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Dr. Leah Ferguson PhD Associate Professor

PAC 313

Research Area(s)

  • Sport Psychology
  • Indigenous Wellness
My research areas fall under the following College of Kinesiology research themes: Indigenous Wellness, Child and Youth Health and Development, Human Performance

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan, 2014
  • M.Sc. Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan, 2009
  • B.A. (Honours) Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, 2007

Courses Taught

  • KIN 122.3 - Social Behavioral Foundations of Physical Activity
  • KIN 306.3 - Introduction to Indigenous Wellness
  • KIN 380.3 - Research Methods in Kinesiology
  • KIN 431.3 - Mental Training for Sport and Physical Activity
  • KIN 807.3 - Research Methods in Kinesiology
  • GSR 982 - Mentored Teaching

Prospective Graduate Students

Prospective students interested in pursuing a research graduate degree in the areas of sport psychology or Indigenous Peoples' wellness should contact Dr. Ferguson and provide: (a) a brief summary of prior research experience; (b) an expression of interest in pursuing graduate studies; and, (c) unofficial transcripts. 


My publication record is available at Google Scholar and PubMed

Current Research Funding

Principal Investigator

  • Title: Developing Women Athletes’ Self-Compassion to Thrive in Sport
    Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Sport Participation Research Initiative
    Timeline: 2022-2024
  • Title: Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program in Saskatchewan
    Agency: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Partnership Grant
    Timeline: 2019-2023

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Heather Foulds and Dr. Leah Ferguson
    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
  • Nominated Principal Investigator: Dr. Jonathan McGavock (University of Manitoba)
    Title: Deepening the roots of living in a good way for Indigenous Children. The Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program
    Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant: Pathways Implementation Research Team – Component 3
    Timeline: 2018-2023

Professional Affiliations


  • Mamawiikikayaahk (Healing together) Métis Research Network, Saskatchewan NEIHR, Co-Scientific Director
  • Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), Professional Member
  • Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR) Management Board, member
  • Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre, Research Affiliate
  • ParticipACTION Research Advisory Group, member
  • Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) Affiliated Research Alliance, member


  • Mental Performance Consultant, Sport Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan

Scholarly Societies

  • Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS)
  • International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE)
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)