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Dr. Mark Bruner

Dr. Mark Bruner
Schulich School of Education - School of Physical and Health Education - Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity

office: AC201-L, Centre for Physical and Health Education
email: markb@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450      
ext: 4068
fax: 705.474.1947
web: Dr. Mark Bruner's Website


BKin, McMaster University;
MTeach, Griffith University;
MHK, University of Windsor;
PhD, University of Saskatchewan

Areas of Specialization:

  • Group Dynamics in Youth Sport
  • Youth Development Through Sport & Physical Activity

Research Interests:

  • Group dynamics in sport, exercise and physical education settings
  • Positive youth development in sport
  • Social identity in sport
  • Physical activity adherence among adolescents
  • School-based physical activity interventions
  • Team building

Current & Future Research:

  • Being a Good Teammate: Fostering Social Identity and Moral Development through Youth Sport Participation (Principal Investigator, funded by SSHRC)
  • Understanding Teammate Behavior in Youth Sport: A Social Identity Perspective (Principal Investigator, funded by SSHRC)
  • Transformational Leadership in Youth Sport: Fostering Youth Development and Long-Term Participation (Co-Investigator, funded by CIHR)
  • Youth Driven Development in Aboriginal Communities: Impact Evaluation of the Active Circle Initiative (Co-Investigator, funded by CIHR)
  • Successful Experiences for Overweight Children in Sport (SOS) (Co-Investigator, funded by SSHRC and Sport Canada)
  • Social Identity in Rural School-Based Youth Sport Groups (Co-Investigator, funded by Alberta Centre for Child, Family, & Community Research)


Underlined authors represent graduate and undergraduate students’ work in which I had a supervisory role.

Refereed Journals

Bruner, M.W., Eys, M.A., Evans, B., & Wilson, K.S. (2015). Interdependence and social identity in youth sport teams. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27, 351-358.

Forrest, C. & Bruner, M.W. (in press). Evaluating social media as a platform for delivering a team building exercise intervention: a pilot study. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Stewart, K.L.N., Carreau, J.M., Bruner, M.W. (in press). Team building using a challenge rope course experience in youth sport. PHEnex.

Evans, B.M., McGuckin, M., Gainforth, H., Bruner, M. W., & Côte, J. (2015). Informing programs to improve interpersonal coach behaviours: a systematic review using the RE-AIM framework. The British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49, 871-877.

McGoey, T., Root, Z., Bruner, M.W., & Law, B. (2015). Evaluation of Physical Activity Interventions in Youth via the Reach, Efficacy/Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM) Framework: A Systematic Review of Randomised and Non-Randomised Trials. Preventive Medicine, 76, 58-67.

Bruner, M.W., Boardley, I., & Côté, J. (2014). Social identity and prosocial and antisocial behavior in youth sport.  Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15, 56-64.

Bruner, M.W., Eys, M.A., Wilson, K.S., & Côté, J. (2014). Group cohesion and positive youth development in team sport athletes. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3(4), 219-227.

Bruner, M.W., Carreau, J., Wilson, K.S., & Penney, M. (2014). Group norms in youth sport: Role of personal and social factors. The Sport Psychologist, 28, 323-333.

Martin, L., Bruner, M.W., Eys, M.A., & Spink, K.S. (2014). Group dynamics in sport: New developments and future directions. International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 7(1), 87-105.

Lawson, J.A., Janssen, I., Bruner, M.W., Hossain, A., & Pickett, W. (2014). Asthma incidence in a national longitudinal sample of adolescent Canadians: A prospective cohort study.  BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 14 (51), 1-9.

Bruner, M.W., Eys, M.A., Beauchamp, M. & Côté, J. (2013). Examining the origins of team building in sport: A citation network and genealogical approach. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 17 (1), 30-42.

Eys, M. A., Jewitt, E., Evans, M. B., Wolf, S., Bruner, M. W., & Loughead, T. M. (2013). Coach initiated motivational climate and cohesion in youth sport. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84 (3), 373-383.

George, M., Eys, M. A., Oddson, B., Roy-Charland, A., Schinke, R. J., & Bruner, M.W. (2013). The role of self-determination in the relationship between social support and physical activity intentions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 1333-1341.

Taylor, I., & Bruner, M.W. (2012). The social environment and developmental experiences in elite youth soccer. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 13, 390-396.

Evans, M.B., Eys, M.A., & Bruner, M.W. (2012). Seeing the ‘we’ in ‘me’ sports: The need to consider individual sport team environments. Canadian Psychology, 53(4), 301-308.

Surya, M., Bruner, M.W., MacDonald, D.J., & Côté, J. (2012). Comparison of developmental activities of elite athletes born in large and small cities. Physical and Health Education Academic Journal, 4(1), 1-8.

Rangeon, S., Gilbert, W., & Bruner, M.W. (2012). Mapping the world of coaching science: A citation network analysis. Journal of Coach Education, 5(1), 83-108.

Bruner, M.W. & Spink, K.S. (2011). Team building and adherence in youth exercise participants. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 15(2), 161-172.

