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Michael O'leary

Michael O'Leary

Dean, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Program Area: Community Studies, Education, Health Sciences, Public Safety

Office: B208, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Davis Campus
Phone: (905) 459-7533 Ext. 5001


Dr. Michael O’Leary has extensive experience within the post-secondary education system in Ontario. Dr. O’Leary began teaching as a part-time, and then a full-time faculty member at Humber College in 2007 in the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism. During his time as a faculty member, Michael taught multiple courses in the Kinesiology, Fitness and Health Promotion, Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management (ESLM), and Massage Therapy programs. Subsequent to these teaching appointments, he was appointed Program Head of Kinesiology (2010-2013) at the University of Guelph-Humber and then took on the role as Associate Dean in the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (2012-2014) and in the School of Health Sciences (2014-2017). In the fall of 2017, Dr. O’Leary joined the Sheridan community as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies. Dr. O’Leary holds a Bachelor’s of Science (Honours) and a Master’s degree from York University in Kinesiology and Health Science, and completed his doctoral degree research focusing on determining the molecular mechanisms regulating muscle atrophy and adaptation to exercise. He has published several peer-reviewed journal articles in this area, and co-authored three book chapters, including one chapter in ACSM’s Advanced Exercise Physiology textbook. Michael has previously been the recipient of the Ontario Exercise Physiology Graduate student award (2009).

Articles published in referred journals

 Book Chapters

 Hood DA, Chabi B, Menzies KJ, O’Leary MFN, Walkinshaw DR. Exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle. In: Stocchi V. Role of Exercise in Preventing Disease and Improving the Quality of Life.: Springer-Italia, 2007.

  • Saleem A, O’Leary MFN, Kazak L, Hood DA. Apoptosis: Physiology and Pathology of Cell Death: Cambridge University Press, 2008
  • Hood, D.A., M.F.N. O'Leary, G. Uguccioni and I. Irrcher.  Metabolic Systems: Mitochondrial Mitochondrial Biogenesis induced by Endurance Training. Farrell, P.A., M.J. Joyner and V.J. Caiozzo (Eds). ACSM Graduate Textbook of Exercise Physiology.  Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkens pp. 000-000, 2009 (in press).