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The Division of Health Sciences offers a dynamic research environment across biomedical, pharmaceutical, clinical, population health, and health policy and practice investigations.

 

Research Degrees

Research candidates listing

PhD and Masters by Research Candidates

Provisional Candidates

Carlie Altmann: Perceived ankle instability in adolescents

Supervisors: A/Prof Tasha Stanton, Dr Claire Hillier, Dr John Arnold

Amber Bidner: Healthy Newborn Project-An evaluation of antenatal Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) training of health professionals from rural/remote Australia and National PoCUS needs analysis survey

Supervisors: Prof Eva Bezak, A/Prof Nayana Parange

Henry Blake: A gender-sensitised health intervention delivered through sport for overweight males

Supervisors: Prof Jon Buckley, Dr Alyson Crozier, Mr James Fantasia

Chris Boyd: Radiological assessment of cerebrovascular pathology using neural networking

Supervisors: Prof Eva Bezak, Prof Mark Jenkinson, A/Prof Timothy Kleinig

Shayne Chau: Visualisation and clinical relevance of nigrosome-1 in patients with Parkinsons disease

Supervisors: A/Prof Gabrielle Todd, A/Prof Rob Wilcox, Prof Eva Bezak, A/Prof Wilcox

Angelina Clerc-Hawke: Evaluating the Local Pain Educator Program

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Emma Karran

Joel Dunstan: Development of an Occupational Fitness Evaluation – The identification and quantification of criterion tasks performed by South Australian Professional Urban Firefighters

Supervisors: Prof Kevin Norton, Dr Graeme Carrick-Ranson

Ty Ferguson: Annual rhythms in daily activity in Australian adults

Supervisors: A/Prof Carol Maher, Dr Rachel Curtis

Samuel Janetzki: Application of a variable dose response model to professional Australian Football in-season training and physical match performance data

Supervisors: Dr Pitre Bourdon, Dr Clint Bellenger

Laura Johns: Wheelchair sport: evaluating the impact and barriers for manual and electric wheelchair participants

Supervisors: Dr Katia Ferrar, Dr Amy Baker, Simon Rosenbaum

Jackson Lane: Evolution of Australian Football - how defensive and offensive aspects of the game have changed over time

Supervisors: Prof Kevin Norton, Dr Grant Van Der Ploeg

Carter Lisk: Effects of training above and below anaerobic threshold on maximal oxygen uptake, lactate threshold, anaerobic and aerobic power

Supervisors: Prof Kevin Norton, Dr Chris Della Vedova

Mark Matheson: Is there a correlation between liver size elastography findings and liver enzymes in relation to weight loss

Supervisors: A/Prof Alison Coates, Dr Jessie Childs, Dr Alison Hill

Edward O’Connor: Enhancing executive processes underlying athlete psychological wellbeing, performance, prosocial sport behaviours and attitudes through individualised approaches to mindfulness training.

Supervisors: Dr Maarten Immink, Dr Alyson Crozier

Alex Redshaw: Defining and assessing the movement capacities associated with modern Australian urban firefighting

Supervisors: Prof Kevin Norton, Dr Graeme-Carrick Ranson

Prathiyankara Shailendra: Weight-ing to Live: Strength training and risk of mortality

Supervisors: Dr Terry Boyle, A/Prof Katherine Baldock

Kelsey Sharrad: Mixed reality and holographic technologies (iHealth) to deliver cognitive and behavioural therapy for the treatment of anxiety among teenagers with asthma

Supervisors: A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud, Dr Helen Stallman, Dr Zoe Kopsaftis, Dr Andrew Tai

Jisu Shin: Estimating genetic and environmental risk for type 2 diabetes modulated by lifestyle using a whole-genome approach

Supervisors: A/Prof Hong Lee, Dr Beben Benyamin, Dr Xuan Zhou

David Visockis: The use of wearable technology to predict and manage risk factors for lower limb injury in runners

Supervisors: A/Prof Shylie Mackintosh, Dr John Arnold

Anna Vogelzang: Persistent pain: attitudes and beliefs of breast cancer survivors

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Mark Catley, Dr Louise Wiles

Ellana Welsby: Investigating the mechanisms of impaired motor control in children with DCD and other coordination disorders through the use of active video gaming in therapy

Supervisors: Prof Susan Hillier, Dr David Hobbs

Erica Wilkinson: Interoceptive function as a measure of pain severity in people with persistent pain

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Carolyn Berryman, Dr Valeria Bellan


Continuing Candidates

Muktar Ahmed: Data-driven analysis to predict and prevent cancer: A large-scale study using UK biobank

Supervisors: Prof Elina Hypponen, Dr Terry Boyle, A/Prof Hong Lee, Dr Ville-Petteri Makinen

Alvin Atlas: Factors affecting patient's decision to undergo elective surgery

Supervisors: A/ Prof Steve Milanese, Dr Jacqueline Stephens, Prof Karen Grimmer, Dr Sarah Barras

Jasvir Bahl: Biomechanical outcomes before and after total hip arthroplasty: consideration of pathological and surgical change to hip joint geometry

Supervisors: A/Prof Dominic Thewlis, Dr John Arnold, Prof Mark Taylor, Prof Bogdon Solomon,

Georgina Barratt: Anthropometric variables, foot stretcher height and rowing performance in a single scull and on a Concept2 rowing ergometer

Supervisors: Dr Robert Crowther, Dr Clint Bellenger, Jason Lane, Dr Eileen Robertson

Alison Barrett: An exploration of the experiences and supportive care needs and preferences of living solid organ donors from rural Australia

Supervisors: Dr Kate Gunn, A/Prof Jim Dollman, Prof Ian Olver, Dr Kate Fennell

Jason Bartram: Quantifying intermittent work capacity: optimisation modelling using endurance track cycling

Supervisors: Prof Kevin Norton, A/Prof Dominic Thewlis, Dr David Martin

Hunter Bennett: The training of movement quality and its role in guiding exercise prescription and influencing performance

