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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. For example, wellness not only relates to physical activity, physical literacy, healthy eating, and dealing with stressors positively, but also to other issues such as mental health, comprehensive health programming, financial issues, social decisions, etc. Thus, 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, etc.).

As an academic group, we will gather/communicate regularly to share the goals and results of our research. We will learn from each other and collaborate on projects. Since the members of the group represent many fields and institutions, we will bring a diversity of approaches and topics to the table.

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 Concordia University of Edmonton and other institutions/ organizations.

Key Processes

  • Connecting | Communicating | Representing | Sharing | Discovering
  • Encouraging | Experiencing | Adapting |Transforming | Learning

Members of the Research Cluster (Concordia University of Edmonton)

  • Brent Bradford – (Lead) Education
  • Barb van Ingen – (Lead) VP, Student Life & Learning
  • Tim Loreman – President
  • Manfred Zeuch – Vice President External Affairs and International Relations
  • John Jayachandran – Sociology
  • Adam Howorko – Psychology
  • Erinn Jacula – CUE School of Physical Education & Wellness
  • Shaelyn Hunt – Undergraduate student (Education)
  • Nicole Correia – Undergraduate student (Education)
  • Natasha Miller – Undergraduate student (Arts)

Friends of the Research Cluster (Individuals)

Canadian Institutions

  • Clive Hickson – Education (University of Alberta)
  • Nathan Hall – Education (University of Winnipeg)
  • Nick Forsberg – Education (University of Regina)
  • Stephen Berg – Education (University of British Columbia [UBC] – Okanagan Campus)
  • Shannon Kell – Education (Mount Royal University)
  • Eduardo Rasche da Motta
  • Brenda Simon – Director of Play Programs, Earth Day Canada

International Institutions

From Spain (Basque Country):

Saioa Urrutia-Gutierrez
– Universidad del Pais Vasco | Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU)
– University of the Basque Country

From Germany:
– Mittweida University

Friends of the Research Cluster (Professional Organizations)

  • Alberta Centre for Active Living
  • 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

Collaborative Research Projects


To be announced

Past Events