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Athabasca University

Dr. Terra C Murray

Program Director - MHS/MN,
Assistant Professor

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Education

  • PhD 2008 Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta
  • MSc 2001 Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta
  • B.A. 1998 Department of Psychology, University of Calgary

Teaching & Learning Interests

To date, I have focused on teaching in the areas of research methods and evidence based health within our faculty. I am also interested in the area of health behaviour change, and the theories we use to help explain and predict behavior change, most notably exercise and physical activity.

Research Interests

My research focus is more broadly on the factors that influence initiation and maintenance of health behavior, specifically physical activity and exercise. More specifically, I am interested in people’s perceptions of control, including more generalized perceptions and self-efficacy beliefs and how those relate to exercise in a variety of contexts/populations. Currently, the focus of my students area of research for their Master’s thesis ranges from implementing a sit to stand intervention for stroke survivors in long term care residents to understanding the role of the print media in exercise behavior.

Other Interests

I live in Edmonton, Alberta with my husband, Shawn, two kids Duncan (4) and Lucy (2), and two basset hounds Matilda and Henry. When not working, we enjoy being active together as a family, and just relaxing, playing and enjoying family life.

Professional Associations

  • 2013. Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS)
  • 2012. American College of Sports Medicine

Recent Presentations

Murray. T. C. (2013). Getting and Staying off the Couch: Using theory and research in practice. Alberta Active Living Partners Networking Meeting, September, Calgary, Alberta. http://www.centre4activeliving.ca/

Murray, T. M., Fraser, S. N., Johnson, S. T., Loitz, C. C. (2013). Coping self-efficacy mediates the influence of generalized control beliefs on physical activity behavior and intention to be active: A population based sample.  Poster presented at SCAPPS 2013 (Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology), Kelowna, BC.

Selzler, A.-M., Rodgers, W. M., & Murray, T. C. (2013). Longitudinal examination of exercise self-efficacy trajectories in men and women. Oral presented at SCAPPS 2013 (Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology), Kelowna, BC.

Murray, T. C. (2012). Confidence matters, but what kind and when? Exploring different types of self-efficacy for exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44, (Supp1) 377.

Recent Publications

Rodgers, W.M., Murray, T. C., Selzler, A-M, Norman, P. (2013). Development and impact of exercise self-efficacy types during and after cardiac rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58, 178-84

Murray, T. C. & Rodgers, W. M. (2012). The role of socioeconomic status and control beliefs on frequency of exercise during and after cardiac rehabilitation. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 4, 49-66.

Murray, T. C., Rodgers, W. M., & Fraser S. N. (2012). Exploring the relationship between socioeconomic status, control beliefs and exercise behavior: A multiple mediator model. Journal of Behavioral Medicine,35, 63-73.

Vallance, J. K., Murray, T. C., Johnson, S,. T. & Elavsky, S. (2011). Understanding physical activity intentions and behavior in postmenopausal women: An application of the Theory of Planned Behavior. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 18, 139-149.

Reid Girard, B., & Murray, T. (2010). Perceived Control: A Construct to Guide Patient Education.  Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 20, 18-26.

Vallance, J. K., Murray, T. C., Johnson, S,. T. & Elavsky, S. (2010). Quality of life and psychosocial health in postmenopausal women achieving public health guidelines for physical activity. Menopause, 17, 64-71.

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