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					Dr. Jennifer Mactavish
Professor
313 Max Bell Centre
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2
Phone: (204) 474-8627
Fax: (204) 474-7634
E-mail: jennifer_mactavish@umanitoba.ca

Education:

         Ph.D. (Educational Psychology and Therapeutic Recreation), University of Minnesota
         M.Sc. (Physical Education), University of Manitoba
         B.P.E. (Physical Education), University of British Columbia




Research Group Affiliations:

         Full member and Head - Lifespan & Disability
         Associate member - Leisure & Tourism




Primary Courses Taught:

         REC 2530 Program Planning Principles
         REC 2540 Major Recreation Program Areas
         REC 3060 Recreation and Special Populations
         PHED 3390 Adapted Physical Education




Keywords (research interests):

Individuals with intellectual disability, families, disability sport, recreation, physical activity, quality of life, qualitative
and mixed method research




Research Interests:

Individuals with intellectual disability, their families, and the agencies/organizations that serve them have been the
focus of my work for over 20 years. Since becoming an academic in 1994, I have created a research agenda that
blends my professional/practitioner roots with my knowledge and expertise as a researcher. Consequently, my
research agenda encompasses a broad social science focus with particular interest in issues related to quality of life
(e.g., social integration, independence, later life planning, stress coping), recreation and leisure, and methods for
enhancing the direct involvement of individuals with intellectual disability in the research process (e.g., participatory
action research). Research activities specific to this work involve extensive collaboration/consultation with individuals
with disabilities, families, community service agencies, and schools and diverse approaches to dissemination (journal
articles, refereed and invited conference presentations, technical documents, live and taped radio shows, plain
language workbooks).
In the area of life quality, my current research—in collaboration with members of the Lifespan and Disability Research
Team—incorporates two major initiatives: a) the “Good Life Project” and b) Perspectives in Change. The “Good Life
Project,” which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is concerned with
individual and collective (e.g., family) factors that influence life quality and incorporates a number of innovative
methods for “giving voice” (e.g., graphic facilitation, conceptual mapping) to individuals with intellectual disability in
the research process. “Perspectives in Change” is a multi-year/phase collaborative project that focuses on career and
employment issues among people with intellectual disability and the relationship between these activities and
enhanced community involvement and quality of life.

In the area of sport, I also have an established record that meshes research and practice. For example, I recently
completed a collaborative international evaluation of the eligibility system for athletes with intellectual disability
competing within the Paralympics. A number of subsequent initiatives have evolved from this research, including the
redevelopment of international eligibility standards and implementation procedures, and development/international
pilot testing of an assessment instrument based on the WHO’s classification and functioning (ICF) framework.

Research and dissemination activities specific to this work have involved extensive international collaboration with
diverse audiences (e.g., families, athletes, policy makers, educators, sport governing bodies) around the world (e.g.,
Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Portugal, Mexico, Japan) and multiple modes of communication (conference
presentations, technical documents, live and taped radio shows [e.g., Morning Side on CBC radio]).

Extending the sport focus in my research is an emerging interest that revolves around the notion of “sport for
development”. Sport is a unique facet of human behaviour that has enjoyed near universal appeal throughout history
and across cultures. One of the distinguishing qualities of sport is its capacity for bringing people of diverse
backgrounds together in pursuit of common interests, promoting individual and collective health and life quality, and
fostering social capital. Indeed, the United Nations recently acknowledged this unique potential in endorsing the use
of sport as an international development tool for addressing social, economic, and political concerns with the ultimate
aim of fostering peace. During my career, I have been integrally involved, nationally and internationally, with two sport
movements, Special Olympics and the International Sport Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability, both of
which focus on sport—for its own purposes—and as a tool for developing broader social participation and life quality
for people with disabilities around the world. These movements are distinct, yet related precursors to the emergence
of sport in international development.




Honours and Awards:

        2006 Harry “Red” Foster Award (Special Olympics Canada, top honour for distinguished service to SO
         movement in Canada)
        2006 University of Manitoba, Merit Award (Research & Service)
        2006 YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (Active Living & Sport)
        2006 Special Olympics Manitoba Builder Award
        2002 University of Manitoba Outreach Award
        1999 University of Manitoba Teacher Recognition Award




Recent Research Funding:


