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. Andrea Bundon on the importance of community conversation

Dr. Andrea Bundon joined the School of Kinesiology in 2016. Part of the sociocultural research group and the Centre for Sport and Sustainability, her research focuses on the intersections of disability, sport, and inclusion – or exclusion. “I’m really interested in how people with disabilities are engaged in physical activity and sport, what are the conditions of their participation and what are their experiences both positive and negative in these environments.”

Dr. Cameron Mitchell on the important relationship between nutrition and exercise

Dr. Cameron Mitchell is the School of Kinesiology’s newest faculty member, having joined in January 2019. Cameron came to UBC from the University of Auckland, where he spent the last five years. And despite the fact that he cycled to work every day of those five years in shorts, he still seems excited to have […]

Dr. Bill Sheel on the importance of asking the right questions

Dr. Bill Sheel, professor with the School of Kinesiology wears many hats: He is head of the Health and Integrative Physiology Lab within the School of Kinesiology. He teaches two courses, supervises shy of 10 grad students, is the Associate Editor of three journals and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied […]

Dr. Robert Boushel on exercise as medicine

Dr. Robert Boushel, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, has always had a passion for physical activity. When we sit down to talk about his work, he says his passion started early. “My academic training is in cardiovascular physiology, but my real passion started much earlier,” he says. “As a kid, I was […]

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.