Supervisors: Dr Kade Davison, Prof Kevin Norton, Dr John Arnold, Max Martin

Emily Blackman: Nature, dimensions & scope of hope. Understanding hope as a mechanism that can assist a suicidal individual move from wanting to end their life to a life worth living

Supervisors: A/Prof Shylie Mackintosh, Dr Angela Berndt

Verity Booth: Databases of physical activity in Australian children: an audit, an online repository, and recommendations on survey instruments

Holly Bowen: The Impact of Participation in an Art Therapy Program for Defence and Emergency Services Personnel with Post-Traumatic Stress

Supervisors: Dr Kobie Boshoff, Dr Jocelyn Kernot, Dr Amy Baker, Dr Miriam Posselt, Karen May

Jacinta Brinsley: Expanding on exercise as a treatment for mental illness: is yoga beneficial?

Supervisors: Dr Kade Davison, Dr Maarten Immink, Dr Danielle Girard, Dr Matthew Smout

Becky Burgess: Exploring breathlessness beliefs, expectations and language preferences of people living with chronic breathlessness

Supervisors: A/ Prof Marie Williams, Dr Kylie Johnston, Dr Slavica Kochovska

Amal Chakraborty: Identifying and evaluating community-level built and social environmental factors in relation to preventable disease outcomes: strengthening the evidence base for remote communities in the Northern Territory, Australia

Supervisors: A/Prof Margaret Cargo, Prof Mark Daniel, Prof Alex Brown, Dr Natasha Howard

Maria Chilvers: Breathlessness in people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) being managed with renal replacement therapies

Supervisors: A/Prof Marie Williams, Dr Kylie Johnston, Dr Katia Ferrar

Jillian Congedi: Epidemiology of Helicobacter pylori infection: trends in diagnostic tests over time and factors associated with positivity and eradication rates in an Australian clinical population, 2000-2015

Supervisors: A/Prof Katherine Baldock, Dr Hanna Tervonen, A/Prof Craig Williams

Laura Cooper: Physiotherapy-led airway clearance services for adults with chronic lung conditions in Australia

Supervisors: Dr Kylie Johnston, A/ Prof Marie Williams

Kylie Dankiw: Understanding primary school aged children’s preferences for play spaces in the school yard

Supervisors: Dr Margarita Tsiros, A/ Prof Saravana Kumar, A/Prof Katherine Baldock

Mikaela Dell'Oro: Modelling radiobiological responses of pancreatic and paediatric CNS tumours following proton radiation therapy

Supervisors: Prof Eva Bezak, Dr Michala Short, Dr Puthenparam Wilson

Alison Deslandes: What is the accuracy and validity of transvaginal ultrasound performed by sonographers in the diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis prior to surgery?

Supervisors: Prof Eva Bezak, Dr Jessie Childs, A/ Prof Nayana Parange, Catrina Panuccio

Cameron Dickson: Pain and depression: exploring gene-environment interactions and the role of stress

Supervisors: Prof Elina Hypponen, Dr Ang Zhou

Noah D'Unienville: The effects of almond and dried fruit supplementation on endurance exercise performance, psychomotor speed, and markers of exercise-induced stress in athletes

Supervisors: Prof Jon Buckley, A/ Prof Alison Coates, Dr Max Nelson, Dr Alison Hill, Dr Swati Kalgaonkar

Sarah Edney: Social networking and gamification for health behaviour change

Supervisors: A/Prof Carol Maher, Prof Tim Olds, Dr Jillian Ryan

Summer Finlay: Understanding the impact of the aboriginal community-controlled health service national key performance indicators on improving health outcomes

Supervisors: A/Prof Marie Williams, Prof Alex Brown, Dr Jenni Judd

Suzana Freegard: Exploring the effects of participation in the Invictus Pathways Program and Invictus Games on wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women's quality of life and wellbeing

Supervisors: A/ Prof Gaynor Parfitt, A/ Prof Steve Milanese, Dr Amy Baker, Chris Burns, Karen May

Fabian Garcia-Byrne: Monitoring Fatigue in Elite Male Cricketers

Supervisors: Prof Jon Buckley, Dr Tom Wycherley, Dr Christopher Bishop, John Porter, Stephen Schwerdt

Joel Garrett: Using movement activity profiles to assess neuromuscular fatigue in high-performance Australian rules football

Supervisors: Prof Kevin Norton, Prof Roger Eston, Dr Darren Burgess, Dr John Jakeman

Stuart Gollan: Physical and tactical analysis in football using a model to partition games into moments

Supervisors: Prof Kevin Norton, Dr Clint Bellenger, Greg King

Bethany Gower: The development of a framework to guide objective assessment of cardiovascular health and function for clinical exercise services: A Delphi Study

Supervisors: Dr Kade Davison, Dr Danielle Girard, A/ Prof Andrew Maiorana

Grace Greenham: Load and fatigue monitoring in elite male Australian rules football players

Supervisors: Prof Kevin Norton, Prof Jon Buckley, Matt Hass

Michael Hartland: The role of exercise modality on quality of life outcomes in prostate cancer survivors

Supervisors: Dr Kade Davison, Prof Jon Buckley, A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt, Dr Joel Fuller, Dr Marcus Dreosti

Peter Hibbert: Methods for capturing, classifying, and analysing information about patient safety and for developing and disseminating solutions

Supervisors: Prof William Runciman, A/Prof Tasha Stanton, Dr Louise Wiles

Olivia Hill: The transition from primary to secondary school and its relationship to musculoskeletal health

Supervisors: A/ Prof Steve Milanese, Dr Janine Dizon

Caitlin Howlett: An investigation into the links between cognitive and mental flexibility, electrophysiological brain activity, and pain

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Valeria Bellan, Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Tim Cocks

Ashleigh Hull: Pre-Clinical Studies and Phase I Clinical Trial of MUC1 Targeted Alpha Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Supervisors: Prof Eva Bezak, Dr Judy Li, A/Prof Dylan Bartholomeusz, William Hsieh

Christopher Innes-Wong: What are the benefits of robotic-assisted rehabilitation compared to conventional therapy: a randomised controllled clinical trial in children with acquired brain injury

Supervisors: Prof Susan Hillier, Dr Sophie Lefmann, A/Prof Ray Russo

Kate Kameniar: The short physical performance battery: psychometric properties and development of a resource to guide exercise prescription for older adults in residential aged care

Supervisors:  A/Prof Shylie Mackintosh, A/ Prof Saravana Kumar, Dr Gisela Van Kessel, Tim Henwood

Daiki Kasai: Do estimates of effort during sub-maximal stages of the 20m Shuttle Run Test predict VO2 peak in adolescents?

