Dr. Lee Schaefer, Assistant Professor with our Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, was recently selected as Researcher of the Month by the Physical and Health Education of Canada's Research Council.
Professor Schaefer's research is focused on teacher education, specifically physical education, youth development through wellness and physical activity, the impact of the outdoors on youth physical activity levels, and narrative inquiry. He is a co-founder, along with Dr. Sean Lessard and Brian Lewis, of Growing Young Movers Youth Development, an organization that works with Indigenous youth across the country.
Dr. Lee Schaefer "has been recognized on a national and international level for both his research and his writing," wrote the Research Council, "and has been invited to speak at local, national and international conferences. His passion for physical education, and providing youth purposeful, developmental, movement opportunities continues to drive his research, teaching and service commitments."
Professor Schaefer is currently accepting both masters and doctoral level graduate students who are interested in his areas of research.
Lee Schaefer’s most recent publications include:
- "A Narrative Inquiry into a Female Athlete’s Experiences with Protracted Concussion Symptoms," which offers a rare look into the impact of concussion on an individual’s athletic and academic identities, career progression, and in turn, her imagined stories of who she was and who she was becoming. Anyone who has struggled with concussions, or works with students or athletes struggling with concussions may find this article helpful.
- "Living Tensions of Co-Creating a Wellness Program and Narrative Inquiry Alongside Urban Aboriginal Youth." In an attempt to disrupt intervention-type models that position Aboriginal youth as at-risk, or in-deficit, we pose questions around how wellness programming and research begin in different commitments when we see Aboriginal youth as knowledge-holders. Individuals creating programming or researching alongside Indigenous youth may find this article helpful.