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

Danielle Brewer-Deluce

Danielle Brewer-Deluce
  • Designing and testing better learning tools
  • Evaluating how assessment can drive learning and course development
  • Measuring how interprofessional competencies develop in health professions trainees

Anita Christie

Anita Christie
  • Neuromuscular function
  • Neurophysiological and functional changes with advanced age
  • Neurophysiological and functional changes following mild traumatic brain injury

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

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

Molly Driediger

Molly Driediger
  • Physical activity among preschoolers
  • Program implementation and evaluation
  • Children’s perspectives
  • Psychological interventions (e.g., imagery use, self-efficacy)
  • Self-presentation and social physique anxiety

Research Supervision: TBA

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
  • Brain health and plasticity associated with exercise
  • Executive function, mild traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease
  • The visual control of eye and limb movements
  • Multisensory interactions between acoustic, proprioceptive and visual information

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

Michael Herbert

Michael Heine
  • Assessments in Exercise Physiology

David Howe

Michael Heine
  • Culture of disability
  • Embodied philosophical ethnography
  • Ethics of Paralympism
  • Health and (dis)ability
  • Medical and policy discourse surrounding the (dis)ability sport
  • Social history of the Paralympic Movement

Research Supervision: Sociocultural Studies

Dave Humphreys

Dave Humphreys
  • Athletic Injuries

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Daniel Keir

Daniel Keir
  • Aerobic exercise assessment prescription, and training
  • Respiratory, cardiovascular and metabolic control during exercise
  • Mechanisms determining exercise (in)tolerance
  • Chemoreflex control of breathing and the circulation
  • Integrative regulation of the sympathetic nervous systemuries

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

Jamie Melling

Jamie Melling
  • Roles and mechanisms of intracellular molecular signaling pathways in the development of cardiovascular disease/complications associated with Type I diabetes
  • Neurological influence of adrenergic signaling in the expression of stress-related cardioprotective proteins in the heart and vasculature
  • Cellular mechanisms involved in exercise-related reductions in glycemia in Type 1 diabetes

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

Derek Pamukoff

Derek Pamukoff
  • Biomechanical and neuromuscular function after joint injury and in obesity
  • Post-traumatic osteoarthritis development
  • Running-related performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation

Research Supervision: Integrative Biosciences

Eva Pila

Eva Pila
  • Body image and mental health
  • Emotions and motivation related to physical activity
  • Mindfulness and compassion-focused interventions
  • Weight-related conditions that impact women’s health (e.g., obesity, eating disorders, breast cancer)

Research Supervision: Psychological Basis of Kinesiology

Harry Prapavessis

Harry Prapavessis
  • Interventions to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior
  • 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

Mac Ross

Mac Ross
  • Sport and Communication
  • Sport and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Sport for Development
  • Social History of Sport
  • Sport and Gender
  • Sport and Race

Research Supervision: Sociocultural Studies, Management and Leadership

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

Carla Filomena Silva

Carla Silva
  • Capabilities approach as a tool for exploring social justice
  • Disability sport
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social cultural exploration of different bodies
  • Philosophy and disablement
  • Intellectual empathy and health studies

Research Supervision: Sociocultural Studies

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

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

Dwayne Jackson

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  • Modification of cellular and molecular responses in microvessels
  • Short-term and long-term role of sympathetic signalling in microvessel modulation
  • Cellular mitogenesis
  • Cellular morphology
  • Cell trafficking

Research Supervision: TBA

Tom Jenkyn

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

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

Jane Thornton

Jane Thornton
  • Physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease
  • Injury and illness prevention in sport  
  • Long term athlete health 
  • Female athlete health 
  • Rowing Injuries 

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