May 26 - May 27, 2020

Wednesday August 23rd, 2017​

1:00pm - 3:30pm

The Influence of Physical Activity on Schools and their Communities

This presentation will provide a historical account of the influence of physical activity on children and adolescents in schools.  In particular, it will distinguish between physical education and physical activity in order to provide broader contextual understanding for related academic and psychological outcomes. Relationships between physical activity and (a) typically developing youth and (b)  youth with disabilities will be explored. More specifically, my physical activity research about children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will be presented to provide concrete examples of evidence-based practice for teachers, psychologists and parents. An emphasis Will be placed on the learning experiences from our service learning project that has been focused on children with ADHD and their families.  We will explore assumptions related to expected outcomes from physical activity interventions and provide concrete examples of goal setting and activity selection that are geared to the promotion of self-regulation and self-actualization.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Gain up-to-date knowledge about the effects of physical activity on a variety of performance outcomes.

  2. Explore the potential benefits of service learning projects.
  3. Challenge their current assumptions about the relationships between physical activity and psychological/ sociological outcomes.

William Harvey, Ph.D., is an associate professor and undergraduate program director in the department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University.  He is also the Director of the Choices in Health, Action, Motivation, Pedagogy and Skills (CHAMPS) physical activity research laboratory at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.  His mixed-methods research approaches explore self-determination and self-regulation of people with and without mental health problems in the areas of health and well-being.

> William Harvey, Ph.D.

​William Harvey, Ph.D.


Montréal, QC 

Hosted by SISP student committee, McGill University

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology