Lunch Speakers

Join us for a virtual "Lunch with a Prof" session on both days of the conference. In these sessions, conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage with academic and industry professionals to learn about their careers, how they have used their degrees in sport and exercise psychology, ask questions, and more! On Day 1, the speakers include university professors teaching and researching across eastern Canada and abroad. On Day 2, the speakers include a variety of academic and industry professionals. 

Attendees will be admitted to one lunch session per day. We encourage you to get to know all of our professors and professionals before registering for a session. Register for free below. 

Mar 25, 12:30 PM EDT
Zoom - Lunch with a Professor
Mar 26, 12:30 PM EDT
Zoom - Lunch with a Professional

Meet the Professors

Jeff Caron, PhD

University of Montreal

Dr. Jeff Caron is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Activity Sciences at Université de Montréal. He is also a Researcher within the Center of Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and he is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Prior to his academic appointment, Jeff obtained a PhD in Kinesiology and Physical Education from McGill University, and he completed postdoctoral fellowships at McGill University and Yale University. Jeff’s research program focuses on better understanding psychosocial aspects of sport-related concussions by attempting to answer the following research questions: How can we most effectively disseminate concussion information to members of the sport community? Which psychosocial strategies can assist athletes’ recovery and return to sport, school, and daily life? Most of Jeff’s research uses qualitative approaches to provide a detailed account of athletes’ lived experiences with sport-related concussions.

Lindsay Duncan, PhD

McGill University

Dr. Lindsay Duncan is an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. Her research focuses on the role of health messaging and other social-influence variables in motivating and supporting the initiation and maintenance of health behaviours in adolescents and adults. She has experience developing and testing theory-based interventions for health behavior change across a wide variety of behaviors including physical activity, healthy eating, smoking prevention and cessation, substance use, and sexual risk behaviors.

Blair Evans, PhD

Western University

Dr. Blair Evans joined the Psychology Department Western University in 2020 in his current role as an assistant professor, following his first position from 2015-2020 in the Kinesiology Department at Penn State University. His educational pathway includes doctoral studies in social psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, along with Master’s education from the University of Lethbridge and undergraduate education from Laurentian University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Queen’s University. Research conducted by Blair and his students in focuses on how our peers within small groups can influence our wellbeing and health behaviors. This research spans varying contexts, developmental stages, and populations, and is published in leading journals related to sport and health psychology and is supported by sport-related research foundations as well as federal funding bodies in Canada and the United States.

Barbi Law, PhD

Nipissing University

Dr. Barbi Law is a Professor in the School of Physical & Health Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario where she works collaboratively with other members of the NORTH PA Lab. She is a Professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA-ACPS) and a founder of sportpsychologyforcoaches.ca. Dr. Law’s research program explores strategies for creating positive sport and physical activity experiences, with a focus on children. Projects explore topics such as imagery and modeling use, development of physical literacy, and promotion of physical activity and sleep hygiene. Much of her research is community- and school-based, with ecological validity and knowledge translation as important considerations. Her research is currently funded by SSHRC and CIHR. Dr. Law takes an evidence-based approach in her role as mental performance consultant to the athletes and teams she supports, helping athletes and coaches to excel in both their performance and personal development.

Kyle Paradis, PhD

Ulster University

(Northern Ireland)

Dr. Kyle Paradis is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sport Psychology/Sport Sociology (Mental Health) at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Kyle is originally from Canada and after completing graduate school and a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship, moved across to the UK to take up a faculty position at Ulster University. His research interests include group dynamics and the social environment in sport and the impact on athlete performance and wellbeing. Kyle completed his B.A. at Laurentian University, M.H.K. at University of Windsor, and Ph.D. at University of Western Ontario. 

Eva Pila, PhD

Western University 

Dr. Eva Pila is an Assistant Professor at Western University in the School of Kinesiology. Her academic background consists of a BSc in Kinesiology and Psychology at McMaster University, MSc in Exercise Science (Behavioural Stream) at McGill University/University of Toronto, PhD in Exercise Science (Behavioural Stream). She completed a joint postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Women’s College Hospital, and the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Pila has had a longstanding interest in body image and women’s health. Specifically, she is interested in affective experiences (e.g., self-conscious emotions; self-compassion) as related to body image and health (behaviour). She has experience working with community populations across the lifespan (e.g., adult women, adolescents, athletes) and clinical populations (e.g., adolescent eating disorders, mood disorders, breast cancer).

Meet the Professionals

Michelle Guerrero, PhD

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute

Dr. Michelle Guerrero is a postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, working in the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group. She completed her Masters of Human Kinetics and PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Windsor, where she was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal (2017-18). Her research over the past few years has focused on children’s and youth’s movement behaviours (physical activity, digital-media use, and sleep). Michelle served as the research manager and lead author of the 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. 

Geoff Hackett, MHK

PacificSport

Geoff is a mental performance consultant in Nanaimo, British Columbia. He supports athletes and coaches in mental performance through his role at PacificSport Vancouver Island, Canadian Sport Institute -Pacific, and is one of three MPCs for Team BC in their preparation for the 2022 Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ontario. In addition to his work in mental performance, he works at PacificSport VI as a coordinator in physical literacy and athlete/coach development programs, and is part of the technical team at Nanaimo United FC. Geoff graduated from the University of Windsor (MHK in Sport Psychology) in 2014, and has been a Professional Member in the Canadian Sport Psychology Association since 2018. 

Trista Hill, MHK

Georgian College

Always hearing coaches refer to mental toughness, but rarely any strategies to accomplish this challenging task, inspired Trista to pursue education and work as a mental performance consultant. Although Trista has worked with many athletes over the years, her primary focus is on teaching as Liberal Arts faculty at Georgian College. Drawing on her experience in working with athletes, Trista brings sport and exercise psychology theory to life in the classroom. Her goal each semester is to have students walk away with strategies to help them improve their mental strength and subsequent performance across all areas of their lives.

Eric Nadalin, MHK

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Eric Nadalin is employed at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit as the Manager of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Department. Through this role, Eric leads a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, health promoters, mental health specialists, youth engagement specialists, and provincial offenses officers, in the delivery of public health standards and local interventions across the broad areas of chronic disease, mental health, and substance use. Eric received his Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in Kinesiology from Western University in 2009 and his Master of Human Kinetics in Exercise Psychology from The University of Windsor in 2011 with a focus on Children’s Use of Imagery during Active Play. Since graduating, Eric has worked in population health research, workplace health promotion, tobacco control and smoking cessation, and now across multiple domains within the areas of chronic disease, mental health, injury prevention, and substance use.

Celina Shirazipour, PhD

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Celina Shirazipour is an Assistant Professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Medicine, where she also holds the position of Associate Director of the Master’s Degree Program in Health Delivery Science. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Medicine, as well as a Research Consultant for the Invictus Games Foundation. She completed a BA in Psychology (McGill University), an MHK with a focus on Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Windsor), and a PhD in Health Promotion (Queen’s University). She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University, as well as a visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on physical activity promotion for individuals with physical and mental illnesses and injuries, with a particular emphasis on military personnel and cancer survivors.

Diana Vincer, MHK

Human Kinetics Publishing

Diana has been with Human Kinetics Publishers for 14 years. There, she holds the position of Acquisitions Editor and works across multiple divisions. Diana also recently started teaching as a Part-Time Faculty member at Canadore College, instructing courses in the School of Sport and Recreation.

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