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“Helping make the world a healthier place to live�

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Annual Report 2013-14

Welcome Message from the Provost

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Vision, Mission and Dean’s message


Who we are


Undergraduate studies


Graduate studies




Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being


Welcome to new faculty

It is my pleasure to write this message of congratulations for inclusion in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ Annual Report. As this document illustrates very clearly, the FAHS is a pivotal Faculty of Brock University. The FAHS is comprised of dedicated faculty and staff, united in their commitment to the education and well-being of students, and passionate about producing leading edge research. It was my distinct privilege to serve as the Faculty Dean for more than two years, and now as Provost I continue to monitor and admire the successes that arise from the Faculty on a regular basis. My sincere thanks and congratulations to all staff and faculty members of the FAHS, Brock University is very proud of your accomplishments and your dedication to our students and to this institution.


Faculty recognition

Dr. Neil McCartney


In the community & beyond

Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Dean’s message As Interim Dean, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this year’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS) Annual Report for 2013/14. Once again, FAHS experienced tremendous growth and success in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service to the community.

Vision We advance the health and well-being of individuals, making the world a better place.

Mission To foster excellence in education and research in a student-focused environment and to develop, promote, and maintain multi-disciplinary programs focusing on human health and well-being. We are committed to the application of basic and applied knowledge for the purpose of enhancing the social, environmental, and economic health of the Niagara Region and beyond.

Over the past year, our Faculty welcomed 821 new majors (14% more than 2012/13) to our undergraduate programs, taught 10,627 students (4.6% more than 2012/13) in our classes, mentored 3,304 majors (7% more than 2012/13) throughout the year, and worked with over 500 community partners as part of our priority for community engagement. This year also saw the awarding of a PhD to Dr. Rebecca MacPherson who was FAHS’ first doctoral student who started and finished her dissertation in the FAHS. She was one of 117 graduate students (17 PhD, 52 MSc, and 48 MA) enrolled in the Faculty’s Graduate Program. 2013/14 was also a very successful year for researchers across our Faculty with members receiving funding from all three of Canada’s Tri-Council Agencies. FAHS also led all Faculties at Brock in receiving funding from non-Tri-Council agencies. At the same time, our newest research centre, the Brock Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being, doubled its community membership in its first year of existence while also supporting a number of innovative research projects.

And while the numbers are indeed impressive, it is the people who make up these numbers who are truly the reason behind our success. From internationally renowned and award winning faculty members whose scholarship and teaching are at the forefront of their discipline, to a small but highly dedicated and efficient group of staff whose support, often behind the scenes, enable faculty members and students to be successful, to our graduate and undergraduate students who represent the best and brightest future leaders in their chosen areas of study, the Faculty of Applied Health Sctiences is helping to make our communities a healthier place to live each and every day. This year’s Annual Report is a chance for us to share with you just some of our successes over the past year and our vision for the year ahead. We hope you enjoy learning about what we do as much as we enjoy doing what we do.

Dr. James Mandigo Professor & Interim Dean


Who we are The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences has five departments offering 11 undergraduate programs, seven Masters, and three Doctoral fields of study

Number of faculty and staff

• 81 Faculty • 26 Staff


Undergraduate studies Applied Health Sciences continues to grow year after year

Intake Numbers

Health Sciences Bachelor Bachelor Bachelor Bachelor Bachelor

771 718 821 2011



of Arts in Child Health of Arts in Community Health* of Science in Medical Sciences of Science in Biomedical Sciences of Public Health (with co-op option)



Bachelor or Kinesiology* (with co-op option) Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Bachelor of Physical Education* Concurrent Bachelor of Physical Education/Education - Junior/Intermediate

Headcount 3067

Undergraduate programs


- Intermediate/Senior

Nursing 2011-12



Recreation and Leisure Studies

Course Enrolments 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Bachelor of Science in Nursing* Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies - Community Recreation* - Outdoor Recreation* - Therapeutic Recreation*


10,159 10,628

Sport Management Bachelor of Sport Management *

Includes articulation agreements with various Ontario Colleges


Graduate studies The graduate programs in Applied Health Sciences offer students an educational opportunity that emphasizes an individualized program of study, including mentorshipstyle learning, and concentrated inquiry in an area of interest, leading to the completion of a research thesis.

