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

  • Exercise physiology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Frailty as a modifier of health
  • Exercise interventions to promote 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

Daniel Henhawk, PhD

  • Leisure, Sport and Recreation within Indigenous Contexts
  • Indigenous Land-Based Practices, Ways of Knowing and Being
  • Leisure and Indigenous notions of Sovereignty and Self-determination
  • Conceptualizations and Theories of Western Leisure
  • Leisure, Neo-colonialism and Neo-liberalism
  • Narrative Inquiry and Indigenous Storytelling
  • Narrative Inquiry, Narrative Analysis, and Narrative Theory

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

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 

Brian Rice, PhD

  • Indigenous, land-based education

Ayesha Saleem, PhD

  • Identifying and utilizing novel exosome-based genetic therapy to successfully treat neuromuscular disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
  • Elucidating the therapeutic potential of exercise-induced pro-metabolic signaling factors that can attenuate pathological disease states such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Understanding changes in cellular bioenergetics, biology and physiology associated with aging, and other chronic metabolism-related disorders

Dieter Schonwetter, PhD (adjunct professor)

Jonathan Singer, PhD

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

Ben Schellenberg, PhD

  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Social and personality psychology
  • Health psychology

Trisha Scribbans, PhD, CAT(C)

  • Anatomical and physiological factors underlying motor variability/performance
  • Skeletal muscle and neurological adaptations to exercise training
  • Upper limb kinematics
  • Population differences in performance (sex, age, musculoskeletal disorders)
  • Validity and reliability of clinical tests/tools
  • Individual responses to exercise bouts and training
  • Rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders

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)

Kyoung June (David) Yi, PhD

  • Adapted Physical Activity (diversity and inclusion studies in physical activity)
  • Social justice, equity, access, and inclusion in physical activity settings
  • Culturally sustaining pedagogy in physical and health education
  • Community service-learning as reflexive, transformative, and relational pedagogy
  • Individuals experiencing disabilities
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Newcomers to Canada