Dr. Wheeler is an Exercise Physiologist and Chartered Psychologist. He is currently the Manager of Research and Counselling at the Steadward Centre, and is a member of the International Paralympic Committee, Sport Science Committee. Born in England, Dr. Wheeler began his career in the health and fitness industry as a Physical Education Instructor at the King’s School in Gloucester, England. He moved to Canada in 1981 to begin a Master’s Degree in Physical Education at the University of Alberta, completing in 1984. In 1989 he completed his Doctoral in Physical Education in the area of exercise, training, hormonal responses to exercises, and dietary behaviour of individuals in exercise programs.
In 1993, Dr. Wheeler completed his Masters Degree in Educational Psychology with a specialty in Counselling Psychology. He now works as a Psychologist with the Steadward Centre and the Glenrose Rehabilitation hospital. As well, he instructs in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation in both academic and physical activity courses and is a fitness instructor for Campus Recreation at the University of Alberta. He conducts research in both the biological and social science areas. He has been an active contributor to the CSEP and FACA organizations in the development of the Canadian Physical Activity Fitness and Lifestyle appraisal systems for able bodied and persons with disability.
In recognition of services to Albertans and Canadians in the health and lifestyle area, Dr. Wheeler was awarded the Dr. Erwn Bako Award in 2000 and the CSEP/FACA National Recognition Award in 2001.
Dr. Wheeler also works through the Listen International Speaker Agency and with the “Live It Up” Weight Management Program as a regular speaker on the subject of exercise programs and adherence.