Dr. Parminder Flora

Parminder Flora

Dr. Parminder Flora, RKin, PhD

Registered Kinesiologist, Research Associate

905-430-4055 ext. 6663

Dr. Parminder Flora is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. She completed her Master’s in Exercise Sciences at University of Toronto and subsequently completed her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at University of Saskatchewan, where she studied group dynamics, problem-solving, and other cognitive behavioural strategies for promoting behavioural adherence. She completed a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Saskatchewan and has taught in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University.

Research Practice Areas

Disease Self-Management; Group Dynamics; Theories of Behaviour Change; Technology-Based Interventions; Mixed methods research

Areas of Research

Dr. Flora is a behavioural sciences researcher with a background in Kinesiology (health psychology). Her primary research interests include chronic disease management, health/exercise promotion, and technology-based interventions. Dr. Flora has over 10 years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating theory-driven behavioural interventions for various symptomatic and aymptomatic populations including individuals with arthritis, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, as well as cancer survivors. She currently oversees technology-related projects targeting people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

Research Team/Collaborators

Arlene Astell, Ph.D.

Recent Publications

Flora, P.K., McMahon, C.J., Locke, S.R., Brawley, L.R. (2018). Perceiving cardiac rehabilitation staff as mainly responsible for exercise: A dilemma for future self-management, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 10(1), 108-126. doi:10.1111/aphw.12106.

Sessford, J.D., Brawley, L.R., Cary, M.A., Flora, P.K., Blouin, J.E., Meade, L., Strachan, S., & Gyurcsik, N.C. (2017). Self-regulatory efficacy encourages exercise persistence despite arthritis flare symptoms. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. 9(3), 285-302. doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12092.

Brawley, L.R., Flora, P.K., Locke, S. R., & Gierc, M.S.H. (2016). Social Influence in Promoting Change Among Older Adults: Group-Mediated Cognitive Behavioral Interventions. Kinesiology Review, 5(1), 39-49.

Flora, P.K., Brawley, L.R., Sessford, J.D., Cary, M.A., & Gyurcsik, N.C. (2015). Predicting planned physical activity of individuals with arthritis: A self-regulatory perspective, Journal of Health Psychology, 21(11), 2684-94. doi: 10.1177/1359105315583370.

Flora, P.K., Anderson, T.J. & Brawley, L.R. (2015). Illness perceptions and adherence to exercise therapy in novice cardiac rehabilitation participants, Rehabilitation Psychology, 60(2), 179-186.

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