News and events

New publications (free reprints until Mar 30th) regarding skill development in soccer by grad. student David Hendry, well done David! Posted 08 Feb 2018
1) Psychology of Sport and Exercisefree reprint until march 30thEarly majority engagement pathway best defines transitions from youth to adult elite men's soccer in the UK: A three time-point retrospective and prospective study2) Journal of Sports Sciences
Canada Women's Soccer "experience" Posted 04 Jan 2018
I recently got to spend some time observing and providing consultancy to the Canadian Women's National Soccer team in their lead up to the USA friendly game in November. This was a great and  challenging experience...applying what I write, talk about and research to a high performance sport setting. I'm hoping that this collaboration will continue into 2018.
Dr Chris Button to visit the Motor Skills Lab Posted 17 Oct 2017
Chris will be presenting to the lab. on Friday October 20th. He is currently in town for the "drowning prevention conference" which is being held in downtown Vancouver.
Upcoming conferences: October and November 2017 Posted 26 Sep 2017
SCAPPS -- Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology | Société Canadienne D'Apprentissage Psychomoteur et de Psychologie du Sport.Annual conference in St John's Newfoundland, hosted by Memorial University. October 12th - 14th 2017PSYCHONOMICS -- 58TH Annual meeting, to be held in Vancouver, November 9th-12th 2017
Professor Rouwen Canal-Bruland to give the KIN. seminar Nov 8th 2017 Posted 26 Sep 2017
Please see attached poster for details of Dr Canal-Bruland's visit. He will be with us in the Motor Skills Lab. all day on Wednesday November 8th. He will be given the Kinesiology seminar  presenting in the Centre for Brain Health (Rudy North Theatre, Basement, LL101) from 12:30-2pm. Lunch will be provided beforehand, so please come early.
Awards at NASPSPA, 2017 Posted 15 Jun 2017
Professor's Tim Lee and Digby Elliott (formerly of McMaster University, where they were both active committee members, teachers, collaborators and mentors of mine), were both awarded Distinguished Scholar Status at NASPSPA in San Diego. I had the honour of introducing Dr Lee (along with Quincy Almeida from Laurier University and Diane Ste-Marie from U. of Ottawa).
NASPSPA Conference, Celebrating 50 years Posted 23 May 2017
 We are heading off to San Diego June 4th - 8th for the 50th Anniversary special of NASPSPA (N. American Society for Sport Psychology & Physical Activity). Two of our current students will be presenting; April Karlinsky and David Hendry, as well as past student, Desmond Mulligan, on some research we are conducting at UBC:
Successful Sport Expertise workshop at NASPSPA Posted 22 Jun 2016
We had a fantastic time at the INS in Quebec, in the top floor of the Olympic Tower, overlooking Montreal. Thanks to all who participated in the event which was held on June 15th, just before the NASPSPA main conference. We had 120 people attending the event, with 16 presentations on topics related to deliberate practice and talent identification, perceptual-cognitive skills in sports and issues in sports' expertise. Stay tuned as we are planning to disseminate some of the research presented at this event in the Journal of Motor Learning and Development.
Congrats May 2016 Graduates Posted 26 May 2016
A great ceremony today, especially for people from the lab. Congratulations to Shawn Hetherington on his MKIN degree and to Jamie Hawke and Emily Brewer for obtaining their BKIN degrees. Also, a big congratulations too to Brennan Chan on received his DUAL degrees in Science and Music! Well done all and best wishes in your future careers.
Dr Cate Madill from U Sydney is visiting the lab Posted 26 May 2016
Cate will be visiting us again from May 25th-June 1st. She will be talking about her new award and recent research where she has been trying to advance teaching of voice-related motor skills using principles of motor skill acquisition: