Professor Profiles

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Lauren Sulz, PhD, MSc, BSc, BEd

Assistant Professor

Education

Secondary Education

About Me

Dr. Sulz is an Assistant Professor with a focus on physical education and health education. Lauren's research includes school sport and school-based physical activities, whole-child education, comprehensive school health, and health and physical education pedagogy. 

Education

PhD (2014)
Faculty of Education, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
University of Victoria, British Columbia

Masters of Science (2008)
College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education (2003)
Faculty of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (2003)
College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

 


Research

  • Physical Education and Health Education Curriculum 
  • Pedagogical Issues in Physical Education and Health
  • Comprehensive School Health
  • Physical Literacy and Health Literacy
  • School Sport and Extra-Curricula Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity Experiences of Girls and Young Women

Dr. Sulz's primary research commitments focus on school-based strategies to promote active healthy lifestyles among children and youth. She works collaboratively with teachers, researchers and community stakeholders to enhance students’ physical activity and health behaviours through changes to school curricula, school policy and school environments.  Through this research, Dr. Sulz aims to create a whole-school environment where student health is an essential foundation to schools’ core mission of learning. A second and complementary area of study is centered around school-based sport and coaching. Dr. Sulz is currently exploring strategies to enhance interschool sport and extra-curricular physical activity opportunities for students and support teacher-coaches in offering these programs.

Lauren's SSHRC-funded research recognizes the multiple benefits of sport and seeks to understand the role of school sport among low-income families. Specifically, this research aims to understand the extent in which participation in school sport supports attendance, grades, attitudes towards school, and wellbeing of students from low-income households. 

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in education focusing on physical education and health education, or related research topics, please contact Dr. Sulz at lsulz@ualberta.ca.