Sandra Peters

Professor, Kinesiology

2014 Graduate Mentorship Award Recipient

Master fields of study

Doctoral fields of study

MA, Community Health MA, Health & Physical Education MA, Leisure Studies MA, Nursing MA, Sport Management MSc, Health Sciences MSc, Kinesiology

PhD, Behavioural & Population Health PhD, Health Biosciences PhD, Social & Cultural Health Studies

Graduate numbers

Average time of degree completion (in years)


















Master of Science (MSc)







Master of Arts (MA)







Doctoral (PhD)














Composed of well-respected dynamic scholars and two Canada Research Chairs, the Faculty of Applied Health


Sciences has a strong research reputation, supported by ongoing research funding, and a graduate program that is second to none.

Research centres

Over the past three years, we have received more than $8 million in

The Centre for Bone & Muscle Health

The Centre for Sport Capacity

The Centre for Healthy Development

We act as conduit between research and practice in order to foster innovation and knowledgetransfer among Canada’s sport organizations.

Our research and practice support a healthier and more active future. The Centre provides a vehicle for creating, evaluating, and disseminating effective strategies to develop physical literacy skills.

funding from various National and Provincial Agencies and Foundations. The interdisciplinary nature of our research has allowed us to secure funding from all major granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

External scholarships (OGS/NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR)

Student success rate Year Masters Doctoral 2011-12 19% 75% 2012-13 22% 75% 2013-14 29% 80%

Our goal is to optimize musculoskeletal function and health to achieve and maintain a high quality of life and prolong the healthspan.


Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being

Heart Strong program The Heart Strong program functions as both a research facility and a community program with the goal of improving overall function, independence, and quality of life in individuals with known cardiovascular disease, as well as those with cardiovascular risk factors.

Therapeutic Exercise for Amputees in Motion is a community-based partnership with the Niagara Amputee Association that provides post-operative amputees the opportunity to participate in a supervised exercise program.

As one of Brock University’s new transdisciplinary centres, we focus on bridging academic and community health innovations while remaining dedicated to enhancing quality of life among individuals with chronic disease.


Brock T.E.A.M.

SeniorFit program The SeniorFit program’s goal is to improve fitness, increase function and independence, and enhance quality of life in community-dwelling older adults, in a fun and comfortable environment.

POWER CORD program The POWER CORD wheelchair accessible exercise facility is both a research centre that investigates the effects of exercise on health and function in those with disability (primarily spinal cord injury), and a community-based exercise program for individuals with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and amputations.

Dr. Kevin Mongeon, Assistant Professor, Department of Sport Management

Welcome to new faculty In 2013-14, we welcomed five new faculty members.

Dr. Timothy Fletcher, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Jenn Salfi, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing

Dr. Paula Gardner,

As part of the 2014 Winter Tour,

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences

Brock University hosted a ‘pep talk’ from the Toronto Blue Jays with over 250 Sport Management students in attendance. On the panel were major league players and personnel that included Brock Alumnus Andrew Tinnish (RECL ‘99, SPMA ‘01), who is the Assistant General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Dr. Andrea Josse, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology


Faculty recognition Julie Stevens Associate Professor, Sport Management

North American Society for Sport Management Research Fellow


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Edited Books/ Chapters

Articles Published


Online Courses


Refereed Papers Presented


64 Invited Speakers

Book 42 Spring/Summer Courses

Tim Fletcher

Erin Sharpe

Brent E. Faught

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Associate Professor, Recreation & Leisure Studies

Professor & Chair, Health Sciences

2013 Brock Chancellor’s Chair for Excellence in Teaching

OCUFA Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013

Young scholar award from AIESEP – Association Internationale des Ecoles Supérieures d’Education Physique

Mary Breunig Associate Professor, Recreation & Leisure Studies


2014 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

In the community & beyond

According to the recent National Survey of Student Engagement 74% of FAHS students indicated that they participated in community service work prior to graduating.

Providing opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in authentic ways through experiential learning is a pillar not only for Brock, but also for the FAHS.

Our 2014 Community Engagement Celebration included a keynote address from Vicki Keith, former Canadian

FAHS offers many courses that include experiential learning opportunities in the form of internships, field work placements, and community/ classroom collaborations.

Marathon Swimmer.

International collaborations

51 Experiential Courses

Community Partners Students in Experiential Courses


Number of Student Hours



Marks visited locations Africa Australia Austria China Cuba El Salvador Greece Guatemala Honduras India Israel

Japan Morocco The Netherlands New Zealand Norway South Korea Sweden United Kingdom United States Vietnam



Alex Nedeljkovic Undergraduate, Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences. Goals Enter medical school. Provide care for families.

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