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Dr. Patricia Weir

Dr. Patricia Weir

Dean of Graduate Studies


E-mail: weir1@uwindsor.caDr. Patricia (Patti) Weir - Professor - Dean of Graduate Studies  - University of Windsor
Phone : (519) 253 - 3000 ext: 2107
Office: Chrysler Hall Tower, Room 306

B.H.K. (University of Windsor)
M.H.K. (University of Windsor)
Ph.D. (University of Waterloo)


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 is the Past-President of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS).  Since 2012 she has been the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, and the Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Association for 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

Sample Publications (Last 5 years): *denotes student

Liffiton, J*., Baker, J., Horton, S., & Weir, P. (2012) (doi:10.1007/s11556-012-0098-0) Successful Aging:  How does physical activity influence engagement with life?  European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 9, 103-108

Smith, K*., Carr, K*., Wiseman, A.*, Calhoun, K.*, McNevin, N., & Weir, P. (2012). Are barriers the reason Canadian seniors do not participate in physical activity? Journal of Aging Research. doi: 10.1155/2012/890679. Special Issue – Disease Prevention and Physical Activity. 8 pages

Dixon J, Liburdi V*, Weir PL, Horton S, (2013). "An examination of the impact of relative age effects and academic timing on intercollegiate athletics participation in women’s softball", Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 6(2), 147-163

van Wyk PM*, Weir PL, Andrews DM, (2013). "Manual patient transfers used most often by nurses are consistent with their perceptions of transfer training, and performance confidences", Work, doi: 0.3233/WOR-131

Smith K*, Weir, PL, (2013)."An examination of the relative age effect in developmental girls’ hockey in Ontario", High Ability Studies, 23(2), 171-84

Lemez S*, Baker J, Horton S, Wattie N, Weir PL, (2013)."Examining the relationship between relative age, competition level, and dropout rates in male youth icehockey players", Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, doi:10.1111/sms.121

Wiseman AC*, Bracken N*, Horton S, Weir PL, (2013). "The difficulty of talent identification: Inconsistency among coaches when identifying talent in youth hockey players", International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

Carr K*, Weir PL, Azar D, Azar N, "Universal design: A step toward successful aging", Journal of Aging Research, doi:10.1155/2013/324

Meisner BJ*, Weir PL, Baker J, (2013). "The relationship between aging expectations and various modes of physical activity among aging adults", Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14(4), 569-576

Lemez, S.*, Baker, J., Horton, S., Wattie, N., & Weir, P.L. (2014).  Examining the relationship between relative age, competition level, and dropout rates in male youth ice-hockey players.  Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 24(6), 935-942. doi: 10.1111/sms.12127.

Young, B.W., & Weir, P.L. (2015).  Maturing with masters athletes:  Tracing the evolution of empirical research on aging sport experts.  International Journal of Sport Psychology, 46.  doi: 10.7352/IJSP 2015.46.

Carr, K.*, & Weir, P. (2016).  A qualitative description of successful aging through different decades of older adulthood. Aging and Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1226764