Three people walking together along Curry Place at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus.

Our researchers

  • Marion Alexander, pictured outside of the Dr. Marion Alexander Research Centre

    Marion Alexander, PhD

    Senior Scholar
    Research and expertise: Research interests focus primarily on sport biomechanics, or the analysis of athletes using filming techniques and computerized analysis programs.

     

  • Dean, Douglas Brown.

    Douglas Brown, PhD

    Professor
    Research and expertise: Focused on the origins of the Modern Olympic Games, early Canadian Mountaineering and winter sports. Explores themes such as identity, ethnicity and human agency within sport as well as the aesthetics or poetics of sport participation.

     

  • Stephanie Chesser

    Stephanie Chesser, PhD

    Assistant professor
    Research themes: Aging, identity roles, community-based participatory research, social justice, qualitative research.

     

  • Stephen Cornish, pictured smiling

    Stephen Cornish, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Focused on exercise and nutritional immunology. Concerned with the effects that exercise and nutritional interventions can have in ameliorating chronic low-grade inflammation that is observed in many cases of chronic disease.

  • Professor Todd Duhamel standing inside the Active Living Centre.

    Todd Duhamel, PhD

    Professor
    Research and expertise: Research examines the role of physical activity for the prevention, as well as treatment, of cardiovascular disease. Utilizes exercise physiology as a tool to identify novel therapeutic targets and signaling pathways that regulate cardiovascular and skeletal muscle health.

     

  • Russel Field pictured in the Active Living Centre

    Russell Field, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Examines the socio-cultural study of sport and physical activity. Focused on the lived experience of sport participants, the desire to separate organizational rhetoric from local remains and the integration of oral history with archival sources as a methodological approach. Interested in the cultural representations of sport and physical activity found in both narrative and documentary films.

     

  • Phillip Gardiner, pictured at event

    Phillip Gardiner, PhD

    Professor emeritus
    Research and expertise: Interested is in the adaptations that occurs in the nervous and neuromuscular systems as a result of increased and decreased physical activity, aging, spinal cord injury, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Adaptations that are of interest include electrophysiology, morphology, and gene expression.

     

     

  • Primary investigator Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht.

    Gordon Giesbrecht, PhD

    Professor
    Research and expertise: Studies human responses to exercise/work in extreme environments. Conducts cold-water immersion studies that have provided valuable information about cold stress physiology and pre-hospital care for human hypothermia. Other research interests include human physical and mental performance in other stresses such as altitude and diving.

     

  • Cheryl Glazebrook, pictured smiling

    Cheryl Glazebrook, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Research program seeks to understand how the nervous system integrates information from different senses to perform precise movements. Particularly interested in understanding the processes of multisensory-motor integration to develop an understanding of perceptual-motor performance in individuals with developmental disorders as well as neurological disorders and injuries.

     

  • Dan Henhawk, pictured in the Active Living Centre

    Dan Henhawk, PhD

    Assistant professor
    Research and expertise: Researches multiple conceptualizations of leisure and the socio-cultural study of sport and recreation. Specifically interested in how understandings and meanings of leisure are changing in relation to understandings of work. Focused on Indigenous notions of decolonization, indigenization, sovereignty and self-determination.

     

  • jay johnson pictured smiling

    jay johnson, PhD

    Professor
    Research and expertise: Explores the role of climate change on our physical experiences. Investigates how Indigenous youth experience the built environment and outdoor adventure-based education. Examines gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and homophobia in team initiation rituals.

     

  • Fenton Litwiller pictured smiling

    Fenton Litwiller, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Studies recreation for social inclusion and well-being. Uses participatory action research methods to cultivate understandings on how to create welcoming and inclusive recreation environments for individuals with mental illness. Researches drag performance with LGBTQ youth to explore gender, in particular, gender identity and gender expression.

     

  • Steven Passmore

    Steven Passmore, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Utilizes a theoretical and applied background in perceptual motor behaviour to explore performance-based outcome measures in an attempt to objectively determine population characteristics, movement outcomes and sustainability of interventions.