Supervisors: A/ Prof Gaynor Parfitt, Dr Margarita Tsiros

Hayley Leake: Teaching teens about pain: An investigation into the efficacy of pain science education for teenagers

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, A/ Prof Tasha Stanton, Dr Valeria Bellan, Dr David Butler, Dr Lauren Heathcote

Merilyn Lock:  A theory-driven, person-centred physical activity intervention in aged-care workers

Supervisors: A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt, A/Prof Jim Dollman, Dr Dannielle Post, Helen Cutler

Sandra Lucas:  Exploring the factors that influence a parents decision to use complementary and alternative medicines and therapies for the management of acute respiratory tract infections in children

Supervisors: Dr Saravana Kumar, Dr Anna Phillips, Dr Matthew Leach

Lisa Matricciani: Sleep and the health of 10-12 year old children: an investigation of sleep as a multidimensional compositional construct

Supervisors: Prof Tim Olds, Dr Catherine Paquet, Dr Francois Fraysse, Prof Melissa Wake

Katharine McBride: Characterising cardiovascular disease biopsychosocial risk in Aboriginal women to inform health service and system responses

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Paquet, Prof Susan Hillier, Prof Alex Brown, Dr Natasha Howard, Prof Stephen Nicholls

Stuart Millar: Fracture fragment migration following articular fracture of the knee

Supervisors: A/Prof Dominic Thewlis, Dr John Arnold, Dr Francois Fraysse, Prof Lucian Solomon

Gina Mincham: Development of a mechanistic dengue simulation model for Guangzhou

Supervisors: A/Prof Craig Williams, A/Prof Katherine Baldock, Dr Anna Moffat

Braden Mitchell: Effort perception in exercise testing and prescription: implications for the cardiac patient

Supervisors: Prof Roger Eston, Dr Kade Davison, A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt

Emma Moore: Cold water immersion: impact of sex and periodization on athletic performance

Supervisors: Prof Jon Buckley, Dr Clint Bellenger, Dr Shona Halson, Dr James Broatch

Joanne Morris: To explore the impact of orthopaedic triage clinics in terms of cost individual financial costs and societal cost and impact on health outcomes for patients awaiting a specialist orthopaedic musculos

Supervisors: A/ Prof Steve Milanese, Dr Asterie Twizeyemariya, Dr Robert Marshall, Prof Karen Grimmer

Troy Morrison: Exploring the diabetic foot with ultrasound imaging: Are there morphological differences in the intrinsic soft tissues of the foot between non-diabetics and diabetics with different chronicity

Supervisors: A/Prof Kerry Thoirs, A/ Prof Sara Jones, Dr Ryan Causby

Brendan Mouatt: Investigating the role of virtual reality in perceptual responses during exercise

Supervisors: A/ Prof Tasha Stanton, Dr Ashleigh Smith, A/ Prof Gaynor Parfitt, Dr Ross Smith

Karlee Naumann: Exploring the physical and psychosocial experience of Immersion Therapy™ for people with physical and/or intellectual disability

Supervisors: Dr Kade Davison, Dr Jocelyn Kernot, A/ Prof Gaynor Parfitt, Dr Adrian Winsor, Peter Wilson

Celine Northcott: Ecological translation of an online social networking physical activity intervention (mobile application) using social marketing techniques

Supervisors: A/ Prof Carol Maher, A/ Prof Svetlana Bogomolova, Dr Rachel Curtis

Brooke Osborne: How does an allied health student's self-efficacy relate to clinical scenario performance, subsequent reflection, and preparation for future clinical interactions?

Supervisors: A/Prof Steve Milanese, A/Prof Kerry Thoirs, A/Prof Sharron King, Dr Gisela Van Kessel

Elisio Pereira Neto: Feasibility of blood flow restricted exercise as a novel intervention for people with COPD: perspectives, tolerability and safety

Supervisors: A/ Prof Marie Williams, Dr Kylie Johnston, Dr Hayley Lewthwaite, Dr Terry Boyle

Maleshwane Pule: Optimising measurement of comorbidity in South Australian cancer populations

Supervisors: Prof David Roder, Dr Elizabeth Buckley, A/Prof Theo Niyonsenga

Brian Pulling: Adjunctive hypnosis for the treatment of pain

Supervisors: A/ Prof Tasha Stanton, Prof Lorimer Moseley, Prof Mark Jensen, Dr Felicity Braithwaite

MD Shafiqur Rahman (Jabin): Identifying and characterising problems arising from interactions between medical imaging and health information technology as a basis for improvements in practice

Supervisors: Prof William Runciman, Dr Tim Schultz, Dr Catherine Mandel, A/Prof Farah Magrabi, Peter Hibbert

Sujatha Raj: Home-Based Occupational Therapy for adults with both Down Syndrome and Dementia

Supervisors: A/Prof Mandy Stanley, A/ Prof Shylie Mackintosh, Dr Caroline Fryer, Dr Jocelyn Kernot

Paul Reid: Influence of the human papillomavirus on the radiobiology of clonogenic cancer stem cells in head and neck cancers: Experimental and modelling study

