Research Projects

Students and faculty members throughout the UBC School of  Kinesiology enjoy research partnerships with organizations and individuals in the community. The School has had a long-standing history of working with community organizations through a number of research projects, which engage with communities here on campus, across the Lower Mainland, nationally, and internationally.

To begin learning more, select from the following:

Project Title: Immigrant Women’s Health & Wellness Project
Duration: 2011 - 2013

The Immigrant Women’s Health & Wellness Project focuses on the role played by community centres and physical activity programs in affecting the lives of immigrant women. Supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the study is a university-community partnership involving several graduate students from the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia.

UBC School of Kinesiology Team Members:

  • Wendy Frisby
  • Shawn Forde
  • Donna Lee

Community Partner(s):

  • North Vancouver Recreation Commission
  • Newcomer Project

For more information visit the website here.

Project Title: The AIM Trial (Adolescence-In-Motion Trial)
Duration: 2008 - Present

The AIM Trial involves putting on training programs for teachers and large-scale randomized controlled trials (RCT). Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

UBC School of Kinesiology Team Members:
Mark Beauchamp

Community Partner(s):

  • Abbotsford School Board
  • West Vancouver School Board
  • North Vancouver School Board
  • Burnaby School Board
  • Surrey School Board
  • Richmond School Board
  • Vancouver School Board

Visit the AIM Trial website here.

Project Title: The GOAL TRIAL (GrOup-based physical Activity for oLder adults Trial)
Duration: 2013 - Present

The GOAL TRIAL involves taking part in a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) involving group-based physical activity for older adults. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

UBC School of Kinesiology Team Members:
Mark Beauchamp

Community Partner(s):
YMCA of Greater Vancouver

visit the GOAL Trial website here

Duration: 2008 - Present

KIN 499 is a course focused on a student research project. Under the supervision of Dr. Mark Koehle, both undergraduate and graduate students have undertaken volunteer placements to gain clinical experience.

UBC School of Kinesiology Team Members:
Michael Koehle (Supervisor)

Community Partner(s):
Copeman Healthcare Centre

Research Subject Recruitment

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. The following is a list of some of our current projects. Follow the links to find out more about how to become involved in these studies.


Project Title Principal Investigator Date Posted
Acquisition and retention of a skilled walking task in people with SCI Dr. Tania Lam March 2017
Diaphragm fatigue in young adult males and its characterization during exercise Dr. Bill Sheel March 2017
Ventilatory Limitations and Exercise Intolerance after the Fontan Procedure Dr. Jordan Guenette Feb 2016
The effects of air pollution and inhaled beta-2-agonists on lung function and athletic performance in asthmatic athletes Michael Koehle  Jul 2015
Influence of Social Anxiety on Posture and Balance Tasks (women 60 years and up) Mark Carpenter Jun 2015
Health Behaviour Study: Tell us about your exercise behaviour Health Behaviour Study Mark Beauchamp Nov 2014
Matched able-bodied control subjects needed for Standing Balance Study Tania Lam Dec 2014