Prospective Graduate Students and Post Docs

Dr. Dawn Mackey welcomes applications from prospective MSc and PhD students from a range of backgrounds including kinesiology, human kinetics, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, public health, knowledge translation, biostatistics, and epidemiology.

Dr. Mackey is an Associate Professor at SFU in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, a core member of the UBC Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, and an Associate Member of the Department of Gerontology at SFU. Through these affiliations, trainees have access to a wide variety of valuable and high-level training resources.

Dr. Mackey is currently accepting applications for graduate students in two main areas.

1. Core Outcome Sets for Physical Activity Trials. This project will use knowledge synthesis techniques and consensus building exercises toward the definition of standardized sets of outcome domains for physical activity trials.

2. Physical Activity Adherence. This project will determine the effects of physical activity promotion interventions on uptake and adherence to regular physical activity among inactive older adults.

Successful applicants will be expected to apply for external sources of funding (e.g., CIHR, NSERC, AGE-WELL doctoral awards) as well as Departmental Graduate Fellowships, with guidance from Dr. Mackey.

Additional information concerning graduate studies in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU can be found on the Department’s Graduate Studies web page.

If you are interested and qualified, please contact Dr. Mackey via email at with your areas of interest, current curriculum vitae, and academic transcripts. Positions will be available until filled. Start dates are flexible.


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