College of Kinesiology

Taanishi, welcome to my faculty page. I am the Heart & Stroke/CIHR Indigenous Early Career Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair and Co-Scientific Director of aen mamawii kiiayaahk (Healing Together) Métis Health and Wellness Research Network.

Research Areas

Indigenous Wellness

Healthy aging and management of chronic conditions

Human Performance

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. (Experimental Medicine), University of British Columbia, 2014
  • M.Sc. (Human Kinetics), University of British Columbia, 2010
  • B.Sc. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), University of Northern British Columbia, 2007


Highlighted Publications

  • Ironside, A.K., Ferguson, L.J., Katapally, T.R., Hedayat, L.M., Johnson, S.R., Foulds, H.J.A.*. Social Determinants Associated with Physical Activity among Indigenous Adults at the University of Saskatchewan. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 46(10):1159-1169
  • Ironside, A.K., Murray, N.M., Hedayat, L.M., Murchison, C.M., Kirkpatrick, C.A., Foulds, H.J.A.*. Associations of physical fitness and physical activity with sleep among middle-aged women. Journal of Sport Medicine and Physical Fitness 60:1502-1506
  • Jaffer, S., Foulds, H.J.A., Parry, M., Gonsalves, C.A., Pacheco, C., Clavel, M.-A., Mullen, K.-A.A., Yip, C.Y.Y., Mulvagh, S., Norris, C.*, 2020. Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance ATLAS on the Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Management of CVD in Women Chapter 2: Scope of the Problem. Canadian Journal of Cardiology Open 3(1):1-11
  • Ironside, A.K., Ferguson, L.J., Katapally, T.R., Foulds, H.J.A.*. Cultural connectedness as a determinant of physical activity among Indigenous adults in Canada. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 45:937-947
  • Norris, C., Yip, C., Nerenberg, K., Clavel, M.-A., Pacheco, C., Foulds, H., Hardy, M., Gonsalves, C., Jaffer, S., Parry, M., Colella, T.J.F., Dhukai, A., Grewal, J., Price, J., Levinsson, A., Hart, D., Harvey, P., Van Spall, H., Sarfi, H., Sedlak, T., Ahmed, S., Baer, C., Coutinho, T., Edwards, J., Green, C., Kirkham, A., Srivaratharajah, K., Dumanski, S., Keeping-Burke, L., Lappa, N., Reid, R., Robert, H., Smith, G., Martin-Rhee, M., Mulvagh, S*. 2020. State of the Science in Women’s Cardiovascular Disease: A Canadian Perspective on the Influence of Sex and Gender. Journal of the American Heart Association 9:e015634
  • H.J.A. Foulds, C.D. Rodgers, V. Duncan and L.J. Ferguson, 2016. A systematic review and meta-analysis of screen time behaviour among North American Indigenous populations. Obesity Reviews, 17: 455-466.

Complete Publication Lists

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Current Research Funding

Principal Investigator

  • Title: “I Always Hit My Goal When I Dance” – Health Impacts of Métis Dancing

        Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Project Grant

        Timeline: 2020-2026

  • Title: Jigging Our Health

        Agency: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation – Establishment Grant

        Timeline: 2019-2022

  • Title: Social and Cultural Impacts on Cardiovascular Health Determinants for Indigenous Women
    Agency: Co-funded by Heart & Stroke and Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Early Career Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair

        Timeline: 2018-2024

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Nominated Principal Investigator: Caroline Tait
    Title: The Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Health and Wellness Research, Training, and Knowledge Mobilization Network (CIHR-NEIHR Centre)

        Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research       

        Timeline: 2020-2026

  • Nominated Principal Investigator: Caroline Tait
    Title: National Coordinating Centre (CIHR-NEIHR Centre)

        Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research       

        Timeline: 2020-2026

  • Co-Principal Investigators: Leah Ferguson and Dr. Heather Foulds
    Title: Journeying together to co-create a foundation for Indigenous sport research

        Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Exchange Grant

        Timeline: 2019-2022


Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Foulds is currently accepting graduate students.

Prospective individuals with an interest in Indigenous health, cardiovascular physiology, women's health or cardiovascular disease prevention are encouraged to contact Dr. Foulds directly. Prospective graduate students should provide: (a) a brief summary of prior research experience; (b) an expression of interest in pursuing graduate studies; and (c), unofficial transcripts



Courses Taught

  • KIN 223.3 - Contemporary Health Issues
  • KIN 250.3 - How the Body Moves II
  • KIN 424.3 - Aging and Physical Activity