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Fiona Moola

Fiona Moola

Scientist and Assistant Professor


Research Focus:

Dr. Moola strives to understand how art engagement influences psychosocial well-being and quality of life among young people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. She is the director of the HEART Lab.

Research Focus (Academic Version)

Dr. Fiona Moola maintains a robust research program that focuses on the role of the arts in the lives of children living with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their caregivers. In so doing, Dr. Moola aims to explore the impact of the arts on quality of life and psychosocial wellbeing among young people living with chronic illnesses and their caregivers. Dr. Moola's conceptualization of art is broad, including, but not limited to yoga, dance, visual arts, musical arts, and fashion and design.

Dr. Moola's has established a ten year funded and published program of research on the psychological and social aspects of living with childhood chronic illnesses and disabilities. Dr. Moola's research is funded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Research Manitoba, VERTEX, the University of Manitoba, The Health Sciences Foundation, the Canadian Institute for Health Research, and the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.

Research/Trainee/Volunteer Opportunities:

Dr. Moola currently welcomes new volunteers and graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral level. 

Education & Profession


Dr. Fiona J. Moola completed her undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees at the University of Toronto. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Moola explored the psychological and social dimensions of childhood chronic illnesses among children with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease, and their caregivers.

Dr. Moola then embarked on a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Concordia University, where she studied the sociological dimensions of obesity in Canada.

In 2012, Dr. Moola began a five-year term as an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. She was also a scientist at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. During her time in Winnipeg, Dr. Moola continued to develop a robust research program on the psychological and social dimensions of childhood chronic illnesses, grounded in health psychology and sociological studies.

Dr. Moola is currently a psychotherapy student at the Gestalt Institute of Psychology in Toronto. 

University Positions / Affiliations:

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba 

Current Projects



(Published, Accepted and In Press)

Moola, F., Faulkner, G., Garcia, E, Huynh, E., Penfound, S., & Consunji-Araneta, A. (2016). Physical Activity Counselling for Children with Cystic Fibrosis. Respiratory Care.

Moola, F. J., Henry, L., Stacey, J., Huynh, E., & Faulkner, G. They know it’s safe — They know what to expect from that face: Perceptions toward a health and physical activity   counselling program for children and families living with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Moola, F. J. & Norman, ME. (2016). On judgment day: Anorexic and obese women’s phenomenological experience of the body, food and eating. Feminism & Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/0959353516672249 (in press) pp. 1-20.

Moola, F. J., & Huynh. (2016). Free to play: The role of physical activity in the lives of children  with chronic illnesses. In A. Morin, C. Maiano, D. Tracey and R. Craven (Eds.). Inclusive physical activities: International perspectives. Information Age Publishing: USA.

Moola, F. J. (2016). Therapeutic endings: Reflections on the termination of counselling-based  research relationships among patients with cystic fibrosis and their caregivers. Time and Society. Published online before print. doi: 10.1177/0961463X16631765.

Moola, F. J., Gairdner, S .E., & Amara, C. (2015). Speaking on behalf of the body and activity:     Investigating the activity and exercise experiences of Canadian women living with and  recovering from anorexia nervosa. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 8, 45-55.

Moola, F. J. (2015). Accessibility on the move: Investigating how students with disabilities at the University of Manitoba experience the body, self, and physical activity. Disability Studies Quarterly, 35, 1, 1-15.

Moola, F. J., Johnson, J., Lay, J., & Faulkner, G. (2015). The heartbeat of Hamilton: Researchers reflections on Hamilton children’s engagement with visual research methodologies to study the environment. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14, 4, 1-14.

Moola, F. J. (2015). The road to the ivory tower: The learning experiences of students with disabilities at the University of Manitoba. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 4, 1, 45-70.  

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, E. J., White, L., & Kirsh, J. A. (2014). Kids with special hearts: The experience of children with congenital heart disease at a camp in Northern Ontario. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7, 1, 271-293.

Moola, F.  J., Norman, M. E., Petherick, L., & Strachan, S. (2014). Teaching across the lines of fault in psychology and sociology: Health, obesity and physical activity in the Canadian context. Sociology of Sport Journal, 31, 2, 202-227.

MacMillan, F., Kirk, A., Mutrie, N., Robertson, K., & Moola, F. J. (2014). Building physical activity and sedentary behaviour support into care for youth with type 1 diabetes: Patient, parent and diabetes professional perceptions. Pediatric Diabetes. doi:10.1111/pedi.12247.