Supervisors: Prof Eva Bezak, Prof Ian Olver, Prof Loredana Marcu, Dr Leyla Moghaddasi, Dr Alex Staudacher

Amanda Richardson: Sociodemographic and time-use predictors of first-year university student success: ATAR and beyond

Supervisors: Dr Belinda Chiera, Prof Tim Olds, A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt, A/Prof Sharron King

Harry Roesch: The acute effects of loading programs and anti-inflammatory medication on the exercise response in the asymptomatic Achilles tendon. A study using diagnostic ultrasound measuring tendon dimensions and vascularity

Supervisors: A/ Prof Steve Milanese, Dr Helen Banwell, Mark Jones, Dr Steve Saunders

Daniel Rogers: An investigation into athletic movement competency in Australian Rules football players using a novel movement assessment tool

Supervisors: Prof Roger Eston, A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt, Dr Darren Burgess, Dr Ian McKeown

Michael Rogers: An examination of the inter-relationships between physical fitness, anthropometry and fundamental movement skills as they relate to competitive junior basketball performance

Supervisors: Dr Grant Tomkinson, Dr Natasha Schranz, Dr Alyson Crozier, David Ingham

Emily Rosenich: The influence of cognitive reserve and self-efficacy on post-stroke outcomes

Supervisors: Prof Susan Hillier, Dr Brenton Hordacre, Prof Simon Koblar

Siena Saunders: Effect of heat stress during an elite Australian Football pre-season

Supervisors: Prof Jon Buckley, Dr Max Nelson, Dr Jamie Stanley, Jarryd Wallace, Grace Greenham

Sarah Schwetlik: The association between allostatic load and osteoarthritis

Supervisors: Dr Katia Ferrar, A/Prof Katherine Baldock, Prof Catherine Hill

Ines Serrada: An investigation into the recovery of arm function after stroke

Supervisors:  Prof Susan Hillier, Dr Brenton Hordacre, Jane Searle, Margaret Mayo

Xiomara Skrabal Ross: Effect of a smartphone self-management program on adherence to oral chemotherapy in AYA and adults with cancer

Supervisors: Dr Kate Gunn, Dr Vijay Suppiah, Prof Ian Olver, A/Prof Pandora Patterson

Flynn Slattery: Longitudinal changes in South Australian metropolitan firefighter lung function

Supervisors: Prof Alan Crockett, Dr Kylie Johnston, Dr Catherine Paquet

Joshua Sutherland: Vitamin D and calcium risk: a large-scale study exploring cardiovascular disease and motor function

Supervisors: Prof Elina Hypponen, Dr And Zhou, Dr Matthew Leach, Tina Harden

Brett Tarca: Physical activity and chronic kidney disease

Supervisors: Dr Katia Ferrar, Dr Tom Wycherley, Anthony Meade, Prof Paul Bennett

Samuel Tebeck: Heat acclimation: Application for elite athletes

Supervisors: Prof Jon Buckley, Dr Jamie Stantley, Dr Julien Periard

Yasamin Veziari: Barriers to the conduct and application of research among complementary and alternative medicine professions: a multi method study

Supervisors: A/ Prof Saravana Kumar, Dr Matthew Leach

Rosa Virgara: Guidelines for children’s physical activity and/or screen time in Outside School Hours Care: a scoping review

Supervisors: A/ Prof Carol Maher, Dr Anna Phillips, Dr Lucy Lewis, Mandy Richardson

Susan Ward: Diet quality and telomere length in overweight mid-aged and older men and women

Supervisors: A/ Prof Alison Coates, Prof Jon Buckley, Prof Siobhan Banks, Dr Alison Hill, Dr Swati Kalgaonkar

Matilda Wheare: Relationship between shoulder girdle biomechanics and golf swing performance

Supervisors: Dr Robert Crowther, Dr Max Nelson, Dr Alec Buttfield, Ryan Lumsden

Angie Willcocks: A longitudinal investigation of the relationship between maternal diet and depression and anxiety, and the moderating role of life stress in the perinatal period

Supervisors: Dr Natalie Parletta, Dr Dorota Zarnowiecki, Prof Mary Steen, A/Prof Theo Niyonsenga

Lindy Williams: Unilateral spatial neglect in adults post stroke

Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher, Prof Susan Hillier, Dr Jocelyn Kernot, Tracey Stuart

Dianne Wilson: The power of the group - exploring the effects of the group on outcomes for individuals in group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programs for chronic pain

Supervisors: A/ Prof Shylie Mackintosh, Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Claire Ashton-James, A/Prof Michael Nicholas

James Wiltshire: The influence of a central regulator on the endurance performance of elite cricketers in a hot environment

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Prof Kevin Norton


Candidates Completed 2019

Sheena Davis: The Ergonomics of the Combat Helmet System (TECHS): a systems approach to developing an evaluation framework for combat helmets

Supervisors: A/Prof Steve Milanese, Prof Karen Grimmer, Alistair Furnell

Stephanie Folley: The Ergonomics of the Combat Helmet System (TECHS): a systems approach to developing an evaluation framework for combat helmets

Supervisors: Prof Elina Hypponen, Dr Ang Zhou

Anwar Gebremichael: Relationship between obesity and depression: evidence from observational and genetic studies

Supervisors: Prof Elina Hypponen, Dr Ang Zhou

Melissa Hull: Cultivating farmer health: development, evaluation and application of a novel help-seeking scale for farmers

Supervisors: A/Prof Jim Dollman, Dr Ashleigh Smith, Dr Kate Gunn, Dr Martin Jones

Iordan Kostadinov: Validation of process evaluation tools to assess community readiness and intervention dose: application to a multi-site community-based childhood obesity prevention program

Supervisors: A/Prof Margaret Cargo, Prof Mark Daniel, Dr Catherine Paquet

Peter Lekkas: The time-varying effects of neighbourhood social fragmentation on trajectories of mental health-related quality of life

Supervisors: Prof Mark Daniel, Dr Catherine Paquet

Maleshwane Pule

Supervisors: Prof David Roder, Dr Elizabeth Buckley, A/Prof Theophile Niyonsenga

Brian Pulling: Adjunctive hypnosis for the treatment of pain

Supervisors: Dr Natasha Stanton, Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Felicity Braithwaite, Prof Mark Jensen

Ilea Sanders: Cluster analysis and usability testing for “Active Team”: an online social networking intervention to increase physical activity

Supervisors: A/Prof Carol Maher, Dr Camille Short, Dr Svetlana Bogomolova

Brad Stenner: Participation in golf by older Australians: motivations for playing and evidence of health-related benefits

Supervisors: Prof Jonathan Buckley, Dr Amber Mosewich

Alexandra Wade: Investigating the Mediterranean diet for non-Mediterranean populations: cardiovascular health and cognitive function

Supervisors: Dr Karen Murphy, Dr Hannah Keage, A/Prof Jonathan Hodgson

Scott Weeks: Developing foundations for robust occupational-therapy-based intervention studies to address the sensory needs of children with autism spectrum disorder in Australia

Supervisors: A/Prof Steve Milanese, Dr Kobie Boshoff, Mr Hugh Stewart, Prof Karen Grimmer


Candidates Completed 2018

Felicity Braithwaite: Blinding in physical intervention research: a sham development process incorporating the art of deception

Supervisors: Dr Maureen McEvoy, Dr Julie Walters, A/Prof Marie Williams

Roger Byard: Pathological investigations differentiating the casuses and characteristics of sudden accidental and inflicted early childhood deaths from sudden infant death syndrome

Supervisors:  Prof Robert Vink, A/Prof Sara Jones, A/Prof Declan Kennedy

Jane Chalmers: Below the belt: Investigations into the assessment, treatment, and pathophysiology of pelvic pain in women

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Susan Evans, Prof Mark Hutchinson

Russell Weili Chan: From stillness to action: meditation-based enhancement of cognitive control processes underlying motor sequence learning

Supervisors: Dr Maarten Immink,Prof Kurt Lushington, Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky

Thomas Debenedictis: The impact of the mechanical whole-body vibration experienced during motorised military land transit on the physical attributes that underpin dismounted combatant physical performance

Supervisors: Dr Dominic ThewlisDr Grant TomkinsonDr Steve Milanese, Alistair Furnell, Dr Daniel Billing

Caitlin Dowell: Maternal incarceration, low birth weight, and infant mortality in a longitudinal sample of Western Australian children

Supervisors: Prof Leonie Segal, Dr Gloria Mejia Delgado, Prof David Preen

Dorothea Dumuid: Time use: a case for compositional data analysis

Supervisors: Prof Tim OldsA/Prof Carol MaherDr Lucy Lewis, Dr Tyman Stanford

Priya George Martin: Factors that contribute to high quality clinical supervision of allied health professionals

Supervisors: Dr Saravana Kumar, Dr Lucylynn Lizarondo, Dr Katherine Baldock

Stuart Graham: Application of a mathematical variable dose-response model to professional Australian football training and performance data

Supervisors: Prof Roger Eston, A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt

Toby Hunt: Use of time in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Supervisors: Prof Tim Olds, A/Prof Marie Williams

Emma Karran: Can we do better? Optimising the clinical management of low back pain

Supervisor: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Prof Susan Hillier, Dr James McAuley, Dr Yun-Hom Yau

Hayley Lewthwaite: Health behaviours occur over the whole day for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: exploration of opportunities for optimising habitual physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours

Supervisors: A/Prof Marie Williams, Prof Tim Olds, Dr Tanja Effing

Lok Sze Katrina Li:  Offspring of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): intergenerational and life course influence on respiratory impairment

Supervisors: A/Prof Marie Williams, Dr Kylie Johnston, Dr Catherine Paquet, Prof Peter Frith

Kerwin Talbot: Discrimination, conditioning and generalisation: testing the assumptions of the imprecision hypothesis of pain

UniSA Supervisor: Prof Lorimer Moseley, A/ Prof Sara Jones, Dr Victoria Madden

Nerylee Watson: The effects of low-fat diets, differing in protein and carbohydrate ratio, on glycaemic control, cardiometabolic health risk factors, food cravings, psychological wellbeing and cognitive function in adults with type 2 diabetes

Supervisors: Dr Karen MurphyProf Jon BuckleyProf Grant Brinkworth


Candidates Completed 2017

Suzanne Carroll: The contributions of compositional and contextual features of local residential areas to the evolution of cardiometabolic risk over ten years in a population-based biomedical cohort

Supervisors: Prof Mark Daniel, Dr Neil Coffee, Dr Natasha Howard, Dr Catherine Paquet

Courtney Davis: The effects of an Ausatralianised traditional Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular health in a population of elderly Australian men and women

Supervisors: Dr Karen Murphy, A/Prof Janet Bryan, A/ Prof Jonathan Hodgson

Agustina Gancia: Assessing the evolution of partnership strength within a South Australian community-based childhood obesity prevention initiative 

Supervisors: A/Prof Margaret Cargo, Prof Mark Daniel, Dr Michelle Jones

Carolyn Murray: Responses to troublesome aspects of knowledge and practice: a grounded theory of learning to practice occupational therapy

Supervisors: Dr Ian Edwards, Mark Jones, Dr Merrill Turpin

Max Nelson: Monitoring post-exertional fatigue through the maximal rate of heart rate increase during submaximal exercise

Supervisor: Prof Jon Buckley, Dr Rebecca Thomson, Dr Kade Davison

Donna Nitschke: Being the best learner you can be - a randomised controlled trial of a neuroscience based primary school program

Supervisors: A/Prof Susan Hillier, A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt, Dr Sarah Blunden

Dannielle Post: Reshaping antecedents of health behaviour: Planning, implementing, and evaluating a theoretically-based health promotion program in a remotely-located, predominantly male workplace

Supervisors: Dr Matt Haren, Prof Gary Misan, Dr Catherine Paquet

Paul Reid: Experimental investigation of in-vitro cancer stem cells in head and neck cancer cell lines following X-ray irradiation

Supervisors: Prof Eva Bezak, Dr Puthenparampil Wilson, Dr Judy Li

Judy Sprod: Changes in use of time, associated enjoyment and social interaction across the retirement transition: a longitudinal study

Supervisors: Dr Carol MaherProf Tim Olds, Dr Katia Ferrar

Ivana Stankov: Integrating complex systems methods to explore the influence of the built environment on cardiometabolic risk

Supervisors: A/Prof Margaret Cargo, Prof Mark Daniel, Dr Natasha Howard, Prof Ross Hammond

Sarah Wallwork: Exploring inner space: Modulation of defensive peripersonal reflexes by percieved threat 

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Danny Camfferman, Dr Giandomenico Iannetti


Candidates Completed 2016

Helen Banwell: Foot orthoses by podiatrists for adults with flexible pes planus

Supervisors: Dr Shylie Mackintosh, Dr Dominic Thewlis, Dr Karl Landorf

Clint Bellenger: Monitoring athletic training status through autonomic heart rate regulation

Supervisors: Prof Jon Buckley, Dr Rebecca Thomson, Dr Kade Davison, Dr Eileen Robertson

Chris Bishop: The clinical management of plantar fasciopathy: considerations in diagnosis and foot orthotic treatment effect

Supervisors: A/Prof Susan Hillier, Dr Dominic Thewlis, Dr John Costi

Ryan Causby: Making sense of dexterity: Its role in scalpel skill acquisition in podiatry students

Supervisors: A/Prof Susan Hillier, Dr Michelle McDonnell, A/Prof Lloyd Reed

Kathy Devonshire-Gill: A trend analysis of the physical activity patterns of the Australian adult population from 1997 to 2012

Supervisors: Prof Kevin NortonA/Prof James Dollman

James Doidge: The epidemiology of adverse childhood experiences in Australia

Supervisor: Prof Leonie Segal, Prof Paul Delfabbro

Joel Fuller: Effects of minimalist and conventional running shoes on running performance and injury risk, and the associated mechanisms

Supervisors: Prof Jon Buckley, Dr Dominic Thewlis, Dr Margarita Tsiros

Ashley Fulton: Long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Supervisors: A/Prof Alison CoatesDr Alison HillA/Prof Marie Williams, Prof Peter Howe

Stine Hoj: Public open space greenness in urban residential environments: prospective associations with mental health and potential psychosocial explanatory mechanisms

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Paquet, Prof Mark Daniel, A/Prof Jean Caron

Jocelyn Kernot: The Mums Step it Up Program: a social networking team based physical activity intervention for post-partum women

Supervisors: Dr Carol MaherProf Tim Olds, Dr Lucy Lewis

Yasmin Lai: The Assistive Technology prescription process: perspectives of clients

Supervisors: Prof Esther May, Dr Mary Russell, A/Prof Annette Raynor

Elizabeth Lynch: Implementing the Assessment for Rehabilitation Tool in Australian acute stroke units. A mixed methods cluster randomised trial

Supervisors: A/Prof Susan Hillier, Dr Julie Luker, A/Prof Dominique Cadilhac

Tory Madden: Pain by association? Investigation of classically conditioned pain

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Prof Johan Vlaeyen

Shelley Wright: Playfulness in preschool children: a preliminary investigation into the impact of parental chacateristics and child abuse and neglect

Supervisors: Prof Fiona Arney, A/Prof Jenny Ziviani


Candidates Completed 2015

Katherine Baldock: Neighbourhood environment and cardiometabolic risk: Perception and reality

Supervisors: Prof Mark DanielDr Catherine Paquet, Prof Graeme Hugo

Jayne Barbour: Health benefits of peanuts: Effects of peanut consumption on cognition, vascular and cardio-metabolic risk factors and satiety

Supervisors: A/Prof Alison Coates, A/Prof Janet Bryan, Prof Jon Buckley, Prof Peter Howe

Carolyn Berryman: An investigation into chronic pain, somatic hypervigilance and cognitive function

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer MoseleyDr Tasha Stanton, Prof Alexander McFarlane

Mark Catley: Exploring tactile acuity deficits in people with chronic back pain

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer MoseleyDr Tasha Stanton, Dr Neil O'Connell

Samuel Chalmers: Short-term heat acclimation and the lactate threshold

Supervisors: Prof Kevin NortonProf Adrian EstermanProf Roger Eston

Lauren Frensham: Promoting regular walking among adult cancer survivors using an online intervention resource: an evaluation of project STRIDE

Supervisors: A/Prof James Dollman, A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt, A/Prof Janet Bryan

Daniel Harvie: Investigating the theoretical assumptions of the imprecision hypothesis of chronic pain

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, A/Prof Susan Hillier, Dr Ann Muelders

Anna Phillips: The development of the guideline for reporting evidence-based practice education interventions and teaching (GREET)

Supervisors: A/Prof Marie Williams, Dr Lucy Lewis, Dr Maureen McEvoy

Gabby Rigney: A randomised controlled trial of a school-based sleep education program in pre-adolescents

Supervisors: Prof Tim Olds, Dr Carol Maher, Dr Sarah Blunden

Abby Tabor: Circular causality: an investigation into the experience of pain as part of a perceptual inference process

Supervisors: Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr Michael Thacker


Candidates Completed 2014

John Arnold: Kinematis of the foot and ankle complex during walking: changes with age, knee osteoarthritis and total knee arthroplasty

Supervisors: Dr Dominic ThewlisDr Shylie MackintoshDr Sara Jones

Rebekah Das: Characterisation of the sensation ‘desire to void’ in individuals with and without overactive bladder

