Meet our Faculty and Staff

 

Carly Adams
Associate Professor

Dr. Adams’ research interests include 20th century Canadian sport, recreation and leisure with a particular focus on regional, local, and oral histories, women’s sport and governance. Her ongoing research projects explore Lethbridge’s Sporting Heritage from 1860-present (with Dr. Robert Kossuth) and the history of women’s hockey in Alberta. Her current funded research project with Dr. Hart Cantelon, explores issues of community revitalization, rural survival, and the migration of female athletes in Southern Alberta through a case study of the Warner Hockey School in Warner, Alberta. Dr. Adams is currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. Adams’ course offerings include Humanities Perspectives (2130), Gender and Physical Activity (4720), The Modern Olympic Movement (3120), and Canadian Sport History (4400). Dr. Adams is available to supervise both independent and applied studies courses.

Dr. Adams currently coordinates the Individualized Multidisciplinary Major in the MA graduate programme (with concentrations in Anthropology, Kinesiology, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies).

Please view Dr. Adams’ Directory Profile for more information.

 
Ian Bennett
Instructor

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Marc Bomhof
Assistant Professor

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Sean Brayton
Associate Professor

Dr. Brayton’s research interests include representations of race and ethnicity with a particular emphasis on irony, parody and satire in popular film and television. He is currently focusing on the racialized depictions of labour in Hollywood films, children’s cartoons and “reality” television. Dr. Brayton is currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. Brayton’s course offerings include Sociological Perspectives (2150), Social Constructions of the Body (3100), and Race, Ethnicity and Physical Activity (4725). Dr. Brayton is available to supervise independent studies courses.

Please view Dr. Brayton’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

Jennifer Copeland
Associate Professor

Dr. Copeland’s research is focused on understanding the relationships between physical activity and aging. She studies this from two perspectives: how physical activity affects the aging process and also how aging influences physical activity behaviours. Dr. Copeland runs the Active Healthy Aging Lab, and is currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. Copeland’s course offerings include Human Physiology (2610), Exercise Physiology (3610), Fitness and Lifestyle Assessment (4610), and Health and Physical Activity (4200). Dr. Copeland is available to supervise both independent and applied studies courses.

Dr. Copeland is a national instructor and examiner for the 2 levels of certification through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology: Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Exercise Physiologist.

Please view Dr. Copeland’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

Natalie de Bruin
Instructor

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Jon Doan
Associate Professor

Dr. Doan’s research combines mechanical and biological engineering with kinesiology and neuroscience to focus on measuring and interpreting the interaction of human perceptions and actions at work and at play. His current research explores two main topics: 1) perceptual basis of occupational over-loading and soft tissue injury, and 2) exercise therapy and biomedical devices for neurorehabilitation amongst people living with Parkinson's disease. Dr. Doan's research combines field work with experimental studies in the Engineering and Human Performance Laboratory. Dr. Doan is currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. Doan’s course offerings include Research Methodologies (2200), Functional Biomechanics (2650), Biomechanics (3650), Work and Physical Ergonomics (4300), Advanced Biomechanics (4550), and Bioinstrumentation (4660). Dr. Doan is available to supervise both independent and applied studies courses.

Please view Dr. Doan’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

Claudia Gonzalez
Associate Professor

Dr. Gonzalez’ investigates how the brain processes and integrates sensory and motor information. In particular how vision and hapsis (touch) guide our arm and hand movements for reaching and grasping.

She is also interested in understanding the interactions of the motor system with cognitive processes such as language, memory, and spatial abilities. She uses human psychophysics, behavioural measures including eye and hand kinematics and cerebral blood flow to infer brain function. Her research includes healthy and neurological populations. Dr. Gonzalez is currently accepting honours’ and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Gonzalez’ course offerings include Research Methodologies (2200) and Movement Disorders (3200). Dr. Gonzalez is available to supervise independent and applied studies courses.

Dr. Gonzalez is a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in sensorimotor control. She is an associate member of the Department of Neuroscience.

Please view Dr. Gonzalez’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

Michelle Helstein
Associate Professor and Acting Associate Dean

Dr. Helstein’s research interests lie within cultural studies, poststructural, and feminist theories as they intersect with the popular culture of sport, exercise, and the body. She is particularly interested in questions of representation and the production and consumption of cultural identities. Her current research explores the consequences of neoliberalism on ostensibly public sector representations within Canadian sport and health discourses. Dr. Helstein is currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. Helstein’s course offerings include Sociological Perspectives (2150), Media and Physical Activity (3645), and Applied Ethics in Sport and Physical Activity (4640). Dr. Helstein is available to supervise both independent and applied studies courses.

