Research is an important and vital activity within the UBC School of Kinesiology.
Each of the School’s graduate faculty members has a sustained record of research published in scholarly journals with much of this research supported through competition for research grants. Graduate faculty members are experienced in the supervision of theses and dissertations at both the Master and Doctoral degree levels and they are often sought after to act as external examiners and committee members in other faculties here and elsewhere. Associate status within other UBC faculties, departments, and research institutes (e.g., Science, Rehabilitation Sciences, Psychology, ICORD, and Brain Research Center) is not uncommon and further promotes interdisciplinary activity. Faculty members also have a number of research collaborations with other North American and international universities.
The Neuromechanical cluster includes researchers and scholars dedicated to understanding how neurological, cognitive, sensory, mechanical and muscular systems interact to control human motion and its response to the physical environment. This includes the study of automatic and volitional behaviours, neuro-muscular control, sensorimotor integration and adaptation, systems physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and expert performance and applications for rehabilitation and sport.
The PSYsPAhC (Psychology of Sport, Physical Activity and Health Collaborative) includes research labs and scholars from the disciplines of exercise, health and sport psychology and behavioral medicine. We engage in research broadly examining the application of psychology to understanding and supporting healthy sport, physical activity and health behaviors. The Collaborative conducts research incorporating a range of disciplinary perspectives and research designs, theoretical and methodological approaches.
The Socio-Cultural group includes scholars from the disciplines of sociology and history. We engage in scholarship to explore the social, cultural and global context of sport, exercise, physical activity, health and the body. We use a range of mostly, but not exclusively, qualitative methodologies and our research is informed by critical theories from gender studies, pedagogy, age studies, media studies, Indigenous studies, disability studies, and more.
The Systems Biology, Exercise and Health cluster explores the roles of physical activity and fitness on physiological systems and underlying cellular and metabolic mechanisms. Our laboratories and scholars examine how physiologically and psychologically adverse environments, as well as physical injuries, impact the relationships between physical activity and fitness with biological systems. We use discovery based science with a wide range of methodologies, from laboratory studies and interventions in humans to highly controlled research studies in rodents.
The Leadership Education for Physical Activity, Health, and Sport cluster focuses on developing effective pedagogy and professional competency for physical activity leaders and coaches and also investigates factors that influence human motor development, learning, and performance across the lifespan and in diverse populations.
The School of Kinesiology has a vibrant research program and we are continually looking for people interested assisting with, or in being subjects in, our research projects.