Dr. Mark Bruner

Dr. Mark Bruner portrait
Professor / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - Schulich School of Education - Physical and Health Education
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
Canada Research Chair
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Youth Development through Sport and 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
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 sportSocial identity in sport
  • Physical activity adherence among adolescents
  • School-based physical activity interventions
  • Team building
Current & Future Research:
  • Measuring Youth Experience in Sport (Co-Investigator)
  • Being a Good Teammate: Fostering Social Identity and Moral Development through Youth Sport Participation (Principal Investigator)
  • CRC in Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity (Principal Investigator)
  • Establishment of the Nipissing University Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity Laboratory (Principal Investigator)
  • Transformational Leadership in Youth Sport: Fostering Youth Development and Long-Term Participation (Co-Investigator)

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

Refereed Journals

Bruner, M.W., & Benson, A.J. (in press). Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Social Identity Questionnaire for Sports (SIQS). Psychology of Sport and Exercisehttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.12.006

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

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 Exercisehttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.10.008

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.

Vierimaa, M., Bruner, M.W., & Côté, J. (2018). Positive youth development and observed athlete behaviour in recreational sport. PLoS ONE13 (1), e0191936. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191936

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

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

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 Psychologist, 31, 173-186. doi:10.1123/tsp.2015-0117

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

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

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

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

Vierimaa, M., Turnnidge, J., Bruner, M.W., & 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

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

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

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 Medicine, 82, 8-19. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.11.004

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 review. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 7(1), 43-51. doi:10.1007/s13142-016-0428-2

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.

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).

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. doi:10.1123/jce.5.1.83

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. doi:10.1037/a0018296

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

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

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(4), 421-435. doi: 10.1123/pes.21.4.421

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. doi:10.1080/17477160802158477

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Evans, M. B., Eys, M. A., Bruner, M. W., & Kleinert, J. 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.

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.