Faculty & Staff


Tara-Leigh McHugh, PhD


Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me

PhD (Kinesiology), University of Saskatchewan, 2009
MSc (Kinesiology), University of Saskatchewan, 2004
BSc (Kinesiology), Dalhousie University, 2001


    • Held a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Health Promotion from July 2008-July 2009. This position was jointly funded by Dalhousie University (Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre) and the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection.  
    • Was hired in July 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta.


    Dr. McHugh’s research is broadly focused on enhancing the sport, physical activity, and body image experiences of youth. Through qualitative and collaborative research approaches her research provides an in-depth exploration of the psychosocial aspects of such experiences. Dr. McHugh has extensive experience working with women and girls, as well as Indigenous youth. Her commitment to community-based participatory research has supported the success of her nationally funded program of research.   


    KIN 209: Research Methods in Kinesiology

    KSR 765-850: Indigenous Peoples' Physical Activity