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 or check out our Faculty Moments video series.


Interim Dean – Dr. Anne Marie Sullivan, B.Rec. Dalhousie, MA Waterloo, PhD Guelph


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


Associate Dean

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

Cross appointed to the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Biomedical Services


Nervous system adaptations to chronically increased and decreased activity
Dr. Button's website

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

Dr. Duane Button Website


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

  • Honour Award for the Strength and Conditioning Society 2020
  • 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

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. Power'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. 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. Daniel Fuller, BSc (Kin) & MSc (Kin) University of Saskatchewan, PhD (Public Health) Université de Montréal

Cross appointed to the Faculty of Medicine, Community Health and Humanities


Dr. Fuller is a Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity and Principal Investigator on the INTERACT team. His research is focused on using wearable technologies to study physical activity, transportation interventions, and equity in urban spaces. He focuses his methodological work on methods for natural experiments, and machine learning. Dr. Fuller is the Neighbourhood Factors Team co-lead of the Canadian Urban Environmental Health (CANUE) Research Consortium.

Dr. Fuller's website

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

*On leave. 

Dr. David Hancock, B.A. (Hons), M.A. Laurentian, PhD Ottawa


  • Sport officiating (group processes, decision making, mental health, recruitment/retention, and female officials)
  • Youth sport (relative age and birthplace effects)

Dr. Hancock's website

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. 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

Assistant Professors

Dr. Jeff Crane, B.Kin., B.Ed. Acadia University, M.Sc. (Kin.) Texas Woman's University, PhD. University of Victoria

Dr. Crane is cross-appointed with the Faculty of Education. 


  • Promotion of physical activity engagement across the lifespan for all individuals.
  • Prevention against sedentary behaviours across the lifespan for all
  • Internal and external influences that contribute to either an active or sedentary lifestyle.
  • The role of an educator (preservice and service) as a contributor to
    motor development.
  • Exploring schools and community as a key player to engagement in
    physical pursuits.
  • Creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities or special
    needs and at risk populations.
  • Physical and health literacy.

Dr. Crane's website

Dr. Kim Cullen, BSc (Kinesiology) Waterloo, MSc (Rehabilitation Science) McMaster, PhD (Biophysics) Guelph

Cross appointed to the Faculty of Medicine, Community Health and Humanities


  • Examining workplace hazards and risk factors for musculoskeletal and mental health conditions.
  • Identifying meaningful thresholds of change for outcome measures in work and health research.
  • Using evidence synthesis approaches to evaluate effective workplace policies and program innovation in work disability prevention.

Dr. Cullen's website

Dr. Stephanie Field, BA, MSc (Kinesiology), PhD (Kinesiology), University of Victoria

Twitter: @stephcfield
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stephanie-Field-3


-children’s perceived and actual water competence
-physical literacy in aquatic environments
-the impact of water safety programs on drowning prevention
-physical, cognitive, and social factors that influence children’s recreation and leisure participation
-the role of perceived and actual motor competence on physical activity participation

Dr. Stephanie Field website


Dr. Kyle PushkarenkoBSc (Kinesiology); BA (Psychology) University of Saskatchewan, MA McGill University, PhD University of Alberta


  • Inclusive physical literacy theory and practice.
  • Developmental disabilities and adapted physical activity theory and practice.
  • Community stakeholder perspectives of adapted physical activity programming.
  • Barriers and facilitators to participation and engagement in adapted physical activity.
  • Ableism in adapted physical activity practice.
  • Experiential accounts of adapted physical activity practice and programming.
  • Adapted physical activity program development and curriculum design.

Dr. Pushkarenko's website

Professor emeritus

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