Dr. Fiona Moola
Assistant Professor
308A Max Bell Centre
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Phone: 204-474-9742
Fax: 204-261-4802
Email: fiona.moola@umanitoba.ca

Dr. Fiona J. Moola is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba and a Scientist at the Manitoba Institute for Child Health. She completed Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral Degrees at the University of Toronto and a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Concordia University in Montreal. Her studies, which focused on psychological wellbeing and the role of physical activity for sick children, were funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. As a professor of health psychology, her interests pertain to psychological wellbeing in people with chronic illnesses (cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease) and disabilities, and the use of physical activity and exercise to improve mental health. She primarily works with sick children and families in clinical settings, employing the use of the cognitive behavioural tradition to promote behavior change. Dr. Moola also maintains active, but secondary lines of research in the area of sport and exercise psychology, mental health and addictions, disability studies, adapted physical activity, and qualitative research methodologies. Dr. Moola is currently funded through the Manitoba Health Research Council.


Moola, F. J., Faulkner, E. J., White, L., & Kirsh, J.A (2014). “Kids with special hearts: The Experience of Children with Congenital Heart Disease at a Camp in Northern Ontario. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (accepted and in press)

Moola, F. J., Norman, M.E., Petherick, L., & Strachan, S. (2014) Writing and teaching across the lines of fault in psychology and sociology: A focus on obesity and physical inactivity in kinesiology. Sociology of Sport Journal (accepted and in press).

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, J. A., & White, L. (2013). The psychological and social impact of camp for children with chronic illnesses: A systematic review update. Child: Care, Health, and Development (accepted and in press). DOI: 10.1111/cch.12114

Moola, F. J., Gairdner, S., & Amara, C. (2013). Exercise in the care of patients with anorexia nervosa: A systematic review of the literature. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 6, 59—68.

Moola, F. J., & Faulkner, E. J. (2012). “A tale of two cases:” The health, illness, and physical activity stories of two children living with cystic fibrosis. Child Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, 19, 1, 24-42.

Moola, F., Faulkner, G., & Schneiderman, J. (2012).“No time to play:” Perceptions toward physical activity in youth with cystic fibrosis (CF). Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 29, 44–62.

Moola, F. J. “This is the best fatal illness you can have:” (2012). Contrasting and comparing the     parenting experiences of youth with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 2, 212-225.

Moola, F.J., & Norman, M.E. (2012). “Transcending hoop dreams:” Considering corporeality, cross roads and intersections, and discursive possibilities in Ronald Berger’s hoop dreams. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 4, 2, 284–295.

Fusco, C., Moola, F., Faulkner, G., Buliung, R., & Richichi, V. (2012) Toward an Understanding of Children’s Perceptions of their Transport Geographies: (Non)Active School Travel and Visual Representations of the Built Environment. Journal of Transport Geography, 20, 62—70.

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, E. J., & Schneiderman, J. E. (2011). “CF chatters:” The development of a theoretically informed physical activity intervention for youth with cystic fibrosis. Open Journal of Preventative Medicine, 1, 3, 109–124.     

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, J.A., & Schneiderman, J. (2011). Developing exercise interventions for children with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease: Learning from their parents. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12, 599-608.

Moola, F.J., & Norman, M.E. “Down the rabbit hole:” (2011). Enhancing the transition process for young people with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease by re-imaging the future and time. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 37, 6, 841–851.  

Moola, F., Fusco, C., & Kirsh, A (2011).“What I wish you knew:” Social barriers toward physical activity in youth with congenital heart disease (CHD). Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 28, 1, 56-77.

Norman, M.E., & Moola, F. (2011). “Bladerunner or boundary runner?” Oscar pistorius, cyborg transgressions, and strategies of containment. Sport in Society, 14, 9, 1267–1282.        

Moola, F., Fusco, C., & Kirsh, J. A. (2010). The perceptions of caregivers toward         physical activity and health in youth with congenital heart disease. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 2, 278–291.

Faulkner, G., Richichi, V., Buliung, R., Fusco, C., & Moola, F. (2010). “What’s quickest and easiest:?” Parental decision making about school trip mode. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 7, 62, 1-11.

Moola, F., McCrindle, B., & Longmuir, P. (2009). Physical activity in youth with         surgically corrected congenital heart disease: Devising guidelines so Johnny can  participate. Pediatrics and Child Health, 14, 167-170.

Wilkes, D., Schneiderman, J., Nguyen, T., Heale, L., Moola, F., Ratjen, F., Coates, A., & Wells, G. (2009). Exercise and physical activity in children with cystic fibrosis. Pediatric Respiratory Reviews, 10, 3, 105-109.

Moola, F., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, K., & Kilburn, K. (2008). Sport and physical activity participation in youth with congenital heart disease: Perceptions of children and parents. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 25, 1, 49-70.


Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., & Pasterkamp, H. “CF Chatters:” The Feasibility of a Parent Mediated Physical Activity Counselling Program for Children Living with Cystic Fibrosis. 2013. Funded through the Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC), $ 97, 000. Role: Primary Investigator.

Moola, F. Accessibility on the Move: A Mixed Methods Study to Investigate the Physical Activity Experiences of Students with Disabilities at the University of Manitoba. 2013. Funding through the University of Manitoba’s Research Grants Program, $4, 400.00. Role: Primary Investigator.

Norman, M.E., & Moola, F. J. "Weighing the Poles of Health: Obesity, Anorexia     and a Relational Analysis of Weight Pathologies." 2012. Funding through the University of Manitoba's University Research Grants Program (URGP), $6070.        Role: Co-applicant.
Amara, C., Moola, F. J., & Gairdner, S. “Anorexia and Exercise.” 2012. Funding through the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, The University of Toronto, $ 5000.00. Role: Co-applicant.

Rail, G., Fusco, C., Bryson, M., Moola, F.J., Norman, M., Petherick, L., Polzer, J., McDonald, M., Russell, K., Burns, K. “HPV vaccination discourses, spaces and practices: Constructing youth as biocitizens.” 2012. Funding through the Canadian Institute for Health Research, $275, 000.00. Role: Co-applicant.

Graduate Students

Ms. Shannon Penfound — The role of physical activity in the lives of military personnel

Ms. Elizabeth Huynh — physical activity in children living with cancer

Children; chronic illness; disability; mental health; psychological wellbeing; behavioural interventions; qualitative research

Fiona Moola