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.


Dr. Linda Rohr, B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc., PhD Waterloo


  • 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

Associate 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


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. 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. 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. 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.

Dr. Power's website

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.

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


  • Sport officiating groups
  • Sport officiating decision making
  • Sport psychology
  • Youth sport
  • Relative age and birthplace effects
  • Youth physical activity

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


  • 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. Daniel FullerBSc (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's website

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

Professor emeritus

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


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