Campus Directory: Lesley Brown

University of Lethbridge

Lesley Brown
Vice-Prov & Assoc VP Academic
Vice President Academic
Office: A772 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2249
Fax: (403) 380-1839
Balance Research Lab
Room: PE234 (Physical Education Building)
Phone: (403) 382-7106


B.P.E. (Physical Education); M.K.H. (Human Kinetics); Ph.D. (Kinesiology)


The aging process, Balance, Locomotion, Falling, Fear of falling, Attention, Anxiety, Parkinson's Disease

Research Areas

Effect of music on walking abilities in patients with Parkinson's Disease, Exploring fear of falling as a risk factor for falls in the elderly

Previous Research Areas

Attention and postural control in the elderly

Selected Publications

In The Media

Research is in motion at U of L; Lethbridge Herald; February 6, 2007.

Music to the ears of Parkinson's disease?; Lethbridge Herald; April 27, 2006.

CFI 2006 The Researchers. Connecting Fitness and Balance; Legend; January 2003.

Unique Parkinson's Disease Research Receives $255,000 Grant; News Release; August 23, 2001.

Fear of Falling; AHFMR Research News; Winter 2001.

Research Interests

Dr. Brown's research contributes to the quest for a better understanding of the aging process. She is particularly interested in the degeneration of balance control that is associated with aging and attributed as being a primary contributor to the prevalence of falling in older adults. Dr. Brown views her research as serving two purposes: (1) to provide insight into the causes of falls in older adults and (2) to provide information that will aid in the development of new interventions for fall prevention.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Contribution of attention to fall risk in older adults who fear falling Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), $91,375, 2006-11.

Lesley Brown, University of Lethbridge Bin Hu, University of Calgary; Ian Whishaw, University of Lethbridge; Cam Teskey, University of Calgary; Oksana Suchowersky, University of Calgary; Zelma Kiss, University of Calgary
Kinesophobia in Cardiac Patients University of Lethbridge Research Fund, $7,295, 2006-08.

Sensory cueing, neuroplasticity and Parkinson's disease rehabilitation Canadian Institutes of Health Research, $1.5 million, 2006-11.

Lesley Brown, University of Lethbridge Lesly Brown, University of Lethbridge; Jon Doan, University of Lethbridge; Sharleen Hoar, University of Lethbridge
The Southern Alberta Centre for Successful Aging Research: Meeting the needs of a changing demographic" Canadian Foundation for Innovation, $405,588, 2007.

Lesley Brown, University of Lethbridge Jennifer Copeland, University of Lethbridge; J. Doan, University of Lethbridge
Upgrade to existing infrastructure (PEAK Motion Analysis system) Parkinson's Society of Canada, $10,000, 2007.

Lesley Brown, University of Lethbridge Jon Doan, University of Lethbridge

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Improving quality of life among the elderly and patients with Parkinson's disease Medical Services Incorporated, Foundation of Alberta 2004

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