Ms. Alysha Harvey
Research Coordinator


Research Coordinator

Degrees and Certifications:

  • M.Sc. candidate Human Kinetics – University of Ottawa
  • B.Sc. (Honours) Kinesiology and Health Sciences   – York University
  • PMP – Project Management Professional

Projects in Progress:

  • Activity Begins in Childhood – a daycare physical activity intervention
  • The Maternal Obesity Management (MOM) Trial – a pregnancy specific pilot RCT

Completed Projects:

  • Preschoolers Activity Trial (an examination of the implementation of Healthy Opportunities for Preschoolers program – a daycare physical activity intervention pilot)
  • Evaluation of the ‘Freggie Fridays Program’ in Ottawa Schools


Alysha Harvey has an Honours B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University, is a certified Personal Trainer, and a certified Project Manager (PMP). At the age of 21, while completing her Bachelor of Science, she started her own business in health and fitness, working with elite athletes as well as the general population, including children. In addition to personal training and conducting fitness assessments, Alysha worked as a Kinesiologist in a clinical environment, aiding patients in rehabilitation. Alysha continued her interest in sport via sports event management, working on projects with Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League, the OHL, the IIHF, and the OWHA, including: National Junior Hockey Team Selection Camps, pre-Olympic tour of the Women’s Olympic Hockey Team of the People’s Republic of China, and bidding for the Memorial Cup on behalf of several OHL teams. Alysha also broadcasted on the Fan Radio Network for the National Women’s Hockey TSN Challenge, Team Canada vs. Team USA. In developing her business acumen, Alysha pursued additional project management work in the private and not-for-profit sector for several years, while still maintaining her connection to health, fitness, and sport. Alysha joined HALO as a Research Coordinator in 2010, assisting Dr. Kristi Adamo and Dr. Gary Goldfield with research in childhood obesity, including studies in physical activity intervention amongst preschoolers and maternal obesity management.


Colley RC, Harvey A, Grattan KP, Adamo KB: Impact of accelerometer epoch length on physical activity and sedentary behaviour outcomes for
preschool-aged children. Health Rep 2014, 25:3–9.

Adamo, K. B., Grattan, K., Harvey, A., Naylor, P., Temple, V., Wilson, S., & Goldfield, G. (2013). Does a physical activity daycare intervention impact body composition and gross motor skills? A pilot randomized control trial. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37, S262-S263.

Adamo, K. B., Goldfield, G. S., Colapinto, C. K., Grattan, K. P., Harvey, A., & Barrowman, N. (2013). Evaluating a fruit and vegetable program in eastern Ontario schools. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 74 (4), 167-174.

Goldfield, G. S., Harvey, A., Grattan, K. P., & Adamo, K. B. (2012). Physical activity promotion in the preschool years: A critical period to intervene. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 9, 1326-1342.


Goldfield, G.S., Harvey, A, Grattan, K.P., Colley, R., Alberga, A.S., Ferraro, Z.M., Temple, V.A., Naylor, P.J., Barrowman, N, Adamo, K.B. The Preschoolers Activity Trial (PAT): A Randomized Controlled Trial of Physical Activity Intervention in the Early Years. European Academy of Pediatrics in Istanbul Turkey