What Moves You Blog

Here at the School of Kinesiology, we study human movement. We know our research often has wide community implications. But what about the influence it has on our own lives?

The ‘What Moves You’ series is our way of exploring how the research we do informs our personal lives more deeply, and vice versa. It’s your chance to dive in and get to know what makes our researchers tick.

Our Researchers

Dr. Tania Lam on helping people walk again

It doesn’t take Tania Lam, professor and researcher with the School of Kinesiology, long to think of an elevator pitch for the research she’s engaged in. “I’ve always been interested in how the nervous system controls our movements, and I look for ways we can improve people’s mobility after they have a spinal cord injury,” […]


Dr. Robert Boushel on exercise as medicine

Dr. Robert Boushel, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, has always had a fierce passion for physical activity. When we sit down to talk about his work, he says his passion started early. “My training background is as a cardiovascular physiologist, I did my Doctor of Science at Boston University in physiology, but […]


Dr. Nicola Hodges on the value of effortful practice

“Basically, I study practice,” says Dr. Nicola Hodges, professor and researcher at the School of Kinesiology, as we open up our conversation about her work here. “I’ve been studying how people learn new skills and how to optimize this for better performance for the last 25 years.”


Dr. Eli Puterman on stress, aging, and physical activity

Speaking with Dr. Eli Puterman, School of Kinesiology researcher and professor of KIN 489 – Psychobiology of Physical Activity, it’s clear he has a real passion for his work. For some time now, he’s been seeking to understand how stress, aging, and exercise work together. “As I moved through my education, and learning that long-term psychological stress has a negative effect on our health, I became interested in the accumulated experiences of stress across the lifespan and how they may ‘get under the skin’, so to speak, to advance aging,” he says.


Dr. Michael Koehle on managing self doubt

Dr. Michael Koehle, Professor with the School of Kinesiology and Physician at the Allan McGavin Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre, is not one to boast about his personal or professional achievements. In fact, when we sat down to talk research and exercise, and how each informs the other, Mike was almost sheepish when asked to elaborate on these successes. “I don’t want to highlight any of my accomplishments,” he jokes, as we begin to get down to business.