Steve Amireault

Research Interests:

The primary goal of Dr. Amireault's research program is to develop behavior change interventions and evaluate their impacts for sustained health and well-being.

Overview. Many individuals engage in physical activity programs following advice from friends, their physician or for personal reasons. However, the majority will not maintain an active lifestyle without external support. Relapse can have negative impact on health and well-being as stopping or reducing physical activity may result in a reversal of initial benefits.

Area of Interest. Dr. Amireault’s research activities focus on the (1) validation of physical activity measurement instruments, (2) association between physical activity and health, (3) identification of factors influencing the adoption and maintenance of an active lifestyle, and (4) development and evaluation of physical activity behavior change interventions. Dr. Amireault’s has examined these lines of research in overweight and obese individuals, cancer survivors, older adults, and apparently healthy adults. His work is theory-driven and informed by empirical research on exercise and health psychology.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-2015)
    Primary appointment- Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
    Secondary appointment- Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada.
  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology (2009-2013)
    Faculty of Medicine, Division of Kinesiology, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada.
  • M.Sc. in Kinesiology (2005-2007)
    Faculty of Medicine, Division of Kinesiology, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada.
  • B.Sc. in Kinesiology (2002-2005)
    Faculty of Medicine, Division of Kinesiology, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada.

Selected Publications*

 *For a complete list of publications authored by Dr. Steve Amireault, please go to: 

Scarapicchia, T. M. F., Amireault, S., Faulkner, G., & Sabiston, C. M. (in press). Social support and physical activity participation among healthy adults: a     systematic review of prospective studies. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi:10.1080/1750984X.2016.1183222

Amireault, S., Fong, A. J., & Sabiston, C. M. (in press). Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Behaviors: A Systematic Review of Multiple Health     Behavior Change Interventions Among Cancer Survivors. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. doi:10.1177/1559827616661490

Trinh, L., Amireault, S., Lacombe, J., & Sabiston, C.M. (2015). Physical activity and psychological health among breast cancer survivors: Interactions with     sedentary behavior and physical activity, 31(9), 1825-1838 Psycho-Oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.3872

Amireault, S., Godin, G., Lacombe, J., & Sabiston, C. M. (2015). Testing a physical activity classification system among breast cancer survivors using self-report and accelerometer assessments. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 9(3), 532-540. doi: 10.1007/s11764-015-0430-6

Amireault, S., Godin, G., Lacombe, J., & Sabiston, C. M. (2015). The use of the Godin-Shephard Leisure-Time Physical Activity Questionnaire in oncology research: A systematic review. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 15, 60. doi:10.1186/s12874-015-0045-7

Amireault, S., Godin, G. (2015). The Godin-Shephard Leisure-Time Physical Activity Questionnaire: Validity evidence for classification purpose in healthy adults. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 120(2):605-622. doi: 10.2466/03.27.PMS.120v19x7

Amireault, S. (2014). Doing more than just acknowledging attrition at follow-up: A comment on Lu, Cheng, and Chen (2013). Psychological Reports, 115(2), 419-426. doi: 10.2466/03.PR0.115c19z5

Amireault S., Godin G. (2014). Validation of Using Fitness Center Attendance Electronic Records to Assess the Frequency of Moderate/Vigorous Leisure-Time Physical Activity Among Adults. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 18(1), 13-30. doi: 10.1080/1091367x.2013.831765

Brunet, J., Amireault, S., Chaiton M. & Sabiston, C.M. (2014). Identification and prediction of physical activity trajectories in women treated for breast cancer. Annals of Epidemiology, 24(11), 837-842. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2014.07.004

Amireault S., Godin G., Vézina-Im L-A. (2013). Determinants of physical activity maintenance: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Health Psychology Review, 7(1), 55-91. doi: 10.1080/17437199.2012.701060

Bélanger-Gravel A., Godin G., Amireault S. (2013). A meta-analytic review of the effect of implementation intentions on physical activity. Health Psychology Review, 7(1), 23-54. doi: 10.1080/17437199.2011.560095

Godin, G., Belanger-Gravel, A., Vezina-Im, L. A., Amireault, S., & Bilodeau, A. (2012). Question-behaviour effect: A randomised controlled trial of asking intention in the interrogative or declarative form. Psychology and Health, 27(9), 1086-1099. doi:10.1080/08870446.2012.671617

Bélanger-Gravel A., Godin G., Vézina-Im L-A., Amireault S., Poirier P. (2011). The effect of theory-based interventions on physical activity participation among overweight/obese individuals: a systematic review. Obesity Review, 12(6), 430-439. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00729.x

Godin G., Bélanger-Gravel A., Amireault S., Vohl M-C., Pérusse L. (2011). The effect of mere-measurement of cognitions on physical activity behavior: a randomized control trial among overweight and obese individuals. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 8:2. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-2

Amireault, S., Godin, G., Vohl, M. C., & Perusse, L. (2008). Moderators of the intention-behaviour and perceived behavioural control-behaviour relationships for leisure-time physical activity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 5(1), 7. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-5-7

Steve Amireault

Assistant Professor

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