SCI Action Canada Team:

Kathleen Martin Ginis

Kathleen Martin Ginis – Founding Director

Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis is a professor of Health and Exercise Psychology at the University of British Columbia’s School of Exercise Sciences. Her research program focuses on psychological influences and consequences of physical activity participation, particularly among people with spinal cord injury. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1996 and was a professor at McMaster University’s Department of Kinesiology from 1999 to 2016.

She has received over $10 million in research funding and has published over 250 refereed scientific journal articles and book chapters. In 2015, her contributions to the SCI community were recognized by both the Government of Ontario (Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship) and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (John Connsell Award).


Spero Ginis

Spero Ginis
Knowledge Translation Specialist

Spero came to SCI Action Canada with a variety of skills, both academic and practical, that are supported by an extensive teaching and business background. He has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree (B.P.E.) from McMaster University, and a Bachelor of Education degree (B.Ed. - Adult Education) from Brock University. In 2011, Spero was part of the first ever class to have completed the Knowledge Translation Certification Program (University of Toronto / Sick Kids). Along with his duties at SCI Action Canada, Spero is also the Knowledge Translation and Exchange Manager at the University of British Columbia School of Health and Exercise Sciences.


Adrienne Sinden

Adrienne Sinden – Research Coordinator

Adrienne Sinden comes to the SCI Action Canada team with expertise in the area of Health and Exercise Promotion. She has a Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Health and Exercise Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology from McMaster University. With over 10 years experience researching and coordinating studies involving adults with spinal cord injury, able-bodied adults, infants, and seniors, she has worked at McMaster University in the Departments of Kinesiology, Psychology, and Rehabilitation Science. The majority of her research has focused on the impact psychosocial factors have on adults’ participation in exercise.