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Meghann Lloyd

Associate Professor

Research Associate, Grandview Children's Centre

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 2051
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 5308

Research topics

  • physical activity and motor development in children with and without disabilities
  • interaction of fundamental motor skills and physical activity
  • Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • pediatric obesity in children with and without disabilities
  • early intervention


Dr. Meghann Lloyd earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and a Master of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She completed her PhD at the University of Michigan in the Division of Kinesiology specifically within the Center for Motor Behavior and Pediatric Disabilities in Ann Arbor.

Following her PhD, she completed a short postdoctoral fellowship in Michigan before moving to back to Canada to join the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. She joined UOIT in 2010 and was appointed a Research Associate at Grandview Children’s Centre in 2011.


  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • Master of Arts McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
  • PhD University of Michigan

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Growth and Motor Development
  • Motor Behaviour and Developmental Disabilities
  • Research Practicum I
  • Selected Topics in Physical Activity and Health

Courses taught (past and present) at the graduate level:

  • Program Evaluation

Research and expertise

Research area of specialty:

  • Interaction of motor skills and physical activity in children with and without disabilities.

Research background and interests:

Dr. Lloyd's research takes a multidisciplinary approach to investigating physical activity and motor development of infants and young children with and without disabilities. At Acadia University and the University of Michigan, she studied physical activity, motor development and physical education inclusion strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders. At McGill University, she researched self-regulation strategies for boys between the ages of 10 and 12 with and without developmental co-ordination disorder. Her doctoral dissertation investigated patterns of physical activity in preschool age children with and without Down syndrome and the relationship between physical activity and fundamental motor skills in these populations. At the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) her work was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and focused on developing a comprehensive assessment tool of physical literacy.

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  • Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Grandview Children’s Centre, Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth, and Lake Ridge Community Support Services for service delivery and The University of Ontario Institute of Technology – Lloyd, M. Durham ABA-Based Services and Supports for Children and Youth with ASD. 
    • July 2011 to July 2016, $1.2 million per year,
  • Canadian Centre for Disability Studies, Lloyd, M (principal investigator), Temple, V (University of Victoria) (co-investigator). International Comparisons of Body Mass Index among Special Olympics Athletes.
    • January 2011 to January 2012, $5,000.
  • Special Olympics Canada Research Grant, Lloyd, M (principal investigator, Bluechardt, M (co-investigator). The Relationship Between Fundamental Motor Skills and Physical Activity in 6-10 year old Children With and Without Down Syndrome.
    • August 20120 to August 2011, $25,000.
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO) – Startup/Feasibility Funds, Colley, R (principal investigator). Lloyd, M (co-investigator). Understanding the Factors that Enable or Inhibit Physical Activity Engagement in Obese and Non-obese Children.
    • January 2010 to January 2011, $29,025.
  • Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant (Priority Announcement for New Investigators), Lloyd, M (principal investigator),Tremblay, M (co-investigator). Creation of a Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy: Development and Validation.
    • April 2009 to April 2010, $74,927 (one year)
  • CHEO Research Institute Start-up/Feasibility Funds, Lloyd, M (principal investigator),Tremblay, M (co-investigator). Assessment of Physical Literacy: Feasibility and Pilot Study.
    • January 2009 to December 2009, $30,000.
  • Master of Health Science (MHSc) thesis supervisor for Emily Bremer (2012-in progress) – Working title: Investigating a Motor Skill Intervention for Preschool Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Master of Health Science (MHSc) thesis supervisor for Ashley Thompson (2011-in progress) – Working title: Constraint-induced Movement Therapy as Rehabilitation for Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Day Camp Model.


  • Selected publications
    • Lloyd, M, Temple, VA and Foley, JT (2012). International BMI Comparison of Children and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities Participating in Special Olympics. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(6), 1708-1714. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.04.014.
    • Larouche, R, Lloyd, M, Knight, E and Tremblay, MS (2011). Relationship Between Active School Transport and Body Mass Index in Grades 4-6 children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 23, 322-330.
    • Ulrich, DA, Burghardt, AR, Lloyd, M, Tiernan, C and Hornyak, J (2011). Physical Activity Benefits of Learning to Ride a Two-Wheel Bicycle in Children with Down Syndrome. Physical Therapy, 91(10), 1463-1477.
    • Lloyd, M, MacDonald, M and Lord, C (published online May 24, 2011). Motor Skills of Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. AUTISM Published ahead of print May 24, 2011. DOI: 10.117/a362361311402230.
    • Lloyd, M, Colley, R and Tremblay, M (2010). Perhaps We’re Riding the Wrong Animal: Advancing the Debate on Fitness Testing for Children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 22(2), 176-182.
    • Tremblay, M and Lloyd, M (2010). Physical Literacy Measurement – The Missing Piece. Physical and Health Education Journal, 76(1), 26-30.
    • Lloyd, M, Burghardt, A, Ulrich, DA and Angulo-Barroso, RM (2010). Physical Activity and Walking Onset in Infants with Down Syndrome. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 27(1), 1-16.
    • Angulo-Barroso, RM, Burghardt, A, Lloyd, M and Ulrich, DA (2008). Physical Activity in Infants with Down Syndrome Receiving a Treadmill Intervention. Infant Behavior and Development, 31(2), 255-269.
    • Ulrich, DA, Lloyd, M, Tiernan, C, Looper, J and Angulo-Barroso, RM (2008). The Effects of Intensity of Treadmill Training on Developmental Outcomes and Stepping in Infants with Down Syndrome. Physical Therapy, 88(1) 114-122.
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