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Faculty of Community Services

Fiona J. Moola

Title:

MSc, PhD

Email Address:

fiona.moola@ryerson.ca

Specialization:

  • Childhood disability and chronic illness
  • Arts-based research
  • Qualitative research
  • Inclusion
  • Critical health psychology
  • Equity and diversity

Biography:

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.  

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • The experiences of children and caregivers living with disability and chronic illness
  • The use of the arts and arts-based research as a means to convey health and illness experiences in childhood
  • Qualitative theory, methodology and epistemology
  • Childhood physical activity
  • Indigenous children and disability
  • Childhood mental health
  • Critical heath psychology and health promotion

Current projects:

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

Research funding:

2019

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

2018

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. 

2017

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.

2016

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.

2015

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.

2014

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.

2013

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.

2012

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.

Current Courses:

Undergraduate:

  • PERS 3100: Inclusive Physical Activity and Leisure, University of Manitoba
  • KIN 2500: The Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, University of Manitoba
  • PHED 3750: Lifestyle Activities, University of Manitoba
  • PERS 4600: Contemporary Approaches to Understanding Exercise and Anorexia, University of Manitoba

Graduate:

  • CHL 7000: Psychosocial Dimensions of Childhood, University of Toronto
  • PERS 7160: Qualitative Methods and Research Design, University of Manitoba
  • PERS 7080: Contemporary Approaches to Exercise Psychology, University of Manitoba
  • PERS 7080: Contemporary Issues in Psychological Wellbeing, Mental Illness and Exercise   Psychology, University of Manitoba
  • PHED 7060: Social and Psychological Components of Sports and Physical Education, University of Manitoba
  • PERS 7000: Research in Kinesiology and Recreation Studies, University of Manitoba

Selected Publications:

