Position: PhD student
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 20303
Sara King-Dowling is a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University under the co-supervision of Drs. John Cairney and Brian Timmons. Sara grew up in Toronto and moved to Hamilton to attend McMaster University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Honours, along with a minor in Psychology. Following her undergraduate work, Sara became a Research Assistant at McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine. Here, she worked on a study that assessed the reliability and validity of a screening tool used to detect developmental delays in children 0-6 years of age. Following this work Sara became a Research Assistant for the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program. Now as a graduate student, Sara is working on the HOPP Study (Health Outcomes and Physical activity in Preschoolers) and the CATCH Study (Coordination and Activity Tracking in CHildren). Her main interest is the impact of motor skills/coordination on physical activity and fitness in young children.
Funding: Since commencing graduate studies at McMaster, Sara has been funded by a CIHR Master's Award (2012-2013), an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2013-2014), and has recently been recognized as an Ontario Women's Health Scholar (2016-2017). Sara received a student research award from the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (2016) as well as travel funding from the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Heath (2014 & 2015) and the McMaster Graduate Student Association (2013). To recognize Sara's involvement in extracurricular activities on campus and in the community, she was awarded the Joan Heimbecker Memorial Scholarship (2016) and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Graduate Scholarship (2016).
Fun fact: Sara loves playing sports, especially basketball and volleyball.