Dr. Jim McAuliffe

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Professor / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - Schulich School of Education - Physical and Health Education
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
As dean of graduate studies and research, Dr. McAuliffe is responsible for the management and operation of the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies, including establishing strategic directions, policies and priorities for those offices. He will provide direction and support for the university research agenda and will promote greater awareness of research funding opportunities, document and publicize research activities, and foster internal and external research collaborations.
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Dr. McAuliffe is a full professor and most recently served as the director of Nipissing’s Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) program.

Born and raised in North Bay, Dr. McAuliffe attended the University of Western Ontario, where he graduated with a bachelor degree and a masters degree in Physical Education.  He then headed to the University of Alberta for a doctoral degree in Physical Education and Sports Studies, graduating in 1992.  Following his doctorate degree, Dr. McAuliffe began his career at Lakehead University, teaching in the Kinesiology program.  From 2000-05 he was the graduate studies coordinator for the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead, and in 2006-07 he was the coordinator for the Master of Public Health program. He began his career at Nipissing in 2007 as the inaugural director of the new BPHE program and was instrumental in that program’s development, as well as the creation of the Centre for Physical and Health Education and the new Master of Science in Kinesiology.  He also served as vice-dean of the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing in 2010-11. 

Dr. McAuliffe research record includes a number of publications in refereed journals. His research interests include visual attention, and motor learning and control. In 2011, Dr. McAuliffe was part of a research team investigating concussions in youth sports; their work helped inform and advise the medical community on protocols for an athlete’s safe return to play following a concussion. He has held research grants from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Auto21 Network of Centres of Excellence.

Dr. McAuliffe is an active volunteer, dedicating his time to a variety of organizations, including: the Board of Directors, Squash Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Panamerican Squash Federation, and is currently involved locally, with the North Bay and District Trappers Hockey Association. 

HBA, University of Western Ontario
MA, University of Western Ontario
PhD, University of Alberta
Areas of Specialization:

​Visual attention, motor learning and control

Research Interests:

​​​Visual attention and autonomic nervous system activationInhibition of return Attention and safe driving Neurocognitive function and​ sport-related concussion (mTBI)


Papers in Refereed Journals 

Hansen, S., McAuliffe, J., Goldfarb, B., & Carré, J. M. (2017). Testosterone influences volitional, but not reflexive orienting of attention in human males. Physiology & Behavior, 175, 82-87.

McGuckin, M.E., Law, B., McAuliffe, J., Rickwood, G., & Bruner, M. (2016).  Social influences on Return to Play following concussion in female competitive youth ice hockey players. The Journal of Sport Behavior, 39(4).  

Jabbour, G., Belliveau, L., Probizanski, D., Newhouse, I., McAuliffe, J., Jakobi, J., & Johnson, M. (2015).  Effect of Low Frequency Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Glucose profile of Persons with Type 2 Diabetes: A pilot study. Diabetes & Metabolism Journal.  39(3), 264-267.

Smith D.M., McAuliffe J., Johnson M.J., Button D.C., & Behm D.G. (2013).  Seated inversion adversely affects vigilance tasks and suppresses heart rate and blood pressure. Occupational Ergonomics, 11(4), 153-163.

Weaver, B., Bédard M., & McAuliffe, J. (2013). Evaluation of a Ten-Minute Version of the Attention Network Test. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27:8, 1281-1299. DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2013.851741.

McAuliffe, J., Johnson, M., Weaver, B., Deller-Quinn, M., & Hansen, S. (2013). Body Position Differentially Influences Responses to Exogenous and Endogenous Cues. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 1342-1346, DOI:10.3758/s13414-013-0553-7.

Keightley, M., Yule, A., Garland, K., Reed, N., McAuliffe, J., Garton, J., Green, S., & Taha, T. (2010). Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Female Youth: Two Case Studies. BMJ Case Reports, doi:10.1136bcr.12.2009.2309.

Reed N, Taha T, Keightley M, Duggan C, McAuliffe J, Cubos J, Baker J, Faught B, McPherson M, & Montelpare W. (2010). Measurement of Head Impacts in Youth Hockey Players. International Journal of Sports Medicine (Sep 9 [Epub ahead of print]). PMID: 20736428.

Cubos, J., Baker, J., McAuliffe, J., Keightley, M., McPherson, M., MacPherson, A., Reed, N., Duggan, K., Taha, T., & Montelpare, W.J. (2009). Measuring concussive risk in minor ice-hockey.Journal of ASTM International. 6(6), JAI 1010878.

