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Lori Livingston

Dean; Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3000
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5


Research topics

  • Sport officiating
  • clinical biomechanics
  • injury prevention
  • rehabilitation
  • validity, reliability and accuracy of clinical measurements
  • sport coaching

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Dr. Livingston’s research follows two main lines of inquiry: clinical biomechanics and ergonomics, and sports officiating, injury prevention and rule enforcement. She has explored the relationship between bilateral asymmetries (e.g. morphological, functional) and lower-limb injuries. She is also interested in understanding the factors (e.g. equipment, athlete behaviour, regulation enforcement) that contribute to catastrophic sport injuries. Her other main line of research inquiry explores the factors that contribute to retention and attrition in amateur sport officiating. 

    Dr. Livingston completed a dual undergraduate degree in Biology and Physical Education (BA/BPHE) with Distinction from Queen’s University in 1982; a Master of Science (MSc) in Biomechanics from Queen’s University in 1984; and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1990. She came to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology from Lakehead University where she served as Dean and Full Professor in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. In 2015 she was invited to contribute three chapters to the new Grade 12 Kinesiology textbook for the Ontario high school curriculum. Her background has a diverse combination of research projects, papers and presentations with points of emphasis in areas of teaching, research and administration.

  • Publications

    For a comprehensive list of publications, visit ResearchGate.

    Livingston, L.A. & Forbes, S.L. (writing). Resilience, motivations for participation, and perceived organizational support for female sport officials.

    Forbes. S.L. & Livingston, L.A. (in revision). "Just bounce right back up and dust yourself off.": Participation motivations, resilience, and perceived organizational support amongst Canadian amateur baseball umpires. SBR Journal.

    Livingston, L.A., Forbes, S.L., Pearson, N., Wattie, N., & Varian, P. (writing). Sport officiating: What we know, what we don't know, and where does the research agenda need to go from here. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching.

    Livingston, L.A., & Forbes, S.L. (2017). Resilience, motivations for participation, and perceived organizational support for aesthetic sport officials. Journal of Sport Behavior, 40. 43-67.

    Livingston, L.A. & Forbes, S.L. (2016). Factors contributing to the retention of Canadian amateur sport officials: Motivations, perceived organizational support, and resilience. International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching, 11, 342-355.

  • Research collaborators
    • Baseball Canada
    • Sports Officials Canada
    • The RBC First Office for Injury Prevention, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Courses taught
    • Advanced Research Methods in the Social and Natural Sciences
    • Measurement and Instrumentation in Human Movement Analysis
    • Biomechanics
    • Advanced Biomechanics
    • Theory of Officiating
    • Human Growth and Motor Development
  • Education
    • PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, 1990
    • Master of Science, Biomechanics, Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, 1984
    • BA/BPHE, Biology-Physical Education (with distinction), Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, 1982