Tanis Farish

I am interested in post-secondary student well-being and behaviour, more specifically physical well-being and how students "move" to foster health. My most recent research award is exploring, through Photovoice, how students move to address sustainable striving in college. A related topic, from my exercise physiology perspective is the topic of elite athlete well-being, particularly what they do outside of sport to address their life satisfaction and health. I am fortunate to live in and work from Victoria, British Columbia-home to many national sport teams. As a researcher and practitioner, I am also interested in yoga as a means to well-being, using methods such as trauma sensitive yoga (Emerson, 2015).

The methodology that I gravitate to is qualitative, such as phenomenology and grounded theory. The data collection methods I am most at home with are focus groups and Photovoice. The foundation of my work is to engage with the very people I study. As an academic instructor of students, a coach of athletes, as a yoga instructor and advocate for mental well-being, I work in and with the communities in a very personal way.


PhD, University of Victoria, 2008
MEd, University of Victoria, 2002
BSc, Queen's University, 1998
LPN, College of the Rockies, 1994


Instructor of the Year - Distance Class, School of Public Health Students' Association, University of Alberta, 2015

Current Projects

Movement and Student Well-being
Funded by an Innovation and Creativity Grant, Camosun College