Advisory Committee

Dr. Lucie Lévesque

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Dr. Lucie Lévesque is Associate Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Hers research on physical activity in Aboriginal communities in Canada is intensively community-engaged; she works closely with community members to plan and implement research-related activities. Over the past 15 years, she has mainly focused on physical activity intervention effectiveness evaluation from an ecological and holistic perspective. She is especially interested in enhancing the accessibility of physical activity opportunities for youth and has a keen interest in working with Aboriginal communities to eliminate health disparities related to physical inactivity. Her research is funded through the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the First Nations and Inuit Health branch at Health Canada. She identifies as an ally to Aboriginal communities.



Dr. Tara-Leigh McHugh

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Dr. Tara-Leigh McHugh is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. She is currently the lead academic in the University of Alberta’s Certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation that is jointly offered by the Faculties of Native Studies and Physical Education and Recreation. Her program of research is focused on working with urban Aboriginal youth to shed light on the often overlooked topics of Aboriginal peoples’ physical activity, sport, and body image experiences. Dr. McHugh has lived and worked in Alberta since 2009, and since this time she has been committed to developing and maintaining research relationships with various Aboriginal communities. She is committed to participatory action research methodologies, and to actively partnering with Aboriginal peoples in community-based research.