KinesiologyWestern Health Sciences

Faculty Members

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.

Research SupervisorsResearch Interests

Alcock, Greg

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

Barney, Bob

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

Belfry, Glen

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

Birmingham, Trevor

  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Clinical Biomechanics

Bryant, Dianne

  • 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

Buckolz, Eric

  • 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

Danylchuk, Karen

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

Dickey, Jim

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

Doherty, Alison

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

Doherty, Tim

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

Forsyth, Janice

  • 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

Hall, Craig

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

Heath, Matthew

  • 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

Heine, Michael

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

Humphreys, Dave

  • Athletic Injuries
  • Post Concussion Rehabilitation

Jenkyn, Tom

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

Kowalchuk, John

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

LaRose, Bob

  • Coaching
  • Sport Psychology

Legros, Alexandre

  • Bioelectromagnetics
  • Electroencephalography
  • Therapeutic Brain Stimulation

Lemon, Peter

  • 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

Marsh, Greg

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

Melling, Jamie

  • 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

Misener, Laura

  • 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

Montero-Odasso, Manuel

  • 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

Morrow, Don

  • Health promotion; specifically motivational interviewing/coaching as an intervention for health issues such as weight management, physical inactivity
  • Autoethnography
  • Sport history; particularly the impact of narrative method/s
  • Sport literature
  • Sport, exercise, health, medicine and the body in Western culture
  • Alternative/complementary health and medicine

Mottola, Michelle

  • 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

Noble, Earl

  • Heat shock proteins as transducers of exercise induced protection in skeletal muscle, the myocardium and the brain
  • The impact of exercise on vascular responsiveness to diabetes
  • The effect of ginseng and exercise on inflammation
  • The mechanisms underlying the protective effects of exercise on the nerve

Nolte, Volker

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

Paterson, Don

  • Integrative human physiology
  • Cardiorespiratory, cardivascular and metabolic responses to exercise
  • Exercise responses and limitations in older adults
  • The relationships of physical activity and fitness to health and overall well-being of older adults

Petrella, Rob

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

Prapavessis, Harry

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

Rice, Charles

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

Salmoni, Al

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

Schneider, Angela

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

Shoemaker, Kevin

  • 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

Vandervoort, Tony

  • Measurement of neuromuscular performance and related muscle contractile properties in older adults
  • Investigating the benefits of high-resistance exercise programs for improving muscular strength and function in this population, which includes sport-specific injury prevention such as for golf
  • Application of these findings to rehabilitation programs for older adults with mobility impairment (muscles of the lower limb are my usual models of investigation for this area of research)

Wamsley, Kevin

  • The Olympic Games - history; politics of hosting; organization of gender
  • Canadian sport history; violence, masculinity, sport and the state
  • Boys' involvement in physical education
  • Curling and rural women's health

Weese, Jim

  • Sport Leadership
  • Executive Leadership Development
  • Higher education