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Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Communication, Media, and Film, University of Calgary

Matt Ventresca is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) where he is affiliated with the Integrated Concussion Research Program. He is also a Visiting Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Dr. Ventresca previously completed his PhD at Queen’s University and postdoctoral fellowships in the Faculty of Kinesiology (UCalgary) and the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). Matt’s research concerns the intersections of social inequalities, media, and science in the contexts of sport and health. His current work focuses on the sociocultural implications of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in sports contexts, centering specifically on the processes through which knowledge about TBI gets produced through media representations and scientific research practices. Matt also studies the use of painkilling drugs (opioids and cannabis) among professional athletes, and is working on a study investigating the public health dimensions of cannabis edibles in Canada.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Associate , University of Calgary


  • 2016 
    Queen's University , Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology and Health Studies