Dr. Helstein is Acting Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Please view Dr. Helstein’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

Robert Kossuth
Assistant Professor

The history of sport, recreation and leisure practices in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Canada is Dr. Kossuth’s primary research area. Specifically, his research focuses on local and regional histories and how physical culture provides an avenue to explore questions related to masculinity (gender), social class and race in nascent prairie communities. Dr. Kossuth is currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. Kossuth’s course offerings include Humanities Perspectives (2130), History of Physical Activity (3400), Philosophy of Physical Activity (3740), and Canadian Sport History (4400). Dr. Kossuth is available to supervise both independent and applied studies courses.

Please view Dr. Kossuth’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

Mike Mahon
Professor and University President

Dr. Mahon is the President of the University of Lethbridge.

Please visit the Office of the President for more information.

 

 

Brenda Nixon
Administrative Assistant

Brenda Nixon provides administrative support to department faculty members and our students. If you have a question, she very likely has the answer (or knows how to get it)!

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Paige Pope
J. Paige Pope
Assistant Professor

Dr Pope’s research program involves two streams within sport and exercise psychology. The first stream investigates the effectiveness of messages that promote physical activity initiation and long-term maintenance with a particular emphasis on testing the Comprehensive Messaging Strategy to Sustained Behavior Change.  Her second stream of research revolves around disseminating sport psychology research through the Sport Psychology for Coaches website and evaluating the effectiveness of this resource as a knowledge translation tool. Dr. Pope is currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. Pope’s course offerings include Psychological Perspectives (2140), Exercise Psychology (3780), and Sport Psychology (3680). 

Please view Dr. Pope’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

 

Scott Rathwell
Assistant Professor

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Gongbing Shan
Professor

Dr. Shan’s research lab hosts a wide range of high-impact, interdisciplinary research projects, which cross nine distinct fields: Medicine, Sports, Engineering, Health, Music, Art, Ergonomics, Education and Psychology. He is the founder of a state-of-the-art Biomechanics Lab at the University of Lethbridge, which is equipped with a high-speed 3D motion capture system, wireless EMG, force platforms & bicycle pedal force sensors along with other equipment personally developed by Dr. Shan. So far, the research projects done in the Biomechanics Lab have won 4 prestigious international awards with students’ participation.

Dr. Shan’s course offerings include Research Methodologies (2200), Functional Biomechanics (2650), Biomechanics (3650), Advanced Biomechanics (4550), and Bioinstrumentation (4660). He has also taught within the Liberal Education Program (LBED 1001, LBED 1002) and lectures regularly in Imaging Science and Technologies in Today’s World (PHYS 2850). Dr. Shan is available to supervise applied studies courses.

Please view Dr. Shan’s Directory Profile or Personal Website for more information.

 

Stephane Simard
Instructor

Stephane Simard’s course offerings include Biophysical Perspectives (2110), Functional Human Anatomy (2600), and Resistance Training for Health and Performance (PHAC 3040). Mr. Simard is available to supervise both independent and applied studies courses.

Please view Stephane Simard’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

 

Fred Trinh
Instructor

Fred Trinh’s course offerings include Movement Literacy: Upper Body Actions (PHAC 3020), Movement Literacty: Lower Body Actions (PHAC 3030), and Structure and Strategy of Games (PHAC 3070). Mr. Trinh is interested in how to improve coaching methodologies for beginner coaches. He believes in letting the game be the teacher and in the multi-sport model for kids.

For the past 12 years, Mr. Trinh has been the Assistant Coach of the Pronghorn Women's soccer team (with Head Coach, Ilsa Wong).

Please view Fred Trinh’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

Sophia Verzosa
Instructor

Sophia Verzosa's course offerings include Laboratory in Wellness and Physical Activity (KNES 1000), Movement Literacy: Upper Body Actions (PHAC 3020), and Movement Literacty: Lower Body Actions (PHAC 3030). She is available to supervise independent or applied studies courses.

Please view Sophia Verzosa’s Directory Profile for more information.

 

Ilsa Wong
Instructor and Department Chair

Ilsa Wong's course offerings include Wellness and Physical Activity (1000), Leadership Skills Development (3300), Growth, Development and Aging (3630), Movement Literacy: Upper Body Actions (PHAC 3020), and Movement Literacty: Lower Body Actions (PHAC 3030). She is available to supervise independent or applied studies courses.

Ilsa Wong is the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and is the Head Coach of the Pronghorn Women's soccer team.

Please view Ilsa Wong’s Directory Profile for more information.