Current Lab Team

Colin McLaren

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Additional information coming soon! 

Patty Chabbert

PhD

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Erin (Brock) Truswell

PhD

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Jordan Herbison

PhD

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Brianne O’Rourke

Research Intern (NOHFC)

Born and raised in North Bay, I traveled to Hamilton to complete a BSc Kinesiology at McMaster University. After graduating and eventually making my way back home, I was offered the opportunity to work in the PPAHP lab as a research intern. My experience thus far has been extremely positive; as a result, I hope to complete a MSc Kinesiology at Nipissing under the supervision of Dr. Barbi Law and Dr. Brenda Bruner starting in September 2019. My research interests involve physical activity, nutrition, mental health, and women in sport. Outside of work, I enjoy playing ringette, swimming, hiking, camping, and being active outdoors.

Jordan Sutcliffe

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

Born and raised in North Bay, my time as a graduate student at Nipissing University under the supervision of Dr. Mark Bruner has been a very enlightening and fruitful experience. I began my post-secondary education at the University of Ottawa, where I completed a Bachelor of Science specialized in Human Kinetics. In addition, during my undergraduate studies I was privileged to play on the men’s varsity football team. As such, my time as a student, athlete and coach provided me with a passion and curiosity to better understand the social environment in youth sport and its influence on youth development. Therefore, my master’s research will seek to better understand competitive youth sport parents’ behaviour through assessment of their identity and well-being. I’m also involved in research pertaining to mental health in sport, positive youth development, and coach perception. Outside of my studies, I find joy in travel, coaching youth sports, outdoor recreation, and inexperienced investing.

Alanna Shwed

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

I am currently in my first year of pursuing my MSc in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Bruner in the PPAHP lab. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in physical and health education at Nipissing University. Originally from Thornhill, I was fortunate enough to be given a very active childhood with many opportunities. As I got older, my passion for all sports continued but my focus shifted to hockey. I played competitive hockey in the LLFHL for 8 years and have continued for fun throughout university. My love for sports and being active, as well as my interest into the complex world of nutrition, has directed my research interests to nutrition knowledge, perceptions, and values of parents and children who are a part of organized sports. 

Quintin McCluskie

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

Quintin McCluskie is a Master of Kinesiology student at Nipissing University in the Psychology of Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab, supervised by Dr. Brenda Bruner. He originates from the small rural town of Listowel, Ontario. His research interest are around nutrition and physical activity, particularly focusing on nutritional behaviours. Quintin’s current research encompasses food skills and behaviour change in emerging adults. Quintin completed his undergraduate degree in Physical and Health Education from Nipissing University. His previous research was on The Characterizing of Food and Beverage Purchasing Behaviours of Post-Secondary Students Utilized Through Purchase Receipts. He enjoys all forms of physical activity, cooking nutritional meals, and playing board games. 

Rachel Van Woezik

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

My interest in sport psychology stems from a long and adverse journey as a U Sports varsity basketball player, which was ended by consecutive ACL tears and led me to coaching. During the final year of my undergraduate degree at Nipissing University, I transitioned into a coaching roll and am now entering my second year as an assistant coach for the Nipissing University Lakers Women’s Basketball team. In addition to coaching at the varsity level, I also spend my time coaching high-performance youth basketball (e.g., U14 Team North at the Ontario Summer Games). My passion for coaching and my worldview deriving from sport and community involvement have led me to become interested in researching group dynamics, transformational leadership and organizational culture in the MSc Kinesiology program under the supervision of Dr. Mark Bruner. I aspire to become a leader who is able to foster a culture of excellence in team sport, leading players to personal growth and success both on and off the basketball court.

Kieran Peltier

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

Additional information coming soon! 

Chris Cheng

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

Chris Cheng is an MSc candidate and current Men’s Basketball Coach at Nipissing University. He has been coaching at various levels the past 16 years. His coaching experience extends with his past involvements with Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) U17 Boys Provincial Team and Canada Basketball Men’s Development Programs and currently an assistant coach with the Junior Men’s National Team. Away from the
competitive court, Cheng continues to involve himself with the community as a clinician and guest speaker for basketball camps, coaching clinics, and various special events. He has been asked to deliver his experience and knowledge on various items such as: player skill development, offensive and defensive strategies and tactics, and most notably, how to create a culture of success through sport. He also devotes his time attending elementary and secondary schools as a guest speaker educating students on life lessons and the importance of academics. His areas of interest are: team dynamics, transformational leadership, sport, and team culture.

He is a graduate from York University where he obtained a Sociology Honours Degree and Education Degree.  Cheng has also obtained two Diplomas at Humber College in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Recreation and Leisure Services.

Jenna Littleton

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

I am currently in my first year of Masters of Science in kinesiology, under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Karvinen. I am originally from Whitby, Ontario, and immediately fell in love with North Bay while completing my undergraduate degree in Physical Health and Education at Nipissing University. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I was involved with the Varsity Rowing team, competing across Ontario. With both my educational background and always being involved in competitive sports, I have learnt the importance of physical activity within health and wellbeing.  Leading to my research interests of promotion of physical activity in cancer survivors, and survival benefits and quality of life through physical activity with cancer survivors.  

Devyn Richards

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

Additional information coming soon! 

Aaron Paibomsai

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

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Catherine Pollard

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

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Taylor Mueller

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

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Allyn Massana

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Born and raised in North Bay I decided to stay in my home town and attend Nipissing University, enrolling in the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program. My interest in health and psychology stems from living an active lifestyle and a curiosity of how the human psyche works. Having these interests made it an easy decision for me to begin working with Dr. Barbi Law. I began this work during my second year of the BPHE program. I am very fortunate to be able to continue being involved in research involving the interactions between youth, psychology, and sport. Working with Dr. Law has been a rewarding and scholastic opportunity that has proven beneficial on numerous occasions. Outside of work and school I participate in recreational sport and enjoy spending time outdoors and canoeing on stunning Northern Ontario lakes.

Cameron Branch

MSc Kinesiology

Additional information coming soon! 

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