Dr. Patricia Weir

Dean of Graduate Studies


E-mail: weir1@uwindsor.caA person standing against a background of green grass and a building
Phone : (519) 253 - 3000 ext. 2109 
Office: Chrysler Hall North 



Ph.D. (University of Waterloo)
MHK (University of Windsor)
BHK (University of Windsor)

Dr. Weir has been a faculty member in the department since 1991. During that time, she has taught at the undergraduate level in the areas of Human Performance, Motor Learning and Control, Human Movement and Aging, and Physical Activity for Special Populations.

Her research interests lie in identifying changes in motor performance with age, and the factors that contribute to successful aging. Dr. Weir has published articles in a variety of journals including, the Journal of Motor Behavior, Developmental Neuropsychology, The International Journal of Sport Psychology, and Motor Control. She has served as the President of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), the Chair of the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, and Vice-President for the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. She recently served as Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic before returning to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

Areas of Research Interest

  • The role of physical activity and engagement on successful aging
  • Skill acquisition and expertise across the lifespan
  • Sport commitment, motivation and lifelong training in Masters athletes
  • The role of perception in video-based posture assessment

Selected Publications

Smith, K.L.*, Bélanger, M., Chittle, L., Dixon, J.C., Horton, S., & Weir, P. (2022).  Does relative age influence organized sport and unorganized physical activity participation in a cohort of adolescents?  Sports, 10(7), 97.  doi.org/10.3390/sports10070097

Smith, K.L.* & Weir, P.L. (2022).  An examination of relative age and athlete dropout in female developmental soccer. Sports, 10(5), 79.  doi.org/10.3390/sports10050079

Smith, K.L.*, & Weir, P.L. (2020).  The underdog hypothesis and relative age effects. In Dixon, J.C., Horton, S., Chittle, L., & Baker, J. (Eds.) Relative age effects in sport: International perspectives (pp. 71-82). London: Routledge.

Weir, P.L., van Wyk, P.M., Smith, K.L.*, Deneau, J., & Horton, S. (2020).  Aging and involvement in sport and physical activity.  In P. Crocker, C. Sabiston, M. McDonough (Eds.).  Sport and Exercise Psychology (4th ed.). (pp. 247-268). Toronto, Pearson Canada.

Smith, K.L.*, & Weir, P.L. (2020).  Female youth soccer participation and continued engagement:  Associations with community size, community density and relative age.  Frontiers in Sport and Active Living, 2, 10 pp. doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2020.552597

Horton, S., Dionigi, R., Gard, M., Baker, J., Weir, P., & Deneau. J. (2019).  “You can sit in the middle or be one of the outliers”: Older male athletes and the complexities of social comparison. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 14 pp. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02617

Carr, K.*, & Weir, P. (2019). A conceptual model of changing engagement profiles throughout the decades of older adulthood.  Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 16 pp. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02535.

Smith, K.L.*, Weir, P., Till, K., Romann, M., & Cobley, S.  (2018). A systematic review and meta-analysis of relative age in female sport.  Sport Medicine, 48, 1451-1478. doi.org/10.1007/s40279-018-0890-8

Horton, S., Baker, J., Weir, P., Gard, M., & Dionigi, R. (2018) “Don’t sit back with the geraniums, get out”: The complexity of older women’s stories of sport participation.  Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 4(1), 24-51.

Carr, K.*, Smith, K.*, Weir, P., & Horton, S. (2018).  Sport, physical activity, and ageing:  Are we on the right track?    In R. Dionigi & M. Gard (Eds.). Sport & Physical Activity Across the Lifespan:  Critical Perspectives (pp. 317-346). UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chittle, L., Horton, S., Weir, P., Dixon, J.C. (2017). Investigating the relationship between the relative age effect and leadership behaviors among male ice hockey players. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52(6), 751-768. doi: 10.1177/1012690215616271

Carr, K.*, & Weir, P. (2017).  A qualitative description of successful aging through different decades of older adulthood. Aging and Mental Health, 21(12), 1317-1325.

Wiseman, A.*, & Weir, P. (2017). Adolescents’ relationship between physical education and longitudinal physical activity trends.  Advances in Physical Education, 7(3), 286-302. doi:10.4236/ape.2017.73023

Chittle, L., Horton, S., Weir, P., & Dixon, J. (2017). Exploring the relationship between the relative age effect and youth development among male house league ice hockey players.  Journal of Amateur Sport, 3(1), 79-95.

Gard, M., Dionigi, R., Horton, S., Baker, J., Weir, P., & Dionigi, C. (2017).  The normalisation of sport for older people.  Annals of Leisure Research, 20(3), 253-272. doi:10.1080/11745398.2016.1250646