Fewster, Kayla

Kayla Fewster

Assistant Professor

Email: kayla.fewster@ubc.ca

Office: Osborne Centre Unit 1, Room 215 | 6108 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 2A1

Office Hours: Tues 10:00-1100, Wed 14:00-15:00

Publications: Google Scholar, Research Gate


The University of Waterloo, 2020, PhD, (Kinesiology)

McMaster University, 2013, MSc, (Kinesiology)

Laurentian University, 2010, BSc, (Biomedical Biology)

Research Area

Research Interests


See Google Scholar and Research Gate for up-to-date publications.

Research and Teaching

My research program centers on relating temporal mechanical changes in the lumbar spine to changes in motor control and intervertebral joint mechanics resulting from sudden impacts, perturbations and acute loading scenarios. I aim to understand how exposure history, situational factors (such as age, obesity, and sex), as well as post-impact responses contribute to the initiation and progression of injuries in the spinal tissues following sudden loading situations. Work in my laboratories will combine in-vivo human research, examining biological responses to sudden impacts, perturbations and acute loading scenarios from pain generating and tissue altering perspectives with fundamental in-vitro research, examining the mechanical responses and injury progression in the lumbar spine tissues during sudden loading events.

Potential Students

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree or post-doctoral fellowship are encouraged to contact me at the email address listed above. Undergraduate students interested in 4th year research projects are also encouraged to contact me.