MSc Kinesiology Student Successfully Defends Thesis!

Congratulations to MSc Kin student, Alanna Shwed on successfully defending her thesis on July 30th, 2020.

Alanna’s presentation was titled, “Is Sport No Longer Enough? The Impact of Food Rewards on Children’s Motivation to Participate in Sport.”

Alanna’s dedication and commitment to research is evident as she plans to begin her PhD at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan! 

Best of luck Alanna and congratulations!


NORTH PA is thrilled to unveil their NEW LAB LOGO! 

In order to reflect the growth of the lab since opening its doors in 2016, the team has dedicated its time to creating a logo that symbolizes their core values in advancing research in a variety of areas including physical activity, healthy active living, sport psychology, and health promotion.

Check out our new look!



For more lab updates and upcoming research, visit our additional social media pages :

Facebook : @thenorthpalab

Twitter : @theNORTHPA

Thank you Dr. Colin McLaren!

On Tuesday, March 10th 2020, Dr. Colin McLaren facilitated a discussion for the MSc Kin Graduate seminar titled, “Using Social Network Analysis to Better Understand Group Processes in Sport.” Dr. McLaren discussed the impact of athlete interactions in sport and the influence on team dynamics and athletes’ perceptions. 

For more information on Dr. Colin McLaren, please click here.

Survey: Parent Perceptions of 24 Hour Movement Behaviours


If you have a child aged 5-13, please consider taking part in this survey to help us improve how we communicate with parents about their children’s health behaviours. Click the link below to share your thoughts about children’s physical activity and sleep habits in a 15-minute survey. You can enter to WIN 1 OF 4 $50 GIFT CARDS! 

Survey: Parent Perceptions of 24 Hour Movement Behaviours


Welcome Dr. Heather Gainforth

On Friday, November 29th, special guest Dr. Heather Gainforth spoke to Nipissing University’s MSc Kin students on her experience with Research with Impact: Advancing the Science and Practice of Knowledge Translation.

Dr. Gainforth challenged our students to identify areas where they use KT in their research and how those practices can be applied in the real world. 

Thank you Dr. Gainforth!

For more information on Dr. Gainforth’s visit to Nipissing University, click here.


NORTH PA team participates in Northeastern Ontario Coaching Summit

Members of the NORTH PA laboratory attended the Northeastern Ontario Coaching Summit in North Bay, Ontario on November 23rd, 2019. This coaching summit hosted by Canadore College, was the first coaching conference to be held in Northern Ontario! 

Dr. Mark Bruner, Dr. Barbi Law, Dr. Colin McLaren, and 2nd year MSc Kin student Rachel Van Woezik presented an inviting break out session titled, “Building Effective Teams“, which provided evidence-based strategies that can be used with teams and/or athletes. 

During this session, Dr. Mark Bruner introduced a social identity perspective to team building as well as facilitated an exercise with fellow colleagues that challenged individuals to map out their ‘social world’.

Dr. Barbi Law introduced and discussed its development and implementation. This free online evidence-based resource for coaches includes information about mental skills and activities that they can adapt and implement with their athletes. 

Dr. Colin McLaren shared his knowledge with those who attended the Northeastern Ontario Coaching Summit on how to choose captains using a ‘bottom up’ approach and the social network analysis to select a group.

Rachel Van Woezik shared some strategies in order for coaches to prepare for and manage injury in their athletes prior to the competitive season.

Keynote speakers included Beth Barz, a former U Sport Women’s Rugby coach of the year and Danielle Sauvageau, a former Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey coach and gold medal winner. 

Dr. Mark Bruner at the 2019 Northeastern Ontario Coaching Summit.
Dr. Barbi Law at the 2019 Northeastern Ontario Coaching Summit.












To learn more about the first Northeastern Ontario Coaching Summit, visit their website here at


NORTH PA members attend SCAPPS conference

On October 17th, NORTH PA team members attended the 2019 SCAPPS conference in Vancouver, BC. This conference explored a range of topics within the field of sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control.

The following includes the NORTH PA team members who attended the SCAPPS conference in October:

Dr. Mark Bruner, Dr. Barbi Law, Dr. Colin McLaren, Jordan Sutcliffe, Jordan Herbison, Rachel Van Woezik, Alanna Shwed, Kieran Peltier, Dillon Collett, and lab alumni Jordan Sutcliffe.  

NORTH PA lab members at the 2019 SCAPPS conference
NORTH PA lab MSc Kin students at the 2019 SCAPPS conference
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