Research Associates and Visitors

The Centre has an established track record of collaboration with a range of scholars, students, and community members. This includes welcoming visiting scholars and postdocs, developing local and international relationships, and partnering with a range of groups and individuals dedicated to sport and health in various capacities. 

If you are an affiliate, collaborator, or visitor not listed here who would like to be included, contact


Winter 2023: Christy Baker
Christy is a fifth year Psychology student completing an Experiential Learning placement at the CSBH. She is a student in HWSS with an interest in health promotion. During her placement, she will be doing web design for the Centre, including TerminalFour training, information management, and updating current content.

2022-2023: Ève LeBlanc 
Ève worked as a SMUWorks student, namely assisting with research and outreach. She assisted with qualitative coding for project on the development of women’s professional hockey, helped organize a film screening and panel presentation with Oscar winner Ben Proudfoot, and also organized a session on athlete mental health with former national hockey program member Kendra Fisher.

Summer 2022: Erin Denny
Erin was a member of the consultation group for the Indigenous U SPORTS transitions research project led by Ryan Francis and Cheryl MacDonald. An Indigenous athlete herself and member of the SMU Huskies women's hockey team, Erin has joined the CSBH as a research assistant working on the project design.

2019-2020: Morgan Wolfe
Morgan worked at the CSBH in a SMUWorks position. A former member of the SMU women's rugby team and a leader in the SMU TedX Talks initiative, Morgan provided support with research, social media, event organization and execution, and other odd jobs at the Centre in collaboration with Cheryl MacDonald and Heidi Weigand. 

2018-2019: Brent Martindale
Under the guidance of Heidi Weigand, Brent developed the Open Doors, Open Minds initiative, a peer-led mentorship program housed in the CSBH. As a SMU men's basketball athlete and a mental health advocate, Brent believed in the value of athletes having opportunities to connect with others in a safe and welcoming space on campus. 

Senior Research Associates:

Dr. Brian Kennedy 

Senior Research Associate

Best-selling author Dr. Brian Kennedy continues to be a frequent visitor at the CSBH. A Canadian working at Pasadena City College in California, Brian has visited SMU for the purposes of research on his books about hockey and for conferences. He has been a Senior Research associate with the CSSH since 2019 and participates regularly in its conferences, symposiums, and book launches. In 2023 he hosted CSBH Director Dr. Cheryl MacDonald in California and they travelled to Las Vegas to present on hockey at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.   

Dr. Heidi Weigand

Senior Research Associate 

Dr. Weigand holds two degrees from Saint Mary's and was previously the Director of Community Programming at the CSBH. She was instrumental in developing leadership programming for university athletes on campus. Her latest research connected to the Centre focuses on the ways in which Generation Z and Millennials engage with the workforce (the most recent branch of the study is on kindness). 

Visitors and Affiliates:

Carly Adams
University of Lethbridge
Dr. Adams has been a visitor at the CSBH several times. She completed a six-week visit in 2012 to undertake research for her book on women’s hockey in Canada. At the end of her stay she was an active participant in the Hockey Conference. While on sabbatical, Dr. Adams returned to the CSBH for a three-month stay in 2015 to continue her research on women’s hockey in Atlantic Canada. Her most recent visit was in Winter 2023 for seven weeks and featured a talk in the History Department’s Seminar Series about digital storytelling and community histories. 

Eileen Angelini
SUNY Empire State College
One of the most active of the CSBH visiting research associates, Dr. Angelini came to Halifax as a Fulbright scholar in 2011 and has returned regularly since then as she continues her work on Maurice Richard and on French language pedagogy. She is also a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Lori Dithurbide
Dalhousie University

A Saint Mary’s graduate, Dr. Dithurbide returned to campus as a postdoctoral scholar at the CSBH for the 2011 fall term. She was an active member of the 2012 Hockey Conference organizing team and, along with Dr. Howell. co-edited the proceedings volume. She is also on the 2020 Hockey Conference (2021 edition) organizing committee.

Russell Field
University of Manitoba

Dr. Field was a visiting researcher at the CSBH in 2013-14 undertaking research on his “Peoples History of Canadian Sport” project. While here Dr. Field focused on the history of sport in Africville and more broadly on people of colour in Nova Scotia. Dr. Field is also interested in the history of sporting events as sites of resistance and protest.

Jeffrey Gherson
University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Dr. Gerson came to the CSBH in June, 2013 to do work on intercollegiate women’s hockey in Canada as part of his book on college hockey in North America. While here he interviewed a number of people involved in women’s hockey. Dr. Gerson also takes an interest in the study of coaching.

