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Dr Chad Witcher

Lecturer

Chad Witcher
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Summary

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science.

Broadly defined, I am interested in theoretically-informed (e.g., social ecological) approaches to the promotion of health and wellness and the prevention and reduction of chronic disease and disability throughout the lifecourse – particularly in older adulthood. I investigate these areas primarily through interpretive (i.e., qualitative) research methodologies and methods.

I am eligible to supervise PhD candidates and welcome enquires and applications from students interested in older adult health/physical activity promotion and/or relationships between negative age stereotypes and health.

Biography

I joined the Department of Sport and Exercise Science in November 2017. My previous academic appointments have been at the Assistant Professor and Lecturer levels in public health programs at Canadian universities. With respect to my training, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University (Cardiovascular Research Unit, Department of Medicine) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and hold MA & PhD degrees from the University of Alberta (Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I completed an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.

Research Interests

My research program examines physical activity participation and, particularly, ways to increase levels of physical activity among older adults as a way to improve health outcomes in older adulthood. Consistent with this overarching focus, I have the following specific interests: 

  • Older adults' perceptions and experiences of physical activity
  • Physical activity promotion within care/nursing homes
  • Physical activity promotion within rural settings
  • Masters athletes' perceptions of ageing and health
  • Negative perceptions of ageing, age stereotypes and ageism - effects on individual and population health 
  • Social exclusion
  • Social-ecological models of physical activity and health
  • Qualitative methodologies and methods

Teaching Responsibilities

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). For the 2018/2019 academic year, I was module coordinator for: Physical Activity Prescription and Promotion (3rd year undergraduate) and effective 2019/2020, coordinate the Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity & Health Promotion (3rd year undergraduate) module.

I also teach on the following units: Applied Research Methods (postgraduate), Research Methods I/II (1st/2nd year undergraduate), Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (1st year undergraduate), Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity (postgraduate), and Psychology of Sport and Exercise (2nd year undergraduate).

I have extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. For a summary of my previous teaching in Canada, please consult the following summary table:

Level

Module/Course

Institution

# of times taught

Ave. # of students

Role

Undergraduate

HLSC 1010 – Personal Health & Wellness

University of Lethbridge

2

82

Primary instructor

Undergraduate

HLSC 3802 - Gerontology

University of Lethbridge

4

20

Primary Instructor

Undergraduate

PUBH 2000 - Population Health

University of Lethbridge

3

35

Primary Instructor

Undergraduate

HLSC 3002 - Health Education and Promotion

University of Lethbridge

 4

 47

Primary Instructor

Undergraduate

PUBH 3850 - Canadian Health Care System

University of Lethbridge

3

12

Primary Instructor

Undergraduate

HLSC 4980 - Field Research in Rural Aging & Health

University of Lethbridge

2

Individual/applied study

Primary instructor/supervisor

Undergraduate

PEDS 385 - Physical Activity and the Aging Adult

University of Alberta

2

18

Primary Instructor

Undergraduate

RLS 210 - Recreation and Leisure Scholarship

University of Alberta

1

23

Co-instructor

Postgraduate

PUBL 5212 - Canadian Health Care System

Lakehead University

2

37

Primary Instructor

Postgraduate

PUBL 5210 - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention

Lakehead University

1

31

Co-instructor

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