Karen Gallant (She/Her), PhD
Associate Professor and Division Head, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Phone: (902) 494-1196
5981 University Avenue Room 4210D
Halifax, N.S., B3H 4R2
- Leisure Experience
- Community Development & the Non-Profit Sector
- Inclusion & Exclusion in Leisure & Community Contexts
- Everyday Moments of Lesiure, Community Engagement, Social Inclusion, & Belonging
- PhD - Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada, 2011
- Certificate in University Teaching - Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada, 2008
- MSc - Planning, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada, 2006
- Bachelor of Journalism - University of King's College, Nova Scotia Canada, 1999
- Honors BSc (Chemistry) - Mount Allison University, New Brunswick Canada, 1998
My research examines and highlights the role of community-based recreation settings and experiences in facilitating social inclusion, and explores the nature and implications of those interactions for enhanced wellbeing. Drawing on qualitative, community-based methodologies, I explore the role of leisure in places that are part of peoples’ everyday lives, and the contributions of these leisure experiences to belonging, sense of community, and power for equity-deserving groups, including people living with mental health challenges, and newcomers. As a faculty member in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University, I also teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including supervising Honours and graduate students.
I welcome inquiries from potential graduate students who are interested in leisure studies, particularly the areas described above.
In 2020 Dr. Gallant was cross appointed to the School of Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University and was the recipient of the Dalhousie Faculty of Health Teaching Excellence Award in 2018.