Students

Perhaps the favourite part of my job! I have the pleasure of working with many brilliant students and research assistants who keep me challenged and engaged in the process of discovery. Here are some short bios of the people I am inspired by!

Students (Current)

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Lisa Petty, MA

PhD Candidate, Social and Cultural Health Studies

Lisa Petty is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. Her thesis focuses on a narrative exploration of self-care and well-being for generation X women at midlife. Lisa is a research assistant on the ‘Playing with Motherhood: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Politics of Leisure in the Transition to Motherhood’ SSHRC funded project. Together, Lisa and I have published in: Annals of Leisure Research; Leisure Sciences; Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.

 

Trisha Xing, MA, RYT

PhD Candidate, Social and Cultural Health Studies

Trisha Xing is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. Her thesis focuses on pre-natal and post-natal yoga and the role of leisure as a site for knowledge dissemination. Trisha was a research assistant on the ‘State of Motherhood in Canada’ SSHRC funded project. Together, Trisha and I have published in International Journal of Qualitative Methods; Annals of Leisure Research; Social Policy & Administration; Canadian Review of Social Policy.

Talia Ritondo 

MA Candidate, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Talia is a Master's candidate in the Department of Recreation and Leisure at Brock University. Talia's Master's thesis focuses on the experiences of mothers returning to team sport after having a child, specifically how gendered expectations placed on mothers effect their opportunities to return to sport. Talia is a research assistant on the "Youth Sport and Role Identity" SSHRC and Sport Canada funded project. She also is a peer mentor and workshop facilitator for Brock University’s Human Rights and Equity Office.

 

Teshawn Smikle

MA Student, Social Justice and Equity Studies

Teshawn is a co-op MA student in the Social Justice and Equity Studies program at Brock University. As a former black football player at a Canadian University he has experienced his share of racism both on and off the field. Ultimately, his research aims is to find ways to dismantle racial and structural barriers that negatively impact youth and people of colour as well as the transformative potential of sport for fostering equality, justice, and peace in communities.

 

Students (Graduated)

Laura Kovac

MA, Social Justice and Equity Studies

Undergraduate Thesis, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Laura completed her MA thesis in 2017 as well as an undergraduate thesis in 2013 with me. Her MA thesis was a critical examination of girls’ experiences of aesthetic sports within a post-feminist masquerade. Her undergraduate thesis explored women’s experiences of nightclubs and the performance of gender and sexuality and was published in Leisure Sciences. Laura was a Research Assistant on the ‘Team Family Pride’ SSHRC funded project and we co-authored a book chapter on digital methodologies as well as published in Sport Management Review. After graduation, Laura began a career in Talent Acquisition with a focus on diversity.

Katherine Gatt

MA, Leisure Studies

Katherine completed her MA thesis in 2018 in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. Her research focused on a critical examination of women with acquired physical (dis)abilities and reclaiming a sense of community belonging through physically active leisure. After graduation, Katherine continued a career in healthcare.

 

Tashana Francis Cain

Undergraduate Thesis, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Tashana completed an undergraduate thesis study in 2019. Her research focused on the role of sport and recreation in the lives of young refugees. Together, Tashana and I published a research note from her thesis in World Leisure. After graduation Tashana went to Teacher’s College.

 

Kristi Wismer

Undergraduate Thesis, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Kristi completed an undergraduate thesis study in 2016. Her research topic focused on organized youth sport and mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. Specifically, she examined young women who do not have a disability and their perceptions of young women who have a physical disability in youth sport. Kristi was a Research Assistant working on a project that focused on youth sport engagement through diverse social contexts (e.g., rural settings).

 

Lacie-Dawn Dearsley

Undergraduate Thesis, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Lacie-Dawn completed an undergraduate thesis study in 2014. Her research topic explored how young women’s leisure experiences and meanings were impacted as a result of having a sibling that is diagnosed with an intellectual disability. After graduation, Lacie began her career advocating for the rights of adults diagnosed with intellectual disabilities through her role as Leisure Support Staff and Residential Counsellor at non-profits located within the Hamilton Region.

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Research Assistants (Current & Graduated)

Teresa Hill, MA

Teresa has worked with me on several projects, examining diverse family structures, youth sport boards, as well as the transition to parenting. She has a Master’s degree from Brock University’s Child and Youth Studies program. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Exercise Sciences program at the University of Toronto.

Jennifer Mooradian

Jennifer is a former midwife and brings her expertise to the ‘Playing with Motherhood: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Politics of Leisure in the Transition to Motherhood’ SSHRC funded project. She is currently a MA student in Applied Health Sciences (Kinesiology) at Brock University.

 

Erin Corkery

Erin is a research assistant on the "Youth Sport and Role Identity" SSHRC and Sport Canada funded project. She is currently a MA student in Applied Health Sciences (Kinesiology) at Brock University.

 

Austin Oswald, MA

Austin was a research assistant on the ‘Coming Out and Family Leisure’ project. He has a MA in Applied Health Sciences (Leisure Studies) degree from Brock University. Upon graduation he was employed as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Social Welfare program at the CUNY Graduate Center.