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Serene Kerpan

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

My research focuses on the health and educational success of children and youth through the promotion of physical activity. Specifically, I investigate how physical activity impacts mental health and learning. Through community-engaged scholarship I cultivate strong relationships with Indigenous schools and communities to investigate the effect of physical activity on the well-being of Indigenous children and youth.

Contact information

North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2961

Research topics

  • Physical activity and learning
  • physical activity and mental health
  • school-based physical activity
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous physical activity
  • community-engaged research

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    My most recent projects bring together research on physical activity, learning, and mental health with community-engaged Indigenous health research. Most recently, during my post-doctoral fellowship, I conducted research examining the impact of physical activity on the mental well-being of Indigenous children and youth through community-based research. Prior to this, I conducted a mixed-methods, participatory action research project that explored how physical activity affected on-task behaviour for Indigenous elementary school children.

  • Publications

    For a comprehensive list of publications, please visit Research Gate.

    Kerpan S., Humbert L. (2016) Playing Together: The Physical Activity Beliefs and Behaviors of Urban Aboriginal Youth. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 12(10), 1409-1413.

    Kerpan S., Humbert L. (2015) Determinants of Diet for Urban Aboriginal Youth. Health Promotion Practice, 16(3), 392-400.

    Kerpan S., Humbert, L. (2015). The Effects of Integrated Classroom-Based Physical Activity on On-Task Behavior for Aboriginal Children in Grade Four & Grade Five. Journal of Exercise, Movement, and Sport, 47(1).

    West, K., Henderson, A., Kawalilak, C., Ferguson, L., Krushelinski, C., Morris, E., Neumann-Boxer E., Smyth S. (2013) Difficult … But Worthwhile: Teaching Portfolios and Graduate Student Professional Development. Studies in Graduate and Professional Student Development: Context and Content in the Preparation of Future Faculty. New Forums Press.

  • Courses taught

    Undergraduate level:

    • Contemporary Health Issues
    • Health and Indigenous People in Canada (winter 2018)
    • Health Aspects of Physical Activity
    • Social Behavioural Foundations of Physical Activity
  • Grants
    • Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
      • 2016, $100,000         
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award
      • 2014, $108,000
    • Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre
      • 2012, $21,000
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship
      • 2009, $17,500
  • Education
    • PhD: the University of Saskatchewan, College of Kinesiology
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship: the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology