Faculty & Staff


Lisa McDermott, PhD

Associate Professor

Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me

PhD (Leisure, Sport and Culture), Leeds Metropolitan University, 1998
MA (Physical Education), Queen’s University, 1990
BPE (Physical Education), McMaster University, 1987


My research interests focus on critically examining both discursive constructions and embodied experiences of women and children’s physical activity, health, and leisure practices. Methodologically I locate my work at the qualitative end of the research spectrum specifically in terms of in-depth interviews, participant observation, and textual analyses that take Foucaultian and feminist approaches. 

Current Research:

1) Media discourse analysis of online newsreader comments about Canadian children’s physical activity habits. 

2) A SSHRC-funded project examining historical (1834-1948) Hawaiian-language newspapers to understand the contact point between Kanaka Maoli (i.e., Indigenous Hawaiians) holistic practices and American missionaries’ imposition of 19th Century Westernized leisure discourse. 


KSRLS 304 Advanced Sociology of Sport and Leisure
HEED 320 Social Dimensions of Health Promotion
KSRLS 506 Sociocultural Perspectives on the Body and Health