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Michael E. Bodner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Biography

    Michael joined the School of Human Kinetics in 2002. His academic and research interests span the fields of exercise physiology and health promotion/health behavior change. His earlier research focused on using heart rate to assess critical training thresholds for endurance performance. Presently his research interests focus on health behavior change as a clinical competency in health care, including the role that physical therapists have with providing smoking cessation counseling to their patients. In 2011-2012 Michael was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Control Research Program (Duke Cancer Institute) at Duke University as part of a research team that assessed physician communication of health messages to overweight/obese patients and weight loss outcomes. 

    Michael also has had extensive experience with physical performance testing of Olympic and professional athletes, most notably the NHL Vancouver Canucks (1997-2013), Canadian Olympic Hockey Team (2006 Olympics Turin, Italy) and NBA Vancouver Grizzlies (1997-1998).

    Currently Michael is a Strategic Fellow in Rehabilitation Research in the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Quality of Life Training Program. His professional memberships include the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.

  • Education

    • Ph.D. Rehabilitation Sciences (University of British Columbia)
    • M.Sc. Human Kinetics (University of British Columbia)
    • B.Sc. Biology (Trinity Western University)
    • B.A. Physical Education (Trinity Western University)
  • Recent Publications

    Published Manuscripts

    Østbye T, Lyna P, Bodner M, Alexander C, Coffman C, Tulsky J, Dolor R, Pollak K. (2015).  The effect of parental presence on weight.  Clinical Pediatrics DOI: 10:1177/0009922814566027

    Pollak KI, Alexander SC, Bennett, G, Lyna P, Coffman CJ, Bilheimer A, Farrell D, Bodner ME, Swamy GK, Østbye T. (2014).  Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancy weight gain:  A pilot study.  Patient Education and Counseling 97(2):256-60

    Bodner ME, Dolor R, Ostbye T, Lyna P, Alexander SC, Tulsky JA, Pollak KI. (2014).  Accuracy and congruence of patient and physician weight-related discussions:  From Project CHAT (Communicating Health:  Analyzing Talk).  Journal of American Board of Family Medicine 27(1):70-7

    Dean E, Bodner ME, Al-Bannay H, Li Z. (2013).  Smoking cessation practice and research in China:  What's history and culture got to do with it?  Respirology 18:741-743

    Bodner ME, Miller WC, Rhodes R, Dean E. (2013).  Benchmarking curriculum content in entry-level health professional education with special reference to health promotion in physical therapy:  a multi-institutional international study.  Advances in Health Sciences Education 18(4):645-57

    Bodner ME, Rhodes RE, Miller WC, Dean E. (2012). Smoking cessation and counselling: practices of Canadian physical therapists. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(1):67–71.

    Bodner ME, Dean E. (2012). Building patient self efficacy to effect health behavior change in physical therapy practice. Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  The Interdivisional Review: Human Behavior  February 2(1)

    Pollak KI. Coffman CJ, Alexander SC, Tulsky JA, Lyna P, Dolor R, Cox ME, Namenek Brouwer RJ, Bodner ME, Østbye T. (2012). Can physicians accurately predict which patients will lose weight, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity?Family Practice, Feb.7 29(5):553-60

    Bodner ME, Miller WC, Rhodes R, Dean E. (2011). Smoking cessation and counselling: knowledge and views of Canadian physical therapists. Physical Therapy 91(7): 1051-1062.

    Bodner ME, Dean E. (2009). Advice as a smoking cessation strategy: A systematic review and implications for physical therapists. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 25(5):369-407.

    Bodner ME, Rhodes EC, Martin AD, Coutts KD. (2002) The relationship of the heart rate deflection point to the ventilatory threshold in trained cyclists. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 16(4): 573-580.

    Bodner ME, Rhodes EC. (2000). A review of the concept of the heart rate deflection point. Sports Medicine, 30(1): 31-46.

    Book Chapters Published

    Dean E, Li Z, Wong WP, Bodner ME. (2012). Chapter 17. Cardiology best practice - effective health education meets biomedical advances: reducing the ultimate knowledge translation gap. In: Novel Strategies In Ischemic Heart Disease. (ISBN 978-953-308-81-5)

    Manuscripts Under Review

    Pollak KI, Alexander SC, Bennett G, Lyna P, Coffman CJ, Bilheimer A, Farrell D, Bodner ME, Swamy GK, Østbye T.  Delivering weight-related SMS texts to promote appropriate pregnancy weight gain: Result of a pilot study

    Manuscripts In Preparation

    Bodner ME, Bilheimer A, Gao X, Lyna P, Alexander SC, Graves S, Bravender T, Dolor R, Pollak KI.  Studying physician-adolescent patient communication in university and community based practices:  Lessons learned about recruitment.

    Bodner ME, Miller WC, Rhodes R, Pollak KI, Dean E. Factors associated with smoking cessation counselling by Canadian physical therapists.


  • Courses Taught at TWU

    • HKIN 370 Biomechanics
    • HKIN 260 Growth and Development
    • HKIN 265 Research and Measurement
    • HKIN 198 Scientific Foundations of Human Movement
    • HKIN 191 Introduction to Exercise Physiology: Theory and Practice
    • HKIN 190 Concepts of Physical Education
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