Community-Engaged Health Promotion Research


Visiting Research Students - University of Guadalajara

The Community-Engaged Health Promotion Research Lab hosted two graduate students from the University of Guadalajara in the Fall of 2023.  The photo (right) includes lab members involved with Mexican research partnerships:  Left-Right: Alicia Calderón Escalante (Visiting Research Student); Alyssa Comfort, PhD Candidate, Queen’s University & MITACS Globalink Award Recipient; Lucie Lévesque, Principal Investigator, host; Donna Ivimey, Research Coordinator; Julissa Ortiz Brunel (Visiting Research Student); Ana Sanchez, MSc student, Queen’s University.  The exchange was funded by a grant from Queen’s University’s International Collaboration Research Fund in support of a project looking at 24-Hour Movement behaviours in highschool students in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Zahraa Majed

Congratulations to El Zahraa Majed!  She received received the top prize of $1000 at this year’s Queen’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for presentation of her research project “How to Belong? Physical Activity as a Vehicle for Integration.”. Her project focusses on the isolation of immigrants joining new societies, and how it affects their physical and mental health. El Zahraa’s research looks at how physical activity can help new immigrants integrate and feel a sense of belonging after moving to Canada. Read more about the 3MT competition in the Queen’s Gazette, April 12, 2023.

Congratulations to undergraduate and graduate students from the lab who will be presenting at the upcoming Eastern Canada Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium in March 2024 in Toronto:

Hare C, McComber AM, McBeath B, Baillie CPT, Lévesque, L.. (Mar 2024). Culturally Relevant Indigenous Knowledge Exchange for Community Mobilization to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes. The Eastern Canada Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium 2024, Toronto, Canada.

Kemnele K, Walwyn D, Walwyn L, Janssen I, Storey K, Lévesque L. (Mar 2024). Adherence to the 24-hour movement guidelines among Antiguan adolescents: A pilot study. The Eastern Canada Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium 2024, Toronto, Canada.

Sanchez A, Giroux EE, Bassett-Spiers J, McBride CB, Munro B,  SCI IKT Guiding Principles Partnership, Gainforth HL (Mar, 2024). Exploring Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Adaptive Sports (AS) Services Offered by Canadian Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that Engage in Research Partnerships. Symposium presentation at the ESCEPS conference in Toronto, ON, Canada, March 15th-16th, 2024.

Taylor V, McBeath B, Thériault C, Hare C, Lévesque L. (Mar 2024). What is the Environmental Cost to Gather? A case example from the National Indigenous Diabetes Association Conference. The Eastern Canada Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium 2024, Toronto, Canada.

Vagharfard D, C2C Research Team, Lévesque, L. (Mar, 2024) Community-level Indigenous Knowledge Translation: A Scoping Review Protocol. The Eastern Canada Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium 2024, Toronto, Canada.

Recent Publications (since 2020)

Szeszulski J, Faro JM, Joseph RP, Lanza K, Lévesque L, Monroe CM, Perez-Paredes EA, Soltero EG & Lee RE. (2023). How Societal Forces of Change Are Transforming Youth Physical Activity Promotion in North America. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 20(12) pp 1069-1077.,7

Bruner B, Rickwood G, Shwed A, Karvinen K, Lévesque L, Mantha S, & Raymer G. (2023). Child and parent perspectives on active transportation to school: Facilitators and barriers in a northern, rural environment. Journal of Transport & Health, 33: 101708,

Gharib H, LaBarge MC, and Lévesque L, (2022). Improving attitudes towards breaks from sitting using affective and cognitive messages. Journal of European Psychology Students, 13(1), pp.93–106. DOI:

Sobierajski F, Lévesque L, McGavock J, Beardy T, Montemurro G, Storey K, & the IYMP National Team. (2022). The essential conditions needed to implement the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program: A focused ethnography. BMC Public Health. 22:213.

McBeath B, Franks O, Delormier T, Périllat-Amédée S, McComber AM, Abigosis T, Leafe D, Macaulay AC, & Lévesque L. (Nov, 2021). Reflecting on the use of concept mapping as a method for community-led analysis of talking circles. Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health.  1(2) pp 136-146.