Stephen Hardy
University of New Hampshire

One of North America’s leading sport scholars, Dr. Hardy has been a regular visitor to the CSBH and is a member of its international advisory board. He completed a history of hockey in its international context along with Dr. Andrew Holman entitled Hockey: A Global History.

Jason Laurendeau
University of Lethbridge

A sport sociologist with an interest in sport and risk behaviour, Dr. Laurendeau undertook a six-week research project in association with the Department of Search and Rescue in Nova Scotia while at the CSBH. He returned to the CSBH for a three-month stay in 2015 to continue his work on risk behavior in sport and again in 2023 for seven weeks. During his last stay, Jay consulted on the planning of an Indigenous sport and physical activity symposium, namely on the communications side. He will return briefly in July 2023 when he volunteers at the North American Indigenous Games. 

Daryl Leeworthy
The Open University

Dr. Leeworthy was a research associate at the CSBH in the summer of 2009 working with Dr. Howell. Over the years they have collaborated on a number of borderlands projects. Dr. Leeworthy returned in 2012 and 2013 to present papers at conferences hosted by the SSH and again in 2017 to speak at the Fall Lecture Series.

David McNeil
Dalhousie University
Dr. McNeil is a retired member of Dalhousie University's English department. He has frequently visited and collaborated with the CSBH, most recently as a guest speaker in the 2019 Fall speaker series on hockey. He is also a member of the organizing committee for the 2020 Hockey Conference (2021 edition). 

Sean O’Neill
Texas Christian University

Dr. O’Neil has been a visiting research associate at the CSBH since 2017. He is working on the intersection of religion, sport and disability. He has been a regular visitor to the Centre for a number of years and given a number of public lectures and seminars. His sole-authored manuscript on the role of religion in the lives of athletes who have suffered tragic and disabling injuries is set to be published by the University of Tennessee Press in the near future.

John Reid
Retired from Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Reid became a member of the History department at Saint Mary's University in 1985 and held the position of Senior Research Fellow at the Gorsebrook Research Institute on campus. He retired from teaching in 2023. His principal teaching and research interests included the history of early modern northeastern North America (focusing especially on imperial-Indigenous relations), the history of Atlantic Canada, the history of higher education, and the history of sport.

Peter Tingling
Simon Fraser University

While on sabbatical from SFU, Dr. Tingling taught at Saint Mary’s in the Department of Management and joined the CSBH as a visiting research associate. Dr. Tingling undertook research on the selection and management processes related to the hockey draft, and presented his findings at the Putting it on Ice Conference in 2012.

Peter L. Twohig 
Saint Mary's University
Dr. Twohig is a Full Professor in the Department of History and the Atlantic Canada Studies program at Saint Mary’s University. From 2003-2013, he held a Tier II Canada Research Chair. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2014, received the President’s Award for Research Excellence, Fall 2017, and served as the President of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (2017-2019). His research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, SSHRC, and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.

Alexander Soucy
Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Soucy is an anthropologist and chair of the Religious Studies Department at Saint Mary’s. In 2019 he formed the Halifax Bike Lab with Dr. Sara Kirk (Dalhousie University). The project is looking at the connection between building safe bicycle infrastructure and the development of a bicycle culture in the Halifax Regional Municipality that normalizes the use of cycling for transportation and commuting. To date we have undertaken research projects in collaboration with the Halifax Cycling Coalition, the Ecology Action Centre, and Vélo Canada Bikes.

Bob Dawson
Sportswriter, Diversity Management Consultant, and Black Hockey Historian
Born in Dartmouth, NS, Bob Dawson, an all-round athlete, excelled in baseball, basketball and hockey. On the latter, he was the “first black” in 1967 to play in what was then the Atlantic Intercollegiate Hockey League with Saint Mary’s University. Bob went on to Dalhousie University where he graduated in 1973 with a Masters Degree in Social Work. After graduating, he joined the federal Public Service of Canada where he worked for 37 years in human resources management. Bob continuously supports the CSBH, most recently as a speaker in the 2021 Hockey Conference. In 2023 he received an honorary doctorate from the university. Visit Bob's website.

Jarvis Googoo
SMU Indigenous Advisory Council member, athlete, advocate 
Raised in We'koqma'q, NS, Jarvis Googo holds degrees from Saint Mary's University and Dalhousie Law School. He has spoken extensively about Mi'kmaw history and culture, treaty education, and Truth and Reconciliation and is a non-practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. In his capacity as an athlete, Jarvis was the first member of his community to run the Boston Marathon and he sits on the Board of Directors for the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax. In addition to sitting on the Saint Mary's University Indigenous Advisory Council, Jarvis collaborates with the CSBH through activities such as hosting events and consulting on research all relating to Indigenous sport participation. Visit Jarvis' website