Lakehead University Appoints Dean of Health and Behavioural Sciences

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Dr. Lori Livingston, Dean of Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

(Thunder Bay, Ontario – July 13, 2009) Lakehead University is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Livingston to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Livingston was most recently a faculty member at Dalhousie University since 2000, serving in the Faculty of Health Professions.

The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences was established in July 2008 and brought together the schools of Nursing, Social Work, and Kinesiology, as well as the Department of Psychology and the academic programs in Public Health and Gerontology. The Faculty sustains even closer collaboration among the academic units whose faculty and students have traditionally focused on the health sector.

Dr. Livingston is a dedicated teacher who has taught and directed in fields such as Kinesiology, Physical Education, Biomechanics, Human Growth and Development, and Statistics. An active researcher, her research focuses on the link between bilateral asymmetries and the risk of chronic or acute injury in the human lower limb, and since 2003, has been listed in "Canadian Who's Who." This listing is a comprehensive biographical reference source listing "Canadians who significantly contribute to Canadian life." Dr. Livingston has also been nominated for numerous awards including, most recently, the Dr. Tom Pashby Safety Award. This award honours a Canadian for his/her significant contribution towards the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport or recreational activities. She has also been a thesis supervisor for many students, had numerous publications, and has served as an external reviewer for university programs.

Dr. Laurie Hayes, Vice President (Academic) and Provost, Lakehead University, said: "Dr. Livingston has had a distinguished teaching, research, and administrative career in Canada. We are delighted to welcome her to Lakehead and look forward to her leading the strategic development of the new Faculty. Thunder Bay is moving rapidly toward provincial prominence in health care and Dr. Livingston will help Lakehead University increase the visibility of the Faculty's successful academic programs and research prominence in human health and behaviour."

Dr. Livingston obtained a B.A.-B.P.H.E. (with distinction) in Biology-Physical Education from Queen’s University in 1982, a M.Sc. in Biomechanics from Queen’s University in 1984, and earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1990. Dr. Livingston also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the School of Physical and Health Education at Queen’s University.

"I have received a very warm welcome and I am extremely pleased to be a part of Lakehead University,” says Dr. Livingston. "I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues."

Media: To interview Dr. Livingston about her vision and goals for the Faculty, please contact Jasmine Durham at 807-343-8177 or For further information about this media release, please contact Eleanor Abaya at 807-373-8372 or


About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated July 15, 2009

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