Périllat-Amédée S, Delormier T, Flamand S, Ottawa G, McBeath B, McComber AM, Macaulay AC & Lévesque L. (Nov, 2021). Atikamekw Nehirowisiw Mirowatisiwin: Identifying the strengths of the Manawan community to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles.  Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health.  1(2), pp 47-59.

Soltero EG, Jáuregui A, Hernandez E, Barquera S, Jáuregui E, Lopez y Taylor J, Ortiz-Hernández, Lévesque L, Lee RE. (2021). Associations between screen-based activities, physical activity and dietary habits in Mexican schoolchildren. International journal of environmental research and public health18(13), 6788.

Lopresti S, Willows ND, Storey KE, McHugh TL, IYMP National Team (2021).  Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program: essential characteristics of a Canadian multi-site community-university partnership with Indigenous communities.  Health Promotion International, 2021, 1–11 doi: 10.1093/heapro/daab039 Article (Member, IYMP National Team)

Macridis S, Cameron C, Chaput JP, Chulak-Bozzer T, Clark P, Davenport MH, Faulkner G, Fowles J, Lévesque L, Porter MM, Rhodes RE, Ross R, Shelton E, Spence JC, Vanderloo LM, Johnston N. (2020). Results From the 2019 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2020, 17, 995-1002.

Recent Presentations (2023+)

Walwyn D, Storey K, Walwyn L, Thomas A, Richards L, Janssen I, Lévesque L. (2023, November 29).  An Exploration of the Essential Conditions to Promote a Comprehensive School Health Approach in Primary Schools in Antigua and Barbuda.  The 18th Annual Caribbean Child Research Conference.  University of West Indies, Antigua & Barbuda. 

McBeath B, Hare C, Alexander M, Lévesque L. (2023, November 21).  Kahnawà:ke Schools Diabetes Prevention Program: Sharing Stories and Extending Networks. National Indigenous Diabetes Association bi-annual conference, Edmonton, Alberta. 

Majed E, Janssen I, Lévesque L. (2023, November 22). Adherence to the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines among Immigrants in Canada [Presentation]. Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) Conference. Hamilton, ON.

Jock BA, McBeath B, Baillie CPT, Lévesque L. (2023, October 14).  From Performative to Transformative Allyship in the Academy: A Critical Conversation [Symposium]. The Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Comfort A, García Camarena R, López y Taylor JR, Jáuregui Ulloa E, Vázquez Gutiérrez A, Lévesque L. (2023, October 12-14). Developing a culturally relevant and feasible data collection protocol to measure physical activity, sleep, and sedentary time in high school students in Guadalajara, Mexico [Poster presentation]. The Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Majed E, Abdel-Jalil J, Lévesque L.. (2023, October 12-14). The effectiveness of interventions to improve the balance of movement behaviours over the 24-hour day among immigrants: a systematic review [Presentation]. The Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Jáuregui E, Ortiz-Brunel J, Lee RE, Comfort A, Lévesque L (2023, June). Implementation and Translation of Physical Activity Environment Assessment within the context of an International Partnership. [Dare2Share Symposium Session]. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Uppsala, SE.

McBeath B, McComber AM, Jock BA, Delormier T, Baillie, C.P.T., Lévesque L, (2023, June).  The Kahnawà:ke Schools Diabetes Prevention Program – An Exemplar of Indigenous Health Promotion in Action as part of Jock, B.A., McComber, A.M., Warbrick, I., & Hogg, R. Indigenous Health Promotion – A Distinct and Decolonial Approach to Promoting Health Led by Indigenous Communities [Symposium]. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Uppsala, SE.

Majed E, Kingston Gets Active (KGA), Immigration Services Kingston & Area (ISKA), Lévesque, L. (2023, March 10). Conducting Respectful Community-Engaged Research with Newcomer Women [Presentation]. Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference. Halifax, NS.

Community-Engaged Health Promotion Research

28 Division Street

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Queen’s University

Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6

Principal Investigator:  Lucie Lévesque 


Research Coordinator:  Donna Ivimey


Tel:  613-533-6000 x 79130