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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Meghann Lloyd

Associate Professor

Research Associate, Grandview Children's Centre

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

U5 Building - Room 21
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 5308

Research topics

  • physical activity and motor development in children with and without disabilities
  • interaction of fundamental motor skills and physical activity
  • Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)
  • pediatric obesity in children with and without disabilities
  • early intervention

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Dr. Meghann Lloyd's research takes a multidisciplinary approach to investigating physical activity and motor development of infants and young children with and without disabilities. At Acadia University and the University of Michigan, she studied physical activity, motor development and physical education inclusion strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders. At McGill University, she researched self-regulation strategies for boys between the ages of 10 and 12 with and without developmental co-ordination disorder. Her doctoral dissertation investigated patterns of physical activity in preschool age children with and without Down syndrome and the relationship between physical activity and fundamental motor skills in these populations. At the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) her work was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and focused on developing a comprehensive assessment tool of physical literacy.

    Watch Dr. Meghann Lloyd's Research Byte video.

  • Publications

    For a comprehensive list of publications, visit PubMed.

    • Lloyd, M, Temple, VA and Foley, JT (2012). International BMI Comparison of Children and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities Participating in Special Olympics. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(6), 1708-1714. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.04.014.
    • Larouche, R, Lloyd, M, Knight, E and Tremblay, MS (2011). Relationship Between Active School Transport and Body Mass Index in Grades 4-6 children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 23, 322-330.
    • Ulrich, DA, Burghardt, AR, Lloyd, M, Tiernan, C and Hornyak, J (2011). Physical Activity Benefits of Learning to Ride a Two-Wheel Bicycle in Children with Down Syndrome. Physical Therapy, 91(10), 1463-1477.
    • Lloyd, M, MacDonald, M and Lord, C (published online May 24, 2011). Motor Skills of Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. AUTISM Published ahead of print May 24, 2011. DOI: 10.117/a362361311402230.
    • Lloyd, M, Colley, R and Tremblay, M (2010). Perhaps We’re Riding the Wrong Animal: Advancing the Debate on Fitness Testing for Children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 22(2), 176-182.
  • Courses taught

    Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

    • Health and Wellness
    • Human Growth and Motor Development
    • Motor Behaviour and Developmental Disabilities
    • Research Practicum I
    • Selected Topics in Physical Activity and Health

    Courses taught (past and present) at the graduate level:

    • Program Evaluation
  • Graduate student research
    • Master of Health Science (MHSc) thesis supervisor for Emily Bremer (2014) – Working title: Investigating a Motor Skill Intervention for Preschool Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    • Master of Health Science (MHSc) thesis supervisor for Ashley Thompson (2013) – Working title: Constraint-induced Movement Therapy as Rehabilitation for Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Day Camp Model.
  • Grants
    • Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Grandview Children’s Centre, Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth, and Lake Ridge Community Support Services for service delivery and The University of Ontario Institute of Technology – Lloyd, M. Durham ABA-Based Services and Supports for Children and Youth with ASD. 
      • July 2011 to July 2016, $1.2 million per year,
    • Canadian Centre for Disability Studies, Lloyd, M (principal investigator), Temple, V (University of Victoria) (co-investigator). International Comparisons of Body Mass Index among Special Olympics Athletes.
      • January 2011 to January 2012, $5,000.
    • Special Olympics Canada Research Grant, Lloyd, M (principal investigator, Bluechardt, M (co-investigator). The Relationship Between Fundamental Motor Skills and Physical Activity in 6-10 year old Children With and Without Down Syndrome.
      • August 20120 to August 2011, $25,000.
    • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO) – Startup/Feasibility Funds, Colley, R (principal investigator). Lloyd, M (co-investigator). Understanding the Factors that Enable or Inhibit Physical Activity Engagement in Obese and Non-obese Children.
      • January 2010 to January 2011, $29,025.
    • Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant (Priority Announcement for New Investigators), Lloyd, M (principal investigator),Tremblay, M (co-investigator). Creation of a Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy: Development and Validation.
      • April 2009 to April 2010, $74,927 (one year)
  • Education
    • Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours), Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
    • Master of Arts, McGill University in Montreal, Québec
    • PhD, University of Michigan