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Assistant Professor, Dalhousie - Kinesiology, School of Health and Human Performance, FoH
Scientific Staff, IWK Women's and Children's Hospital

Twitter: @DrMichelleStone
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Dr. Michelle Stone is an Assistant Professor (Pediatric Physical Activity and Health) in the Division of Kinesiology, School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health, at Dalhousie University. She also has a Scientific Staff appointment at the IWK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Halifax, NS. Her research expertise is in children’s physical activity measurement, and the role of physical activity in children’s health and wellness and the prevention of chronic disease. Her interdisciplinary program of research explores the physiological, psychological and socio-emotional determinants and outcomes of children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and how this information can be incorporated into community health, population/public health, and health promotion and chronic disease prevention initiatives, with healthy and chronically ill children. Her overall research vision is to improve the lives of children through access to quality outdoor play experiences where they live, learn and play.


MSc, Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
PhD, Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre, University of Exeter

Research Interests

  • Physical activity and health in the early years (healthy and chronically ill children)

  • Promotion of outdoor play – with its risks – for children’s health and wellness

  • Physical literacy

  • Health promotion

  • Population health

  • Lifestyle determinants and health

Notable Awards

  • School of Health and Human Performance Student Appreciation Award (2017-2018)

  • Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program Rising Researcher Award (2015)


Being a member of the Lawson Foundation Outdoor Play Cohort, an interdisciplinary network of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, funders, and consultants committed to enhancing the outdoor play and early learning ecosystem in Canada

Recruiting Graduate Students Interested In

  • Promotion of active, outdoor, risky play in early years settings (home, childcare, school, community)

  • Children’s physical literacy

  • Loose parts outdoor play

  • Nature contact and children’s development

  • Promotion of physical activity, physical literacy and outdoor play in children with chronic illness

Recent Publications

Scopus ID#: 7402473130
Orcid ID#: 0000-0002-4215-0942

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