PhD (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 2008
MA (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 1999
BA (Arts), University of Alberta, 1996
I have been a Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Faculty member at the University of Alberta since 2008. During my time as a doctoral student, I was the Director of the Children’s Physical Activity and Study Program. Once upon a time, I was also an Assistant Badminton Professional teaching and coaching children and youth the skills and strategies of the sport. I am also active in the community and serve on the Board of Directors for the Paralympic Sports Association.
My primary research interests are in the areas of adapted physical activity and children’s physical activity. I am committed to understanding how to facilitate inclusive and meaningful experiences in play, sport (parasport) and recreation for children and specifically people who experience disability, using qualitative approaches to research.
Current Research Projects:
I currently supervise 4 Master of Arts students. Their thesis work includes the following: The experiences of women Paralympic athletes; Parents perceptions of physical activity messaging; Student experiences in Play Around the World, a University service learning practicum; Classification and the Paralympics.
I typically teach in the areas of adapted physical activity and children’s physical activity and regularly teach the following undergraduate courses:
KSRLS 207: Physical Activity and Leisure for Diverse Populations
PEDS 293: Movement Activities for Young Children
A study of developmentally appropriate movement activities for children. Students will participate and work with children in a variety of physical activities in recreational, educational and sport environments. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 293 or PEDS 293.Winter Term 2021
An introduction to research, theory and practice pertaining to participation in physical activity and leisure by persons with impairments. The course explores the intersection of social influences and personal interests on participation in active lifestyles. Credit will be granted for only one of KRLS 207 or PERLS 207.Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021