Faculty & Staff


Tara-Leigh McHugh, PhD

Associate Professor

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 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 Indigenous youth, and her commitment to community-based approaches and the sustained engagement of local Indigenous experts has supported the success of her nationally funded program of research.   


    KSRLS 323: Aboriginal Peoples and Physical Practices: Canadian Perspectives
    KSRLS 581: Qualitative Research Methodology
    PEDS 209: Research Methods in Kinesiology