self-perceptions such as self-efficacy, perceived control, self-regulation, and self-determination. I also investigate people’s perceptions about influential others who interact with them (proxy agents) in their pursuit of behavioural objectives. Understanding relationships between these perceptions and behaviour involves laboratory and field-based research. Challenges faced by people navigating life transitions such as moving away from home to attend college or university, rehabilitating from illness, and becoming a parent are of particular interest.



Bray, S. R., Graham, J. D., & Saville, P. D. (2014). Self-control training increases maximal cardiovascular exercise performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 534-543. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2014.949830

Brown, D., & Bray. S. R. (2014).  Isometric exercise and cognitive function: An investigation of acute dose-response effects.  Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 487-497.  DOI:10.1080/02640414.947524.
Graham, J. D., Sonne, M. W. & Bray, S. R. (2014). It wears me out just imagining it! Imagery of an effortful physical task causes muscle fatigue and leads to diminished physical endurance performance.  Biological Psychology, 103, 1-6.   DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.07.018

Saville, P. D., Bray, S. R., Martin Ginis, K. A., Cairney, J, Marinoff-Shupe, D., Pettit, A.
(2014). Sources of self-efficacy and coach/instructor behaviors underlying relation-inferred self-efficacy (RISE) in recreational youth sport. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 36, 146-156.
Brown, D., Bray, S. R., Beattie, K., & Kwan, M. Y. W. (2014).  Healthy Active Living: A
residence community-based intervention to increase physical activity and healthy eating during
the transition to first-year university.  Journal of American College Health, 62, 234-242.
Graham, J. D., Bray, S. R., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2014).  “Pay the Piper”: It helps initially but motivation takes a toll on self-control.  Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15, 89-96.

Bray, S. R., Graham, J. D., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Hicks, A. L. (2012). Cognitive task performance causes impaired maximum force production in human hand flexor muscles. Biological Psychology, 89, 195-200. doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.10.008

Martin Ginis, K. A., Strong, H., Arent, S., & Bray, S. R. (2012). The effects of threatened social evaluation of the Physique on Cortisol Activity. Psychology and Health, DOI:10.1080/08870446.2011.652111.

McEwan, D., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Bray, S. R. (2012). “With the Game on His Stick”: The home (Dis)Advantage in National Hockey League shootouts. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 578-581. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.03.007.


Degree Specialty University Year
PhD Psychomotor Behaviour University of Waterloo 1998
MA Kinesiology University of Western Ontario 1992
BA Physical and Health Education University of Western Ontario 1990

Grad Students

Degree Name

Sheereen Harris
Jason Langvee

PhD Denver Brown



Course Code
Course Name
KINESIOL 4H03 P A Behaviour Change


Course Code
Course Name
KIN 715  Foundations of Health & Exercise Psychology

Contact Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology is located in the Ivor Wynne Centre (IWC) and IWC East Building, on the northeast side of the university's central campus.
Department of Kinesiology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Ivor Wynne Centre
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1