Bruner, M.W., & Spink, K.S. (2011). Team building and perceived effort in an exercise setting: Gender effects. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 14(2), 159-161.

Bruner, M.W., Hall, J., & Côté, J. (2011). The influence of sport type and interdependence on the developmental experiences of young athletes. European Journal of Sport Science, 11(2), 131-142.

Murphy-Mills, J., Bruner, M.W., Erickson, K., & Côté, J. (2011). The utility of state space grid analysis for studying peer experiences in youth sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 159-174.

Bruner, M.W., MacDonald, D.J., Pickett, W., & Côté, J. (2011). Examination of birthplace and birthdate in world junior ice hockey players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(12), 1337-1334.

Lawson, J.A., Janssen, I., Bruner, M.W., Madani, K., Pickett, W. (2011). Urban-rural differences in asthma prevalence among Canadian adolescents: the possible roles of health behaviours and obesity. Annals of Allergy, Asthmas & Immunology, 107(3), 220-228.

Bray, S. R., Beauchamp, M. R., Latimer, A. E., Hoar, S. D., Shields, C. A., & Bruner, M. W. (2011). Effects of a print-mediated intervention on physical activity during transition to the first year of university. Behavioral Medicine, 37 (2), 60-69. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2011.571306

Bruner, M.W., & Spink, K.S. (2010). Evaluating a team building intervention in a youth exercise setting. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 14(4), 304-317.

Bruner, M.W., Erickson, K., Wilson, B., & Côté, J. (2010). An appraisal of athlete development models through citation network analysis. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 11, 133-139.

Bruner, M.W., Côté, J., Erickson, K., & McFadden, K. (2009). Tracing the origins of athlete development models in sport: A citation-genealogical approach. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2, 23-37.

Bruner, M.W., Chad, K.E., Verrall, T.C., Vu, L., Beattie- Flath, J.A., Humbert, M.L., & Muhajarine, N. (2009). Examination of physical activity in high school youth over a school year. Pediatric Exercise Science, 21, 421-435.

Bruner, M.W., Lawson, J., Pickett, W., Boyce, W., & Janssen, I. (2008). Rural Canadian adolescents are more likely to be obese compared with urban adolescents. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 3, 205-211.

Erickson, K., Bruner, M.W., MacDonald, D., & Côté, J. (2008). Gaining insight into actual and preferred sources of coaching knowledge. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 3, 523-534.

Bruner, M.W., Munroe-Chandler, K.J., & Spink, K.S. (2008). Entry into elite sport: A preliminary investigation into the transition experiences of rookie athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 20, 236-252.

Humbert, M.L., Chad, K.E., Bruner, M.W., Spink, K.S., Muhajarine, N., Anderson, K., Girolami, T., Odnokon, P., & Gryba, C. (2008). Using a naturalistic ecological approach to examine the factors influencing youth’s physical activity across grades 7 to 12. Health Education and Behavior, 35, 158-173.

Sherar, L.B., Bruner, M.W., Munroe-Chandler, K.J., & Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. (2007). Relative age and fast tracking of elite major junior ice hockey players. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 104, 702-706.

Humbert, M.L., Chad, K.E., Spink, K.S., Muhajarine, N., Anderson, K., Bruner, M.W., Girolami, T., Odnokon, P., & Gryba, C. (2006). Designing a youth physical activity program: Factors that influence participation among high and low SES youth. Qualitative Health Research, 16, 467-483.

Chapters in Edited Books

Bruner, M.W., Dunlop, W., & Beauchamp, M.R. (in press). A social identity perspective on group processes in sport and exercise. In M.R. Beauchamp & M. A. Eys (Ed.), Group Dynamics in Exercise and Sport Psychology (2nd ed.), New York, NY: Routledge.

Evans, M. B., Eys, M. A., Bruner, M. W., & Kleinert, J. (in press). Building cohesive groups. In A. Papaioannou & D. Hackfort (Eds.), Fundamental concepts in sport and exercise psychology. Oxford: Taylor & Francis.

Bruner, M.W., Eys, M. & Turnnidge, J. (2013). Peer and Group Influences in Youth Sport. In J. Côté & R. Lidor (Ed.), Conditions of Children’s Talent Development in Sport (pp 157-178). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Côté, J., Coakley, C., & Bruner, M. W. (2012). Children’s talent development in sport: Effectiveness or efficiency? In R. Bailey & S. Dagkas (Eds.), Inclusion and Exclusion through youth sport. (pp 172-185). London, UK: Routledge.

Bruner, M.W., Strachan, L., & Côté, J. (2011). Developmental transitions in sport. In R. Bailey & I. Stafford (Ed.), An Introduction to Coaching in Sport.(pp 227-239). London, UK: Routledge.

Côté, J., Bruner, M. W., Erickson, K., Strachan, L. & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2010). Athlete development and coaching. In J. Lyle & C. Cushion (Ed.), Sport Coaching: Professionalism and Practice (pp 63-83). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Courses Taught:

  • ​​PHED 2306: Research Methods & Statistics
  • PHED 3016: Coaching
  • PHED 4007: Health & Exercise Psychology​​
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