I completed my undergraduate education in Exercise Biology at the University of California, Davis. I went on to pursue my Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Pedagogy at California State University Chico.
Through my previous experiences working in physical education settings, I understand the importance and benefits of getting children and youth moving at a young age in order to help them become life-long movers. I also understand that achieving this aim is challenging because it requires a substantial effort in addressing the influences of children’s physical activity behaviour at multiple socio-ecological levels, including individual, community, environmental, and policy.
This lead to my interest in pursuing my Ph.D. in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Guy Faulkner. My research on children’s physical activity has two main foci: children’s independent mobility and population-level physical activity initiatives and policy-level interventions. I have been a collaborator in several research projects focused on children’s independent mobility, active transportation and outdoor play and in the knowledge translation of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (5–17) and the Early Years (0–4 years). I have recently been involved in the knowledge translation of children's independent mobility research into a documentary film that was recently released.