By Dr. Patricia Briscoe

Lorayne RobertsonLorayne is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director, Graduate Programs in Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Her principal research interests include educational policy, health, and body image. Lorayne offers research support to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario for their body image curriculum initiative and is an advocate of critical body literacy.

Lorayne was a primary investigator for the KNAER project, Mobilizing Key Body-Positive Health Literacy Curriculum Messages Grades 4 to 9.


Check out Lorayne’s Information video:

Teach Body Image


One of the ways Lorayne’s project mobilized knowledge was by creating a web site:

The website has mini-lessons and short teaching units based on research on body image and critical body literacy (Robertson & Thomson, 2012). The website also provides research summaries to help teachers address body image in developmentally-appropriate ways.

It provides a wealth of information for parents and teacher, which includes support materials designed to build protective and resilience in students to help them to resist societal pressures to match an unrealistic media ideal.

Thus far, from the KNAER online resource toolkit alone there have been approximately 500 downloads of each the mini lessons.

Thank you Lorayne for your contributions to critical body literacy.