Research Area(s)

  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Biomechanics
  • Women's Health

Research Areas

The overall goal of my research is to develop evidence-based strategies to optimize musculoskeletal health across the lifespan and prevent musculoskeletal disease, particularly osteoporosis, and train future generation of musculoskeletal researchers. Collaborative, interdisciplinary research program and Laboratories Imaging Bone and Muscle Structure (LIMBS) focus on characterizing bone development and identifying modifiable factors that can optimize bone structure and strength development and prevent bone fragility in children and older adults. Research collaborations include Canadian Multicenter Osteoporosis Bone Quality Study and randomized controlled trial assessing the effects of resistance training and ibuprofen supplementation on musculoskeletal health in postmenopausal women. Part of my research program aims to develop and validate imaged-based measures of bone strength. Current projects are supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and Royal University Hospital Foundation.


Academic Background

Current Graduate Students

  • Andrew Frank-Wilson, PhD candidate, Kinesiology 
  • Chantal Kawalilak, PhD candidate, Kinesiology
  • Katie Crockett (co-supervised with Cathy Arnold), PhD candidate, Health Sciences
  • Wadena Burnett (co-supervised with JD Johnston), PhD student, Engineering 
  • Whitney Duff (co-supervised with Phil Chilibeck), PhD candidate, Kinesiology
  • Hanieh Arjmand (co-supervised with JD Johnston), MSc student, Engineering
  • Kelsey Björkman (co-supervised with Joel Lanovaz), MSc student, Kinesiology
  • Matthew McDonald (co-supervised with JD Johnston), MSc student, Engineering
  • Madison Adam (co-supervised with JD Johnston), MSc student, Engineering

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies and research, please forward the following information to Dr. Kontulainen

  • A one-page letter outlining your research experiences and goals
  • CV and unofficial transcripts
  • Names of two academic referees

Current Undergraduate Students

  • Colin Federow (USRA), co-supervised with Phil Chilibeck
  • Julie Hunchak (USRA NSERC)
  • Anthony Kehrig, co-supervised with Phil Chilibeck
  • Jason Wiebe (honors student 2014/15)

Courses Taught

  • KIN 428.3 - Drugs, nutrition and physical activity
  • KIN 445.3 - Acquisition, analysis and interpretation of musculoskeletal imaging
  • KIN 807.3 - Research Methods
  • KIN 898.3 - Special Topics
  • ACB 221.3 - Gross Anatomy