Current Lab Team


Colin McLaren

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Colin McLaren (Ph.D.) is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University (Groups for Youth Development Lab of Dr. Mark Bruner). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. His research program spans the psychosocial processes and properties of sport groups, with a specific focus on social network structure and its association with athlete (e.g., mental health, adherence) and team outcomes (e.g., cohesion, performance). He has published research in leading journals in group dynamics (e.g., Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, & Practice), sport and exercise psychology (e.g., Psychology of Sport and Exercise), and sport communication (e.g., Communication & Sport). In his spare time, Colin enjoys spending time with his young family, attending auction sales, and learning about older cars and trucks.

Patty Chabbert

PhD

Additional information coming soon! 

Jordan Herbison

PhD

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Cameron Branch

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

My name is Cameron Branch, currently in the second year of the Masters of Science in Kinesiology program at Nipissing University. Growing up, I was raised in a small town located in southern Ontario named Kingsville. Notably, competing for an OFSAA volleyball championship with Essex District High School seven years ago was when I first heard about Nipissing University. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education while competing in the OUA with the Nipissing Men’s Volleyball Team for 5 consecutive years. In 2018, I was granted the opportunity to play professional volleyball for VCA Amstetten Austria. Playing professional volleyball has given me many useful skills that  have helped me stay mentally strong throughout the thesis process. With that being said, I am extremely eager to be back at Nipissing University to complete my Masters of Science in Kinesiology. My current project is investigating the salience of social identity and how it may influence continued participation to group-based exercise classes among adult and older adult exercisers.

Jenna Littleton

MSc Kinesiology (3rd year)

I am currently in my first year of Masters of Science in kinesiology, under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Karvinen. I am originally from Whitby, Ontario, and immediately fell in love with North Bay while completing my undergraduate degree in Physical Health and Education at Nipissing University. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I was involved with the Varsity Rowing team, competing across Ontario. With both my educational background and always being involved in competitive sports, I have learnt the importance of physical activity within health and wellbeing.  Leading to my research interests of promotion of physical activity in cancer survivors, and survival benefits and quality of life through physical activity with cancer survivors.

Quintin McCluskie

MSc Kinesiology (3rd year)

Quintin McCluskie is a Master of Kinesiology student at Nipissing University in the Northeastern Ontario Research Team for Health and Physical Activity Lab, supervised by Dr. Brenda Bruner. He originates from the small rural town of Listowel, Ontario. His research interest are around nutrition and physical activity, particularly focusing on nutritional behaviours. Quintin’s current research encompasses food skills and behaviour change in emerging adults. Quintin completed his undergraduate degree in Physical and Health Education from Nipissing University. His previous research was on The Characterizing of Food and Beverage Purchasing Behaviours of Post-Secondary Students Utilized Through Purchase Receipts. He enjoys all forms of physical activity, cooking nutritional meals, and playing board games.

Kieran Peltier

MSc Kinesiology (3rd year)

Additional information coming soon!

Dillon Collett

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

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Niki Hutchinson

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

I am currently in my second year of pursuing my MSc in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Karvinen. I completed my undergraduate degree at Nipissing University in the Physical and Health Education program. Originally from Peterborough Ontario, I was fortunate to be presented with many opportunities in both the community and extracurricular sporting activities. These experiences shaped my passions for sport and being active, and our family dog Daisy was also an influence on my enjoyment of outdoor activities outside of sport involvement. My understanding of health and quality of life through these experiences has shaped my research interests in exploring the relationship between dog owners and their physical activity and well-being.

JJ Johnson

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

Additional information coming soon!

Brianne O’Rourke

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

Born and raised in North Bay, I traveled to Hamilton to complete a BSc Kinesiology at McMaster University. After graduating and eventually making my way back home, I was offered the opportunity to work in the NORTH PA lab as a research intern. My experience thus far has been extremely positive; as a result, I have started the MSc Kinesiology program at Nipissing University under the supervision of Dr. Barbi Law and Dr. Brenda Bruner. My research interests involve physical activity, nutrition, mental health, and women in sport. Outside of work, I enjoy playing ringette, hiking, camping, and being active outdoors.

Abdulmalik Makanjuola

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

Additional information coming soon!

Aaron Paibomsai

MSc Kinesiology (4th year)

Aaron Paibomsai is a Master of Kinesiology student at Nipissing University in the Northeastern Ontario Research Team for Health and Physical Activity Lab. Aaron is Ojibway from Whitefish River First Nation. A graduate of Nipissing University’s Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, Aaron has taken part in research with Indigenous youth participants and has been a member of the “Youth Driven Development in Aboriginal Communities: Impact Evaluation of the Active Circle Initiative” research since 2012, which is working on completing a measure of Indigenous youth development. She has worked with Indigenous organizations, including the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Nipissing University. She was the host and off-ice trainer in the first ever women’s season of Hit the Ice on APTN. Much of Aaron’s passion comes from her extensive volunteer work in her community. Aaron’s current research is titled “Understanding Food and Food Literacy of Indigenous Post-Secondary Students” supervised by Dr. Brenda Bruner.

Taylor Mueller

MSc Kinesiology (3rd year)

Additional information coming soon!

Jeremy St. Onge

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

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Maxime Landry-Lurette

Maxime Landry-Lurette

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

My name is Maxime Landry-Lurette, I’m currently in my first year of the Masters of Science in Kinesiology program at Nipissing University under the supervision of Dr. Barbi Law. Growing up, I was raised in Notre-Dame a small community located in eastern New Brunswick. Sports have always been a huge part of my life. With Soccer and Volleyball taking most of my free time. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the Université of Moncton. As my sporting career was coming to an end after high school, I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work as a student athletic therapist with many teams during my undergraduate degree including the Men’s hockey and soccer varsity programs. As a student athletic therapist, my passion for helping athletes achieve their maximum potential grew even bigger, thus my interest shifting more into sports psychology. My research interests involve performance psychology, nutrition, mental health, and physical activity.

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