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Research Excellence

York is committed to excellence in research and scholarship in all its forms. Informed by a strong commitment to shared values, including the promotion of social justice, diversity, and the public good, we aspire through our research to better understand the human condition and the world around us and to employ the knowledge we gain in the service of society.

Areas of Research Interest

General areas of faculty interest are listed below, grouped by research expertise. The specific interests of each faculty member are provided under the list of Faculty Research Interests. Students must have the consent of a supervising faculty member with whom they will work closely on a research project and faculty members should be contacted directly for details about their research. Admittance to the program is only official when a letter of admittance is received from the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

  • cardiovascular, neuromuscular, and molecular muscle physiology
  • respiratory/exercise physiology
  • thermal regulation
  • endocrinology and metabolism
  • vascular biology/cell signaling
  • nutrition

Neuroscience and Biomechanics

  • neuromotor control/eye-hand coordination
  • visual perception/attention/sensorimotor integration
  • molecular neuroscience
  • ergonomics/occupational biomechanics
  • biomechanics of disease and injury

Health and Fitness Behaviours

  • health psychology (eating disorders, behavioural cardiology, pain and aging, cancer prevention and treatment)
  • epidemiology (physical activity and fitness, childhood injuries, chronic disease and aging, maternal and child heath)
  • rehabilitation of clinical populations
  • health and sport

Socio-Cultural and Policy Studies in Sport and Physical Activity

  • Socio-cultural study of sport, health and physical activity
  • Policy studies of sport and physical activity
  • Physical cultural studies
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Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Research within the Graduate Program in Kinesiology and Health Science is determined by the proposed projects presented by successful aspirants. Our students complete a thesis and/or dissertation, which then becomes published as "Electronic Theses & Dissertations" and sits as a public document within our institutional repository - YorkSpace.

Graduate Program in Kinesiology and Health Science Electronic Theses

Awards & Recognition

Portrait of Durdana Khan

Durdana Khan

PhD candidate Durdana Khan, along with Drs. Michael Rotondi, Heather Edgell and Hala Tamim investigate how the onset of menopause may be affected by shift work.

Portrait of Gobi Sriranganathan

Gobi Sriranganathan

Gobi Sriranganathan, PhD candidate has been awarded the N. Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies from the York Centre for Asian Research and a Seed Grant from the Canadian Gender+ Equity in Sport Research Hub (E-Alliance).

Jonathan Memme & Ashley Oliveira

PhD candidates Jonathan Memme, Ashley Oliveira, and Dr. David Hood have published novel findings addressing a long-running debate about the role of the tumor suppressor protein p53 in muscle metabolic health.

Learn More

The Graduate Program in Kinesiology and Health Science at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.