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About Jennifer D. Irwin

Dr. Jennifer Irwin is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Health Studies, Western University (formerly called The University of Western Ontario). She is also a certified life coach with the International Coach Federation and has focused training in Motivational Interviewing. Her areas of specialization include: Motivational Interviewing and life coaching for health-related behaviour change (e.g., obesity-, stress-, and smoking-related behaviours); the promotion of physical activity and healthy dietary intake behaviours; and the mental health and resilience of university students.


Present Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University

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Honors and Awards

  • Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award
  • Teaching Honour Roll for The Bank of Nova Scotia, The UWO Alumni Association and the University Students’ Council (USC) Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Leadership in Wellness Award
  • The Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Faculty of Health Sciences’ Teaching Award of Excellence for Full-time Faculty
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Top 10% Instructor Award
  • Canadian Obesity Network Student and New Professional Faculty Supervision Award
  • Recognition of Excellence for Exemplary Contribution to Teaching (top 10% of Bachelor of Health Sciences [BHSC] Program)
  • Lowery Award for Excellence, Hard Work, and Dedication Amongst the BHSc Faculty (BHSc Student Council)
  • Faculty Retention and Research Initiative (FRRI) Award
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Certificate of Appreciation
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST)


  • HS 9721Y: Current Topics in Health Promotion
  • HS 4200G: Advanced Health Promotion
  • HS 2250A: Introduction to Health Promotion


2002 PhD, University of Waterloo ‐ Health Studies
1996 MA, Dalhousie University ‐ Health Education
1994 BA, Wilfrid Laurier University ‐ Physical Education

Contact Information

Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Health Studies, Room 338
Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building
Western University
London, Ontario, CANADA
N6A 5B9
(519) 661-2111 ext. 88367 (phone)
(519) 850-2432 (fax)


Books (6)

Chapters and Submissions in Books (2)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals (132)