Dr. McGowan who's originally from Aylmer, Quebec, recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a PhD in kinesiology specializing in exercise and health psychology. She's also an alumnus of Memorial and HKR with a M.Sc. in kinesiology. She also has a B.Sc.(hons) in human kinetics from the University of Ottawa.
Most recently, Dr. McGowan was a Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute funded post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Alberta studying behavioural medicine in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation.
Dr. McGowan's research focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours through theory-driven physical activity interventions. Specifically, the promotion of physical activity to address three main issues: preventing cancer occurrence, mitigating the side effects of cancer and its treatments, and preventing cancer recurrence.
"My decision to return to MUN was based on the amazing experience I had here while doing my masters degree. I loved the university, the Human Kinetics and Recreation program, the professors and the city. So it really wasn't a hard decision to return as a faculty member. It's a great honor, and I'm very excited."