Community-Engaged Health Promotion Research


Recent Publications (since 2020)

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 (since 2020)

Comfort A, Lévesque L, Jáuregui Ulloa E, Lee RE, López y Taylor J, Galaviz KI. (2022, May). Are men and women getting different preventive care? Gender differences in the receipt of physical activity counselling in Mexican primary care settings [conference presentation]. The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Phoenix, AZ, United States.

Jedemann, C, KSDPP Team & Lévesque, L. (2022, March). Reciprocity as a Key Concept in Community-engaged Research with Indigenous Communities.  Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. 

Kemnele K, Johnson A, Lévesque L. (2022, March). A scoping review of online physical activity promotion: Enhancing the health and well-being of school-aged children and youth in Antigua. Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.

Muirhead, M, KSDPP Team & Lévesque, L. (2022, March). Culturally Relevant Health Promotion with Indigenous Communities. Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Symposium, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.

Pletch J, Johnson A, Côté K, Lévesque L. (2022, March). Investigating Newcomer and Gender Equitable Physical Activity Opportunities and Experiences: A Formative Evaluation. Canada Sport and Exercise Symposium, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.

Lévesque L (2022, May).  Anti-colonial Health and Physical Activity Research in the Time of COVID-19 as part of  Szeszulski J, Faro J, Joseph R, Lanza K, Lévesque L, Monroe C, Pérez-Paredes E, Soltero E, & Lee RE Symposium: The Impact of Forces of Change on Physical Activity Research, Policy, and Practice: Exploring Emerging Approaches and their Consequences. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Phoenix, Arizona USA.

McBeath B, Lévesque L, Jock BA, McComber AM (2022, May). Dare 2 Share Session: Indigenous Cultural Safety for Community-Based Participatory Researchers. The International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity  Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Walwyn, D, Walwyn, L, Lévesque L (2022, May). Dare 2 Share Session: Exploring Meaningful Health Promotion Research and Collaboration in Small Developing Island States (SIDS). The International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Fraulin G, George L, Jock BA, & Lévesque L. (2022, May). The use of online health promotion for Indigenous populations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States: A scoping review [Presentation].  International Union for Health Promotion and Education World Conference on Health Promotion, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Walwyn D, Walwyn L, Lévesque L. (2021, June).  Cultivating Active Schools –  A Key Element to Building Back Better in Antigua and Barbuda.  Oral Presentation at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity XChange 2021 Conference. Virtual Conference.

Comfort A, López y Taylor JR, Jàuregui E, Lévesque L. (2021, March). WhatsApp: mHealth interventions for physical activity in Mexican adolescents. Video Presentation at the Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Symposium, University of Windsor, Virtual conference.

Fraulin G, CMT Research Team, & Lévesque, L. (2021, March). Staying connected: Online health promotion for wholistic wellness in a First Nations community during COVID-19. Video presentation at the Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, University of Windsor. Virtual conference.

Majed Z, El Sayed F, & Lévesque, L. (2021, March).  Examining the effectiveness of physical activity-based interventions at improving physical, behavioural and mental health outcomes in immigrants/newcomers to Canada.  Video presentation at the Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, University of Windsor. Virtual conference.

Franks O, Lévesque L. (2020, August). Building a foundation for respectful relations. National Online Gathering of Indigenous Mentorship Network Program. Virtual Gathering.

Bruner MW, Peltier K, Hillier S, McLaren C, Boardley ID, Head C, Paibomsai A, Lévesque L, Wilson R, Bruner B. (2020, June). Development of the Wholistic Compass App: A Measure of Indigenous Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity. International Society of Behaviour Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. (Conference cancelled).

Majed E, L. (2020, March). Examining physical activity, social integration, and health outcomes of newcomers to Canada. Eastern Canadian Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. St. Catharines, Canada. (Conference cancelled).

McBeath B, CMT Team, Lévesque L. (2020, March).   Strengths-Based Community-Driven Frameworks of Wellness Developed by Diverse Indigenous Communities. Eastern Canadian Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. St. Catharines, Canada. (Conference cancelled).

Franks O, CMT Team.  (2020, March). The value of gatherings within Indigenous communities: A strategy for sustaining Indigenous knowledge translation.  Eastern Canadian Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. St. Catharines, Canada. (Conference cancelled)

December 2020:

Brittany McBeath presented the CMT Team video posterBuilding Local Capacity Through Strengths-Based and Community-Based Participatory Research at the Indigenous Health Conference, hosted online by the University of Toronto in early December.

November 2020:

PhD Candidate, El Zahraa Majed, recently participated in the Public Policy & the Data Revolution at the Canadian Research Data Centre Network’s 20th Anniversary Conference organized in partnership with Statistics Canada. 

Zahraa competed and placed first in the 3-Minute Thesis competition.  Check out her presentation here:

Yay Zahraa!!!

