About Us

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Kent Kowalski, Professor

You can contact Kent at kent.kowalski@usask.ca

Kent is a Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Since completing his Ph.D. in 2000, his research, teaching, and applied work is primarily in the area of sport, exercise, and health psychology. His main research focus currently is on exploring the role of self-compassion in the lives of athletes.

Faculty web-site at http://kinesiology.usask.ca/people/kent-kowalski.php

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Leah Ferguson, Assistant Professor

You can contact Leah at leah.ferguson@usask.ca

Leah is an Assistant Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Leah is a mixed methods researcher with a focus on young women’s physical activity and psychological well-being. Through her program of research, Leah aims to identify and understand resources that facilitate psychological flourishing in sport and exercise. She is particularly interested in exploring the benefits and potential drawbacks of a compassionate self-attitude. Leah is a Research Affiliate with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, and works collaboratively with Indigenous peoples to enhance physical activity and psychological well-being.

Faculty web-site at http://kinesiology.usask.ca/people/leah-ferguson.php

**NOTE: Leah is currently accepting applications for graduate students with similar research interests***

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 Nathan Reis, Ph.D. Candidate

You can contact Nathan at nathan.reis@usask.ca

Nathan is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.  Nathan’s research interests are in the area of self-compassion and masculinity.

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Margo Killham, Ph.D. Candidate

You can contact Margo at margo.killham@usask.ca

Margo is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Margo’s research interests are in understanding the role of self-compassion in women athlete’s sport experiences related to performance, body image, and eating behaviour.

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mark-photoMark Epp, Ph.D. Candidate

You can contact Mark at mark.epp@usask.ca

Mark is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Kinesiology.  His area of research is targeting athlete fear of failure and the role of coaches in helping to reduce it.

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SHE Danielle SMALL Danielle Clark, M.Sc. Candidate

You can contact Danielle at dac106@mail.usask.ca

Danielle is a M.Sc. candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Danielle’s research interests are focused on transitional periods for young athletes, specifically in artistic performance sports. 

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SHE Abi SMALLAbimbola Eke, M.Sc. Candidate

You can contact Abi at Abimbola.eke@usask.ca

Abi is a M.Sc. candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.  Abi’s research interests are focused on social psychological factors of body image as it affects young women in sports and exercise.

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Shara Johnson, M.Sc. Candidate
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You can contact Shara at shara.johnson@usask.ca

Shara is a M.Sc. candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Shara’s research interests are focused on Indigenous athletes’ flourishing in sports, looking particularly at the role of mental toughness.

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Gillian Epp, Saskatchewan AYMP Project Coordinator

You can contact Gillian at gillian.epp@usask.ca

Gillian is a Project Coordinator in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Gillian’s research interests are focused on enhancing physical activity and psychological well-being among Aboriginal children and youth. Gillian is also interested in psychological flourishing in sport among Aboriginal women athletes.

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