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
E-mail: leisha.strachan@umanitoba.ca

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:

  • 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
 
2013: Sport Canada
“Examining psychological literacy through the LTAD” (Co-PI’s – Adrienne Leslie-Toogood & Leisha Strachan)
Amount awarded: $15,000

2013: Sport Canada
“Examining psychological literacy through the LTAD” (Co-PI’s – Adrienne Leslie-Toogood & Leisha Strachan)
Amount awarded: $15,000

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)
 
2012: Sport Canada
“Examining psychological literacy through the LTAD” (Co-PI’s – Adrienne Leslie-Toogood & Leisha Strachan)
Amount awarded: $20,600

 2012: Sport Canada
“Examining psychological literacy through the LTAD” (Co-PI’s – Adrienne Leslie-Toogood & Leisha Strachan)
Amount awarded: $20,600

2011-2012: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Standard Research Grant)
“SCORE! Using technology to design and deliver positive youth sport programs” (PI - Leisha Strachan; Co-I’s – Dany MacDonald; Collaborator – Jean Côté)
Amount awarded: $27, 572 (from March 2011-March 2012)

2011: Sport Canada
“Examining psychological literacy through the LTAD” (Co-PI’s – Adrienne Leslie-Toogood & Leisha Strachan)
Amount awarded: $14,600
 
2011: 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 2014)
 
2011: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Standard Research Grant)
“SCORE! Using technology to design and deliver positive youth sport programs” (PI - Leisha Strachan; Co-I’s – Dany MacDonald; Collaborator – Jean Côté)
Amount awarded: $27, 572 (from March 2011-March 2012)
 
2011: Sport Canada
“Examining psychological literacy through the LTAD” (Co-PI’s – Adrienne Leslie-Toogood & Leisha Strachan)
Amount awarded: $14,600
 
2011: Public Health Agency of Canada
“Evidence-based kernels to promote healthy diet, activity, and weight in children from birth through age 12 at a population level: The Lifestyle Triple P - Positive Parenting Program" (Co-PI’s – John Walker & Steven Feldgaier; Research Team – Leanne Boyd, Mariette Chartier, Benita Cohen, Jennifer Ducharme, Dennis Embry, Paul Fieldhouse, Lisa Murdock, Elizabeth Ready, Matthew Sanders, Rob Santos, Karen Serwonka, & Leisha Strachan)
Amount awarded: $211,646.60
 
2010: Manitoba Health Research Council Establishment Grant
“Examining the longitudinal effects of two different cardiac rehabilitation delivery models on daily physical activity” (PI: Todd Duhamel; Co-I’s: Sue Boreski (Reh-Fit Centre Executive Director), Darlene Lamont (Reh-Fit Centre Research Co-ordinator), Leisha Strachan, Julie Beaulac, Scott Kehler (Research Assistant, University of Manitoba), Ihor Babiak (Research Assistant, University of Manitoba), Eric Garcia (Research Assistant, University of Manitoba), David Kent (Research Assistant, University of Manitoba)

Internal Research Funding:

2013: Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
“Investigating the Impact of Project SCORE! in Mini U Camps” (PI – Leisha Strachan; Co-I – Jay Gamey)
Amount awarded: $3,000
 
2012: Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
“Examining the Meaning of Mini-University Sport Camp Instructors’ Experiences Using Photo Elicitation” (PI – Leisha Strachan; Co-I – Jay Gamey)
Amount awarded: $4,400
 
2011: University of Manitoba Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
“SUPER! Engaging new immigrant youth in physical activity through a positive youth development program” (PI – Leisha Strachan, Partners – Immigrant and Refugee Communities of Manitoba (IRCOM) and Community Vibes Incorporated)
Amount awarded: $5,600
 
2010: Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
“Click! Examining children’s sport experiences through photo elicitation” (PI – Leisha Strachan; Co-I – Kristin Davies)
Amount awarded: $5,000

Recent Publications:

►Chapters

Strachan, L., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Nelson-Ferguson, K.  (chapter in press). An ecological perspective on high performance sport and positive youth development. In N. Holt (Ed.), Positive youth development in sport (2nd ed.).
 
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.

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.
 
Bruner, M. W., Strachan, L., & Côté, J. (2011). Developmental transitions in sport. In I. Stafford (Ed.), Coaching children in sport (pp. 227-239). London: Routledge.
 
