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! 

Erin (Brock) Truswell

PhD

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Jordan Herbison

PhD

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Mackenzie Montminy

Research Intern (NOHFC)

From a young age, I have had an interest in sport and the components of healthy living. Raised in Englehart, Ontario, two hours north of North Bay, Nipissing University seemed like the perfect place for me to purse an undergraduate degree in Physical and Health Education. Throughout my time at Nipissing University, I had the privilege to learn from Dr. Barbi Law, Dr. Brenda Bruner and Dr. Kristina Karvinen. After graduating from the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program, I was given the opportunity to work in the NORTH PA Lab as a research intern alongside Dr. Law, Dr. Bruner and Dr. Karvinen. I hope to continue my education and pursue a career in rehabilitation.

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 (2nd 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 (2nd 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 (2nd year)

Additional information coming soon!

Alanna Shwed

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

I am currently in my first year of pursuing my MSc in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Bruner in the NORTH PA lab. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in physical and health education at Nipissing University. Originally from Thornhill, I was fortunate enough to be given a very active childhood with many opportunities. As I got older, my passion for all sports continued but my focus shifted to hockey. I played competitive hockey in the LLFHL for 8 years and have continued for fun throughout university. My love for sports and being active, as well as my interest into the complex world of nutrition, has directed my research interests to nutrition knowledge, perceptions, and values of parents and children who are a part of organized sports.

Rachel Van Woezik

MSc Kinesiology (2nd year)

My interest in sport psychology stems from a long and adverse journey as a U Sports varsity basketball player, which was ended by consecutive ACL tears and led me to coaching. During the final year of my undergraduate degree at Nipissing University, I transitioned into a coaching roll and am now entering my second year as an assistant coach for the Nipissing University Lakers Women’s Basketball team. In addition to coaching at the varsity level, I also spend my time coaching high-performance youth basketball (e.g., U14 Team North at the Ontario Summer Games). My passion for coaching and my worldview deriving from sport and community involvement have led me to become interested in researching group dynamics, transformational leadership and organizational culture in the MSc Kinesiology program under the supervision of Dr. Mark Bruner. I aspire to become a leader who is able to foster a culture of excellence in team sport, leading players to personal growth and success both on and off the basketball court.

Dillon Collett

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

Additional information coming soon!

Niki Hutchinson

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

I am currently in my first 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 (1st year)

Additional information coming soon!

Brianne O’Rourke

MSc Kinesiology (1st 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 (1st year)

Additional information coming soon!

Allyn Massana

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Born and raised in North Bay I decided to stay in my hometown and attend Nipissing University, enrolling in the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program. My interest in health and psychology stems from living an active lifestyle and a curiosity of how the human psyche works. Having these interests made it an easy decision for me to begin working with Dr. Barbi Law. I began this work during my second year of the BPHE program. I am very fortunate to be able to continue being involved in research involving the interactions between youth, psychology, and sport. Working with Dr. Law has been a rewarding and scholastic opportunity that has proven beneficial on numerous occasions. I also look forward to completing a fourth-year project with Dr. Law that investigates Canadian youth and the 24-hour movement guidelines. My next steps after graduating from Nipissing in June of 2020, involve applying to graduate school programs in the field of health and rehabilitation.

Aaron Paibomsai

MSc Kinesiology (3rd 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 (2nd year)

Additional information coming soon!

Jeremy St. Onge

MSc Kinesiology (1st year)

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