Faculty Members and Research Interests

Faculty members in the School of Kinesiology are engaged in impactful research across a number of areas related to human movement. Click on a faculty member's name to view their full profile and learn more about their research.

  • Core Faculty Members

  • Affiliated Supervisors

Bob Barney

Bob Barney
  • History of the Modern Olympic Games
  • History of Olympic Commercialism
  • Canadian "nation-bulding" through the Olympic Games

Research Supervision: Sociocultural Studies

Glen Belfry

Glen Belfry
  • Physiology and biochemistry of exercise training
  • Exercise and testing protocols to enhance body composition in youth

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Eric Buckolz

Eric Buckolz
  • Cognitive Inhibition
  • Inhibition in special population (developmental coordination disorder in children, Parkinson's disease, aging population) and in any health-related problem arising from inhibitory dysfunction

Research Supervision: Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Karen Danylchuk

Karen Danylchuk
  • Sport marketing
  • Internationalization in education and sport management
  • Sport management curriculum
  • Intercollegiate athletics
  • Women in sport
  • Participation in sport

Research Supervision: Management and Leadership

Jim Dickey

Jim Dickey
  • Biomechanics
  • Tissue mechanics
  • Joint mechanics
  • Joint injury
  • In-vivo studies of whole-body vibration (exercise platforms and occupational exposures)

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Alison Doherty

Alison Doherty
  • Management of non-profit and voluntary sport, particularly at the community level
  • Volunteerism in sport organizations and sport events
  • Group and non-profit sport board dynamics
  • Organizational capacity

Research Supervision: Management and Leadership

Craig Hall

Craig Hall
  • Sport, exercise and rehabilitation psychology
  • Imagery, self-efficacy, motivation, self-presentation and exercise identity

Research Supervision: Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Matthew Heath

Matthew Heath
  • The neural mechanisms regulating eye and limb movements
  • Multisensory interactions between visual and proprioceptoin information
  • Cerebral laterality and movement dysfunction arising from neurodegenerative disease and genetic disorders

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences, Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Michael Heine

Michael Heine
  • Discourse Analysis of Olympic spaces
  • Discourse Analysis of economic processes and commodification in sports
  • Aboriginal Games Documentation in sub-Arctic and Arctic Canada

Research Supervision: Sociocultural Studies

Dave Humphreys

Dave Humphreys
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Post Concussion Rehabilitation

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

John Kowalchuk

John Kowalchuk
  • Integrative human physiology
  • Exercise metabolism
  • Cardiovascular, metabolic and respiratory adjustments and their control during exercise
  • Aging and cardiovascular and metabolic responses to exercise

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Peter Lemon

Peter Lemon
  • Macronutrient (CHO, FAT, PRO) ingestion timing and exercise performance
  • Food supplements and health and/or exercise performance
  • Training and exercise performance
  • Exercise and body composition changes

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Greg Marsh

Greg Marsh
  • Control of Oxidative Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle
  • Muscle Sarcopenia in Aging
  • Bone Geometry and Osteopenia
  • Application of MRI and MRS in Exercise Physiology

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Jamie Melling

Jamie Melling
  • Roles and mechanisms of intracellular molecular signaling pathways in the development of cardiovascular disease/complications associated with Type II diabetes
  • Neurological influence of adrenergic signaling in the expression of stress-related cardioprotective proteins in the heart and vasculature
  • Alleviation of cardiovascular and metabolic complications associated with Type II diabetes patients

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Laura Misener

Laura Misener
  • Social impacts of sporting events
  • Sport and events as tools for increasing sport participation
  • Policy analyses and cross-cultural comparative politics of sport and leisure
  • Intersections of sport, physical activity, and health promotion

Research Supervision: Sociocultural Studies, Management and Leadership

Marc Mitchell

Marc Mitchell
  • Financial health incentives and behavioral economics
  • Physical activity promotion and health behavior change
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • eHealth, mHealth and public health interventions

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences, Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Michelle Mottola

Michelle Mottola
  • Effects of maternal exercise on carbohydrate metabolism and fetal outcome
  • Effects of nutritional intake and maternal exercise on gestational diabetes
  • Prevention of childhood obesity through early intervention during pregnancy and post delivery
  • Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for overweight and obese pregnant women
  • Be Healthy In Pregnancy (B-HIP) with Nutrition and Exercise (with McMaster University)
  • Stroller walking program for postpartum women for safe weight loss after delivery
  • Effects of a bed-rest-exercise intervention on hospitalized high risk pregnant women

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Lindsay Nagamatsu

Lindsay Nagamatsu
  • Effects of exercise on cognitive function and neural plasticity
  • Cognitive risk factors for falls
  • Functional neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI)
  • Healthy aging

