Dr. Mark Bruner


Schulich School of Education – Professor
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity
office: AC 201-L
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


Specialization and Interests

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 Research and Funding
  • Measuring Youth Experience in Sport (Co-Investigator, funded by SSHRC)
  • Being a Good Teammate: Fostering Social Identity and Moral Development through Youth Sport Participation (Principal Investigator, funded by SSHRC)
  • CRC in Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity (Principal Investigator, funded by CRC-SSHRC Tier 2)
  • Establishment of the Nipissing University Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity Laboratory (Principal Investigator, funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation)
  • Transformational Leadership in Youth Sport: Fostering Youth Development and Long-Term Participation (Co-Investigator, funded by SSHRC)


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

Select Publications

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

Refereed Journals

  1. Bruner, M.W., & Benson, A.J. (in press). Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Social Identity Questionnaire for Sports (SIQS). Psychology of Sport and Exercise. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.12.006
  2. Bruner, M.W., Boardley, I.D., Benson, A.J., Wilson, K.S., Root, Z., Turnidge, J., Sutcliffe, J., & Côté, J. (in press). Disentangling the relations between social identity and prosocial and antisocial behavior in competitive youth sport. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi:10.1007/s10964-017-0769-2
  3. Benson, A.J., & Bruner, M.W. (in press). How peer behaviours relate to adolescent social development: A daily diary approach with youth hockey teams. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.10.008
  4. Cairney, J., Clark, H., Kwan, M., Bruner, M.W., Tamminen, K. (in press). Measuring sport experiences in children and youth to better understand the impact of sport on health and positive youth development: designing a brief measure for population health surveys. BMC Public Health.
  5. Vierimaa, M.Bruner, M.W., & Côté, J. (2018). Positive youth development and observed athlete behaviour in recreational sport. PLoS ONE, 13 (1), e0191936. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191936
  6. Bruner, M.W., Boardley, I., Forrest, C., Buckham, S., Root, Z., Allan, V. & Côté, J. (2017). Examining social identity and intrateam moral behaviours in competitive youth ice hockey using stimulated recall. Journal of Sport Sciences, 35(20), 1963-1974. doi:10.1080/02640414.2016.1243797
  7. Bruner, M. W., Balish, S. M., Forrest, C., Brown, S., Webber, K., Gray, E., McGuckin, M., Keats, M.R., Rehman, L. & Shields, C. A. (2017). Ties that bond: youth sport as a vehicle for social identity and positive youth development. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 88(2), 209-214. doi:10.1080/02701367.2017.1296100
  8. Bruner, M.W., Boardley, I., Allan, V., Forrest, C.Root, Z., & Côté, J. (2017). Understanding social identity and intrateam moral behavior in competitive youth ice hockey: A Narrative Perspective. The Sport Psychologist31, 173-186. doi:10.1123/tsp.2015-0117
  9. Benson, A.Bruner, M.W., & Eys, M. (2017). A social identity approach to understanding the conditions associated with antisocial behaviours among teammates in female teams. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 6(2), 129-142. doi:10.1037/spy0000090
  10. Martin, L. J., Balderson, D., Hawkins, M., Wilson, K., & Bruner, M. W. (2017). Groupness and leadership perceptions in relation to social identity in youth sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29(3), 367-374. doi:10.1080/10413200.2016.1238414
  11. Martin, L. J., Balderson, D., Hawkins, M., Wilson, K., & Bruner, M. W. (2017). The influence of social identity on self-worth, commitment, and effort in school-based youth sport. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-7. doi:10.1080/02640414.2017.1306091
  12. Forrest, C. & Bruner, M.W. (2017). Evaluating social media as a platform for delivering a team building exercise intervention: a pilot study. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 15(2), 190-206. doi:10.1080/161219X.2015.1069879
  13. Vierimaa, M., Turnnidge, J., Bruner, M., & Côté, J. (2017). Just for the fun of it: coaches’ perceptions of an exemplary community youth sport program. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 1-15. doi:10.1080/17408989.2017.1341473
  14. Bailey, B.Benson, A., & Bruner, M.W. (2017). Investigating the organizational culture of Cross-Fit. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 1-15. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2017.1329223
  15. Bruner, M.W., Hillier, S., Baillie, C.P.T., Lavallée, L.F., Bruner, B.G., Hare, K., Lovelace, R., & Lévesque, L. (2016). Positive youth development in Aboriginal sport and physical Activity: a systematic review. Adolescent Research Review, 1(3), 257-269. doi 10.1007/s40894-015-0021-9
  16. McGoey, T., Root, Z., Bruner, M. W., & Law, B. (2016). Evaluation of physical activity interventions in children via the reach, efficacy/effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance (RE-AIM) framework: A systematic review of randomized and non-randomized trials. Preventive Medicine82, 8-19. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.11.004
  17. Baillie, C.P.T., Galaviz, K.I., Bruner, B.G., Bruner, M.W., & Lévesque, L. (2016). Physical activity interventions to promote positive youth development among Indigenous youth: a RE-AIM reviewTranslational Behavioral Medicine, 7(1), 43-51. doi:10.1007/s13142-016-0428-2
  18. McGuckin, M., Law, B., McAuliffe, J., & Rickwood, G. & Bruner, M.W. (2016). Social influences on return to play following concussion in female competitive ice hockey players. Journal of Sport Behavior, 39(4), 426-445.
  19. Stewart, K.L.N., Carreau, J.M., Bruner, M.W. (2016). Team building using a challenge rope course experience in youth sport. Physical and Health Education Nexus Journal, 7(3).
  20. 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. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094634
  21. 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.
  22. 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. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.04.006
  23. 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. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.09.003
  24. 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. doi:10.1037/spy0000017
  25. 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. doi:10.1123/tsp.2013-0029
  26. 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. doi:10.1080/1750984X.2014.885553
  27. 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. doi:10.1186/1471-2466-14-51
  28. 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. doi:10.1037/a0030114
  29. 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. doi:10.1080/02701367.2013.814909
  30. 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. doi:10.1111/jasp.12142
  31. Taylor, I., & Bruner, M.W. (2012). The social environment and developmental experiences in elite youth soccer. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 13, 390-396. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.01.008
  32. 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. doi:10.1037/a0030202
  33. 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.
  34. 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. doi:10.1123/jce.5.1.83
  35. 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. doi:10.1037/a0021257
  36. 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. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2010.09.004
  37. 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. doi:10.1080/17461391.2010.499969
  38. 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. doi:10.1080/10413200.2010.545101
  39. 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. doi:10.1080/02640414.2011.597419
  40. 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. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2011.06.014
  41. 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
  42. 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. doi:10.1037/a0018296
  43. 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. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.05.008
  44. 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. doi:10.1080/17509840802687631
  45. 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 Science21(4), 421-435. doi: 10.1123/pes.21.4.421
  46. 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 Obesity3, 205-211. doi:10.1080/17477160802158477
  47. 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. doi:10.1260/174795408787186468
  48. 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. doi:10.101080/10413200701867745
  49. 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. doi:10.1177/1090198106287451
  50. 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. doi:10.2466/pms.104.3.702-706
  51. 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. doi:10.1177/1049732305286051

Chapters in Edited Books

  1. Bruner, M.W., Dunlop, W., & Beauchamp, M.R. (2014). 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.) (pp 38-52), New York, NY: Routledge.
  2. Evans, M. B., Eys, M. A., Bruner, M. W., & Kleinert, J. (2014). Building cohesive groups. In A. Papaioannou & D. Hackfort (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology: Global Perspectives and Fundamental Concepts (pp 513-528). Oxford: Taylor & Francis.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.



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