Allyssa Costerton-Grant

Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Operations

Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health, School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Office: Arts 331
Phone: 250 807 8161



  • Leading Strategic Projects Programme, University of Oxford, 2020
  • Master of Management, University of British Columbia, 2019
  • Bachelor of Professional Communications, Royal Roads University, 2013

Volunteer Work

  • Board Member, Kelowna General Hospital 2019-Present


Allyssa provides strategic communications and business management skills to the School. She is responsible for the oversight of strategic initiatives that impact local, national and global communities through collaborative educational, research, training, and outreach activities.


Coursework results in resource for students, faculty and staff.

With the goal to provide education and inspiration for healthy eating choices, Dr. Sally Stewart teamed up with campus partners to create the UBCO Cookbook. Together with UBCO Food Service’s Julie Stachiw, RD, students in Dr. Stewart’s 3rd year nutrition course  developed a cookbook which marries delicious recipes with evidence-based nutrition tips. Developed over the period of several years, the collection of recipes are designed to be simple and nourishing.

“I am incredibly proud of the students for putting together a collection of recipes that will help fuel their fellow students’ health, happiness, and academic success,” says Dr. Stewart.

The cookbook is now available at



Virtual 2-day event unites Schools from both campuses to celebrate research

On May 11th and 12th, UBC Vancouver’s School of Kinesiology and UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences partnered to host the annual, student-led conference for graduate student research. The 2-day event is organized by the Graduate Student Societies. This year it showcased 61 presentations from graduate students across both campuses.

The event also features keynote events, physical activity breaks, and social opportunities. On Day 1,  Alex Hutchinson, National Magazine Award-winning journalist presented his talk Beyond Clickbait: Navigating the Challenges of Science Communication and Vancouver-based Yoga Teacher, Neo BaJaafar, hosted a yoga session. On Day 2, the event welcomed a diverse academic-industry panel hosted by Business Development Specialist, Dr. Kennefick, with Mitacs; and, Powwow Dance Workshop with Angela Gladue.

The event also recognizes outstanding presentations through its short oral and long oral presentations, as well as the People’s Choice awards. Congratulations to all 2021 awardees:

Day 1

People’s Choice: Tineke Dineen

Long Oral Presentation

1st  – Kaela Cranston

2nd  – Josh Bovard, Helena Neudorf, Deanna Kanagasingam

Short Oral Presentation

1st: Michael Leahy

2nd: Robert Shaw

3rd: Hira Niazi, Naomi Maldonado-Rodruigez, Kara Crampton

Day 2

People’s Choice: Liisa Wainman

Long Oral Presentation

1st  – Paige Copeland

2nd  – Luke Peddie, Kaja Falkenhain

Short Oral Presentation

1st. Hannah Goodings, Justine Magnuson
3rd: Liam Foulger



Job Classification:
Depending on their program (Masters or PhD) Graduate TA’s will be ranked at the level of GTA I or GTA II

Course Openings:
Various courses within the Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Nursing curricula
Student Eligibility: Must be registered in a Master’s or PhD program
Salary: Markers, GTA I, GTA II per BCGEU agreement

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
Duties and estimated hours of work:

GTA duties may include the following:

  • Marking assignments and exams
  • Managing discussion/tutorial periods
  • Teaching labs/tutorials under supervision of faculty
  • Invigilation duties
  • Academic assistance to students in office hours Estimated hours of work per term: 192

*Positions and the number of hours assigned to GTAs are subject to funding*



Please complete the application form and a cover letter with a statement of relevant experience and a statement of all other academic funding for the academic year 2020-2021 (including scholarship and research assistantship funding). Please return these documents by email to Carli Tingstad by May 31, 2021.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.

Click the link below to download the application form

HES TA Application Form 2021/22

Fellowships recognize early-career researchers who have demonstrated outstanding research achievement

Dr. Jonathan Little is one of six 2020 recipients for the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship program, which was established through a bequest from the late Dorothy J. Killam. The fellowships strengthens UBC’s support for early-career researchers who are ready to launch the next stage of their careers. The fellowships aim to recognize and support exceptional early-career researchers potential for significant impact in their fields of scholarship. Offered on a competitive basis, up to six awards will be made annually through the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund. The support from the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship will advance Dr. Little’s research on the role of inflammation in type 2 diabetes and the benefits of lifestyle interventions.

Learn more.

Dr. Stewart launches training for educators and academics to positively impact student life on campus


University students are vulnerable to a decline in health and well-being during the beginning of their university careers, and throughout their studies. Academics can be overwhelming, and researchers are finding that social isolation is common. To address this growing concern, Dr. Stewart is leading the TEACHERS project. TEACHERS is designed to positively impact the health, education, and resiliency of university students through strategic training of classroom leads.

The project provides faculty with a unique training opportunity to learn and integrate well-being practices into the classroom. This initiative is designed to provide the necessary support and resources to meet the ongoing and changing learning needs of students. The aim is to have all classrooms being facilitative of student and faculty wellbeing.

“TEACHERS is a simple, targeted intervention,” explains Dr. Stewart, Associate Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences. “Using evidence-based practices, we provide critical tools and supports for in-class activities and recommended course logistics, for example, to enhance student resiliency and well-being.”