MacMillan, F., Kirk, A., Mutrie, N., Moola, F. J., & Robertson, K. (2014). Supporting physical    activity participation in schools: Views of teachers, patients, parents and diabetes professionals. European Physical Education Review, 21, 1, 3-30.  doi:10.1177/1356336X14534367.

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, J. A., & White, L. (2014). The psychological and social impact of camp for children with chronic illnesses: A systematic review update. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 40,5, 615-631.

Moola, F. J., Gairdner, S., & Amara, C. (2013). Exercise in the care of patients with anorexia nervosa: A systematic review of the literature. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 6, 2, 59-68.

Fusco, C., Faulkner, G., Moola, F. J., Buliung, R., & Richichi, V. (2013). Urban school travel: Exploring children’s qualitative narratives about their trip to school. Children, Youth and Environments, 23, 3, 1-23.

Moola, F. J., & Faulkner, E. J. (2012). A tale of two cases: The health, illness, and physical activity stories of two children living with cystic fibrosis. Child Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, 19,1, 24-42.

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., & Schneiderman, J. (2012). No time to play: Perceptions toward physical activity in youth with cystic fibrosis (CF). Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly,  29, 1, 44-62.

Moola, F. J. (2012). This is the best fatal illness you can have: Contrasting and comparing the parenting experiences of youth with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease.   Qualitative Health Research, 22, 2, 212-225.

Moola, F. J., & Norman, M. E. (2012). Transcending hoop dreams: Considering corporeality, cross roads and intersections, and discursive possibilities in Ronald Berger’s hoop dreams.  Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 4, 2, 284-295.

Fusco, C., Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Buliung, R., & Richichi, V. (2012). Toward an understanding of children’s perceptions of their transport geographies. (Non) active  school travel and visual representations of the built environment. Journal of Transport Geography, 20, 1, 62-70.

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, E. J., & Schneiderman, J. E. (2011). CF chatters: The development of a theoretically informed physical activity intervention for youth with cystic fibrosis. Open Journal of Preventative Medicine, 1, 3, 109-124.       

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, J. A., & Schneiderman, J. (2011). Developing exercise   interventions for children with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease: Learning from their parents. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12, 6, 599-608.

Moola, F. J., & Norman, M. E. (2011). Down the rabbit hole: Enhancing the transition process for young people with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease by re-imagining the future and time. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 37, 6, 841-851. 

Moola, F. J., Fusco, C., & Kirsh, A (2011). What I wish you knew: Social barriers toward  physical activity in youth with congenital heart disease (CHD). Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 28, 1, 56-77.

Norman, M. E., & Moola, F. J. (2011). Bladerunner or boundary runner? Oscar Pistorius, cyborg transgressions, and strategies of containment. Sport in Society, 14, 9, 1267-1282.

Moola, F. J., Fusco, C., & Kirsh, J.A. (2010). The perceptions of caregivers toward physical activity and health in youth with congenital heart disease. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 2, 278-291.

Faulkner, G., Richichi, V., Buliung, R., Fusco, C., & Moola, F. J. (2010). What’s quickest and      easiest? Parental decision making about school trip mode. International Journal of  Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 7, 62, 1-11.

Moola, F. J., McCrindle, B., & Longmuir, P. (2009). Physical activity in youth with surgically corrected congenital heart disease: Devising guidelines so Johnny can participate. Pediatrics and Child Health, 14, 3, 167-170.

Wilkes, D., Schneiderman, J., Nguyen, T., Heale, L., Moola, F. J., Ratjen, F., Coates, A., & Wells, G. (2009). Exercise and physical activity in children with cystic fibrosis. Pediatric Respiratory Reviews, 10, 3, 105-109.

Moola, F. J., Faulkner, G., Kirsh, K., & Kilburn, K. (2008). Sport and physical activity participation in youth with congenital heart disease: Perceptions of children and parents.  Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 25, 1, 49-70.

Moola, F. J. (2008). The Shadowland. In J. Canfield., & M. Hansen (Eds.) Chicken soup for the  soul: Teens talk in tough times. (p. 294-297). Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing:  Connecticut.  

Larkin, J., Razack, S., & Moola, F. J. (2007). Gender, sport, and development. The International Working Group for Sport for Development and Peace and The Right to Play. The Faculty of Physical Education and Health, The University of Toronto.

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