Our research team was built in 2013 with the collaboration on a (successful) grant to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. At this time, Bettina’s expertise in coach development and Brad’s expertise in adult sport were complemented by Scott’s research experience as a PhD student. Since that time, we have had many fruitful discussions, publications, conference presentations, and ongoing projects that support each of our research programs.


Dr. Bettina Callary

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Dr. Callary is  the Canada Research Chair in Sport Coaching and Adult Learning and an Associate Professor in Sport and Physical Activity Leadership (SPAL) and Community Studies at Cape Breton University, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her research interests includes coach education, learning, and development pertaining to coaches of Masters athletes as well as understanding how pedagogy influences athlete and student learning, psycho-social wellbeing, and community. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal. Dr. Callary and her colleague, Dr. Gearity, published the foundational book for coach developers: Coach Education and Development in Sport: Instructional Strategies, published by Routledge 2020. Bettina is also an alpine ski coach for Masters and youth.

For more research:
ResearchGate Bettina Callary

Dr. Bradley W. Young


Dr. Young is a full professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He publishes on topics relating to the psycho-social aspects of lifelong sport participation, the effective programming of adult sport, and messaging to promote adult sport. His research focuses on how and why Masters athletes commit to adult sport, barriers to their participation, the influence of age-related perceptions, and instructional approaches with older sports persons.

For more research:
ResearchGate Bradley Young

Dr. Scott Rathwell


Dr. Rathwell is an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology and physical education at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. His research program involves how sport and physical activity can foster wellbeing and psychosocial development throughout the lifespan, including the personal and psychosocial development of emerging adults (i.e., university athletes) and the psycho-social needs of adults sport participants and Master’s athletes.

For more research:
ResearchGate Scott Rathwell