Aidan Kerr

BSc Honours with Specialization in Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at Queen’s University studying Kinesiology. My academic interests primarily relate to the topic of health through a holistic philosophy. Specific areas of interest include positive health outcomes associated with youth sport, individual level health behavior change, and the impacts of social determinants of health on populations. Although I am always very open to learning more about any and all aspects of health, my primary interest concerning health are the effects of spending time in outdoor settings (nature, outdoor recreation, etc.) on mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Outdoor pursuits are also where many of my hobbies lie.

I am currently a grateful intern under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Masuda and Magnus Nowell working on the Kingston Playground Accessibility Project. This project aims to conceptualize the lived experiences of parents/ guardians and young children living in what we call ‘Playground Deserts’ within the Kingston area. Ideally, this project will result in evidence-based recommendations to the city of Kingston and policy makers who determine the distribution of funds for the maintenance of pre-existing playgrounds and the creation of new ones. Hopefully, these recommendations will result in a more equitable distribution of quality playgrounds amongst the Kingston population, and subsequent equitable access to playgrounds for youth. I believe this is very important as research has shown the type of ‘play’ that occurs in these settings can result in significant beneficial developmental outcomes in youth.

Following my internship, I aspire to continue research in a health-related area or begin a post-undergraduate degree in a healthcare profession. However, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such an incredible and diverse group of individuals, and I look forward to the future with this team.