Dr. Leisha Strachan
Associate Professor
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
119 Frank Kennedy Centre
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3T 2N2
Phone: (204) 474-8378 | leisha.strachan@umanitoba.ca
Twitter: @drls250 | Research Gate

 

Education

September 2004 – June 2008
Doctor of Philosophy – Sport Psychology
Queen’s University
Supervisors: Dr. Jean Côté and Dr. Janice Deakin

September 2002 – August 2004
Master of Human Kinetics – Sport Psychology
University of Windsor
Supervisor: Dr. Krista Chandler

September 1997 – May 1999
Bachelor of Education
Major: Physical Education   Minor: French
University of Manitoba

September 1994 – May 1997
Bachelor of Physical Education
University of Manitoba

Keywords: positive youth development, sport participation, children, youth, sport psychology

Research Interests: Dr. Strachan’s research interests focus on positive youth development in sport. Specifically, she is interested in examining the experiences and various outcomes of children and youth in recreational to high performance sport programs. Currently, Dr. Strachan is working on two SSHRC-funded projects: PYD Sport NET (a project that will spread the work about positive youth development through sport around the country) and exploring cultural relevancy with Indigenous youth regarding positive youth development through sport.

In March 2011, Dr. Strachan, along with Dr. Dany MacDonald (UPEI) and Dr. Jean Côté (Queen’s), was awarded a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Sport Canada Research Initiative to begin development of a technology-based program aimed to deliver positive programming to youth sport teams and coaches. The program called Project SCORE! (www.projectscore.ca) is a resource for coaches and data collection is on-going. She has also receive funding from Sport Canada to explore psychological literacy (with Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba). From 2011-2013, she worked with Mini-University to explore the experiences of children and instructors involved in Mini U.

Additionally, the topics of contextual factors in youth sport (i.e., parents and siblings), physical activity program delivery, and career transitioning continue to be of interest to Dr. Strachan. In terms of applied work, Dr. Strachan has had the opportunity to consult with athletes in team and individual sports including volleyball, baton twirling, wheelchair curling, rowing, and judo. She is currently helping deliver sport psychology help to the Bison Women’s Soccer team.

Other Interests: As a former National team member and World medalist in the sport of baton twirling, Dr. Strachan continues to be involved in the sport as a coach and judge. She has also had the opportunity to do choreography across Canada as well as in England and Scotland. Besides her involvement in baton twirling, Dr. Strachan enjoys working in the Caribbean Community in Winnipeg and singing at her church, Blessed John XXIII.

Honours and Awards:

  • 2017 – Black History Month Award (Professional Category)
  • 2016 – Sport Manitoba Order of Sport Excellence Award (Coach)
  • 2015 – Sport Manitoba Order of Sport Excellence Award (Coach)
  • 2015 – Jim Henderson Dedicated Service Award (Sport Psych Manitoba)
  • 2014 – Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute Fellowship Recipient
  • 2013 – University of Manitoba Outreach Award recipient
  • 2013 – Sharon Holliday Memorial Award recipient (Canadian Baton Twirling Federation)
  • 2013 – Marian Award Recipient (St. Mary’s Academy, Winnipeg, MB)
  • 2014 – Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute Fellowship Recipient
  • 2013 – University of Manitoba Outreach Award recipient
  • 2013 – Sharon Holliday Memorial Award recipient (Canadian Baton Twirling Federation)
  • 2013 – Marian Award Recipient (St. Mary’s Academy, Winnipeg, MB)
  • 2013 – Nominee, YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Culture)
  • 2011 – Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute Travel Grant Recipient
  • 2008 – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Post Doctoral Grant Recipient (2 years - $81,000)
  • 2008 – Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Grant Recipient (3 years - $10,000)
  • 2005 – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Grant Recipient (3 years - $60,000)

External Research Funding:

  • 2016-2018: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Sport Canada
    “Cultural relevancy and positive youth development: Exploring the sport and physical activity experiences of Indigenous youth in Canada”
    (PI: Leisha Strachan; Co-I’s: Tara-Leigh McHugh, Courtney Mason, Joannie Halas, & Heather McRae
    Amount awarded: $51,490 (January 2016-December 2018)
     
  • 2015-2018: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant
    “Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Sport: PYD SportNET.”
    ( PI: Nicholas Holt; Co-I’s: Leisha Strachan, Martin Camiré, Tanya Forneris, Dany MacDonald, Katherine Tamminen, & Jessica Fraser-Thomas; Collaborators: Camilla Knight, Jean Côté)
    Amount awarded: $195,456

  • 2012-2015: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Sport Canada
    “SCORE! Using technology to design and deliver positive youth sport programs” (PI - Leisha Strachan; Co-I’s – Dany MacDonald; Collaborator – Jean Côté)
    Amount awarded: $39,496 (from January 2013-December 2015)

Recent Publications:

►Chapters

Strachan, L., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Nelson-Ferguson, K. (2016). An ecological perspective on high performance sport and positive youth development. In N. Holt (Ed.), Positive youth development in sport 2nd ed. (pp. 57-68). New York: Routledge.
 
