Introducing the Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health

“I look at how exercise and positive lifestyle can improve health, reduce costs to the health-care system, and create prosperous developments in society,” explains Dr. William Montelpare, UPEI’s newly appointed Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health.

 Dr. Montelpare’s research programs will be directed toward issues in public health and exercise science, with a specific focus on injury prevention in sport and recreational pursuits, as well as promoting daily quality physical activity, balanced energy consumption, and tobacco exposure avoidance.

“One area I’m looking at is concussion in sport,” says Dr. Montelpare, “which is something that recently has leapt from the sports page to the front page in the newspaper. My research looks at reducing the risk of concussion, but also at increasing the accuracy of determining when someone is ready to return to play.”

Dr. Montelpare will work with athletes, including university athletes at UPEI.

“Prevention is obviously our first goal,” says Dr. Montelpare, “but I am also working on a new, novel technique to evaluate damage to the brain after concussion. Current techniques use memory tests and neurological examinations. I’m developing a subcortical test that appears to be more accurate at making an estimation of when an athlete can safely return to play after an event.”

Dr. Bill Montelpare completed his PhD from the University of Toronto in Community Health, specializing in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Exercise Science. He was the first director of the Health Studies Program at Brock University and was later appointed as director of the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University. There, Dr. Montelpare worked with colleagues in Nursing and Professional Studies to create the first Masters in Public Health (MPH) program in Canada.

Dr. Montelpare’s research is ongoing in the areas of evaluation of maternal/neonatal and child health with a specific emphasis on health in the early years (ages 1-5). A major research focus includes health promotion through the delivery of health science education in the elementary school classroom, as well as the development of web-based applications for data capture, data analysis, and dissemination of findings leading to the development of approaches for health surveillance as well as for the development of online delivery of curriculum.

Contact: Dave Atkinson,, (902)620-5117