UFV Research Mentors

The purpose of the Research Mentors at UFV is to provide faculty members with opportunities for success in the development of their research and scholarship program. A mentoring relationship benefits the faculty member, and the university.

Faculty benefit because they receive assistance and feedback on their research and scholarship from a 'seasoned' faculty member who has a record of research and scholarly grants. Mentors gain satisfaction from helping faculty members by providing them with feedback and opening up possibilities of collaboration and connection to networks. Mentorship relationships promote collegiality and interdisciplinary work.

The Office of Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies is committed to facilitating mentoring relationships to help increase productivity and commitment in research, scholarship, and the integration of research and scholarship into teaching.

If you would like assistance with a research grant application, please contact directly one of the Research Mentors highlighted below.



Adrienne has brought energy to her work at UFV since 2004 when she started work in the School of Social Work and Human Services, She is a Teaching Excellence Recipient (2008), and an active researcher. Adrienne's research interests focus on social justice, institutional change, child welfare, gender, race, and diversity in institutions. She has published and presented nationally and internationally. Adrienne has held two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research grants for work focused on social justice, and an examination of the use of language (mainly Punjabi) interpreters in the child welfare system. She is the Principal Investigator of two Canadian Health Institute in Research (CIHR) grants entitled: Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People, focusing on suicide prevention of Aboriginal youth. All of Adrienne’s research has involved undergraduate student research assistants. As AVP, she led the growth of research for faculty and students at UFV.



Kathy has been with UFV since 2006 in the department of Kinesiology. She is a UFV Research Excellence Award recipient (2018). Kathy’s research interests have been focused mainly in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Neuropsychological deficits, resulting from damage to the developing brain, are the most devastating effects of prenatal exposure for individuals with FASD. Kathy’s research has focused on an intervention strategy that examines the impact of exercise on the brains of children with cognitive disabilities. Kathy, along with fellow faculty member Alison Pritchard Orr, and many student research assistants over the years, have collaborated with the Central Elementary Community School and the Chilliwack School District to implement the physical activity program (FAST Club) for children with FASD. They have received grant funding from the Kids Brain Health Network (formerly NeuroDevNet), the BC Ministry of Education, and internal grants such as research option releases. 



Michael Gaetz teaches in the Kinesiology department at UFV. He has been actively involved in research on concussion in sport for over 20 years and is a UFV Research Excellence Award recipient (2014). Michael has recently published theoretical work to explain the experiences of athletes following retirement from sport and will add to the literature on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). His clinical background is as a neurophysiologist working in the operating room using electrophysiologic procedures to monitor brain and spinal cord functioning during high risk surgeries. Michael also studies the effects of weight cutting on health. He is currently involved in the development of new procedures for the assessment and rehabilitation of mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) in athletes.



Olav teaches physical geography at UFV. He is Director of the Luminescence Dating Laboratory, where experiments determine the time elapsed since mineral grains buried in sedimentary landforms were last exposed to sunlight, which gives information of landscape stability. Olav’s research interests include Quaternary sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeoecology, glacial geology, geomorphology, and geochronology and the understanding how the Earth’s surface has responded to past changes in long-term climate. Since joining UFV in 2004 Olav has received several five-year NSERC Discovery grants and NSERC Research Tools & Instruments grants, as well as funds from the Hakai Institute, government agencies, and internal sources, totalling over $1,000,000. He also received the inaugural UFV Research Excellence Award in 2012. Olav collaborates on research with scientists in the Canadian Arctic, the United States, Australia, Patagonia, New Zealand, Russia and Indonesia. All of these projects include student researchers from the undergraduate level to post doctoral fellows.



Lenore’s research interests include food security; sustainable food systems/urban food systems; place, space, and urban nature; and urban spatial geography. Lenore’s investigations include a focus on Canada’s foodways and how cuisine shapes identity that is explored in her recently published book titled Speaking in Cod Tongues. Lenore is a recipient of SSHRC and CFI grants and is a UFV Research Excellence Award recipient (2015).

The location of UFV in a rural zone at the edge of a growing metropolis provides a perfect venue for her research, although her scope is also nationwide. Lenore is also interested in how farming families and communities are coping with the changing nature of agriculture, development pressures, and other challenges. Lenore works with many external industries and community groups on research projects relevant to our region that provide valuable research skills for our students.



Miriam Nichols has shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for literature and poetry with students of UFV for over 23 years. She is a UFV Research Excellence Award Winner (2017) and the holder of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSRCH) grant. Miriam’s research interests include Canadian and American literature, literary theory, poetry and poetics, and she has published widely on Canadian and American poets. Miriam has been working on an extensive biography of Canadian poet Robin Blaser, involving student research assistants throughout the research process.



Scott Sheffield has taught in the History department at UFV since 2005. Scott’s research interests lie in the subjects of Indigenous people and the Second World War in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, and the experience of the Second World War in British Columbia. His areas of specialization include Canada, Settler-Indigenous relations, military, race, and New Zealand. He is working on a major comparative study of Indigenous peoples’ participation in, and experience of, the Second World War in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Scott is a SSHRC grant recipient. Undergraduate students have been and continue to be involved in data acquisition, management and data analysis, and research-based writings.



Noham joined the UFV Chemistry department in 1994 and the Molecular Modeling Lab was established on his initiative in 2001. His research has focused on the chemical effects of high pressures, with a long term objective of developing a comprehensive quantitative approach toward theoretical description of reaction systems and processes at elevated pressures. Numerous students have received research training in the Molecular Modeling Lab, helping him to become a recipient of the Research Excellence Award in 2013. Noham is an NSERC grant recipient, and has taught numerous students, who under his guidance, became Undergraduate Student Research Award recipients.

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