Fraser-Thomas, J., & Strachan, L. (2015). Personal development and performance? Exploring positive youth development in elite sport contexts. In J. Baker, P. Safai, & J. Fraser-Thomas  (Eds.), Health and Elite Sport : Is high performance sport a healthy pursuit? (pp. 15-32). New York : Routledge.
 
Fraser-Thomas, J., Strachan, L., & Jeffery-Tosoni, S. (2013). Family influence on children’s involvement in sport. In J. Côté & R. Lidor (Eds.), Conditions of children’s talent development in sport (pp. 179-196). Morgantown: Fitness Information Technology.


Journal Publications

Holt, N. L., Camiré, M., Tamminen, K., Pankow, K., Pynn, S. R., Strachan, L., MacDonald, D., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2017). PYDSportNET: A knowledge translation project bridging gaps between research and practice in youth sport. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, doi: 10.1080/21520704.2017.1388893
 
Holt, N. L., Pankow, K., Camiré, M., Côté, J., Fraser-Thomas, J., MacDonald, D., Strachan, L., & Tamminen, K. (in press). Factors associated with using research evidence in national sport organisations. Journal of Sports Sciences [accepted with revisions July 10, 2017]
 
Santos, F., Côrte-Real, N., Strachan, L., Dias, C., Fonseca, A. (in press).  Portuguese football coaches’ role in facilitating positive development within elite contexts:  Is positive development relevant? International Sport Coaching Journal.
 
Kehler, D. S., Kent, D., Beaulac, J., Strachan, L., Wangasekara, N., Chapman, S., Luchik, D., Lamont, D., Lerner, N., Boreski, S., Avery, L., & Duhamel, T. A. (published online – February 2017). Examining patient outcome quality indicators based on wait times from referral to entry into cardiac rehabilitation : A pilot observational study. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000232
 
Strachan, L., Leslie-Toogood, A., & Kristjanson, K. (2017, June). A new term or old concept? Exploring psychological literacy through the Long Term Athlete Development Model. Coaches Plan. Retrieved from https://www.coach.ca/psychological-literacy-a-new-term-or-old-concept--p160981
 
Nelson, K., & Strachan, L.  (2017). Friend, foe, or both? A retrospective exploration of sibling relationships in elite youth sport. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 12(2), 207-218. doi: 10.1177/1747954117694923
 
Holt, N. L., Neely, K. C., Slater, L. G., Camiré, M., Côté, J., Fraser-Thomas, J., MacDonald, D., Strachan, L., & Tamminen, K. A. (2017). A model of positive youth development through sport based on results from a qualitative meta-study. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10(1), 1-49, DOI: 10.1080/1750984X.2016.1180704
 
Downs, M., & Strachan, L. (2016). High school sport participation: Does it have an impact on the physical activity self-efficacy of adolescent males?. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 4, 6 - 11. doi: 10.13189/saj.2016.040102.
 
Strachan, L., Macdonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (2016). Project SCORE!: Coaches’ perceptions of an online tool to promote positive youth development in sport. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 11(1), 108-115. doi: 10.1177/1747954115624827


Recent Academic Conference Presentations

Kosmenko, N., Boule, K., Strachan, L., McHugh, T., & Mason, C. (October 2017). Relevance of an existing knowledge-to-action model to research involving Indigenous youth. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference (SCAPPS), St. John’s, NL.
 
Mason, C., Boule, K., McHugh, T., & Strachan, L. (October 2017). Rethinking positive youth development and barriers to physical activity programs for urban Indigenous youth. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference (SCAPPS), St. John’s, NL.
 
Holt, N. L., Camiré, M., Fraser-Thomas, J., MacDonald, D., Strachan, L., & Tamminen, K. A. (July 2017). Bridging the research-to-practice gap in Canadian sport: The PYD SportNET project. Symposium presentation at International Society of Sport Psychology Conference. Sevilla, Spain.
Strachan, L., McHugh, T., & Mason, C.  (July 2017). Understanding positive youth development in sport through the voices of Indigenous youth. Presented at the International Society of Sport Psychology World Congress, Sevilla, Spain.
 
MacDonald, D. J., Stavert, S., & Strachan, L. (July 2017). Using parent feedback to improve an online PYD program. Presented at the International Society of Sport Psychology World Congress, Sevilla, Spain.
 
