Advisors + Areas of Research 

Our research is diverse.

The research is funded by local, national, and international funding agencies. Researchers are funded by all three of the Tri-Council Agencies (Canadian Institute of Health Research, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) as well as by other funding agencies such as the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Manitoba Health Research Council, Manitoba Medical Services Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Based on the themes set forth in the University of Manitoba's Strategic Research Plan, FKRM research is categorized in themes of Cutlre and Creative Works, and Integrative Research in Health and Well-Being.


Heather Carnahan, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Human motor control and learning
  • Health professions education
  • Motor control and learning in challenging environments

Stephen Cornish, PhD

  • Exercise and nutritional immunology
  • Inflamatory response to exercise
  • Exercise and aging, exercise and health
  • Overtraining/over-reaching

Todd Duhamel, PhD

  • Physical activity and chronic disease prevention: translating knowledge derived from the molecular discoveries made in the laboratory into messages that will improve population health.

Russell Field, PhD

  • Sociocultural aspects of sport and physical activity
  • History of sport
  • Global sporting events

Michelle Fortier, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Physical activity motivation/self-determination/enjoyment
  • Physical activity behavior change
  • Determinants of physical activity
  • Mental health
  • Women’s well-being

Gordon Giesbrecht, PhD

  • Physiology of exercise under environmental stress
  • Human temperature regulation
  • Hypo- and hyperthermia

Cheryl M. Glazebrook, PhD

  • Motor control and learning
  • Motor skill assessment and movement performance in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Relationships between perception and action in typical and clinical populations
  • Influence of multisensory stimuli on movement performance
  • Eye-hand coordination

Melanie Gregg, PhD

  • Sport and exercise psychology with primary interests in motivational imagery ability and use by athletes
  • Psychological skills use by athletes with intellectual impairment

Joannie Halas, PhD

  • The quality and cultural relevance of physical education, particularly for marginalized youth
  • Cross-cultural pedagogy
  • Access to quality physical education for Aboriginal and other under-represented groups
  • Qualitative/interpretive research methods, including participatory action research

Nathan Hall, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Physical and health education pedagogy, and outdoor education
  • Usage of mental imagery by physical educators and physical education teacher education

Kelsey Johansen, PhD (candiate)

Amanda Johnson, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Community-based meanings of public leisure spaces

jay johnson, PhD

  • Child labour issues and body fascism
  • Doping knowledges of elite female triathletes
  • Climate change on our physical experiences
  • Interface of sport, physical activity and the environment

Jeff Leiter, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Oversees the Research Program at the Pan Am Clinic that has over 40 active studies ranging from investigating the differences between surgical techniques for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction to the activation of muscle stem cells from pathological rotator cuff muscle
  • Orthopaedics, sports medicine, concussion, human performance and surgical education

Fenton Litwiller, PhD

  • Critical leisure scholar who uses community based research methods and post structuralist and queer theories to account for LGBTQ2S experiences, identities and expressions

Jon McGavock, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in youth, with a particular focus on physical activity

Heather McRae, PhD

Fiona Moola, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Arts-based qualitative research methods
  • Psychosocial determinants of health
  • Psychosocial wellbeing in children with disabilities and chronic illnesses
  • Physical activity for people with disabilities
  • Qualitative methodology and method
  • Addictions and mental health

Jackie Oncescu, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Community development
  • Community recreation delivery systems
  • Poverty
  • Social inclusion
  • Leisure education
  • Community resilience
  • Rural community recreation

Steven Passmore, PhD

  • Studying how people move
  • Strive to better measure a patient’s clinical progression throughout a course of treatment
  • Quantify the delivery of manual therapies by clinicians, and perceptual factors that influence performance

Michelle Porter, PhD

  • Neuromuscular physiology, function and aging
  • Strength training; functional performance
  • Driving and aging
  • Global positioning system (GPS)
  • Isokinetic dynamometry

A. Elizabeth Ready, PhD

  • Health benefits of physical activity in the elderly
  • Community-based physical activity interventions
  • Role of physical activity in the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes
  • Population Level Physical Activity Guidelines and Recommendations

Dieter Schonwetter, PhD (adjunct professor)

Jonathan Singer, PhD

  • Biomechanics/neuromechanics
  • Proactive and reactive stability control
  • Adaptations due to ageing or stroke-related neuromuscular challenges
  • Human locomotion

Leisha Strachan, PhD

  • Sport psychology
  • Positive youth development through sport
  • Developmental uses of imagery
  • Developmental career transitions

Shaelyn Strachan, PhD

  • Exercise psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Exercise adherence
  • Self and identity and health behaviours
  • Social psychology and health behaviours

Sarah Teetzel, PhD

  • Philosophical and ethical issues in sport
  • Gender and sport
  • Olympic studies

David Telles-Langdon, PhD (adjunct professor)

  • Coaching and coach education on youth sport experiences

Christine M. Van Winkle, PhD

  • Cultural Tourism
  • Event Management
  • Visitors' experiences at special events, cultural sites and parks
  • Learning from tourism experiences and free-choice learning environments
  • Visitors' technology use in free choice environments (i.e. festivals and cultural sites)