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“Every experience influences in some degree the objective conditions under which further experiences are had.”

/Dewey, 1938

Wellness…purposeful, enjoyable living or, more specifically, a deliberate lifestyle choice characterized by personal responsibility and optimal enhancement of physical, mental, and spiritual health.”

/Hales & Lauzon, 2015

Focus and Mandate: Interdisciplinary Research Cluster On Wellness

We are a group of scholars united in exploring issues related to wellness. We understand “wellness” to have several dimensions. Wellness not only relates to physical activity, physical literacy, healthy eating, and dealing with stressors positively, but also to other areas such as mental health, comprehensive health programming, financial responsibilities, social decisions, etc. Thus, the term “wellness” covers a wide range of topics worthy of research. Wellness has personal, familial, and social aspects and is an integral role in how we carry out our lives (e.g., choices, communicating, goal-setting).

As a scholarly group, we aim to:

  • communicate regularly to share and discuss wellness-related research
  • learn from each other and collaborate on projects
  • focus on a diverse range of research approaches, topics, etc.

Objectives and Intended Outputs

To provide:

  • a forum where scholars can share their research and work-in-progress, and learn of the work of others
  • resources and learning opportunities for scholars to develop new aspects of their research
  • possibilities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work within CUE and other institutions/organizations

Key Processes

Connecting | Representing | Sharing | Discovering | Encouraging | Experiencing | Adapting |Transforming

Members of the Research Cluster

Members – Faculty/Staff (Concordia University of Edmonton)

  • Brent Bradford – (Lead) Associate Professor, Education
  • Barb van Ingen – (Lead) Vice President, Student Life & Learning
  • Tim Loreman: President & Vice-Chancellor
  • Manfred Zeuch: Vice President, External Affairs and International Relations
  • Carmen Arth: Psychology
  • Holli-Anne Passmore: Psychology
  • Adam Howorko: Psychology
  • Erinn Jacula: Physical Education & Wellness
  • Erin Wright: Physical Education & Wellness
  • Jason Daniels: Education; Management

Members – Students (Concordia University of Edmonton)

  • Corey Chorneyko: After Degree
  • Krysta Florence: After Degree
  • Cailyn Morash: After Degree
  • Morgan Reiniger: After Degree
  • Christian Potolicki: Undergraduate
  • Kristen Zentner: Graduate
  • Deepthi Gudapti: Graduate

Friends (Individuals)

  • Stephen Berg: University of British Columbia-Okanagan
  • Nathan Hall: Brock University
  • Lacey Kelly: Edmonton Catholic Schools (CUE Alumni; MEd)
  • Jennifer Kruse: Black Gold School Division (CUE Alumni; BEd, MEd)
  • Brenda Mykytiuk: Aspen View Public Schools (CUE Alumni; MEd)
  • Alison Yacyshyn: Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Margie Schoepp: Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Joel Mrak: Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Pilar Aguilar: Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Caroline Belanger: Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Kelly Cronin: Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Janet Klippenstein: Concordia University of Edmonton

Friends (Partner Institutions)

  • University of British Columbia-Okanagan (Canada)
  • Brock University (Canada)
  • Mittweida University (Germany)

Friends (Professional Organizations)

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • Health & Physical Education Council (HPEC) of Alberta
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • Human Nutrition Research Unit (University of Alberta)
  • Physical & Health Education (PHE) Canada