Dr. Sarah Woodruff

Department of Kinesiology

Email: woodruff@uwindsor.caDr. Sarah Woodruff
Phone: (519)253-3000, ext. 4982
Office: H.K. Building Room 112

Community Health, Environment, and Wellness Lab


Postdoctoral Fellow: Propel, University of Waterloo
PhD: Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo (Nutrition)
MSc: University of New Brunswick (Kinesiology)
BPE University of New Brunswick (Kinesiology)

Research Interests

Health & wellness of Canadians
Nutrition and physical activity patterns, behaviours, and attitudes
Environmental influences on health outcomes


I am a multidisciplinary researcher who strives to advance the health and wellness among Canadian children and adolescents.  More specifically, I am a community-based researcher who investigates the environmental influences (e.g., family, peers, school, media) on nutrition, physical activity, body image, and other health outcomes. Much of my research is done in partnership with various public health units, the Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA), Leadership Advancement for Women and Sport (LAWS), and the Ontario Student Nutrition Program.

Recent Papers

  1. Reagan R, Woodruff SJ, Seabrook J, Gilliland J. A randomized control trial of a Canadian-based school food program on the home environment. Health Promo Int. 2022; 37: 1-12.

  2. Coyne P, Kustra E, Woodruff SJ. Let’s talk about it: Digital approaches for disseminating and communicating health research and innovation. J Public Health Man Pract. 2022; 28(5): 541-9.

  3. Colley P, Seabrook J, Woodruff SJ, Gilliland J. Examining elementary school children’s knowledge about food and nutrition in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Can J Diet Pract Research. 2022; 83(2): 59-67.

  4. Coyne P, Santarossa S, Dufour E, Greenham C, Woodruff SJ. #BodyIssue: An analysis of the conversation surrounding the 2016 and 2017 ESPN’s Body Issue men athletes on Instagram. Social Media in Society. 2022; 11(1):46-59.

  5. Coyne P, Ely F, Fiala J, Monroe-Chandler KJ, Woodruff SJ. The effectiveness of infographics at disseminating health-related information during the Covid-19 pandemic. Health Fitness J Can. 2021; 14(4): 3-9.

  6. Coyne P, Staffell Z, Woodruff SJ. Recreational screen-time use among a small sample of Canadians during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Int J Enviro Res Public Health. 2021; 18(23):12664.

  7. Santarossa S, Coyne P, Woodruff SJ.  A case study using Instagram to create an online learning environment. J of Social Media for Learning. 2021; 2(1): 3-16.

  8. Woodruff SJ, Coyne P, St. Pierre E. Stress, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour within the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic. J App Psychol: Health and Well-being. 2021; 13(2): 454-68.