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

– John 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

The Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Wellness (IRCW) brings together scholars who are exploring issues related to wellness. We understand that wellness has several dimensions. Wellness not only relates to physical activity, physical literacy, healthy eating, and dealing positively with stressors, but also to mental health, comprehensive health programming, financial responsibilities, social decisions, and much more. Thus, the term “wellness” covers a wide range of topics worthy of research. Wellness has personal, familial, and social aspects and plays an integral role in how we live our lives.

As a scholarly group, we aim to:

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

Objectives and Intended Outputs

The IRCW seeks to provide:

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

Members of the Research Cluster


  • Brent Bradford: Associate Professor, Faculty of Education (Co-Chair) 
  • Barbara van Ingen: Vice President, Academic and Provost (Co-Chair)
  • Jason Daniels: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Lorne Monaghan: Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education
  • Kristen Zentner: Graduate Student (PsyD)


  • Stephen Berg: University of British Columbia-Okanagan
  • Nathan Hall: Brock University


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