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Marie WilliamsProf Jon Buckley

Harrison Evans: Use of perceived exertion for exercise testing and prescription

Supervisors: Prof Roger EstonAssoc Prof Gaynor Parfitt

Michelle Guerin: Crossing the hospital-community interface: community services' involvement in the discharge process of older individuals from hospital into the community

Supervisors: Prof Karen Grimmer, Dr Saravana Kumar, Wendy Dolejs

Rebecca Nolan: Physical activity and exercise in people with type 2 diabetes and peripheral neuropathy

Supervisors: Prof Esther May, Dr Narelle Berry, A/Prof Annette Raynor

Liz Pridham: The identification and management of four-year-old children at risk for Development Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Susan HillierProf Adrian Esterman

Gavin Tempest: The use of near infrared spectroscopy to examine the neural basis of affective responses during exercise at different intensities

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Gaynor ParfittProf Roger Eston

Andrew Wilson: The effect of a 10-minute physical activity break on elementary male students' on-task behaviour, sustained attention and daily physical activity

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Jim DollmanProf Tim OldsAssoc Prof Kurt Lushington


Candidates Completed 2013

Andrew Black: Impact of food subsidy programs on the health of disadvantaged populations. Evaluation of subsidised fruit and vegetables program in a rural Aboriginal medical service.

Supervisors: Prof Kerin O'Dea, Dr Hassan Vally, Dr Peter Morris

Karla Canuto: Evaluating the effectiveness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Fitness Program: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial

Supervisors: Prof Robyn McDermott, Dr Margaret Cargo

Georgina Crichton: Dairy food consumption, cognitive function and cardiometabolic health

Supervisors: Dr Karen Murphy, Dr Janet Bryan, Assoc Prof Jon Buckley

Michael Dale: The effect of Whey Growth Factor Extract on muscle strength and size in recreational resistance trained males

Supervisors: Dr Grant Tomkinson, Dr Alison Coates, Prof Peter Howe

Valentin III Dones: Diagnosing lateral epicondylalgia: underpinning patholoy and evidence for the use of common provocation tests

Supervisors: Prof Karen Grimmer, Dr Steve Milanese, Dr Maarten Immink, Dr Saravana Kumar, Assoc Prof Kerry Thoirs

Sjaan Gomersall: Testing the 'activitystat' hypothesis: a randomised controlled trial

Supervisors: Prof Tim Olds, Dr Coralie English, Dr Carol Maher

Lucylynn Lizarondo: Exploring the determinants of evidence-based practice in allied health using the iCAHE journal club as a medium

Supervisors: Prof Karen Grimmer, Dr Saravana Kumar, Prof Alan Crockett

Ashley Pedler: The biomechanics of drop punt: three-dimensional kinematics, variability and muscle activity

Supervisors: Dr Paul Grimshaw, Dr Maureen McEvoy

Natasha Schranz: Can resistance training change the strength, body composition and self-concept of overweight and obese adolescent males? A randomised controlled trial

Supervisors: Prof Tim OldsDr Grant TomkinsonDr Natalie Parletta

Rebecca Stanley: Increasing specificity of correlate research: the development of questionnaires to measure the predictors of lunchtime and after-school physical activity in children

Supervisors: Dr Jim DollmanDr Kobie Boshoff, Prof Tim Olds, Dr Kate Ridley

Louise Wiles: A new era: The evolution of research in Australian nursing and allied health professional journals: a bibliometric analysis

Supervisors: Prof Tim OldsAssoc Prof Marie Williams

Rachel Wong: Effects of bioactive nutrient supplementation on cardiovascular biomarkers and cognitive function

Supervisors: Dr Narelle Berry, Prof Peter Howe, Dr Janet Bryan, Dr Alison Coates

Dorota Zarnowiecki: Does one size fit all? Exploring relationships between socioeconomic position and children's dietary intake to inform intervention design 

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Jim Dollman,Dr Natalie Parletta


Candidates Completed 2012

 

Name Supervisors Topic

Angela Berndt

Prof Esther May

Drivers with Dementia: Occupational Therapy On-Road Assessment and Route Design

Chris Bishop (Masters by Research)

Dr Dominic Thewlis, Dr Gunther Paul

The Development of a Biomechanical Model of the Foot-Shoe Complex

Janine Dizon

Prof Karen Grimmer, Dr Saravana Kumar

An evidence-based practice program for Physiotherapists in the Philippines: Development, implementation and evaluation of an innovative model of continuing education

Lauren Dryden (nee Civetta)

Dr Susan Hillier

Investigation of motor control in children with developmental coordination disorder

Jim Daly(Masters by Research)

Prof Esther May, Dr Mandy Stanley

Towards increased understanding of the importance of ethical governance in Australian national sporting organisations

Katia Ferrar

Prof Tim Olds

Time use patterns of Australian and New Zealand young people: the potential of cluster analysis

Caroline Fryer

Dr Shylie Mackintosh, Dr Mandy Stanley, Dr Jonathan Crichton

'They didn't tell me much': a constructivist grounded theory of the healthcare experience after stroke for older people with limited English proficiency

Julie Luker

Prof Karen Grimmer, Dr Ian Edwards

The influence of acute stroke patients age on the quality of care they receive from allied health professionals

Jacqueline Peters

 Dr Natalie Parletta

PATCH - Parenting and teaching children healthy habits

Margarita Tsiros

Dr Alison Coates, Assoc Prof Jon Buckley, Prof Peter Howe, Dr Paul Grimshaw

Obesity, the new childhood disability?

 

 


 

Candidates Completed 2011

 

Name Supervisors Topic

Lyndell Bruce

Assoc Prof Annette Raynor, Prof Esther May

Factors contributing to decision making expertise

Katina D'Onise

Prof Robyn McDermott, Prof Adrian Esterman, Prof John Lynch

Early childhood education: does preschool attendance reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease?

