Billy Strean, PhD, Master Somatic Coach, RYT-500


Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs



Dr. Billy Strean is Professor Emeritus & a 3M National Teaching Fellow — Canada's most prestigious recognition of excellence in university teaching and educational leadership.

Prospective Graduate Students - Please note: Dr. Strean is not accepting new graduate students


Ph.D. (Kinesiology – Sport & Exercise Psychology), University of Illinois, 1993

M.A. (Philosophy and Psychology of Sport), University of Iowa, 1988

B.A. (Philosophy; Elementary Education Certification) Grinnell College,1986


As a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Dr. Strean has focused on excellence in teaching, learning, and educational leadership. He is actively engaged with education, healthcare, and public and private sector communities. 

  • Registered Yoga Teacher-500 (2018)
  • Certified Master Somatic Coach (2016)
  • Registered Yoga Teacher-200 (2016)
  • Certified Somatic Coach (Strozzi Institute), 2004
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (The Coaches Training Institute), 2001


Dr. Strean’s research and scholarly interests include: Somatic and ontological approaches to leadership, well-being, and exhilaration; Mindfulness in educational contexts; Teaching and learning issues in physical activity and adult/higher education; The role of laughter and humour in learning and well-being; Professional practice and effectiveness in sport psychology and helping professions.


Dr. Strean is retired and no longer teaching courses at University of Alberta. Courses that he most recently instructed are;

KRLS 420 – Play: The Foundation of Recreation, Sport and Physical Activity

KIN 444 – Communication Skills & Strategies in Sport and Physical Activity


Dr. Strean is not accepting graduate students.