Chantelle Zimmer

Postdoctoral Scholar

Faculty of Kinesiology

PhD - Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation

University of Alberta, 2019

Contact information


Kinesiology : KNB234

Research and teaching

Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Sport

  • Social Support
  • Physical Activity
  • Vulnerable Populations

Social support as a catalyst for physical activity

Zimmer's recent research examined personal and environmental factors that contributed to experiences of stress in physical activity contexts for vulnerable populations, in which social support served as a resource for people to cope with adversity.

Her current research extends this work by focusing on social support as a catalyst for encouraging people to maintain or adopt an active lifestyle. She is working with data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging to examine which forms of social support strongly predict physical activity participation in older adults, and how these associations vary for vulnerable segments of the population such as those who live alone, have low income, are LGBTQ, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrants.

This research will inform the design and evaluation of interventions that aim to improve social support in physical activity programs for older adults, thus promoting health outcomes.


Zimmer, C., & Causgrove Dunn, J. (Submitted). Perspectives on psychological stress and coping: Understanding the physical activity experiences of children with developmental coordination disorder.

Zimmer, C., & Causgrove Dunn, J. (Submitted). Experiences of stress in physical education for elementary school children at risk for developmental coordination disorder.

Zimmer, C., & Causgrove Dunn, J. (Submitted). Elementary generalist teachers’ perspectives of and experiences with children thought to be at risk for developmental coordination disorder in physical education.

Causgrove Dunn, J., & Zimmer, C. (Accepted). Self-determination theory. In J. A. Haegele, S. R. Hodge, & D. Shapiro (Eds.), Handbook of adapted physical education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Genoe, R., & Zimmer, C. (2018). “At first I couldn’t catch my breath”: Process and strategies for managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 86(2), 191-214. doi: 10.1177/0091415017697727.

Genoe, R., & Zimmer, C. (2017). Breathing easier? The contradictory experience of leisure among persons living with COPD. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 41(2), 138-160. doi: 10.1080/01924788.2017.1306382.

Genoe, R., & Zimmer, C. (2017). How lived body and lived space intersect to influence the experience of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 33(3), 193-202. doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000155.


Alberta Advisory Board on Recreation for the Disabled Graduate Scholarship.

Ewen Nelson Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Adapted Physical Activity.

University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship.