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.  He is also an Assistant Coach with the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Soccer Team and a mental training consultant with the Saskatchewan Sports Science and Medicine Council.

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

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  DSC00296Leah 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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Eva Pila, Postdoctoral Fellow

You can contact Eva at evp465@mail.usask.ca

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Eva is a postdoctoral fellow in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Eva’s research broadly focuses on the relationships between mental health (i.e., body image, mental illness, self-compassion) and health behaviour engagement (i.e., physical activity).

 

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Nathan Reis, Ph.D. CandidateDSC00291

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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DSC00292Mark Epp, Ph.D. Candidate

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

Mark is a Ph.D. Candidate researching the coach-athlete relationship with hopes of exploring an approach to coaching that maximizes the possibility of athletes having a positive sporting experience.

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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. DSC00283Candidate

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. Shara is particularly exploring how the psychological well-being  of Indigenous athletes pursuing sport in urban mainstream context is impacted by their multicultural adaptation experiences.

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DSC00284Yasamin Alipour Ataabadi, M.Sc. Candidate

You can contact Yasamin at yaa582@mail.usask.ca

Yasamin is a M.Sc. student in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her research interests focus on understanding the association of self-compassion, self-criticism, and concern over mistakes in response to biomechanical feedback provide to athletes.

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Karissa Johnson, M.Sc. CandidateDSC00279

You can contact Karissa at k.johnson@usask.ca

Karissa is a M.Sc. candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Karissa’s research interests are focused on self-compassion and its potential to help women athletes manage challenges associated with sport participation.

 

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Olivia Chadwick, M.Sc. Candidate

You can contact Olivia at: olivia.chadwick@usask.ca

 

Olivia is a M.Sc. candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests are in behaviour change and self-compassion. In particular how self-compassion can be a tool for women engaged in lifestyle change.

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Hannah Murray, B.Sc. Honours CandidateDSC00281

You can contact Hannah at hpm223@mail.usask.ca

Hannah is a fourth year Kinesiology student pursuing her BSc. Honours degree. Hannah’s research interests are focused on self-compassion and young women exercisers, specifically in the realm of exercise lapses.

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DSC00282Ashton Unger, B.Sc. Honours Candidate

You can contact Ashton at amu171@mail.usask.ca

Ashton is a fourth-year Kinesiology undergraduate student pursuing her BSc. Honours degree. Ashton’s research interests involve the role of self-compassion and beginner female exercisers’ attitudes and behaviours towards body appreciation, exercise adherence, and future intentions to exercise.

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Tiffany Wharton, B.Sc. Honours Candidate

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You can contact Tiffany at tjw580@mail.usask.ca

Tiffany is a B.Sc. Honours Candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Tiffany’s research interests are focused on exercise psychology and self-compassion as a potential resource for people with chronic diseases.

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Alessia Allen, B.A. Honours Candidate

 

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