We Collaborate

We welcome any researcher as an Associate member. Please contact the coordinator (below) or one of the current members and propose a collaborative study that interests you. Thanks.


This research collaboratory is transdisciplinary and researchers bring varied perspective to our collective work.

  1. Danielle Alphonse, indigenous perspective: Faculty Page & Innovation Chair
  2. Virginie Gargano, nature/eco-perspective: Faculty PagePersonal Website 
  3. Steve Javorski, adventure/risk perspective: Faculty Page & Special Projects
  4. Bill Montelpare, health/healthcare perspective: Faculty Page & Research Centre
  5. Simon Priest, coordinator, outdoor perspective: ePortfolio (retired) -- Contact below

Minimum Criteria for Invitation

  1. No fee will be collected for becoming involved in the COTH research collaboratory.
  2. Canadian citizenship or permanent residence in Canada is required to join.
  3. Become involved at one of three levels:
    • PRODUCER: researcher with a track record of evidentiary inferential publications,
    • ASSOCIATE: supportive researcher or graduate student conducting first study, or
    • AFFILIATE: outdoor therapy organizations or individual outdoor therapists.
  4. Only Producers make COTH decisions and are expected to attend regular online meetings.
  5. Associates and Affiliates may be invited to attend occasional relevant meetings as necessary.
  6. Those who attend meetings are responsible for completing assigned/accepted action items.
  7. All levels of involvement are provisional and at the discretion of the COTH Coordinators.
  8. All levels agree to adhere to the following Ground Rules & Operating/Unifying Principles.

Ground Rules & Operating/Unifying Principles

  1. Research studies must be related to at least one form of OUTDOOR THERAPY (adventure, wilderness, nature-based, land-based healing, etc.) directed at empowering, building resilience, lowering stress, restoring attention, developing coping strategies, improving pro-social skills, resolving trauma, transforming behavior, or reducing resistance to change.
  2. Research must be associated with MECHANISMS OF CHANGE (nature immersion, risk/challenge, small teams, therapy engagement, etc.) and/or oriented toward impacting HUMAN HEALTH (spiritual, physical, emotional, relational, mental, social, cognitive, or behavioral well-being).
  3. Research must be conducted altruistically for the sequential  benefit of improving:
    • clients engagement in outdoor therapy (primary),
    • the outdoor therapy profession and its programming (secondary),
    • nature and the environment (tertiary),
    • COTH itself (quaternary), and
    • the individual researchers themselves (last).
  4. Research and communication must be collaborated and expressed with reverence for inclusivity (indigeneity, ethnicity, gender, language, etc.), environmental safeguard, and social justice.
  5. Producers and Associates are free to choose what they study and who they partner with in the collaboratory, however, ongoing involvement means that if they are not directly conducting a study, then they must be prepared to indirectly improve it through feedback and editing contributions.
  6. Affiliates are free to choose whether they wish to participate in each study as subjects, providers of subjects, or by offering support in some other non-monetary manner.
  7. All agree to protect and not exploit the integrity of the COTH, the confidentiality of its data, and the intellectual property of all researchers involved.
  8. Continued involvement is contingent upon living and working by the spirit of these guidelines and the Coordinators' decision is final.


In addition to adhering to the United Nations 1946 definition of health as the presence of a holistic state of complete physical, emotional, mental, cognitive, social, behavioral, self, or spiritual well-being, we are committed to their sustainability goals and affirmation of indigenous rights. Posters courtesy of the United Nations.


More to come....


More to come....

Truth & Reconciliation

We support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, especially on Education: a process which was unfortunately used in the past to oppress indigenous people and misinform all Canadians about indigeneity. Poster courtesy of Brandon University in Manitoba.

CONTACT: s i m o n _ p r i e s t @ y a h o o . c o m (please remove spaces)