The Executive Team

Laryssa Kemp
President
Laryssa is a second-year MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Benoit in the Clinical Biomechanics Research Unit. Her research is focused on identifying different muscular and ligament contributions to knee stability using an in vitro knee simulator. Her council responsibilities include overseeing general functions of the council, acting as the chairperson for all council meetings and representing HKGSA in the uOttawa community. When she’s not in the lab, Laryssa is often out running or skiing and enjoying the outdoors.
Julia Hussien
Vice-President of Council Activities
Julia is a second-year MSc student Under the supervision of Dr. Diane Ste-Marie. Her research is focused on designing an educational intervention to teach Ottawa physiotherapists how to implement external focus of attention statements in their practice to improve the rehabilitation of their patients. Additionally, she is involved in research observing how yoga therapy improves autonomic nervous functioning in cancer survivors. Her council responsibilities include overseeing the activities of the executive and general councils, bringing attention to, and voicing concerns of the student body to the HKGSA executive committee, promoting events, and representing HKGSA at the School of Human Kinetics’ graduate council meetings. After hours, you can find Julia catching up with friends over a bourbon old fashioned.
Jean-Michel Bouchard
Vice-President of Finance
Jean-Michel is a second-year MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Erin Cressman. His research focuses on understanding the processes underlying motor adaptation and manipulating their contributions in a visuomotor task. His council responsibilities include the proper management of the association’s funds, maintaining a detailed account of incoming and outgoing funds, seeking internal and external funding strategies, and preparing a yearly budget. In his spare time, Jean-Michel can be found lounging by a water source, hiking a national park, or losing at Monopoly.
Jenson Price
Vice-President of Academics
Jenson is a second-year MA student under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Brunet in the area of exercise and health psychology. Her research focuses on the impact of telehealth interventions to improve health behaviours in rural, young adult cancer survivors. Jenson’s council responsibilities involve organizing academic events such as workshops and the annual graduate student research conference. When not in the lab, Jenson can be found doing yoga or eating pizza.
Ryan Featherstone
Vice-President of Social
Ryan is a second-year MSc student working under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput in physiology. His research focuses on the effects of sleep on mental health problems. Ryan arranges all aspects of social functions, including the planning, marketing and promotion strategies for all social events such as orientation week, the winter semi-formal, and the year-end social. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing hockey, poker, and travelling the world.
Tami Morgan
Vice-President of Communications
Tami is a second-year MA student working under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Fortier in exercise psychology. Her research focuses on mental health and burnout in medical students and the link between physical activity and burnout. Her council responsibilities include organizing mass emails to all students and professors for the HKGSA newsletter, responding to emails, as well as managing the HKGSA website and social media accounts. Outside the lab, you can find Tami at the gym, in nature, singing in her band, or running for an extended period of time.