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Lori Livingston, PhD - University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Oshawa, ON, CA

Lori Livingston, PhD Lori Livingston, PhD

Provost and Vice-President, Academic (Interim), and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences | University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Oshawa, ON, CANADA

Prominent injury prevention expert elevates biomechanics and sports medicine research in Canada



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More than 40 per cent of child and youth injuries treated in Canadian emergency departments are sport and recreation related, according to Play Safe Canada, an initiative aimed at promoting safety and injury prevention education to coaches, parents, volunteers, administrators and officials. Lori Livingston, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, has contributed to the design of an injury surveillance app for Play Safe to better understand the circumstances that lead to sports injuries.

She has spent nearly three decades elevating the fields of clinical biomechanics, injury prevention, physical activity, coaching and sports officiating; and is passionate about creating safe sport and recreation opportunities and outcomes for Canadians. Her clinical biomechanics has culminated in her latest co-authored textbook, Kinesiology, An Introduction to Exercise Science, which is now part of the Grade 12 curriculum across Ontario secondary schools. She was also named to Canada’s Who’s Who listing of the country’s best and brightest who have made significant advancements to improve Canadian life.

Her distinguished career has been filled with intersecting opportunities. Before joining UOIT in November 2015, Dr. Livingston made her mark in Northern Ontario serving as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Chair of the Board of the NorWest Community Health Centres, and a Director on the Board of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a former executive member of the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators, and past-president of the Canadian Association of Health Sciences Deans.

A former national team assistant coach and member of the Canadian senior women’s field lacrosse squad, Dr. Livingston received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation for her contributions to the sport of women’s field lacrosse. She received her Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary in Alberta, earned her Master of Science in Biomechanics and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Physical Health Education (with distinction) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Industry Expertise (7)


Training and Development


Program Development

Sport - Professional

Sport - Amateur

Professional Training and Coaching

Areas of Expertise (7)

Clinical Biomechanics

Injury Prevention

Physical Activity


Sports Officiating

Health Sciences

Behavioural Sciences

Accomplishments (5)

Listed in the Canadian Who's Who (professional)


Published by the University of Toronto Press, the Canadian Who's Who is a comprehensive biographical reference source listing prominent Canadians who significantly contribute to improving Canadian life. Dr. Livingston's achievements have been published in the book since 2003.

Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation (professional)


The medal honours Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, to their community or to Canada. Dr. Livingston received this award for her exceptional contribution to the sport of Women's Field Lacrosse.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Physical and Health Education, Queen's University (professional)


Dr. Livingston's collaborative research focused on the morphometrics of the human trunk and spine.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Faculty of Physical Education, University of Calgary (professional)


Dr. Livingston's collaborative research within the university's Human Performance Laboratory explored the design of the human-computer interface in multimedia systems, the eye movements of children with developmental co-ordination disorder, and the eye movements of athletes.

Board Member, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (professional)

Appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for Northwestern Ontario, Dr. Livingston continues to serve on the Board of the first Canadian medical school hosted by two universities, over 1,000 kilometres apart, and the only Canadian medical school to be established as a stand-alone, not-for-profit corporation.

Education (3)

University of Calgary: PhD, Educational Psychology 1990

Queen's University: MSc, Physical and Health Education (Biomechanics) 1984

Queen's University: BA-BPHE, Biology – Physical and Health Education 1982

With Distinction

Affiliations (6)

  • Canadian Association of Health Sciences Deans
  • Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators
  • Canadian Society for Biomechanics
  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • Lakehead University
  • Dalhousie University

Media Appearances (1)

Dr. Lori Livingston appointed Dean of Health Sciences at UOIT

UOIT News  online


The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lori Livingston as the new Dean of Health Sciences, effective November 1, 2015.

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Event Appearances (4)

Closing Keynote: Shifting the Paradigm: Putting the (Prevention) Horse in Front of the (Management) Cart

Play Safe Symposium: Change, Challenge and Opportunity – An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Injury Prevention in Sport and Recreation  Toronto, Ontario


Plenary Session: Understanding Factors Contributing to the Retention of Canadian Sports Officials

Sports Officials Canada Annual Conference  Ottawa, Ontario


Identifying Issues of Student Access and Student Success for Practical Nursing Diploma Graduates to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs

Second Annual Student Pathways in Higher Education Conference, Ontario Council of Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT)  Toronto, Ontario


Retention of Officials: What can we Learn from Asking Different Questions?

Canadian Sport for Life National Summit  Gatineau, Quebec


Research Focus (1)

Understanding Factors Contributing to the Retention of Canadian Sports Officials


For nearly 15 years, Dr. Livingston has collaborated on research to understand the factors contributing to the attrition and retention of Canadian amateur sport officials. Through her sheer passion as a former nationally ranked sports official, her research focused on why officials stay, and her report is aimed at helping sports administrators better understand how to effectively recruit, train and support officials to keep them within the organization.

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Research Grants (1)

Play Safe Initiative

Ontario Trillium Foundation $296000


The Play Safe Initiative aims to educate athletes, coaches, parents, officials, and volunteers on safe sport and recreational play and injury prevention through research. Dr. Livingston collaborated on the development of an injury surveillance app and national database to accurate capture the details of sports-related injuries, in order to help prevent similar situations in the future. The initial grant was funded for three years, however; the project continues.

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Articles (4)

Ready . . . Draw!: The Golden Age of Senior Women’s Field Lacrosse in Canada Sport History Review


Volume 46, pp. 226 – 258

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Changing the Call: Rethinking Attrition and Retention in the Ice Hockey Officiating Ranks Sport in Society


On-ice officials are a vital part of the Canadian amateur hockey system, yet annual attrition rates are alarmingly high at 30%. Previous research has largely emphasized the role of stress/psychological factors as contributors to officiating dropout. In contrast, we explore a broad range of factors that might contribute to amateur ice hockey officials' decisions to discontinue their participation.

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Including Immigrants in Elite and Recreational Sports: The Experiences of Athletes, Sport Providers and Immigrants Leisure/Loisir


Sport participation is one way in which immigrants interact with established and long-term community residents. This involvement has the potential for facilitating immigrants' sense of inclusion and belonging in their new communities, and for long-term residents to learn the traditional cultural practices of immigrants, which may differ from those of the dominant groups.

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Mountain Biking is for Men: Consumption Practices and Identity Portrayed by a Niche Magazine Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics


Studies have shown that alternative sports have been a site for new constructions of masculinity. Rather than forming a physically dominating hegemonic masculinity that limits female involvement, alternative masculinities that allow for egalitarianism of participation may be created in these newer, lifestyle sports. The current study analysed the images and discourses in issues, published post-2000, of a technology-focused mountain-bike magazine.

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