Our award-winning faculty share a belief in the value of physical activity, sport and recreation in improving the health and well-being of society. We encourage interdisciplinary and international teaching and research opportunities. Our faculty are involved in the community and are having a direct impact working with students, seniors and vulnerable populations.

Continue reading to explore the research interests of our faculty...


Dr. Heather Carnahan, BPE McMaster, PhD Waterloo


  • Human motor control and learning
  • Simulation for training marine safety and survival skills
  • Motor control and learning in challenging environments

Dr. Carnahan's website


Dr. David Behm, BPE,B.Ed. Ottawa, MS McMaster, PhD McGill

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland's President's Award for Outstanding Research, 2006
  • MUN University Research Professor Award
  • MUN School of Graduate Studies Service Award
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Outstanding Sport Scientist Award
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Honour Award
  • Fellow of the European College of Sport Sciences


  • Neuromuscular responses to acute and chronic activity

Read more on Dr. Behm's website, check out his Research Gate profile, or view his Google Scholar account.  

Dr. TA Loeffler, BA Prescott College, MS Mankato State, PhD Minnesota

  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
  • 3M National Teaching Fellowship, 2008
  • Minnesota State University Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008
  • Association of Experiential Education Karl Rhonke Creativity Award, 2007
  • Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award, 2006
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005


  • The role of nature in health and physical activity
  • The phenomenology of the outdoor experience
  • Women's participation in outdoor leadership and physical activity

 Dr. Loeffler's website

Associate Professors

Dr. Fabien Basset, BPE, M.Sc., PhD Laval


  • Cardiorespiratory responses to exercise
  • Muscle fatigue and human performance
  • Metabolic responses to environmental factors

Dr. Basset's website

Dr. Duane Button, B.Kin. Memorial, MPE Memorial, PhD University of Manitoba, Certified Exercise Physiologist


  • Nervous system adaptations to chronically increased and decreased activity

Dr. Button's website

Visit the Human Neurophysiology Lab's website or Facebook page.

Dr. Jeannette Byrne, B.Sc. (PT) Dalhousie, M.Sc. Waterloo, PhD Waterloo


  • Factors influencing joint and muscle function in both healthy and injured populations.
  • Biomechanical modelling.
  • Knee function following total knee arthroplasty.
  • Physiotherapy interventions aimed at optimizing joint and muscle function.

Dr. Antony Card, B.Ed.(Hons) DeMontfort, MA(Ed.), Ed.D., Southampton


  • Physical education curriculum development
  • Pedagogy and educational technology
  • Comprehensive school health
  • Outdoor education 

Dr. Basil Kavanagh, BPE, B.Ed., MPE Memorial, PhD Iowa


  • Performance enhancement specifically focusing on mental skills training that is directed towards assisting athletes attain consistent peak performance results.

Dr. Angela Loucks-Atkinson, BA, MA Waterloo, PhD Georgia


  • Health and well-being
  • Chronic illnesses and disabilities
  • Health and social psychology
  • Active lifestyle
  • Valued life activities
  • Constraints
  • Chronic pain and fatigue
  • Lifespan
  • Methodological, measurement and statistical issues

Dr. Loucks-Atkinson's website

Dr. Kevin Power, B. Kin. Memorial, MPE Memorial, PhD Manitoba, CSEP-CEP


  • My NSERC funded research program is aimed and understanding how the brain and spinal cord produce complex movements and whether or not exercise influences that process.

Connect with Dr. Power on Twitter, or check out his blog and publications

You can also visit the Human Neurophysiology Lab's website or Facebook page

Dr. Linda Rohr, B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc., PhD Waterloo
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies


  • Integration of sensory feedback for skilled movement control
  • Gender performance differences on cognitive and motor tasks
  • Manual asymmetries and functional lateralization using both preference and performance indicators

Dr. Rohr's website

Dr. Anne-Marie Sullivan, B.Rec. Dalhousie, MA Waterloo, PhD Guelph
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research


  • Problem gambling behaviours
  • Leisure education
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Developmental aspects of leisure
  • Leisure and well-being/quality of life
  • Risk-taking behaviours among youth
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Participatory action research

Dr. Sullivan's website

Assistant Professors

Dr. Daniel FullerBSc (Kin) & MSc (Kin) University of Saskatchewan, PhD (Public Health) Université de Montréal


Connect with Dr. Fuller on Twitter, Facebook, or check out the Walkabilly Lab website.

Dr. Erin McGowan, B.Sc.(Hons) Ottawa, M.Sc. Memorial, PhD Western


  • Exploring the effects of physical activity on managing treatment side effects and improving overall quality of lifeHealth behaviour change in cancer survivors.

Dr. McGowan's website

Dr. Kyoung June (David) Yi, B.Sc., MA Yonsei, PhD Alberta


  • Social justice, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in active lifestyles
  • Health and wellness of persons experiencing disabilities/Indigenous peoples/newcomers
  • Community-based participatory research
  • (Autobiographical) narrative inquiry: A study of experience

Dr. Yi's website

Professor emeritus

Dr. C. Higgs, B.Sc. Oregon, M.Sc. Oregon, M.Ed. Oregon, PhD Oregon

Professional associates

Kellie Baker, B.A. Dalhousie, B.P.E., B.Ed., MPE Memorial, Ph. D. (Candidate) Memorial


  • Models Based Practice in Physical Education
  • Self-Study of Teacher Education Practice

Kevin RedmondDip. CRL (community recreation leadership), BPE, B.Ed., MPE, PhD

Mr. Redmond's bio


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