Research Units, Labs & Centres

Experts at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education are leading cutting-edge research projects in various areas related to physical activity.

Timothy Welsh

Areas of focus

  • Action-centred selective attention
  • Cerebal specialization for movement and related processes
  • Movement in social contexts

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Tyson Beach, David Frost, Doug Richards

Areas of focus

  • Musculoskeletal health, fitness and performance
  • Biomechanics of work, sport and exercise
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of human movement

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Tyson Beach, David FrostLuc Tremblay, Tim Welsh

Areas of focus

  • Interdisciplinary studies of motor behaviour
  • Bridging fundamental and applied research in motor control

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Simon DarnellPeter DonnellyCaroline FuscoJanelle Joseph, ​​​​​​ Margaret MacNeill 

Areas of focus

Research to support advocacy and policy development in all areas of sport and physical activity, including:

  • Democratizing participation
  • Human rights and athlete's rights
  • Sport for development and peace, and athletes and social/political activism
  • Diversity and social inclusion

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Lynda Mainwaring, Doug Richards, Michael Hutchison

Areas of focus

  • Pathophysiology and diagnosis of concussion in sport and physical activity
  • Rehabilitation of all aspects (cognitive, emotional, physical/somatic, sensory) of sport/PA-related concussion
  • Prevention of concussion in sport and physical activity

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Linda Trinh

Areas of focus

A variety of research questions including:

  • Can exercise help manage treatment-related side effects?
  • What is the role of exercise for cognitive functioning?
  • What is the optimal exercise program for benefits?
  • How do we maintain exercise levels throughout the cancer care continuum?

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Ira Jacobs

Areas of focus

Discovery and evaluation of:

  • The physiological impact of physical activity
  • Exercise pharmacology to guide therapeutic interventions and training recommendations

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Janelle Joseph

Areas of focus

  • Develop theory, promote knowledge translation and create high impact programming relevant to anti-racism in sport, physical activity, education and leadership.
  • Leverage academic and political work to lead sustainable, decolonizing, systemic change and cultivate future leaders in physical activity and research.
  • Collaborate with equity-deserving individuals and community organizations to promote arts and movement-based pedagogies, professional development, and qualitative research that exposes Black excellence, interlocking oppressions and privileges, and transnational networks.

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Daniel Moore

Areas of focus

  • Exercise and nutritional modulation of muscle protein metabolism
  • Mechanisms of muscle remodelling in response to exercise and inactivity
  • Nutritional requirements of active populations

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Margaret MacNeill

Areas of focus

  • Media and physical cultural studies
  • Social media, technology and bioethics
  • Athletes' rights, media relations and policy
  • High performance athletes and media advocacy for health

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Catherine Sabiston, Daniel Santa Mina

Areas of focus

  • Psychosocial predictors of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Development, evaluation and dissemination of physical activity interventions across the lifespan
  • Mental and physical health outcomes associated with physical activity and sedentary behaviours

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Marius Locke

Areas of focus

  • The cellular stress response of skeletal muscle
  • Skeletal muscle damage and methods of protection
  • The regulation and expression of stress proteins

Luc Tremblay

Areas of focus

  • Multisensory feedback processing during voluntary action
  • Real-time, movement-dependent sensory manipulations
  • Altering multisensory feedback processing through physical guidance and rehabilitation

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Gretchen Kerr

Areas of focus

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Caroline Fusco

Areas of focus

  • Sport legacies in urban, suburban and rural landscapes
  • Promoting social justice and equity in sport spaces
  • Ecological determinants of health and physical culture
  • Ethics and high performance sport environments

Katherine TamminenGretchen Kerr, Ashley Stirling

Areas of focus

  • Athletes’ stress, emotion and coping in sport
  • Social relationships and interpersonal processes between athletes, coaches and parents
  • Improving athletes’ participation and enjoyment in sport, and the protection of young athletes
  • Coaching effectiveness and education

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Michael Atkinson

Areas of Focus

  • The existential-phenomenological experience of pain and suffering
  • How pain communities develop, and how they play a role in organizing, interpreting, and representing people’s experiences with pain and suffering
  • The implications of ethnographic, visual and narrative-based knowledge on pain and suffering policy in health fields

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Jack Goodman

Areas of focus

  • Effects of exercise and training on heart function in recreational and elite athletes
  • Consequences on long-term endurance training and the cardiac remodelling (growth)
  • Investigative/clinical evaluation of athletes with arrythmias and training-related heart conditions

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Joyce Chen

Areas of Focus

  • Motor learning
  • Music perception and production
  • Stroke recovery and rehabilitation
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Biomarkers

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Scott Thomas, Tim Taha

Areas of focus

  • Developing efficient measurements for ongoing monitoring of training and performance
  • Quantify the relation of training and performance for athletes
  • Designing and testing more efficient training programs for athletes

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