     

  • Michelle Porter, pictured outdoors

    Michelle Porter, PhD

    Professor
    Research and expertise: Interested in research pertaining to older adults. Themes include mobility, age-friendly environments, and physical activity.

     

  • Liz Ready

    Elizabeth Ready, PhD

    Senior Scholar
    Research and expertise: Interested in physical health and functional benefits of physical activity in older adults. Explores the impact of age-friendly neighbourhoods on physical activity and health.

     

  • Brian Rice, pictured in the Active Living Centre

    Brian Rice, PhD

    Professor
    Research and expertise: Qualitative land-based education expert with a focus on Indigenous community building.

     

  • Ayesha Saleem pictured in the Active Living Centre

    Ayesha Saleem, PhD

    Assistant professor
    Research and expertise: Mainly focused on deciphering the extracellular signalling as mediated through extracellular vesicles, that regulates the interplay between host tissue and imposed challenges. These challenges can be physiological, metabolic, environmental or developmental.

     

  • Ben Schellenberg

    Ben Schellenberg, PhD

    Assistant professor
    Research and expertise: Sport psychologist with a research focus on understanding how people can engage in their favourite activities in a way that produces the most benefits (e.g., high levels of performance and well-being), while avoiding potential costs (e.g., conflict, burnout). Other topics of study include savouring, self-compassion, coping, and perfectionism.

     

  • Trisha Scribbans

    Trisha Scribbans, PhD

    Assistant professor
    Research and expertise: Research focused on understanding the neuromuscular mechanisms that control of force production and movement of the upper extremity, with a particular emphasis on the role of scapular position and movement in shoulder and scapulothoracic mechanics/pathomechanics.

     

  • Veronica Silva pictured in the Active Living Centre

    Veronica Silva, PhD

    Assistant professor
    Research and expertise: Research program is dedicated to understanding the determinants of successful mobility in naturally challenging conditions with a focus on the visual perception and executive mechanisms underlying the control of posture and locomotion.

     

  • Jonathan Singer, pictured in the Active Living Centre

    Jonathan Singer, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Research works to advance knowledge of the specific neuromechanical mechanisms by which humans maintain stability, and understand why clinical populations, such as older adults and stroke survivors, experience challenges with stability control.

     

  • Leisha Strachan pictured in the Active Living Centre

    Leisha Strachan, PhD

    Professor
    Research and expertise: Research focus on positive youth development in sport. Specifically interested in examining the experiences and various outcomes of children and youth in recreational to high performance sport programs.

     

  • Shaelyn Strachan pictured smiling

    Shaelyn Strachan, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Primary objective is to promote health through adherence to physical activity. Research centers on self-related variables and the role of these construct in the self-regulation of exercise.

     

  • Sarah Teetzel pictured smiling, outdoors

    Sarah Teetzel, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Research focus is on applied ethical issues in sport with emphasis on the intersection of rules and values. Areas of expertise include the Olympics, doping and drug testing in sport and gender issues in sport.

     

  • Rodrigo Villar pictured in the Active Living Centre

    Rodrigo Villar, PhD

    Assistant professor
    Research and expertise: Focused on determining the underlying mechanisms involved in the cardiovascular, respiratory, and muscular integrative regulation to physiological challenges. Uses postural changes and exercise as a framework to elucidate the role of perfusion pressure, O2 availability, and vascular conductance/resistance in the regulation of blood flow and O2 uptake and the implications for the muscular system especially the muscle pump.

     

  • Christine Van Winkle

    Christine Van Winkle, PhD

    Professor
    Research and expertise: Interested in visitors’ experiences at events and attractions, understanding visitor learning in free-choice environments, exploring the effects of technology on the visitor’s experience at attractions.

     

  • Kyoung June pictured in Active Living Centre

    Kyoung June (David) Yi, PhD

    Associate professor
    Research and expertise: Focus is on individuals experiencing disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and newcomers to promote social justice and cultural sustainability in various physical activity settings.

     

Adjunct professors

Our collaborations reach far and wide, providing our graduate students with extensive research opportunities and experiences.

Our FKRM 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.