August 2020:

Brittany McBeath and Olivia Franks presented their work at the National Online Gathering of Indigenous Mentorship Network Program.  You can watch their presentations at the links below:

Franks O, Lévesque L. (August 2020). Building a foundation for respectful relations. National Online Gathering of Indigenous Mentorship Network Program, Canada.

McBeath B. (August 2020).  Participatory Analysis Using Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation with Three First Nations Communities. National Online Gathering of Indigenous Mentorship Network Programs, Canada.

May 2020:

Congratulations to Brittany McBeath on the successful defence of her Master’s thesis, “Conceptualization of Community Wellness in Three First Nations Communities”.  She is continuing her graduate studies within the diverse field of Indigenous Health Promotion with Dr. Lévesque in the Community-Engaged Health Research Lab.  Brittany is a Kanyénkehá:ka (Mohawk) graduate student who holds a doctoral scholarship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

April 2020:

Dr. Lucie Lévesque, Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Principal Investigator of the Community-Engaged Health Research Lab, is a Co-Principal Applicant on a newly-funded CIHR Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) grant led by a team from McGill University and the Kahnawake School Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP).   Other Queen’s University Team members include Graduate Student Trainees: Colin Baillie, Brittany McBeath & Olivia Franks.  The $3.5 million, 5-year grant will help to establish a NEIHR over the next five years in the province of Quebec and has evolved from the long-standing community-academic partnership between McGill & Queen’s Universities and the KSDPP in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.

The Network  Tahatikonhsontóntie’ – ‘the faces that are coming ’– Community Mobilization for Indigenous Health Research Capacity is led by Dr. Treena Wasontí:io Delormier of McGill University’s School of Human Nutrition.

December 2019:

Congratulations to the Kahnawake School’s Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) team on winning the 2019 Organization Achievement Award from Health Promotion Canada.

The award recognizes  creative, bold, and passionate organizations that embody the core values, beliefs, and ideals of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. These organizations have made significant contributions to addressing issues of health equity in Canadian communities.  

Established in 1994, the KSDPP is a ground-breaking, national and internationally recognized and respected partner and leader in conducting ethical and community-driven health promotion activities, and research. More than a health promotion organization, the KSDPP represents a type of social movement that has the potential to empower other Indigenous communities to reclaim and reframe western notions of health and well-being for the benefit of Indigenous peoples.

Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project

From left: Alex M. McComber, Judi Jacobs, and Treena Delormier

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November 2019:

Graduate students Olivia Franks and Brittany McBeath were both selected by the Institute of Indigenous People’s Health (CIHR) to attend the 2019 Tripartite International Indigenous Mentorship Workshop, taking place in Auckland, New Zealand,  in December.   The selection process was highly competitive, with only 14 out of 214 applicants accepted.  In addition to this honour, the students received CIHR Institute Community Support Travel Awards to assist with their travel costs.  Congratulations!

4th Year Undergraduate student, Sarah Phillips, shared her Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF) work at the USSRF Celebration & Poster Event November 1st. 

SKHS Rules of Engagement

Lucie Lévesque,  along with colleagues Heather Foulds (University of Saskatchewan) and Denise Lecoy (Syilx/Okanagan Nation – Snpinktn), presented the symposium Supporting Physical Activity for Indigenous Peoples at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Annual Meeting.  The event was chaired by Braden Te Hiwi (University of British Columbia).

September 2019:

The Community-Engaged Health Promotion Research Lab welcomes Master’s students Julia Lapeña and Olivia Franks, as well as 4th Year Undergraduate Sarah Phillips.  Olivia and Sarah worked as research assistants here over the summertime, helping the KSDPP CMT Project team with the annual team meeting, regional community-engagement meetings as well as the Pathways 3 CIHR grant application.  Julia has worked with the Kingston Gets Active initiative for over 2 years.  Welcome Julia, Olivia, and Sarah!

Summer 2019:

Danielle Walwyn and Andrea Ianni successfully defended their Master’s Degrees this summer.  

May 2019:

Congratulations to Brittany McBeath who was recently awarded a  Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship from the CIHR in support of her Doctoral studies – Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Through a Youth-Led Vision of Community Wellness.

June 2019:

Two think tank meetings facilitated by MSc Student Danielle Walwyn in Antigua were featured in the Healthy Caribbean Coalition news roundup. The Healthy Caribbean Coalition is a not-for-profit organization based in Barbados. The organization works closely with regional and international leaders in non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control to leverage the power of civil society by strengthening and supporting its membership in the implementation of programs aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with NCDs.   The visit was supported through a CIHR Planning & Dissemination Grant (CIHR PCS-161810 – PI: Lucie Lévesque) .

November 2018:

Dr. Lévesque and colleagues received an Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  Their proposal – Indigenous Science:  Gathering a Community of Practice – will bring together Indigenous Elders, knowledge-holders, researchers and research trainees from across Turtle Island to participate in gatherings to engage in dialogue about emerging issues related to the rigorous application of Indigenous knowledge systems and methodologies within Indigenous research.  Their work will contribute to a position paper under the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) that will help guide a strategic plan to identify new ways for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community.

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