Our Physical Literacy Research Team

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  • Physical Literacy Research Team
  • Dr. Jacqueline D. Goodway
    Dr. Jacqueline D. Goodway
  • Dr. John Cairney
    Dr. John Cairney
  • Dr. Dean Kriellaars
    Dr. Dean Kriellaars
  • Dr. Dean Dudley
    Dr. Dean Dudley
  • Dr. Nalda Wainwright
    Dr. Nalda Wainwright

Dr. Jacqueline D. Goodway

Dr. Jackie Goodway is a faculty member in the area of motor development and elementary physical education in the Kinesiology program of the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Goodway’s physical literacy research agenda focuses on issues associated with the evaluation and promotion of motor skill development and physical activity interventions in young children from disadvantaged communities.  Her evidenced-based motor skill and physical activity program called SKIP (Successful Kinesthetic Instruction for Preschoolers) has been implemented across the USA and 8 different countries across 3 continents.

She has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, 100 published abstracts, 12 book chapters, and over 180 international and national presentations in this area.  She has co-authored one of the leading textbooks in motor development within the USA and globally. Her work has resulted in many honors including the Lolas E. Halverson Young Investigator award from the Motor Development Academy of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), and the Mabel Lee Award from the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the Senior Lecturer award from NASPSA.

Dr.Goodway was inducted as a Fellow of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD and a Fellow of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals in recognition of her 20+ years of scholarship to the field.  Dr. Goodway has also provided national leadership within the USA serving on NASPE’s Professional Preparation & Research Steering committee and chairing the revision of the “Active Start” national physical activity guidelines for 0-5 year olds.  She has also served as a consultant on the development of Nickelodeon Fit, a Wii video game to promote physical activity for preschoolers.

Dr. Goodway actively works across the world to promote physical literacy for young children in underserved communities.

Dr. John Cairney

From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Cairney held a Canada Research Chair in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  He was the inaugural holder of the McMaster Family Medicine Research Chair in Child Health at McMaster and the founding Director of the Infant and Child Health (INCH) lab at McMaster University (www.inchlab.ca). Dr. Cairney was President (elect) of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry from 2009 to 2015. He is currently the President (elect) for the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM).

Active in publishing (200 peer-reviewed publications; 4 books), Dr. Cairney sits on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and BMC Pediatrics. Over the past 5 years, he is held in excess of $5 million dollars in research funding. He is Editor-in- Chief of Current Developmental Disorders Reports (Springer Publishing). Dr. Cairney has also done extensive consulting work for the Ministries of Child and Youth Services, Health and Education in the province of Ontario in the area of child health and development.

Dr. Dean Kriellaars

Dr. Kriellaars is a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy. He is a member of the Spinal Cord Research Centre and a scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute and he also undertakes extensive research in performance enhancement and injury prevention in the high performance circus setting at the National Circus School and Cirque du Soleil.

Dr. Kriellaars is a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy. He is a member of the Spinal Cord Research Centre and a scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute. His Human Performance Laboratory has numerous students and staff directed to undertaking research on physical literacy, exercise, physical literacy.

Dr. Kriellaars has been awarded two major university teaching awards, national and international awards for scientific research and innovation. Dr. Kriellaars has received two University of Manitoba Presidential Outreach awards for meritorious community work, and recently was awarded the Campbell Award for longstanding community service. He was named as the co-chair of the Premiers Council on Healthy Living for the province of Manitoba. He works with Sport for Life, PHE Canada, the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba, as well as the RCMP on community wellness initiatives. He also undertakes extensive research in performance enhancement and injury prevention in the high performance circus setting at the National Circus School and Cirque du Soleil.

Dr. Dean Dudley

Dr. Dean Dudley is the Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Health and Physical Education in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia). He is also the World Regional Vice President to Fédération Internationale d’Education Physique (International Federation of Physical Education – FIEP), Chief Examiner for the New South Wales Board of Studies and Teacher Education Standards and Honorary Chair of Learning and Development for Surf Life Saving Australia.

Dr. Dean Dudley received his Ph.D. in physical education from University of Wollongong, Australia in 2012. Previously he has completed a Master of Education (Research) and a Bachelor of Health Science. Currently, he is the Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Health and Physical Education in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia).

Dean is a 2012 Churchill Fellow and was an Expert Consultant on the Quality Physical Education Guidelines for Policymakers in 2015 and MINEPS VI in 2017 for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

He is currently the World Regional Vice President to Fédération Internationale d’Education Physique (International Federation of Physical Education – FIEP), Chief Examiner for the New South Wales Board of Studies and Teacher Education Standards and Honorary Chair of Learning and Development for Surf Life Saving Australia.

Dean’s research is currently focused on the assessment and reporting of physical education and the development of observed learning outcomes pertaining to physical literacy. He is also a researcher of evidence-based approaches to health and physical education that yield large learning effects in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning domains.

Dr. Nalda Wainwright

Dr. Nalda Wainwright is director of Wales Institute for Physical Literacy at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Sport Health and Outdoor Education and Programme Director for the MA Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy.

Nalda worked with Professor Margaret Whitehead for her PhD research which investigated the impact of the Welsh early years curriculum on physical literacy. She is the chair of the National Physical Literacy Project for School Research Group, Strategic lead for the regional Welsh Government Physical Literacy Schools project and an Expert Panel Member for the development of the Australian Physical Literacy Standard.

Her current research interests lie in the role of physical literacy in developing Health and Wellbeing and she is the professorial advisor for the development of this area of learning and experience for the new Welsh Curriculum. Her work at the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy is focussing on how the Foundation Phase can be developed to lay the foundations of lifelong physical activity and health.

Nalda taught for 14 years in primary schools and developed expertise in working with diverse needs spending 5 years as head of a unit for children with moderate and complex learning needs. She was the lead consultant for the Welsh Government's Physical Education and School Sport inclusion project and a national trainer for health fitness and well-being project.

Nalda is passionate about physical activity in her own life taking part in triathlon, sea swimming, surfing, mountain biking and snowboarding. Nalda completed Ironman Wales and the Marmotte cyclosportif in France in 2014. She has recently taken up Paddle boarding and is trying to chill out on the water in the quieter parts of the coast of the Pembrokeshire National Park where she lives in Wales.

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