Tara-Leigh McHugh, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
Email
tara-leigh.mchugh@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-3907
Address
1-105 University Hall
8840 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J9

Overview

About

Degrees
PhD (Kinesiology), University of Saskatchewan, 2009
MSc (Kinesiology), University of Saskatchewan, 2004
BSc (Kinesiology), Dalhousie University, 2001

Background

    • Held a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Health Promotion from July 2008-July 2009. This position was jointly funded by Dalhousie University (Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre) and the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection.  
    • Was hired in July 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta.

    Research

    Dr. McHugh’s research is broadly focused on enhancing the sport, physical activity, and body image experiences of youth. Through qualitative and collaborative research approaches her research provides an in-depth exploration of the psychosocial aspects of such experiences. Dr. McHugh has extensive experience working with women and girls, as well as Indigenous youth. Her commitment to community-based participatory research has supported the success of her nationally funded program of research.   


    Teaching

    KIN 209: Research Methods in Kinesiology

    KSR 765-850: Indigenous Peoples' Physical Activity



    Courses

    KRLS 323 - Aboriginal Peoples and Physical Practices: Canadian Perspectives

    This course explores ways in which physical practices influence the health of Aboriginal peoples. In this context health is defined as a state of balance involving body, emotions, mind, and spirit. The various forms of physical activity, sport, recreation, and leisure activities in which Aboriginal peoples participate will be examined. Prerequisite: KRLS 104 or NS 111. Credit will be granted for only one of KRLS 323 or PERLS 323.

    Fall Term 2020
    KSR 563 - Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism

    This course will explore and critically examine the social issues to gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and settler societies. Specifically, this course endeavors to investigate how Canada's brand of colonialism has impacted Indigenous collectivities both historically and today. Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 563, KSR 763, KRLS 563 or PERLS 563.

    Fall Term 2020
    KSR 565 - Indigenous Peoples' Physical Activity

    This course will examine the role of physical activity in the lives of Indigenous peoples. While global contexts will be considered, the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada will be the focus of the course. The manner in which colonization continues to shape the physical activity of Indigenous peoples will be examined and frameworks for the potential promotion of physical activity will be considered. Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 565, KSR 765, KRLS 565 or PERLS 565.

    Winter Term 2021
    KSR 763 - Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism

    This course will explore and critically examine the social issues to gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and settler societies. Specifically, this course endeavors to investigate how Canada's brand of colonialism has impacted Indigenous collectivities both historically and today. Sections offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 763, KRLS 563 or PERLS 563.

    Fall Term 2020
    KSR 765 - Indigenous Peoples' Physical Activity

    This course will examine the role of physical activity in the lives of Indigenous peoples. While global contexts will be considered, the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada will be the focus of the course. The manner in which colonization continues to shape the physical activity of Indigenous peoples will be examined and frameworks for the potential promotion of physical activity will be considered. Sections offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 765, KRLS 565 or PERLS 565.

    Winter Term 2021

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