Title                                                          Funding Source                                   Amount
Career development in diverse communities (LOI)                Community-University Research Alliance           $20,000
                                                               (CURA) Social Sciences & Humanities
                                                               Research Council of Canada
CI Sutherland, (PI, Education, University of Winnipeg), Levine, ( CI, U of M, Social Work).
Title                                                          Funding Source                                   Amount
Examination of the administration & impact of the              Province of Manitoba, Department of Family $100,000
“Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act”       Services and Housing
CI with Lutfiyya (Education).
Title                                                          Funding Source                                   Amount
Phase II: Perspectives in Change: issues in community          Private foundation (Donor Anonymous)             $76,740
support for people With intellectual disability
CI (Lutfiyya, Mactavish, Blais, Backstrom, Ferec-Legal, Manwaring, & Forbes).
Title                                                          Funding Source                                   Amount
Individuals with intellectual disability and family            Social Sciences & Humanities Research            $119,719
perspectives on quality of life: An interdisciplinary,         Council of Canada
grounded theory approach to extending understanding
PI (Mahon, Lutfiyya, MacKay, Iwasaki, Rodrigue, & Studholme).
Title                                                          Funding Source                                   Amount
Perspectives in Change: Issues in Community Support for        Private foundation (Donor Anonymous)             $62,000
People with Intellectual Disability (Phase I)
PI (Lutfiyya, Isfeld, Ferec-Legall).
Title                                                          Funding Source                                   Amount
A Multidisciplinary Collaborative Research Initiative for a    Social Sciences and Humanities Research          $60,000
Longitudinal Project on Stress, Coping and Health              Council of Canada Research Development
                                                               Initiatives Program (SSHRC/RDI)
CI (PI Iwasaki)
Title                                                          Funding Source                                   Amount
To Retire or Not to Retire: Exploring Later Life Options for   Social Sciences and Humanities Research          $77,000
Older Adults with Mental Disabilities                          Council of Canada (SSHRC)
CI (Mahon, Lutfiyya, Strain, Studholme, Rodrigue)


Recent Publications:

Schwartz, K., Lutfiyya, Z. M., & Mactavish, J. (in press). Making community connections: Educator perspectives on
transition planning for students with intellectual disabilities. Exceptionality Education Canada.

Mactavish, J., MacKay, K., Iwasaki, Y., & Betteridge, D. (2007). Family caregivers of individuals with intellectual
disability: Perspectives on life quality and the role of vacations. Journal of Leisure Research, 39, 127-155.

Iwasaki, Y., MacKay, K., & Mactavish, J., Ristock, J., & Bartlett, J. (2006). Voices from the margins: Stress, active
living, and leisure as a contributor to coping with stress. Leisure Sciences, 28, 163-180.

Iwasaki, Y., Bartlett, J., MacKay, K., Mactavish, J., & Ristock, J. (2005). Social exclusion and resilience as
frameworks of stress and coping among selected non-dominant groups. International Journal of Mental Health
Promotion, 3, 4-17.

Iwasaki, Y., Mactavish, J., & MacKay, K. (2005). Building on strengths and resilience: Leisure as a stress survival
strategy. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 33, 81-100.

Mactavish, J., & Mahon, M. (2005). Leisure education and later life planning: A conceptual framework. Journal of
Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 2, 29-37

Mactavish, J., & Iwasaki, Y. (2005). Exploring perspectives of individuals with disabilities on stress-coping. Journal of
Rehabilitation, 71(1), 20-31.
Iwasaki, Y., & Mactavish, J. (2005). Ubiquitous yet unique: Perspectives of people with disabilities on stress.
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 48(4), 194-208.

Iwasaki, Y., MacKay, K., & Mactavish, J. (2005). Gender-based analyses of coping with stress among professional
managers: Leisure coping and non-leisure coping. Journal of Leisure Research, 37(1), 1-28.

Mactavish, J. B., & Schleien, S. J. (2004). Re-injecting spontaneity and balance in family life: Parents’ perspectives
on recreation in families that include children with developmental disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
48, 123-141.

Gregg, M. J., Hrycaiko, D. W., Mactavish, J. B., & Martin, G. L. (2004). A Mental Skills Package for Special Olympic
Athletes: A preliminary study. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 21, 1-15.

Mactavish, J. B., & Schleien, S. J. (2000). Beyond qualitative and quantitative data linking: An example from a mixed
method study of family recreation. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 34 (2), 154-163.

Mactavish, J. B., & Schleien, S. J. (2000). Exploring family recreation activities in families that include children with
developmental disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 34 (2), 132-153.

Mactavish, J. B., Lutfiyya, Z. M., & Mahon, M. (2000). “I can speak for myself” Involving individuals with an intellectual
disability as research participants. Mental Retardation, 38, 216-227.




Abstracts:

Mactavish, J., Lutfiyya, Z., Iwasaki, Y., MacKay, K., Mahon, M., Rodrigue, M., Manwaring, R., & Betteridge, D. (2005).
Thanks for asking me…Individuals with intellectual disability on life quality and the leisure connection. Abstracts from
the 2005 Leisure Research Symposium (San Antonio, TX). Arlington, VA: National Parks and Recreation Association.

Iwasaki, Y., MacKay, K., Mactavish, J., Bartlett, J. & Ristock, J. (2005). Broadening conceptualizations of stress and
leisure coping: Frameworks of social exclusion and resilience The Proceedings of the 11th Canadian Congress on
Leisure Research, Naniamo, BC: The University College of Malaspina.

