May 11, 2020
Professor Barb Anderson (’77) is Director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University. Her background in Public Health Nutrition and Management has framed her teaching interests in: Adult Learning applied to Nutrition and Dietetic Practice; Leadership in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics; Health Promotion; and Community Nutrition. She is also interested in student learning related to reconnecting nutrition to food issues, especially food sustainability. A former President of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association, Chair of Dietitians of Canada, and President of the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, Barb is also a Fellow of Dietitians of Canada and a Life Member of both the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada.
Dr. Kathryn Bell is a clinical psychologist in the Psychology Department at Acadia University. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Western Michigan University and did post-doctoral work in the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Bell's primary research interests centre on the investigation of risk and resiliency factors associated with interpersonal violence, including intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault. She recently received grant funding for two projects investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on coping, mental well-being, and interpersonal conflict. Dr. Bell is a registered psychologist in Nova Scotia with clinical expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety and addictions.
Dr. Jonathan Fowles is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Acadia University and currently Chair of the National Advisory Council for Exercise is Medicine Canada. He is also a scientific affiliate with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and leads ‘Exercise is Medicine’ initiatives in health care and the workplace in the province. His work through the Centre of Lifestyle Studies at Acadia has focused on promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyle behaviours to improve health. Dr. Fowles has spearheaded initiatives with many national and regional health organizations to increase capacity for physical activity counselling by health care providers and to raise standards and improve actions of exercise professionals in society.
Dr. Anna Robbins is Dean of Theology at Acadia University and President of the Acadia Divinity College. A two-time Acadia graduate, Dr. Robbins holds a Master of Religious Education (’93) and Master of Arts - Theology (’97) as well as a PhD from the University of Wales. She is passionate about helping people engage in matters of contemporary culture and faith and, through a wide spectrum of service as an ordained minister, a faculty member with the London School of Theology in the UK, a theological consultant to faith-based organizations, and as a faculty member and academic leader at Acadia, Dr. Robbins has inspired audiences to examine real-life issues from the perspective of faith.