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PhD Cohort 2016

PhD Student / Interests

Patty Chabbert

Patty Chabbert

  • Program adaptions for Indigenous communities and populations
  • Public Policy and Administration of Indigenous programs
  • Indigenous research methodologies, ethics and evaluation practices
  • Shifting Health and Physical Education programs and goals by positioning as part of Indigenous learners' PE living off the land, medicine walks, and/or powwow dancing
  • Creating stronger educational outcomes and more meaningful and long-lasting Indigenous learner engagement
Michael Crant

Michael Crant

  • Inclusive educational values and practices for non-traditional learners
  • Identity and student development
  • Universal design
  • Global and holistic education
Nicole Gardiner

Nicole Gardner

  • Values-based pedagogy
  • Sustainable living
  • Self-directed, life-long learning
  • Holistic education
  • Psychology
Richard Kennelly

Richard Kennelly

  • Education Leadership
  • Ethical Decision-making
  • Boys Achievement
  • Equity
Dave Kydd

Dave Kydd

  • Social work education
  • Field placement in social work education
  • The intersection of class and field education
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Principles of praxis in post-secondary education
Randi Ray

Randi Ray

  • First Nations Policies
  • First Nations Governance
  • Sustainable education funding for PSE for First Nations
  • Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy


PhD Cohort 2015

PhD Student / Interests

Daniel Brant

Daniel Brant

  • First Nations Governance

Sandra Brown-Kealey

Sandra Browne-Kealey

  • Mental health
  • Inclusive education
  • At-risk learners
  • Educational leadership

Erin Hovarth

Erin Horvath

  • Change-Orientated Leadership
  • Experiential and Adventure-Based Teaching/Learning
  • Indigenous Rights and Worldviews
  • Arts-Based Research and Learning Methodologies
  • Resilience and Skill Development in Traumatized Populations

Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter

  • Universal design for learning
  • Mindfulness and the post-secondary learner
  • Student development and post-secondary persistence

Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker

  • Critical Interpretive Theory
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Black feminist epistemology
  • Identity and social action


PhD Cohort 2014

PhD Student / Interests

Michelle Brunette

Michelle Brunette

  • International students; cross-cultural transitions
  • Sport and physical activity as an educational tool
  • Public private partnerships; sport and education marketing
  • Leadership and cross-cultural competency skill building

Amanda Carvalho

Amanda Carvalho

  • Vocational education
  • Critical narrative research
  • Feminist epistemology

Sarah Driessens

Sarah Driessens

  • Student engagement
  • Higher education
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Holistic education
  • Social inequality in higher education

Kathryn Ewers

Kathryn Ewers

  • Nursing curriculum and evaluation models
  • Nursing preceptor education

Laurie Peachey

Laurie Peachey

  • The use of maternal child simulation in nursing education
  • Self-efficacy and self-regulated learning
  • Maternal confidence in childbirth experiences
  • Preparation for entry-level nursing competencies

Adam Podolski

Adam Podolski

  • Student resiliency
  • Critical theory
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Ethnography

Sunaina Sharma

Sunaina Sharma

  • Student engagement
  • Technology use in the classroom
  • Understanding the 21st century learner
  • Experiential learning

Kerry Surman

Dr. Kerry Surman

  • Critical theory
  • Educational policy analysis
  • College curriculum and pedagogy
  • Critical narrative
  • Institutional ethnography
  • GRADUATED June 2017

Carmen Wehrstedt

Carmen Wehrstedt

  • Mathematics higher education
  • Science education
  • Inquiry-based learning


PhD Cohort 2013

PhD Student / Interests

Melissa Corrente

Melissa Corrente

  • Teacher attrition
  • Childhood obesity
  • Teacher education
  • Narrative inquiry

Glenn Hanna

Dr. Glenn Hanna

  • University/college partnerships
  • Post-graduation student success
  • "Practical reason"
  • GRADUATED June 2016

Brooke Haugh

Brooke Haugh

  • Homeschooling
  • Unschooling
  • Early literacy
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Willed Curriculum

Joanne Kmiec

Joanne Kmiec

  • Positive psychology
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Educational technology
  • Perceptions of success

Betty-Ann Martin

Dr. Betty Ann Martin

  • Narrative
  • Holistic education
  • Gender studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Birth and mothering
  • Identity; depressive illness
  • ​GRADUATED June 2017

Christine McIntosh

Dr. Christine McIntosh

  • Healthcare education (systemic)
  • Health literacy
  • Patient-centred learning
  • Healthcare provider education
  • Patient self-management
  • GRADUATED June 2017

Anna-Liisa Mottonen

Anna-Liisa Mottonen

  • Gender stereotyping
  • gender difference in education
  • Reading and literacy
  • Mental health issues in education

Olga Shugurova

Dr. Olga Shugurova

  • Cultural Pedagogy, Eco-Holism, Complexity
  • Indigenous Education: Local and Global
  • Sustainability and Teacher Education
  • Indigenous Methodologies, Arts-Based Inquiry
  • Leadership, Cultural and Natural Heritage, UNESCO
  • GRADUATED June 2017

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor

  • Math
  • Financial literacy
  • Non-experimental research

Taunya Wideman-Johnston

Dr. Taunya Wideman-Johnston

  • Chronic illness
  • Holistic education
  • Willed curriculum
  • Resilience
  • Special education
  • Pre-service teacher education
  • Psychology
  • ​GRADUATED June 2016


PhD Cohort 2012

PhD Student / Interests

Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams

  • Arts-based research
  • Poetic inquiry
  • Narrative inquiry

Jeremy Bisson

Jeremy Bisson

  • Ethical reasoning
  • Authentic identity
  • Narrative inquiry

Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell

  • Living educational theory
  • Action research
  • Alternative ways of knowing, researching, and representing
  • Holistic, democratic, student-directed learning
  • Values-based pedagogy
  • Contemplative pedagogy

Lorna Carol Corzine

Dr. Lorna Carol Corzine

  • Narrative
  • Mental health, depression, anxiety
  • Adolescents
  • Workplace
  • GRADUATED June 2016

Tara McGoey

Dr. Tara McGoey

  • Physical activity and cognitive development in children
  • ​GRADUATED October 2016

Casey Phillips

Dr. Casey Phillips

  • Secondary traumatic stress
  • Student engagement
  • Student leadership
  • Student success
  • Self-authorship
  • Higher education
  • Mental health
  • GRADUATED December 2016

Tiffany Roberts

Dr. Tiffany Roberts

  • Adolescent literacy
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Authentic assessment
  • Safe schools
  • Ethical leadership
  • Graduated June 2017

Carmen Schlamb

Dr. Carmen Schlamb

  • Ecological identity
  • Nature-deficit disorder
  • Narrative inquiry
  • GRADUATED June 2016

Erin Truswell

Erin Truswell

  • Student success
  • Vulnerable school populations
  • Technology in schools

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