Mactavish, J., MacKay, K., Lutfiyya, Z., Mahon, M., Iwasaki, Y., Rodrigue, M., Manwaring, R., & Betteridge, D. (2005).
Parents and Caregivers of Children with Intellectual Disability: Perspectives on Leisure, Vacation Patterns, and Life
Quality. The Proceedings of the 11th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Naniamo, BC: The University College
of Malaspina.

Iwasaki, Y., Bartlett, J., Butcher, J., MacKay, K., Mactavish, J., O’Neil, J., & Ristock, J. (2004). Stress and coping in a
diverse society: A framework of intersectionality and leisure coping. Abstracts from the 2004 Leisure Research
Symposium (Reno, Nevada). Arlington, VA: National Parks and Recreation Association.

Lutfiyya, Z. M., & Mactavish, J. (2004). Involving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities as Research Participants.
Proceedings of the Annual TASH (Association of Severe Handicaps) Conference, Reno, Nevada, November 2004.

Mactavish, J., & Parmenter, T. (2004). Reconciling invisible inequality and fair play: Applying the ICF conceptual
framework in a tool for assessing the affects of intellectual disability in sport. Abstracts of the 2004 World Congress,
International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Montpellier, France, June, 2004. Journal of
Intellectual Disability Research 48, 422.

Mactavish, J. (2004). Voices that matter: A process for involving people with intellectual disability in research.
Abstracts of the 2004 World Congress, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability,
Montpellier, France, June, 2004. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 48, 417.
Mactavish, J., Lutfiyya, Z. M., & Manwaring, B. (2004). Perspectives in change: Community involvement and adults
with intellectual disability. Abstracts of the 2004 World Congress, International Association for the Scientific Study of
Intellectual Disability, Montpellier, France, June, 2004. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 48, 417.

Mactavish, J. B., Mahon, M. J., & Rodrigue, M. M. (2001). Leisure education and later life planning: A conceptual
framework for guiding older adults with intellectual disability in pursuit of their visions for the good life. Abstracts from
the 2001 Leisure Research Symposium (Denver, CO). Arlington, VA: National Parks and Recreation Association.

Mahon, M. J., & Mactavish, J. B. (2000). A participatory action study of later life planning. New millennium research to
practice, Congress Abstracts, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Seattle,
Washington. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 44, 378.




Invited Presentations / Keynotes

Mactavish, J. (2006, May). Bridging science & policy: Moving the classification debate forward. Invited keynote
presentation, VISTA Conference—Solutions for the Future, Bonn, Germany.

Mactavish, J. (2005, April). What have we learned about the implications of intellectual disability in sport? Invited
keynote presentation, INAS-FID International Conference on Eligibility, Budapest, Hungary.

Mactavish, J. (2004, April). He’s not Mongolian, He’s Canadian: The meaning, matter, and mobilization of research.
Keynote address, 12th Annual University of Waterloo, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Graduate Student
Symposium. Waterloo, Ontario.

Mactavish, J. (2003, November). The Sport Information and Consequences Questionnaire (SIC-Q): Mapping the
connection between intellectual disability and elite sport performance. Keynote presentation, Asia, South Pacific
Conference on Eligibility, Tokyo, Japan.

Mactavish, J. (2003, April). Athletes with intellectual disability: Development and Use of the Sport Information and
Consequences Questionnaire. Keynote presentation, Paris Conference on Eligibility, Paris France.

Mactavish, J. (2002, April). Athletes with intellectual disability: Issues and procedures in assessment and verification
of eligibility. Invited presentation, 6th International Sport Symposium, ANDDEM (Associação Nacional Desporto para
a Deficiência Mental), Estoril, Portugal.

Mactavish, J. (2002, March). INAS-FID: Issues in assessment and procedures for verifying eligibility. Invited
presentation, International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Sport Council Management Committee (SCMC), Salt Lake
City, Utah.




National & International Scholarship/Service Activities
(selected examples)

National

          Member, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Adjudication committee (2007)
          Member, Special Olympics Canada, Long-term athlete development working group (2006-2007)
          Board of Directors, Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (1999-ongoing)
          Board of Directors, Canadian Assoc. of Athletes with Intellectual Disability (1997-ongoing)

International
   Member, International Paralympic Committee, Sport Science Committee (March, 2006-ongoing)
   Founding member, Intellectual Disability, Exercise & Active Living Research Group (IDEAL-RG, 2005-
    ongoing)
   Advisor (Eligibility), International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID, 2001-
    ongoing)
   Member, Right to Play (Olympic Aid, Sport for Development, United Nations High Commission on Refugees
    [UNHCR]) Research Committee (2002-2003)

				
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