Dennis Valdez

Health and Physical Education

PhD, University of Calgary
MS, University of Florida
BA, York University

Position: Assistant Professor

Office: U243D
Phone: 403.440.8669
Fax: 403.440.6744
E-mail: dvaldez@mtroyal.ca



Dennis completed his Bachelor in Kinesiology and Health Sciences in 1998 at York University. In 1998, he earned the credentials of a Certified Athletic Therapist in Canada (CAT(C)), Certified Athletic Trainer in the USA (ATC), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He began his teaching career as a community First Aid/CPR Instructor through the Canadian Red Cross. He went on earn a Masters of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (MS) at the University of Florida in 2003, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences – Medical Education) in 2013.

His Master's thesis explored the physical and biomechanical differences between the preferred and non-preferred legs. For his dissertation, he investigated the impact of adjusting feedback parameters on knowledge and performance development in athletic therapy students using high-fidelity simulation.

Current Work:
Dennis has been a full-time instructor at MRU since 2009. He currently teaches the following courses in the Advanced Certificate of Athletic Therapy Program: Peripheral Joint Assessment, Field Practicum I, and Field Practicum II.

Instructor Profile:
Since 1998, Dennis has been a First Aid/CPR Instructor with the Canadian Red Cross. From 2000-2001, Dennis worked at the University of Toronto’s David L. MacIntosh Sports Injury Clinic as the Head Therapist for Football and the Men's Volleyball teams, as well as a Clinical Instructor for athletic therapy and physical education students. From 2001-2003, while completing his Masters degree at the University of Florida and working with the Intramural and Club Sports programs, he was a clinical instructor for undergraduate athletic training students and a teaching assistant for the following course: Emergency Care, Modalities, and Assessment.

Community Service/Research Interests:
Currently, Dennis is the Chair of the Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association's Education Committee, sits as an exam developer on the Canadian Board of Certification in Athletic Therapy, and is a Director at Large for MRU’s Athletic Therapy Alumni Chapter. He is the past President MRU’s Royally Speaking Toastmasters Club, and sits on several committees within MRU’s Faculty Association, the Faculty of Health and Community Studies, and the Department of Health and Physical Education.

Dennis has worked as an athletic therapist for a variety of local events such as Calgary high school football and wrestling, as well as national events (Canadian Field Hockey championships) and international events ( World Karate Championships). He continues to enhance his clinical skills by completing workshops related to manual therapy and exercise prescription. He also attends webinars and workshops related to simulation, debriefing, and e-technology to enhance his teaching skills.

Dennis’ primary research interests include debriefing and feedback strategies that optimize competency development, assessment techniques to measure competency, and concussion assessment and management.