Côté, J., Bruner, M., Erickson, K., Strachan, L., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2010). Athletes development and coaching. In J. Lyle & C. Cushion (Eds.), Sport coaching: Professionalism and practice (pp. 63-83). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
 
Strachan, L., MacDonald, D.J., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Côté, J. (2008). Youth sport: Talent, socialisation, and development. In R. Fisher & R. Bailey (Series Eds)., Perspectives: Volume 9. Talent identification and development - The search for sporting excellence (pp. 201-216). Germany: H&P Druck.
 
Côté, J., Strachan, L., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2008). Participation, personal development and performance through youth sport. In N. L. Holt (Ed.), Positive youth development through sport (pp. 34-45). London: Routledge.

Journal Publications

Downs, M., & Strachan, L. (accepted). High school sport participation: Does it have an impact on physical activity self-efficacy for adolescent males? International Journal of Human Movement and Sport Science.
 
Strachan, L., Macdonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (in press). Project SCORE!: Coaches’ perceptions of an online tool to promote positive youth development in sport. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.
 
Gregg, M., & Strachan, L. (2015). Developmental differences in youth soccer players’ use of imagery. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity. doi: 10.1515/jirspa-2014-0008
 
Lagimodiere, C. & Strachan, L. (2015). Exploring the role of sport type and popularity in male athletes’ retirement experiences. Athletic Insight, 7(1), 1-18.
 
Strachan, L., & Davies, K. (2014). Click! Using photo elicitation to explore youth experiences and positive youth development in sport. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 7(2), 170-191. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2013.867410
 
Strachan, L., & Lee, N. (2014). D.A.N.C.E.: A framework for instructing university physical education students about dance. Physical and Health Education Journal, 79(4), 34-36.

Wattie, N., Strachan, L., MacDonald, D. J., Cobley, S., & McKenna, J. (2012). Do sport participation and relative age moderate youths' perceptions of internal and external developmental assets? Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 34 (Suppl), p. S299-S299.

Strachan, L. (2011). Enhancing coach-parent relationships in youth sports: Increasing harmony and minimizing hassle - A commentary. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 6(1), 47-48.
 
Strachan, L., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2011). A new view: Exploring positive youth development in elite sport contexts. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 3(1), 9–32.
 
Strachan, L. (2009). Optimization of performance in top-level athletes: An action-focused coping approach – A commentary. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 4(1), 75-77.
 
Strachan, L., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2009). An evaluation of personal and contextual factors in competitive youth sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21, 340-355.
 
Strachan, L., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2009). “Specializers” versus “samplers” in youth sport: Comparing experiences and outcomes. The Sport Psychologist, 23, 77-92.

Lagimodiere, C. & Strachan, L. (in press). Exploring the role of sport type and popularity in male athletes’ retirement experiences. Athletic Insight.

Strachan, L
., & Lee, N. (2014). D.A.N.C.E.: A framework for instructing university physical education students about dance. Physical and Health Education Journal, 79(4), 34-36.

Strachan, L
., & Davies, K. (2014). Click! Using photo elicitation to explore youth experiences and positive youth development in sport. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health.

Strachan, L. (2011). Enhancing coach-parent relationships in youth sports: Increasing harmony and minimizing hassle - A commentary. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 6/(1), 47-48.  

Strachan, L., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2011). A new view: Exploring positive youth development in elite sport contexts. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 3/(1), 9–32.

Strachan, L. (2009). Optimization of performance in top-level athletes: An action-focused coping approach – A commentary. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 4/(1), 75-77.

Strachan, L., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2009). An evaluation of personal and contextual factors in competitive youth sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21, 340-355.

Strachan, L., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2009). “Specializers” versus “samplers” in youth sport: Comparing experiences and outcomes. The Sport Psychologist, 23, 77-92.

Recent Academic Conference Presentations

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.
 
Nelson-Ferguson, K., & Strachan, L. (October 2015). Friend, foe, or both? A retrospective exploration of sibling relationships in elite youth sport. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference (SCAPPS), Edmonton, AB.
 
Strachan, L, MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (October 2015). Investigating youth sport experiences through Project SCORE! Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference (SCAPPS), Edmonton, AB.
 
Strachan, L., MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (October 2014). Project SCORE! A resource to help coaches deliver positive youth sport programs. Presented at the Sport Canada Research Initiative conference, Ottawa, ON.
 
Strachan, L., Kristjanson, K., & Mullin, C. (October  2014). Exploring the meaning of sport camp instructors’ experiences using photo elicitation. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference (SCAPPS), London, ON.
 
