Research awards & recognitions

Portrait of PJ Naylor

PJ Naylor - 2018 Faculty of Education Award for Excellence in Research

Ryan Rhodes photo

Ryan Rhodes gets the silver medal for his excellence in research at REACH Award 2018

Tim Black photo

Tim Black honoured as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

Portrait of Michael Paskevicius

Michael Paskevicius awarded 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award - PhD

Portrait of Cassandra Husband

Cassandra Husband awarded 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award - Master's

Portrait of Allyson Hadwin

Allyson Hadwin - 2018 Faculty of Education Award for Excellence in Research

Portrait of Breanna C. Lawrence

Breanna C. Lawrence awarded 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award - PhD

Ryan Rhodes: REACH Award 2018, Silver Medal for Excellence in Research

Ryan Rhodes portrait

Exercise psychologist Dr. Ryan Rhodes, a professor in our School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, received the 2018 REACH Awards silver medal for his excellence in research.

We know that regular exercise is good for us and reduces the risk of disease, yet many of us still struggle to build physical activity into our daily routine. Why? What will motivate us to get more active? These two basic questions consume the keen mind of exercise psychologist Ryan Rhodes, one of the most published authors worldwide on the disconnect between intention to exercise regularly and actually doing it. In only 17 years at UVic, he’s established a world-class research laboratory, authored a textbook and almost 300 peer-reviewed papers, trained 25 graduate students, and influenced public policy for encouraging us all to live healthier lives.

Tim Black: Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)

Tim Black fellow photo

Dr. Tim Black, Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology and Department Chair in Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, was named a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) in 2017.

Fellows guide the scientific portfolio of the institute and support research across Canada for the health and well-being of current and former serving members and their families.

Black has worked with the Canadian military and veteran community as a clinician and researcher for 20 years, with a particular focus on group counselling for PTSD and transition to civilian life. He co-founded and is the lead researcher for the COPE (Couples Overcoming PTSD Every Day) Program, which operates with funding from Wounded Warriors Canada. His dedication to military, veteran and family health has helped broaden how we can best support veterans and their families to successfully transition into a post-military life.

Award for Excellence in Research

The Faculty of Education Award for Excellence in Research was established in 2012 to recognize excellence in research from both early career and established scholars as either individual researchers or a collaborative research team. It also acknowledges the importance of research informing teaching and vice versa. The term “research” includes scholarship and creative activity as the intentional process of inquiry that explores and extends human knowledge and experience.

Nomination Form     Award Guidelines

2018 recipient

PJ Naylor

PJ Naylor is a professor, researcher and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education. Her research often has a focus on public health. Her contribution to the field, as well as her mentorship of students have earned her one of the two 2018 Awards for Excellence in Research. 

Dr. Naylor conducts research on chronic disease and obesity in children. She looks at real-world environments as part of her research, with an emphasis on health promotion and prevention.

One of her current projects is the internationally-recognized health promotion initiative, Action Schools BC. Dr. Naylor is part of a team of researchers from UVic and UBC who introduced the evidence necessary to start the initiative, which promotes physical activity and healthy eating to children and youth.  

Allyson Hadwin

Allyson Hadwin is an associate professor and researcher in UVic’s Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies (EPLS). She has been recognized nationally for her outstanding mentorship of graduate students and is one of the 2018 winners of the Faculty of Education Awards for Excellence in Research.

Dr. Hadwin works in collaboration with a team of graduate student researchers and international co-investigators to find tools to help learning in various contexts. One key aspect of her research is the concept of self-regulation. She created UVic’s popular ED-D 101. Learning Strategies for University Success, a class which has mentored countless undergraduate students by introducing them to educational psychology theories, principles and research.

Some of her current research projects include PAR-21” Promoting adaptive regulation for 21st-century success, Investigating and promoting individual and socially shared regulation of learning in primary school and teacher education contexts, and Implementing and Researching Design in the Engineering curriculum (NSERC-collaborator).

Past recipients

2017 - Dr. Onowa McIvor
2016 - Dr. Ryan Rhodes
2015 - Marc Klimstra and Sandra Hundza
2014 - Dr. Viviene Temple
2013 - Dr. Anne Marshall
2012 - Dr. Deborah Begoray

Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award 2019

The Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award is granted annually to Masters and PhD students from the Faculty of Education. The award is to honour graduate students for their research and creative or scholarly contributions to their discipline. Outstanding dissertations/theses or creative performances are recognized for their overall quality, substance, distinctiveness, and significance.

2019 recipients

EPHE Master student Cassandra Husband was awarded for her outstanding innovative work titled: Identity Crisis: A mixed methods examination of exercise identity development using qualitative interviews and a feasibility randomized trial. Her work examined the antecedents of exercise identity formation among undergraduate students, and the feasibility of translating these antecedents into intervention targets. Cassandra’s work explored identity formation through indirect means of motivated behaviour change over time, or through direct targeting of identity-related antecedents, and is the first intervention of its kind.

EPLS PhD student Breanna C. Lawrence received this award for her outstanding, innovative and challenging study of the direct and indirect influences of co-occurring mental health difficulties and learning disabilities in Canadian youth titled: An Ecological Mixed Methods Study of Youth with Learning Disabilities: Exploring Personal and Familial Influences on Mental Health.

EDCI PhD student Michael Paskevicius was awarded for his research titled: Exploring Educators Experiences Implementing Open Educational Practices. His work explores the experience of educators who adapted their pedagogical practices to open education. His work has made significant and original contributions to the academic community in educational technology and open education, and to Canadian society in general.