  • Moola, F. J., (2019). Forging friendships: The experience of students with disabilities in a peer based physical activity mentorship program. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health. In press.
  • Neville, A., Moothathamby, N., Naganathan, M, Huynh, E., & Moola, F. (2019).  A place to call our own: The impact of camp experiences on the psychosocial wellbeing of children and youth affected by cancer – A narrative review. Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice. In press.
  • Moola, F., Neville, A., Huynh, E., Moothathamby, N., & Naganathan, M. (2019). Ensuring long-term benefits of camp for children with chronic illnesses? Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. In press.
  • Moola, F., Krahn, A. (2018). A dance with many secrets: The experience of emotional harm from the perspective of past professional female ballet Dancers in Canada. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma,27(3) 256-274 
  • Moola, F. (2018).The complexities of contagion: The experience of social isolation among children and youth living with cystic fibrosis in Canada. Journal of Child Health Care,22(4), 631-645 
  • Rail, G., Poltzer, J., Bryson, M., Petherick, L., Norman, M., & Moola, F. J. (2018). HPV vaccination campaigns and the discursive construction of “at-risk” girls. Canadian Journal of Public Health. Canadian Journal of Public Health,109(5-6) 622-632
  • Moola, F., Faulkner, G., Garcia, E, Huynh, E., Penfound, S., & Consunji-Araneta, A. (2017). Physical activity counselling for children with cystic fibrosis. Respiratory Care, 62, 9, 0020—1324. 
  • Moola, F. J., Henry, L., Stacey, J., Huynh, E., & Faulkner, G. (2017). They know it’s safe — They know what to expect from that face: Perceptions toward a health and physical activity counselling program for children and families living with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26, 19-20, 2932-2945.
  • Moola, F. J. & Norman, ME. (2017). On judgment day: Anorexic and obese women’s phenomenological experience of the body, food and eating. Feminism & Psychology, 27, 3, 259-275.
  • Moola, F. J., & Huynh. (2017). Free to play: The role of physical activity in the lives of children with chronic illnesses. In A. Morin, C. Maiano, D. Tracey and R. Craven (Eds.). Inclusive physical activities: International perspectives. Information Age Publishing: USA.
  • Norman, M., & Moola, F. J. (2017). The weight of (the) matter: A new material feminist account of thin and fat oppressions. Health. doi: 10.1177/1363459317724856
  • Moola, F. J. (2016). Therapeutic endings: Reflections on the termination of counselling-based research relationships among patients with cystic fibrosis and their caregivers. Time and Society. Published online before print. doi: 10.1177/0961463X16631765
  • Moola, F. J., Gairdner, S .E., & Amara, C. (2015). Speaking on behalf of the body and activity: Investigating the activity and exercise experiences of Canadian women living with and recovering from anorexia nervosa. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 8, 45-55.
  • Moola, F. J. (2015). Accessibility on the move: Investigating how students with disabilities atthe University of Manitoba experience the body, self, and physical activity. Disability Studies Quarterly, 35, 1, 1-15.
  • Moola, F. J., Johnson, J., Lay, J., & Faulkner, G. (2015). The heartbeat of Hamilton: Researchers reflections on Hamilton children’s engagement with visual research methodologies to study the environment. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14, 4, 1-14. 
  • Moola, F. J. (2015). The road to the ivory tower: The learning experiences of students with disabilities at the University of Manitoba. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 4, 1, 45-70. 
  • Moola, F. J., Faulkner, E. J., White, L., & Kirsh, J. A. (2014). Kids with special hearts: The experience of children with congenital heart disease at a camp in Northern Ontario. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7, 1, 271-293.
  • Moola, F.  J., Norman, M. E., Petherick, L., & Strachan, S. (2014). Teaching across the lines of fault in psychology and sociology: Health, obesity and physical activity in the Canadian context. Sociology of Sport Journal, 31, 2, 202-227.
  • MacMillan, F., Kirk, A., Mutrie, N., Robertson, K., & Moola, F. J. (2014). Building physical activity and sedentary behaviour support into care for youth with type 1 diabetes: Patient, parent and diabetes professional perceptions. Pediatric Diabetes, 17, 140-52
  • MacMillan, F., Kirk, A., Mutrie, N., Moola, F. J., & Robertson, K. (2014). Supporting physical activity participation in schools: Views of teachers, patients, parents and diabetes professionals. European Physical Education Review, 21, 1, 3-30. 
  • Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, J. A., & White, L. (2013). The psychological and social impact of camp for children with chronic illnesses: A systematic review update. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 40,5, 615-631.
  • Moola, F. J., Gairdner, S., & Amara, C. (2013). Exercise in the care of patients with anorexia nervosa: A systematic review of the literature. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 6, 2, 59-68.
  • Fusco, C., Faulkner, G., Moola, F. J., Buliung, R., & Richichi, V. (2013). Urban school travel: Exploring children’s qualitative narratives about their trip to school. Children, Youth and Environments, 23, 3, 1-23.
  • Moola, F. J., & Faulkner, E. J. (2012). A tale of two cases: The health, illness, and physical activity stories of two children living with cystic fibrosis. Child Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, 19,1, 24-42.
  • Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., & Schneiderman, J. (2012). No time to play: Perceptions toward physical activity in youth with cystic fibrosis (CF). Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 29, 1, 44-62.
  • Moola, F. J. (2012). This is the best fatal illness you can have: Contrasting and comparing the parenting experiences of youth with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 2, 212-225.
  • Moola, F. J., & Norman, M. E. (2012). Transcending hoop dreams: Considering corporeality, cross roads and intersections, and discursive possibilities in Ronald Berger’s hoop  dreams. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 4, 2, 284-295.
  • Fusco, C., Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Buliung, R., & Richichi, V. (2012). Toward an understanding of children’s perceptions of their transport geographies. (Non) active school travel and visual representations of the built environment. Journal of Transport Geography, 20, 1, 62-70.
  • Moola, F. J., Faulkner, E. J., & Schneiderman, J. E. (2011). CF chatters: The development of a theoretically informed physical activity intervention for youth with cystic fibrosis. Open Journal of Preventative Medicine, 1, 3, 109-124.
  • Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, J. A., & Schneiderman, J. (2011). Developing exercise interventions for children with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease: Learning from their parents. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12, 6, 599-608.
  • Moola, F. J., & Norman, M. E. (2011). Down the rabbit hole: Enhancing the transition process for young people with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease by re-imagining the future and time. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 37, 6, 841-851.  
  • Moola, F. J., Fusco, C., & Kirsh, A (2011). What I wish you knew: Social barriers toward physical activity in youth with congenital heart disease (CHD). Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 28, 1, 56-77.
  • Norman, M. E., & Moola, F. J. (2011). Bladerunner or boundary runner? Oscar Pistorius, cyborg transgressions, and strategies of containment. Sport in Society, 14, 9, 1267-1282.
  • Moola, F. J., Fusco, C., & Kirsh, J.A. (2010). The perceptions of caregivers toward physical activity and health in youth with congenital heart disease. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 2, 278-291.
  • Faulkner, G., Richichi, V., Buliung, R., Fusco, C., & Moola, F. J. (2010). What’s quickest and easiest? Parental decision making about school trip mode. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 7, 62, 1-11.
  • Moola, F. J., McCrindle, B., & Longmuir, P. (2009). Physical activity in youth with surgically corrected congenital heart disease: Devising guidelines so Johnny can participate. Pediatrics and Child Health, 14, 3, 167-170.
  • Wilkes, D., Schneiderman, J., Nguyen, T., Heale, L., Moola, F. J., Ratjen, F., Coates, A., & Wells, G. (2009). Exercise and physical activity in children with cystic fibrosis. Pediatric Respiratory Reviews, 10, 3, 105-109.
  • Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, K., & Kilburn, K. (2008). Sport and physical activity participation in youth with congenital heart disease: Perceptions of children and parents. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 25, 1, 49-70.
  • Moola, F. J. (2008). The Shadowland. In J. Canfield., & M. Hansen (Eds.) Chicken soup for the soul: Teens talk in tough times. (p. 294-297). Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing: Connecticut.   
  • Larkin, J., Razack, S., & Moola, F. J. (2007). Gender, sport, and development. The International Working Group for Sport for Development and Peace and The Right to Play. The Faculty of Physical Education and Health, The University of Toronto.

