William James Harvey

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)


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Currie Gymnasium, [Map]
475 avenue des Pins Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H2W 1S4


Areas of expertise

Pedagogy, Adapted Physical Activity

Current research

Self-regulation, physical activity and persons with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), play and movement skill proficiency, perceptions and professional skill development of physical education teachers.

Personal Statement

I have enjoyed the unique opportunity to apply various theoretical frameworks in practice and, in return, to ask pertinent research questions based on both theory and practice. Over a 16-year period, I gained tremendous amounts of clinical experience in various roles as a recreation technician, physical educator, clinician-researcher, and recreation center director at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, a McGill affiliated teaching hospital and recognized Quebec provincial university research institute in mental health. At the same time, I completed my masters and doctorate degrees at McGill University. I have also taught pediatric exercise science, therapeutic recreation and developmental psychology at Concordia University in Montreal. Thus, I am fortunate to have acquired both research knowledge and teaching experience during my career.

My research program revolves around constructs related to self-regulation. There are three research lines that constitute my research program. First, the bulk of my current research focuses on questions about self-regulation and physical activity behaviors of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This central line of my research program explores issues related to development, learning, performance and teaching in a variety of different contexts (e.g., school, clinic, community, home). I am the Director of the CHAMPS physical activity lab at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. “CHAMPS” stands for Choices in Health, Action, Motivation, Pedagogy and Skills and my lab operates in partnership with the ADHD clinic at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. The second line of the research program investigates instructional effectiveness and/or treatment interventions for the movement skill proficiency of all children, including children with movement and attention difficulties. Last, but certainly not least, the third line of my research program explores the perceptions and professional skill development of physical education teachers. Quantitative, qualitative or mixed research methodologies will be used to shed light on the research questions of interest.

My research is currently funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Sport Canada. I have published articles in the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, PALAESTRA, and the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (JOPERD). I am a member of the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALA), Association of Physical Educators of Quebec (APEQ), Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD), International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA), North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) and the Therapeutic Recreation Association of Quebec (TRAQ).

Prospective graduates students are encouraged to apply for graduate studies support from various funding agencies (e.g., FRSQ, FQRSC, SSHRC, etc.).