Our Researchers

Dr. Heather Carnahan
Professor
(709) 778-0310 (office) or (709) 725-8568 (cell)

Heather Carnahan has a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology from Western University.  She formerly served as Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University. Prior to this she was the Interim Vice-President of Education at Women’s College Hospital and the inaugural Director of the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education in the Faulty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  Heather also held the BMO Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre while at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Carnahan studies how people learn to become expert at performing motor skills. This involves applying current motor control and learning theory to studying the acquisition and retention of technical skills in various real life domains such as the skills associated with marine transport, aviation, zero gravity environments, and health care. The effective design and use of simulation based training is a focus of her research. She also examines how exposure to cold temperatures affects motor skill performance.

To inquire about future opportunities or to discuss your research interests, please contact Dr. Carnahan directly.

Dr. Carnahan's research has been funded by NSERC since 1991 and currently involves studying human motor control and learning in extreme environments.