Jo BryantPhD

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Fax: (902) 494-5120
Mailing Address: 
School of Health and Human Performance
Dalhousie University, Stairs House
6230 South Street, Room 106
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, N.S., B3H 4R2

Research Topics:
  • Bones and nutrition
  • Bones and exercise
  • Health benefits of sports
  • Obesity remediation
  • Bone imaging


Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours - Carleton University
Master of Science (MSc), PhD - Purdue University

Research interests

  • Adaptation of bone to exercise in children, adults, and animals
  • Adaptation of bone to nutrition
  • Use of sport for health benefits
  • Nutrition and health
  • Obesity remediation
  • Bone measurement techniques; bone imaging

Selected publications (refereed)

  • Ojah, R.C.I., & Welch, J.M. (Joint first authors). (2012). Vitamin D and musculoskeletal status in Nova Scotian women who wear concealing clothing. Nutrients. 4:399-412. DOI: doi:10.3390/nu4050399.
  • Welch, J.M., Hubley, N.B., & Stewart, A.J. (2012). Pogo stick programs provide physical and psychological benefits to children. Adv Phys Educ. 2(1):22-7. DOI: 10.4236/ape.2012.21004
  • Whitehead, A., Johnston, H., Nixon, N., Welch, J.  (2010). Exergame effectiveness: What the numbers can tell us. Proceedings of the 5th ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Video Games, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Press, New York, NY, USA 55-61.  DOI: 10.1145/1836135.1836144
  • Welch, J.M., Wade, J.A., Hillberry, B.M., & Weaver, C.M. (2009). Force platform for rats measures fore and hind forces concurrently. J Biomech. 42(16):2734-8.
  • Legette, L.L., Martin, B.R., Shahnazari, M., Lee, W.H., Helferich, W.G., Qian, J., Waters, D.J., Arabshahi, A., Barnes, S., Welch, J., Bostwick, D.G., & Weaver, C.M. (2009). Supplemental dietary racemic equol has modest benefits to bone but has mild uterotropic activity in ovariectomized rats. J Nutr. 139(10):1908-13.

Selected conference proceedings (published)

  • Welch, J.M., & Davis, J.C. (2012). The effect of selected foods on urinary pH. American College of Sports Medicine, 59th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA. May 29-June 2, 2012. Med Sci Sports Exerc 44:5.
  • Welch, J.M.  (2011). Effects of hormonal contraceptives and high loading exercise on bone status in young women. American College of Sports Medicine, 58th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. May 31-June 4, 2011. Med Sci Sports Exerc 43:5; S32 Suppl, 2011.
  • Dahn, T., Welch, J. (2010). The Lifetime OsteoGenic Exercise Score: A method to estimate bone status in young adult women. American Society of Bone Mineral Research (ASBMR) 32th Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON, Canada. October 14-19, 2010. J Bone Miner Res 25 (Suppl 1) S, 2010.
  • Ojah, R.C.I., Welch, J.M. (2009). Vitamin D and musculoskeletal status in Nova Scotian women who employ full body covering. Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP), Vancouver, BC. November 11-14, 2009 Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 34 Suppl, 2009.
  • Welch, J.M., White, J.A., & Nixon, N. (2009). Physiological cost of an active video game versus other exercise modes in university students. American College of Sports Medicine, 56th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. May 27-30, 2009. Med Sci Sports Exerc 41:5 Suppl, 2009.