The TEACHERS Project launched in 2019, and is presently in its second phase of development as a pilot research project. Supported by the UBC Okanagan Provost Office, and a UBC SoTL Seed Grant, Dr. Stewart, and colleague Dr. Jannik Eikannar from the School of Engineering, will investigate the impact of TEACHERS project with the aim to inform and improve student well-being initiatives on campus.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Young Investigator Award (YIA) is presented annually to an outstanding CSEP member who received the PhD or MD degree within the past 10 years.

Congratulations Dr. Jonathan Little for being recognized by CSEP as the 2020 Young Investigator Award winner.

The YIA is awarded to an exceptional member who has demonstrated evidence of a sustainable program of research funding beyond the first grant cycle, publications in peer-reviewed journals that establish the candidate as an independent scientist, and evidence of training of highly qualified personnel. The individual must be acknowledged to have an excellent reputation throughout Canada and to have achieved notable international recognition.

The School is pleased to share with you the 2020/2021 Human Kinetics Student Association executive team. 



Aswathy Kumanan, President

My name is Aswathy and I am very pleased to be your HKSA president this year!

I’m in my 4th year of my Human Kinetics degree. Born and raised in Vancouver, currently finishing my degree from home like most of you out there. I’m hoping to complete my master’s in social work once I graduate. I enjoy venturing out on hikes in our beautiful province, kayaking and travelling!



Cara Johnston, VP

My name is Cara and I am going to be one of your HKSA VP’s this year. I am a third-year student from Sherwood Park, Alberta with hopes to go to medical school after completing my degree. In my free time, I like to play rugby, travel, and downhill ski.




Danika Ungarian, VP
My name is Danika and I am going to one of your HKSA VP’s this year. I am a second year Human Kinetics student and I currently live in Kelowna. With my bachelor’s degree I hope to pursue my studies with a master’s degree in either Physical or Occupational Therapy. My passions are skiing, hiking and travelling.

Dear School of Health and Exercise Sciences community,

Undoubtedly, this September looks different to the typical start to the academic year and we all share some anxieties about how things will unfold. Yet the feeling of excitement that typically comes with “back-to-school” endures. Each year, students and faculty embarking on a new term brings exciting opportunities – opportunities to create new connections, make new friends, deepen our knowledge, and pursue discovery. In the School of Health and Exercise Sciences those opportunities remain, albeit through an electronic interface.

I am tremendously proud of the efforts of faculty, staff and students who have worked over the summer to ensure that the experience –for both undergraduate and graduate students alike – will not just be online; we have taken steps and created new avenues of connection and communication to help our students thrive. To ‘pivot’ has become the cliché of 2020, and yet there is not a more accurate term to describe the ways our School members have sought to turn the obstacles of COVID-19 into opportunities.

Our laboratory team has recreated the laboratory experience online so that our students can still observe and learn about critical hands-on skills. Our practicum office is working with active professionals in the field to develop virtual practicum opportunities, connecting our graduating students with practical experts in their field, and our instructors have rapidly embraced the technology to deliver both synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning activities online.

At the heart of our work is our desire to continually strengthen our communities: Our School community, our campus community, and our global community. For that reason, we are collaborating to welcome thought leaders from across the nation, virtually to the UBC Okanagan campus. Beginning in October, our first community event welcomes Dr. Charlotte Loppie to explore the root determinants of indigenous health inequities.  For our students, faculty and wider community, we are also launching the 2020 UBC Exercise, Kinesiology and Health Seminar Program in collaboration with UBC Vancouver School of Kinesiology to introduce the leaders in our field.

In relation to research within the School, we are working closely with the Faculty and wider institution to re-start a number of face-to-face research programs with a total commitment to safety of our participants and researchers.  We have recently published last year’s research report which provides an overview of the activities and success the School enjoyed in 2019.

Although we have tried to anticipate all of your needs and requirements, and have been working proactively to find solutions to the challenges faced by our community as we work at a distance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or your instructors if you have ideas that would help you to succeed. This situation is new to us all, and it is likely that we have not thought of every scenario or opportunity. In the words of Bonnie Henry, “we are in this together” and we are committed to working with all members of our community to find optimal solutions as we travel through the coming year together.

Over the coming months we will be using multiple virtual media opportunities to connect with the HES community. Notifications for these events will be sent through to students through Canvas, please keep an eye open for these messages and engage with these activities synchronously or asynchronously as works best for you. 2020 is a year like no other, and as a School we uphold our promise to work with you to help you to thrive.

Wishing you all the very best for the upcoming year and asking you to look after yourselves and our community.






It is with great pride that the School shares the success of several of our postdoctoral fellows who have been hired by institutions across Canada. All three began their tenure-track positions on July 1, 2020.

Sean Locke, a postdoctoral fellow supervised by Drs. Mary Jung and Jonathan Little, began his role as Assistant Professor in Kinesiology within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University.

Corliss Bean, postdoctoral fellow from Mary Jung’s lab, is now Assistant Professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University.

Jeremy Walsh, postdoctoral fellow in Jonathan Little’s lab, began his role as Assistant Professor in the Kinesiology Department at McMaster University.