The overall goal of my research program is to close the gap between what we know about promoting physical activity and health behaviours, and how this knowledge is applied in practical settings for persons with disabilities. My research to date has focused on knowledge translation, or closing research-to-practice gaps, for physical activity behaviour change for persons with physical disabilities and cancer. Recognizing that behaviour change is complex and multifaceted within these populations, I focus on interventions for both end users and their health care professionals; thus, I have a keen interest in finding ways to promote the notion of “Exercise Is Medicine” in the health care system. My research adopts an integrated knowledge translation approach, whereby I include relevant stakeholders (e.g., community and government organizations, health care professionals, and end users) throughout all stages of research so that my findings will be meaningful in the “real-world”.
Graduate student training opportunities
Opportunities exist for students who are interested in pursuing postgraduate training in knowledge translation for physical activity promotion for persons with disabilities. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for funding from the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and other agencies that provide support for graduate students. Interested applicants should email me with a letter of interest along with a resume and unofficial academic transcript.