Hobday, K., & Strachan, L. (October 2014). Mentoring in coach education: Defining the characteristics of mentoring relationships. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference (SCAPPS), London, ON.
 
Kamal, A., Strachan, L., Leslie-Toogood, A., Nelson, K., Penelton, S., & Kristjanson, K. (June 2014). Examining psychological literacy through the Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD): Preliminary findings on parental roles and influence. Presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity conference. Minneapolis, MN.
 
Strachan, L., Hobday, K., MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (June 2014). Investigating the use of Project SCORE! in a summer sport camp context. Presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Kamal, A., Strachan, L., Leslie-Toogood, A., Nelson, K., Penelton, S., & Kristjanson, K. (June 2014). Examining psychological literacy through the Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD): Preliminary findings on parental roles and influence. Submitted to North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity conference.

Strachan, L., Hobday, K., MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (June 2014). Investigating the use of Project SCORE! in a summer sport camp context. Submitted to North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity conference.

Davies, K., Strachan, L., Leslie-Toogood, A., Phalen, J., Mullin, C., & Kristjanson, K. (November 2013). Examining psychological literacy through the Long Term Athlete Development Model – Athlete perspectives. Presented at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference, Calgary, AB.

Downs, M., & Strachan, L. (October 2013). High school sport participation: Does it have an impact on physical activity participation and self-efficacy? Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference, Kelowna, BC.

Lagimodiere, C., & Strachan, L. (October 2013). Similarities and differences in retirement experiences of professional amateur versus amateur high performance male athletes. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference, Kelowna, BC.

Strachan, L.,
Leslie-Toogood, A., Davies, K., Downs, M., Kristjanson, K., & Mullin, C. (January 2013). Examining psychological literacy through the Long Term Athlete Development Model – Preliminary results. Presented at the Canadian Sport for Life Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Strachan, L., MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (2012, November). SCORE! Using technology to deliver positive youth sport programs. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference, Halifax, NS.
 
Strachan, L., MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (2012, October). Coaches’ perceptions of project SCORE : A pilot study. Presented at the Sport Canada Research Initiative conference, Ottawa, ON.
 
Leslie-Toogood, A., Strachan, L., Davies, K., Downs, M., & Lagimodiere, C. (2012, January). Examining psychological literacy through the Long Term Athlete Development Model. Presented at the Canadian Sport for Life Conference, Ottawa, ON.
 
Strachan, L. (2011, November). Examining positive youth development in elite sport contexts using photo elicitation. Presented at the Sport Canada Research Initiative conference, Ottawa, ON.

Strachan, L. (2011, June). Examining children’s experiences in summer sport camps using photo elicitation. Presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity conference, Burlington, Vermont.

Gregg, M., & Strachan, L. (2010, October). Developmental differences in youth soccer players’ use of imagery. Presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology conference, Ottawa, ON.

Strachan, L. (2010, October). Promoting positive youth development in elite sport contexts using photo elicitation : Preliminary findings. Presented at the Sport Canada Research Initiative conference, Ottawa, ON.

Strachan, L., & Côté, J. (2009, November). Promoting positive youth development in elite sport contexts using photo elicitation. Presented at the Sport Canada Research Initiative conference, Ottawa, ON.

Strachan, L., Côté, J., & Deakin, J. (2009, June). Coaches’ perceptions of promoting positive youth development in elite sport contexts. Presented at the International Society of Sport Psychology 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Marrakech, Morocco.

Côté, J., Bruner, M., Erickson, K., Strachan, L., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2009, June). Vers une définition de l’entraîneur expert (Towards a definition of an expert coach). Presented at the International Society of Sport Psychology 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Marrakech, Morocco.

McFadden, K., Strachan, L., Bruner, M, MacDonald, D. J., & Côté, J. (2009, March). A review of questionnaires for children in sport. Presented at the Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON.

Invited Talks:

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
 
February 2015
Invited presentation, Project SCORE! Teaching positive skills through sport, Sport Matters Regional meeting, Winnipeg, MB
 
January 2015
Invited presentation, Project SCORE! Training personal skills through sport, The Edge School for Athletes, Calgary, AB.
 
July 2014
Invited presentation, Support teams at beginner/developer stages, International Council of Coaching Excellence Global Coaches House, 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, UK.
 
February 2014
Seminar presenter, SCORE! Promoting positive youth development through sport, 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