Strachan, L., McHugh, T., Mason, C., Halas, J., & McRae, H. (October 2016). Cultural relevancy and positive youth development: Exploring the sport and physical activity experiences of urban Indigenous youth in Canada. Presented at Sport Canada Research Initiative conference, Gatineau, PQ.
 
Pankow, K., Camiré, M., Fraser-Thomas, J. L., MacDonald, D. J., Strachan, L., Tamminen, K. A., & Holt, N. L. (October 2016). Provincial stakeholders' perceptions of barriers, opportunities, and communication strategies for using research evidence to inform youth sport delivery. Journal of Exercise, Movement, and Sport, 48, 123.
 
Ceccarelli, L., & Strachan, L. (October 2016). Biofeedback and physiological reactivity in high-performance athletes. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference (SCAPPS), Waterloo, ON.
 
Nelson-Ferguson, K., & Strachan, L.  (June 2016). A retrospective exploration of sibling relationships in elite youth sport: Perceptions of the parental role. Presented at the North American Society for Sport Psychology and Physical Activity conference.
 
Harris, D., Strachan, L., & Leslie-Toogood, A. (November 2015). An exploration of passion and the expert coach: Impact on life and performance. Presented at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership conference, Winnipeg, MB.
 
MacDonald, D. J., Townshend, E., Kristjanson, K., & Strachan, L. (November 2015). Coach perceptions of Project SCORE! website using a talk aloud procedure. Presented at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership conference, Winnipeg, MB.
 
Kristjanson, K., Strachan, L., Townshend, E., & MacDonald, D. J. (November 2015). Improving Project SCORE! Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of an online positive youth development resource. Presented at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership conference, Winnipeg, MB.
 
Strachan, L., MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (October 2015). Project SCORE! A deliberate approach to teaching positive youth development through sport. Presented at Sport Canada Research Initiative conference, Gatineau, PQ.

 

Invited Talks:

October 2017
Workshop facilitator/presenter for a two-day workshop for developing coaches and physical educators, Project SCORE, GC Foster College, Kingston, Jamaica.
 
October 2017
Invited presentation, Linking the GIFT and Project SCORE, presentation at GC Foster College, Kingston, Jamaica.
 
September 2017
Invited presentation, Keeping up the Mustang Magic, Sport psychology presentation at MacGregor Collegiate, MacGregor, MB
 
March 2017
Invited presentation, Re-Learning My ABC’s, Academic session of KinGames 2017, Winnipeg, MB
 
May 2016
Presenter, Cultural relevancy and positive youth development (PYD) through sport. Research Day – Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
 
April 2016
Invited talk and presenter for a five-day workshop for high performance coaches, Applied sport psychology and positive youth development through sport. Bahrain Olympic Committee, Kingdom of Bahrain.
 
January 2016
Invited presentation, Parent session: MPW Rangers (focusing on positive parent behaviors in youth hockey), Local hockey team, Winnipeg, MB.
 
October 2015
Presenter, Physical literacy and positive youth development: What’s the link?, Moving It Forward Summit on Physical Literacy (sponsored by the Winnipeg Community Sport Policy Group, Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Association, Manitoba Physical Education Supervisors Association, and Sport Medicine Council of Manitoba), Winnipeg, MB


September 2015
Workshop Leader/Presenter, Project SCORE! Teaching personal skills through sport, Power Smart Manitoba Games Coaches Seminar (sponsored by Manitoba Hydro, Sport Manitoba, and Coaching Manitoba), Steinbach, MB

January 2016
Invited presentation, Parent session: MPW Rangers (focusing on positive parent behaviors in youth hockey), Local hockey team, Winnipeg, MB.
 
October 2015
Presenter, Physical literacy and positive youth development: What’s the link?, Moving It Forward Summit on Physical Literacy (sponsored by the Winnipeg Community Sport Policy Group, Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Association, Manitoba Physical Education Supervisors Association, and Sport Medicine Council of Manitoba), Winnipeg, MB

September 2015
Workshop Leader/Presenter, Project SCORE! Teaching personal skills through sport, Power Smart Manitoba Games Coaches Seminar (sponsored by Manitoba Hydro, Sport Manitoba, and Coaching Manitoba), Steinbach, MB
 
September 2015
Invited presentation, Parent sessions about how to support high performance baton twirlers. Champion’s Choice Clinic, Regina, SK.
 
March 2015
Seminar Presenter, Helping kids develop psychological literacy through the LTAD model, Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute Seminar Series, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
 

Current Graduate Students
Donna Harris (MA)
Jody Sie (MA)
Nickolas Kosmenko (AHS PhD) (Co-Advisor with Dr. Joannie Halas)

Interview on 680 CJOB - Nov. 20, 2013