Tanis Farish, PhD, RYT, CSEP-CEP®

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health


School of Public Health

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
(250) 514-1229


Area of Study / Keywords

well-being physical activity young adults athletes


“We are made to move!” Tanis has an insatiable curiosity for how and why people move their bodies to foster well-being, bringing out the best within, to capture that innate embodiment of how we “feel”.

Tanis teaches in the areas of mental health, exercise science, health promotion, and qualitative research methods. She is a faculty member in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Education at Camosun College and adjunct faculty in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Outside of the classroom she is involved in her community coaching and teaching yoga. She is the executive director of a non-profit called, Well+Why Research Society, to work with corporate and community partners to provide grants for student lead research projects. Drawn to qualitative research with an interest in wellbeing, her current work is with post-secondary students, elite athletes, and high performance occupations. She has partnered with Game Plan and Canadian Sport Institute to explore the role of hobbies of elite athletes and the impact on balance and identity. She works with Lululemon developing their signature fitness programs and capturing the experiences of participants to understand the science of “feel”. In high pressure occupations, her research puts wellbeing at the core of fatigue and safety systems for sustainable performance. Tanis lives on West Coast in Victoria BC, where she lives with her family, loves to run, paddle board and cook. 


PhD, University of Victoria, 2008

MEd, University of Victoria, 2002

BSc, Queen's University, 1998

LPN, College of the Rockies, 1994 


Instructor of the Year - Distance Class, School of Public Health Students' Association, University of Alberta, 2015 & 2017


Validating Lululemon’s Signature Mind & Body Fitness Program: The science of how we feel

Funded by Whitespace Innovations and Lululemon Canada

Exploring the Impact of Leisure on Elite Canadian Athletes: The balance of identity

Funded by Game Plan and Canadian Sport Institute

The Development of an Employee-Centred Performance System with Aeronautical Mechanical Engineers 

Funded by NSERC and Camosun Innovates

Movement and Student Well-being

Funded by an Innovation and Creativity Grant, Camosun College