Affiliated Scientists

Affiliated Scientists

  • Dr. Kelly Arbor-Nicitopoulos
  • Dr. Jean Clinton
  • Dr. Dean Dudley
  • Dr. Matthew Greenway
  • Dr. Sara King-Dowling
  • Dr. Dean Kriellaars
  • Dr. Cheryl Missiuna
  • Dr. Brian Timmons
  • Dr. Terrance Wade
  • Dr. Peter Wilson


Affiliated Scientists

Dr. Jean Clinton is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children's Hospital. In addition, she is an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children's Hospital. She is an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies and has been a consultant to child welfare and children's mental health programs for 25 years. She is the Faculty Lead for the provincial primary care education strategy for the Enhanced 18-month Well-Baby Visit, housed at the Offord Centre. Dr Clinton has recently joined Zero To Three's Leaders of the 21st Century Program as an International Fellow. She is also a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Child and Adolescent Advisory Committee. Dr Clinton is renowned locally, provincially, nationally, and more recently internationally as an advocate for children's issues.

Dr. Dean Dudley is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Health and Physical Education at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is a Churchill Fellow and was an Expert Consultant for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Quality Physical Education Guidelines for Policy Makers (2012-2015) and the Kazan Action Plan ratified at MINEPS VI in 2017. In 2018, Dr Dudley was appointed as an Independent Specialist in Health and Physical Education by the International Bureau of Education/UNESCO.

Dr. Dudley has held numerous funded grants, totalling more thank $800K in research grants and contracts as a Principal Investigator. He has published over 40 books and articles in peer-reviewed journals since 2010. He currently serves on the editorial board of BMC Public Health. Dr. Dudley has a multidisciplinary program of research, involving physical literacy, school-health, learning assessment, physical activity, and nutrition. Broadly, he is interested in the association between health and education, with a specific interest in the role that learning plays in the health and quality of life of children. Internationally, he is recognized for his work in physical education, pedagogy, and physical literacy - a shared focus of the INCH lab.

Sara King-Dowling is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and a part time Research Coordinator in the INCH Lab. She completed her PhD in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. John Cairney. Her research interests include understanding how motor coordination impacts physical activity and health-related   physical fitness in children with neurodevelopmental delays and chronic health conditions. Sara is currently supported by a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Dr. Cheryl Missiuna
is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and a Scientist with CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. She is an occupational therapist with graduate level training in educational psychology and special education. Cheryl contributes expertise regarding children with developmental coordination disorder and models of service delivery in pediatric rehabilitation. Her current research interests include developing and evaluating innovative models of service delivery in school health support services, early identification and prevention of secondary consequences in children with developmental coordination disorder, and developing educational resources for parents, teachers, physicians and service providers.


  Dr. Brian Timmons is Research Director and Clinical Development Lead of the Child Health & Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster University and McMaster Children's Hospital. Brian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and holds status as an Associate Member in the Department of Kinesiology and as an Investigator with CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology at Brock University. Brian grew up in the Ottawa Valley and travelled to Lakehead University where he completed an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology. Brian then moved to Hamilton to begin a masters degree with the Dr. Oded Bar-Or (McMaster). Shortly thereafter, he transferred to the PhD program in the Department of Kinesiology where he was Oded’s last trainee. After a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky (McMaster), Brian was recruited to the Department of Pediatrics to build on the work of Dr. Bar-Or, who had passed away in 2005.

Dr. Terrance Wade
is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Brock University and the past Canada Research Chair in Youth and Wellness. His research employs a multi-disciplinary, population-focused perspective to investigate the social and structural determinants of child health and development, examining life trajectories that lead to a variety of childhood, adolescent and adult health outcomes. He has also conducted extensive research on mental health and mental health service use related to family structure, marital status, and marital transitions including transitioning into and out of single mother household status. In this capacity, he has worked on several funded projects both in Canada and the United States that focus on factors that increase the resilience of children and adults across a broad array of health outcomes. He is currently working on various funded projects from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO), including as a co-investigator on the CATCH project.