Published book chapters:

  • 1.Moola, F. J & Cannizzaro, J. (2018). When Alice fell through the rabbit hole: The emerging role of arts-based research in qualitative inquiry on sport, exercise, and health. M. Giardina and B. Smith (Eds.) Qualitative Research on Sport and Exercise (in press): Sage.
  • 2.  Moola, F. J., & Cannizzaro, J. (2018). From liminality to liberation? The complex relationship between disability and art from the Renaissance to present day. N. Hansen (Ed.). In Chronically Unexpected: Athem Preß (in press). 
  • 3. Moola, F. J., & Huynh. (2017). Free to play: The role of physical activity in the lives of children with chronic illnesses. In A. Morin, C. Maiano, D. Tracey and R. Craven (Eds.). Inclusive physical activities: International perspectives. Information Age Publishing: USA.

Journal articles in submission:

  • Moola, F.J., Ladwig, J., & Glazebrook, C. (2019). Destabilizing Balanchine’s body: The experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities and their respite workers in a nine-month ballet program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Submitted to Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly.
  • Huynh, E., Neville, A., Buliung, R., Naganathan, M., Moothathamby, N., & Moola, F.J. (2019) Using the American Camp Association Youth Outcomes Battery Questionnaire to examine the camp outcomes of children and youth with cancer in Ontario, Canada. Submitted to Psycho-oncology.

Professional Affiliations:

2015

University of Manitoba Outreach Award – in recognition of community service

University of Manitoba’s Undergraduate Research Award – Alexandrea Murray: $6,000.00. Role: Supervisor

2012–2015

Certificate of Teaching Excellence – Campus Life Program: Including students with disabilities in the classroom

2011

Concordia University Post Doctoral Fellow Top Up Award: $5000.00

 

Position Currently Held:

Assistant Professor and Research Scientist

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