Fiona Moola is an assistant professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. She is also a research scientist at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and assistant professor (status) at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. In her new role, Moola is leading an inter-institutional research partnership between Ryerson University and Holland Bloorview. Moola is a Canadian-South African who is the daughter of anti-apartheid activists from South Africa. Moola completed undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2011. She completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at Concordia University in 2012 before joining the faculty at the University of Manitoba. With support from the Bloorview Research Institute at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in 2017, Moola started the HEART lab. In the HEART lab — or the Health Experiences and Arts Based Research team — Moola works with undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff to better understand the health impact of the arts in the lives of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. With her dedicated team of students and staff, Moola also studies the merits of the arts-based research canon in the production of knowledge about marginalized childhoods. Moola also maintains ongoing lines of research in childhood physical activity, Indigenous childhoods, and children’s mental health.
Moola’s research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Research, VERTEX, the Holland Bloorview Foundation, and the University of Manitoba. Moola’s work spans numerous methodologies and is strongly committed to principles of critical health psychology, social justice, and anti-oppression. Moola is a student at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto where she one days hopes to open — or be part of — a psychotherapeutic practice for children and families with her colleagues.
1. Telling my Tale: Exploring the Role of Storybooks in the Lives of Children with Cystic Fibrosis and Muscular Dystropy – Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2. The Psychosocial Impact of Camp for Children with Cancer – Funded by Camp Quality and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
3. Exploring the Role of Body Image, Self Identity and Fashion in the Lives of Patients with Cystic Fibrosis – Funded by VERTEX
Biddiss, E., Lamont, A., Fehlings, D., John, B., Moola, F., Chau, C., Churchill, J., McKeever, P., Mitro., Scott, A., & Wong, S. The Virtual Music Teacher: Children of All Abilities Banking Together in Early Childhood Music Education. Canadian Institute for Health Research – Collaborative Health Research Projects. $944 555.00
McPherson, A., Kingsnorth, S., Provvidenza, C., Wincentak, J., Gan, C., Moola, F., Gurza, A., Dangerfield, B., & Lacey, E. Nobody is Talking to me About Sex! A Needs Assessment to Explore Information and Communication Needs of Children and Youth People Around Sexuality. Accessibility Excellent in Research Award Competition. $7500.00
Moola, F. J. CF Coutour: The Role of Fashion in the Lives of Patients Living with Cystic Fibrosis. VERTEX. $82 000.00. Role: Primary Investigator.
Moola, F. J., Curran, C.J., & Crossman, S. Exploring the Impact of Community-Based Arts for Emerging Adults with Disability. Holland Bloorview Foundation. $22 000.00. Role: Primary Investigator.
McPherson, A., Moffet, H., Maltais, D., Bidissis, E., Keenan, S., Church, P., King, G., Merette, C., Moola, F., Schwellnus, H., Chen, L., De Groot, J., Sandles, M., Baldwin, P. The impact of solution focused coping for young people with spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Canadian Institute for Health Research. $ 273 000. Role: Collaborator.
Moola, F. J. Interpreting the Life Stories of People Living with Cystic Fibrosis in Manitoba. Funded through Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada — Insight Development Grant. $62,000.00. Role: Primary Investigator.
Moola, F. J. Circle of Care: Exploring the Process and Outcome of a Transition Program for Young Patients Living with Cystic Fibrosis in Manitoba, Canada. Funded through VERTEX. $49,000.00. Role: Primary Investigator.
Moola, F. J. Understanding the Experience of Social Isolation in Youth with Cystic Fibrosis and Those that Care for Them. Funded through the Small Grants Program, The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. $4,674.00. Role: Primary Investigator.
Moola, F. J. “Peer 2 Peer:” A Physical Activity Mentorship Program for Students with Disabilities at the University of Manitoba. Funded through the University of Manitoba Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Award. $6,900.00. Role: Primary Investigator.
Duan, K., Moola, F. J., Chelekani, P., & Pasterkamp, H. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Investigate Cystic Fibrosis. Funded through the Biology of Breathing Catalyst Grants Program, Health Sciences Centre of Winnipeg. $15,000.00. Role: Co-investigator.
Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., & Pasterkamp, H. CF Chatters: The Feasibility of a Parent Mediated Physical Activity Counselling Program for Children Living with Cystic Fibrosis. Funded through the Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC). $97,000.00. Role: Primary Investigator.
Moola, F. J. Accessibility on the Move: A Mixed Methods Study to Investigate the Physical Activity Experiences of Students with Disabilities at the University of Manitoba. Funded through the University of Manitoba’s Research Grants Program. $4,400.00. Role: Principal Investigator.
Norman, M. E., & Moola, F. J. Weighing the Poles of Health: Obesity, Anorexia and a Relational Analysis of Weight Pathologies. Funded through the University of Manitoba's University Research Grants Program (URGP), $6,070.00. Role: Co-investigator.
Amara, C., Moola, F. J., & Gairdner, S. Anorexia and Exercise. Funded through the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, The University of Toronto. $5,000.00. Role: Co- investigator.
Rail, G., Fusco, C., Bryson, M., Moola, F. J., Norman, M., Petherick, L., Polzer, J., McDonald, M., Russell, K., & Burns, K. HPV Vaccination Discourses, Spaces and Practices: Constructing Youth as Biocitizens. Funded through the Canadian Institute for Health Research. $275,000.00. Role: Co-investigator.
Published book chapters:
Journal articles in submission:
University of Manitoba Outreach Award – in recognition of community service
University of Manitoba’s Undergraduate Research Award – Alexandrea Murray: $6,000.00. Role: Supervisor
Certificate of Teaching Excellence – Campus Life Program: Including students with disabilities in the classroom
Concordia University Post Doctoral Fellow Top Up Award: $5000.00
Assistant Professor and Research Scientist