Keightley, M., Duggan, C., Reed, N., McAuliffe, J., Taha, T. Faught, B., McPherson, M., Baker, J., & Montelpare, W. (2009). Case Report: Pediatric Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.BMJ Case Reports, doi: 0.1136/bcr.06.2008.0148.

Weaver, B., Bedard, M., McAuliffe, J., & Parkkari, M. (2009). Using the Attention Network Test to Predict Driving Test Scores.Accident Analysis & Prevention, 41, 76-83.

Eikenberry, A., McAuliffe, J., Welsh, T., Zerpa, C., McPherson, M., & Newhouse, I. (2008). Starting with the ‘‘right’’ foot minimizes sprint start time, Acta Psychologica, 127, 495-500.

McAuliffe, J., Chasteen, A.L., & Pratt, J. (2006) Object- and location-based inhibition of return in younger and older adults.Psychology and Aging, 21(2), 406-410.

Bédard, M., Leonard, E., McAuliffe, J., Gibbons, C., Dubois, S., & Weaver, B. (2006). Visual attention and older drivers: The contribution of inhibition of return to safe driving. Experimental Aging Research, 32, 119-135.

McAuliffe, J. & Pratt, J. (2005). The role of temporal & spatial factors in covert orienting of visual attention tasks. Psychological Research, 69(4), 285-291.

McAuliffe, J.E. (2004). Differences in attentional set between athletes and non-athletes. Journal of General Psychology, 131(4), 426-437.

Pratt, J. & McAuliffe, J. (2002). Determining if attentional set is inclusive or exclusive. Perception and Psychophysics, 64(8), 1361-1370.

Newhouse, I.J., Johnson, K.P., Montelpare, W.J., & McAuliffe, J.E. (2002). Variability within individuals of plasma ionic magnesium concentrations. BMC Physiology, 2:6 (26 Apr).

Pratt, J. & McAuliffe, J. Inhibition of Return in Visual Marking? (2002). The importance of the Inter-Stimulus Interval and type of search task. Visual Cognition, 9(7), 869-888.

McAuliffe, J., Pratt, J., & O’Donnell, C. (2001). Examining location-based and object-based components of Inhibition of Return in static displays. Perception and Psychophysics, 63(6), 1072-1083.

Pratt, J. & McAuliffe, J. (2001). The effects of onsets and offsets on visual attention. Psychological Research, 65, 185-191.

Manktelow, S., Farrell, J.M. & McAuliffe, J. (2001). Gender differences in adolescent self-efficacy in sport. Avante, 7(1), 68-74.

Finstad, E.W., Newhouse, I.J., Lukaski, H.C., McAuliffe, J.E. & Stewart, C.R. (2001). Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on exercise performance. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 33(3), 493-498.

Pratt, J., Sekuler, A., & McAuliffe, J.E. (2001). The role of attentional set on attentional cueing and inhibition of return. Visual Cognition. 8(1), 33-46.

Timmons, B.W., Newhouse, I.J., Thayer, R.E., McAuliffe, J.E., & McIllwaine, S. (2000). The efficacy of Sport TM as a dietary supplement on performance and recovery in trained athletes. Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, 25(1), 55-67.

Pratt, J. & McAuliffe, J.E. (1999). The effect of practice on inhibition of return in static displays. Perception and Psychophysics, 61, 756-765.

Pratt, J., Adam, J.J., & McAuliffe, J. (1998). The spatial relationship between cues and targets mediates Inhibition of Return. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 52(4), 213-216.

Buckolz, E.E., Stevens, S., O’Donnell, C., Van Damme, J., & McAuliffe, J.E. (1997). On the absence of response interference in choice reaction time tasks: Higher probable events. Human Movement Science, 16, 567-595.

Buckolz, E., O'Donnell, C., McAuliffe, J.E. & Stevens, S. (1997). The Spatial precue effect for foveal detection/recognition tasks. Ergonomics, 40(7), 761-776.

Buckolz, E.E., McAuliffe, J.E. & O'Donnell, C. (1996). The Simon Effect: Evidence of a response processing functional locus. Human Movement Science, 15, 543-564.

Buckolz, E.E., McAuliffe, J.E., & Hall, C.R. (1989). The influence of specific priming degree on suppression duration. Human Movement Science, 8(3), 201-226.