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Volker Nolte

Volker Nolte
  • Biomechanics of high performance sport (emphasis on rowing)
  • Coaching
  • Sport engineering
  • Sport equipment
  • Feedback Equipment in Sport Biomechanics
  • Training Techniques

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Harry Prapavessis

Harry Prapavessis
  • Determinants of physical activity
  • Exercise as a therapy to improve health
  • The role of psychological factors in the prediction, prevention and recovery of injury

Research Supervision: Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Charles Rice

Charles Rice
  • Human neuromuscular physiology and anatomy
  • Muscle strength, fatigue and exercise
  • Neuromuscular aspects of adult aging

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Al Salmoni

Al Salmoni
  • Falls in seniors
  • Causes and prevention of falls
  • Factors influencing prevention activities (e.g. safety culture)
  • Physical activity and safety in children

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Angela Schneider

Angela Schneider
  • Genetic Doping in Sport
  • Olympic Studies
  • Women and Sport and Embodiment
  • Philosophy of Sport
  • Sport Medicine Ethics

Research Supervision: Sociocultural Studies in Kinesiology

Kevin Shoemaker

Kevin Shoemaker
  • Neural discharge patterns and their impact on neurotransmitter release and vascular control
  • Reflex cardiovascular control in integrated systems
  • Forebrain modification of autonomic and cardiovascular regulation
  • Regulation of blood flow to nerves
  • Impact of vascular disease on neural (e.g., brain and peripheral nerves) blood flow, structure and function
  • Exercise and neuroprotection

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Ray Takahashi

Ray Takahashi
  • Coaching
  • Martial Arts
  • Judo
  • Wrestling

Research Supervision: Management and Leadership

Jim Weese

Jim Weese
  • Sport Leadership
  • Executive Leadership Development
  • Higher education

Research Supervision: Management and Leadership

Greg Alcock

Greg Alcock
  • Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Outcome Measures
  • Lower Extremity Injuries

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Trevor Birmingham

Trevor Birmingham
  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Clinical Biomechanics

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Dianne Bryant

Dianne Bryant
  • Health promotion
  • Development/evaluation of novel study designs to overcome barriers to conducting research in clinical settings
  • Evaluation of rehabilitative and surgical interventions
  • Development/evaluation of measurement instruments/quality of life

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Shauna Burke

Shauna Burke
  • Infant, child, and youth health
  • Childhood obesity
  • Measurement and promotion of physical activity in children and adults
  • Breastfeeding and infant feeding practices
  • Health promotion
  • Group dynamics

Research Supervision: Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Timothy Burkhart

Timothy Burkhart
  • Injury and orthopaedic biomechanics
  • Soft tissue reconstruction of the knee
  • Prevention and mitigation of osteoarthritis

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Tim Doherty

Tim Doherty
  • Health promotion
  • Neuromuscular function in health, disease and aging
  • Rehabilitation of neurological disorders

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Janice Forsyth

Janice Forsyth
  • Social, political, and economic aspects of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
  • Sport, recreation, and health at Canadian Indian Residential Schools
  • Access and equity issues in Canadian sport
  • Aboriginal sport and health

Research Supervision: Sociocultural Studies

Jayne Garland

Jane Garland
  • Motor Control
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Jen Irwin

Jen Irwin
  • Obesity prevention and treatment
  • Motivational interviewing and life coaching interventions
  • Promotion of health-related physical activity and dietary intake behaviours
  • Tobacco and smoking behaviours

Research Supervision: Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Tom Jenkyn

Tom Jenkyn
  • Orthopaedic biomechanics
  • Advanced medical imaging
  • Musculoskeletal computational modeling
  • Injury causation biomechanics
  • Sport science

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Kurt Kimpinski

Kurt Kimpinski
  • Autonomic Nervous System in health and aging
  • Autonomic disorders
  • Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension and other disorders of postural normotension
  • Diseases of peripheral nerves

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Alexandre Legros

Alexandre Legros
  • Bioelectromagnetics
  • Electroencephalography
  • Therapeutic Brain Stimulation

Research Supervision: Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Manuel Montero-Odasso

Manuel Montero-Odasso
  • The relationship between cognition and mobility in the elderly
  • Gait as an early predictor of frailty and dementia
  • Falls prevention in older people with cognitive impairment

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Rob Petrella

Rob Petrella
  • Laboratory and community-based study of:
    • Healthy aging and mobility
    • Cardiovascular risk factor prevention, management and control

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson
  • Development of novo digital anatomical learning objects from human and animal volumetric data
  • Evaluation of digital learning objects as they pertain to the study of education practices
  • Advancing the knowledge base concerning human perception, training and education creating models for future pedagogic practice

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences