Quick links

Dr. Brent Bradford

Associate Professor

BEd – Elementary Education (Generalist), Physical Education Minor (University of Alberta)
DipEd – Elementary Education, Physical Education (University of Alberta)
MEd – Elementary Education, Physical Education (University of Alberta)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Elementary Education, Physical Education (University of Alberta)

Dr. Brent Bradford is Chair (Department of Physical Education & Wellness) and teaches and supervises in the Education undergraduate, after degree, and graduate programs. After teaching school (elementary, junior high) from 2000-2009 and being recognized for his work in the area of Physical and Health Education (e.g., HPEC Award, 2001; CAHPERD Young Professional Award, 2003), he returned to the University of Alberta (U of A) to pursue graduate work and to teach at the post-secondary level. In 2011, Dr. Bradford was the recipient of the U of A Graduate Student Teaching Award. In addition to undergraduate level teaching (CUE, U of A, UBC-O), Dr. Bradford has taught graduate level courses at both CUE and St. Francis Xavier University.

Dr. Bradford’s research interests focus on Physical and Health Education, campus wellness, effective teaching, teacher education, and graduate-level programming. Brent has authored and co-authored extensively in the field of Physical and Health Education and Education, and has recently co-authored two teacher education textbooks (Physical Education [2018]; Health Education [2017]). Brent has presented on a variety of educational topics to provincial, national, and international audiences. Recently, as an Erasmus+ and Mobile+ scholar (2016), Brent presented his research at University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain), and was an invited keynote speaker at the Western Deans of Education (WADE) 2017 Conference. As a Co-Investigator, Dr. Bradford is currently examining early childhood physical activity levels as part of SSHRC Insight Development Grant. In 2019, Brent was the recipient of CUE’s Gerald S. Krispin Research Award.

Dr. Bradford is President of the Education Society of Edmonton and Co-Chair of CUE’s Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Wellness. In 2018-2019, Brent served as the Guest Editor of the Canadian Journal of Scholarship for the Christian Faith (Special Issue: Wellness and the Christian Faith). Since beginning his time at CUE in 2015, Dr. Bradford’s recent contribution to higher education has included: Alberta/NWT Representative on the Board of Directors (PHE Canada), Editor (ATA’s Runner Journal), and Research Advisor (UNICEF Canada’s Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being). Brent has also served as a Board Member (PHE Canada’s Physical Education/Physical Literacy Committee), Program Reviewer (SHAPE America National Convention & Expo), and Associate Editor in various academic journals.



Gleddie, D., Hickson, C., & Bradford, B. (2018). Physical Education for Elementary School Teachers. Ripon Publishing: Victoria, BC.

Berg, S. Hickson, C., Bradford, B. & Fishburne, G. (2017). Teaching for health & wellness in children and youth. Ripon Publishing: Victoria, BC.


Bradford, B. Hickson, C., & Berg, S. (2020). The teaching continuum: A framework for generalist trained elementary school teachers in physical education. In B. Suesee, M. Hewitt, & S. Pill (Eds.), The Spectrum of Teaching Styles in Physical Education. (pp. 152-165), Routledge: USA. https://doi-org.ezproxy.aec.talonline.ca/10.4324/9780429341342.

Berg, S., Bradford, B., & Robinson, D.B. (2018). A comprehensive school health (CSH) approach to flourishing schools. In S. Cherkowski & K. Walker (Ed.) Perspectives on Flourishing in Schools. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD.


Bradford, B., Howorko, A., Jacula, E., Daniels, J., Hunt, S., & Correira, N. (In Press). Tracking daily steps: An investigation on a small post-secondary campus. Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine.

Hall, N., Bradford, B., da Costa, J., & Robinson, D. (In Press). Physical education teachers’ embracement of alternative environment activities. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. https://doi.org/10.1123/jtpe.2019-0060.

Bradford, B.D., van Ingen, B., Daniels, J., Wagner J., & Hanic, M. (2019). Student wellness: An investigation on a small Canadian post-secondary campus. The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 26(2), 35-55. https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7955/CGP/v26i02/35-55.

Bradford, B., Gleddie, D., & Millard, C. (2019). The principal factor: A literature review juxtaposing the roles of elementary school physical education teachers and principals. Physical and Health Education Canada Journal, 84(4).

Berg, S., Bradford, B., Robinson, D., & Wells, M. (2018). Got health? A student-led health promotion program in British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 19(1), 33-47.

Bradford, B., & Loreman, T. (2018). Canadian preservice teacher views of inclusive physical education. Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education, 1-19. doi:10.1017/jsi.2018.42018

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C. (2018). Impacting student learning: An introduction to the teaching continuum in elementary school physical education. Active + Healthy Journal, 25(1), 41-48.

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C. (2017). Symbolism of clothing: The relationship between teacher clothing and children’s perceptions in primary school physical education. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: 2017 30th ACHPER International Conference], 21, 20-33. DOI: http://doi.org/

Berg, S., & Bradford, B. (2017). Daily physical activity (DPA) implementation: From policy to practice. Physical and Health Education Journal, 83(2), 5-12.

Weatherson, K., Bradford, B., Berg, S., & Sloboda, S. (2016). Dissemination of a Daily Physical Activity Policy on School Websites in Alberta and British Columbia. PHEnex Journal, 8(2), 1-14. http://ojs.acadiau.ca/index.php/phenex/article/view/1619/1361

Bradford, B., Kell, S., & Forsberg, N. (2016). Mentorship in Practice Program (MiPP): An Effective School-Based Strategy. Strategies, 29(1), 36-42. https://doi.org/10.1080/08924562.2015.1111783.

Hickson, C., Berg, S., & Bradford, B. (2015). School Leadership Personnel: A Critical Piece of the Puzzle for Health and Physical Education Programming? Physical and Health Education Journal, 81(1), 8-13.


Bradford, B., Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (2019, December 13). Positive learning: 3 Tips for generalist-trained teachers. PHE America. https://www.pheamerica.org/2019/positive-learning-3-tips-for-generalist-trained-teachers.

Kell, S., Sulz, L., Bradford, B., & Gleddie, D. (2019). Research-informed teaching tips for health educators. Runner – Journal of the Health and Physical Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (HPEC), 50(1), 27-32.

Bradford, B. Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (2019, February). Intersecting literacies: Connecting curriculum through the world of physical education. PHE America. http://www.pheamerica.org/2019/intersecting-literacies-connecting-curriculum-through-the-world-of-physical-activity

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C. (2019). Student mental health: The effects of non-verbal messages. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: Winter 2019), 32-33.

Evaniew, A., Hickson, C., & Bradford, B. (2018). Winter physical activities: C O L D E R can be better. PHE America. http://www.pheamerica.org/2018/winter-physical-activities-c-o-l-d-e-r-can-be-better

Bradford, B., & Berg, S. (2017). 3 ideas for DPA in the classroom. Physical and Health Education Journal, 83(2) 1-4.

Evaniew, A., Bradford, B., & Hickson, C. (2017, April). Move, mix, and match: Connecting the physical and language literacies for early learners. Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA) On the Move, 35(1), 18-25.

Bradford, B., Hickson, C. & Evaniew, A. (2017, April 5). Developing student health and wellness: A comprehensive approach. PHE America. http://www.pheamerica.org/2017/developing-student-health-and-wellness-a-comprehensive-approach/

Bradford, B. & Watt, C. (2017). Let’s hit the math trails. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: January/February 2017), 14-15.

Bradford, B., Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (2016, November 12). It takes a “community” to role model. PHE America. http://www.pheamerica.org/2016/it-takes-a-community-to-role-model

Bradford, B. & Schmidt, E. (2016). Making Cross-Curricular Connections. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: April/May 2016), 16-17.

Bradford, B., Berg, S., & Hickson, C. (2016). The Untapped Potential of Physical and Health Education. Physical and Health Education Journal, 81(3), 1-14.

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C. (2016). Effective Teaching of Elementary School Physical Education: The Importance of Linking Effectiveness with Active Living. Runner – Journal of the Health and Physical Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (HPEC), 47(2), 14-17.

Berg, S. & Bradford, B. (2016). Six Tips for a Healthy, Active School Year. Physical and Health Education Journal, 81(2).

Hickson, C., Bradford, B., & Evaniew, A. (December 2015). Physical Literacy and Enjoyment: The Route to 50 Million Strong by 2029! P.E. Links 4U Physical Education Website, 17(10).


Bradford, B., Berg, S. & Landers, J. (September 2015). Physical and Health Education Fairs: Enhancing Student Wellness and Promoting Community Engagement. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: September/October 2015), 38-39.

Bradford, B., Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (August 2015). Professional Development: Take Time to Improve Yourself and Others this Year! P.E. Links 4U Physical Education Website, 17(7).


Bradford, B. & Berg, S. (July 2015). Be an Elementary School PHE Champion: A Resource to Help Promote Leadership. On the Move Journal: Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA), 32(2), 20-27.

Bradford, B., Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (2015). Saying by Doing: The Nonverbal Messages that We Send to our Students! Active & Healthy Magazine. Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), 22(1), 32-34.

Bradford, B. (April 2015). Let’s Capture Those Teachable Moments. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: April/May 2014), 12-13.

Evaniew, A., Hickson, C., & Bradford, B. (April 2015). Energy Drinks: What Effects can they have on our Students? P.E. Links 4U Physical Education Website, 17(4).


Bradford, B., Hall, N. & Hickson, C. (2015). Finding Your Way through an Orienteering Lesson. Runner – Journal of the Health and Physical Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (HPEC), 47(1), 29-30.

Bradford, B., Evaniew, A., & Hickson, C. (January 2015). In 2015, Let’s Track our Progress! P.E. Links 4U Physical Education Website, 17(1). http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/bradford1_2015.htm