Nathan Daniell

Prof Tim Olds, Dr Grant Tomkinson

Three-dimensional scanning in anthropometry - Bringing new techniques and applications to an old science

Deanna Gibbs

Dr Kobie Boshoff, Dr Mandy Stanley

Person-Environment Influences: Enabling the occupation of parenting in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Maureen McEvoy

Prof Tim Olds, Assoc Prof Marie Williams, Dr Lucy Lewis

Evolution of individual evidence-based practice profiles

Catherine Milte

Dr Natalie Parletta, Prof Peter Howe, Dr Alison Coates, Assoc Prof Jon Buckley

Cognitive and behavioural benefits of omega 3 fatty acid supplementation across the lifespan

Charlotte Sale

Dr Sheila Scutter, Assoc Prof Jenny Cox, Dr Georgia Halkett, Dr Martin Borg

Radiation therapy practice in Australia - a development process

Norman Stomski

Dr Shylie Mackintosh, Dr Mandy Stanley

Assessing the Context of Acupuncture Care for Chronic Low Back Pain

Rebecca Taylor

Prof Tim Olds, Dr Kobie Boshoff

Participation of children with and without disabilities in everyday activities

Julie Walters

Assoc Prof Lorraine Sheppard, Dr Shylie Mackintosh, Assoc Prof Marie Williams

Elective Surgery Waiting Lists: What’s the Hold-Up

Emily Ward

Dr Susan Hillier, Assoc Prof Annette Raynor

Developmental coordination disorder - do personnel and environmental impact on intervention outcomes for this condition?

 

 


Candidates Completed 2010

 

Name Supervisors Topic

Bridget Garnham

Prof Esther May, Dr Vicki Crowley

Cutting Subjects: The cultural politics of ‘older’, Foucault’s ethico-aesthetics and the practice of cosmetic surgery

Terri Gibson

Prof Esther May

Dangerous liaisons?  Enterprise rationality, nursing practice and the regulation of hospital care to older people

Lucy Lewis

Assoc Prof Marie Williams, Prof Tim Olds

Evidence based practice in entry-level physiotherapy education

Steven Milanese

Prof Karen Grimmer

Influence of anthropometric variability, self image, physical activity and motor skill on the reporting of adolescent low back pain amongst a cohort of secondary school students

Lynda Norton

Dr Jim Dollman

Prof Adrian Esterman

Effectiveness of intervention strategies to promote physical activity among insufficiently active adults

 

 


 

Candidates Completed 2009

 

Name Supervisors Topic

Nicole Christensen

Mark Jones, Dr Ian Edwards

Development of clinical reasoning capability in student physical therapists

Michael Cole

Paul Grimshaw, Adrian Burden

Low back pain in golf: Three dimensional kinematics and muscle activity patterns

Shaun Filiault

Dr Murray Drummond, Eric Anderson

Playing with the natural body: gay athletes, body image, and the hegemonic aesthetic

Bebet Gonzalez-Suarez

Prof Karen Grimmer, Prof Tim Olds

Childhood obesity in San Juan, Metromanila: its prevalence, causes and treatment

Janette Young

Dr Murray Drummond, Janet McIntyre

Migrating Australian migration: Thinking beyond ethnicity

Tahna Pettman

Assoc Prof Gary Misan

Practical lifestyle modification for improving obesity and metabolic syndrome: a randomised controlled trial

Mary Russell

Prof Esther May, Prof Simon Stewart, David Thompson, Assoc Prof Marie Williams

Determining the impact of chronic angina pectoris on individuals' activities and participation

Rebecca Thomson

Assoc Prof Jon Buckley, Grant Brinkworth

The effects of exercise and lifestyle management in overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome

 

 


Candidates Completed 2008

 

Name Supervisors Topic

Sarah Barras

Prof Esther May

Multiple perspectives of occupational therapy pre-discharge home assessments: processes and outcomes

Claire Drummond

Assoc Prof Lorraine Sheppard

The role and function of the school food service and its place within the school system

Amanda Foley

Dr Susan Hillier

A randomised controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of different exercise frequencies for maintaining rehabilitation outcomes for older adults

Julie Luker

Prof Esther May, Prof Karen Grimmer

Guideline compliance by Allied Health staff and the outcomes for patients with acute stroke

Carol Maher

Assoc Prof Marie Williams

Using the internet to increase physical activity in adolescents with cerebral palsy - are you kidding?!

David Nicholls

Julianne Cheek

Body politics: a Foucauldian discourse analysis of physiotherapy practice

 

 


Candidates Completed 2007

 

Name Supervisors Topic

David Birbeck

Dr Murray Drummond

An investigation of the physical identity perceptions of boys and girls aged between five and six years in South Australian schools

Pitre Bourdon

Assoc Prof Jon Buckley

Blood lactate thresholds: implications for testing, training and performance

Kim Dae-Yeon

Prof Tim Olds

How Korean children use their time

Lucy Chipchase

Assoc Prof Marie Williams

Electrophysical agents: professional and generic competencies in Australian entry-level physiotherapy curricula

Denise O'Connor

Prof Esther May

Developing an item bank for measuring upper extremity physical function using the

Rasch Measurement Model

Kerry Thoirs

Assoc Prof Marie Williams

High Resolution Measurements of the Ulnar Nerve: A two group comparison of symptomatic and asymptomatic participants

 

 


Candidates Completed 2006

 

Name Supervisors Topic

Coralie English

Dr Susan Hillier

Is task-related circuit training an effective means of providing rehabilitation to an acute stroke sample? A controlled trial

Suntara Klanarong

Prof Kevin Norton

Socio-demographic distribution of health-related fitness in Thai children

Belinda Lange

Assoc Prof Marie Williams

Pain and anxiety associated with minor medical procedures in paediatric clients and their parents: is virtual reality a useful distracting technique

Margaret McMahon

Assoc Prof Pat Trott

An investigation of the prevalence of thumb problems in Australian Physiotherapists

Trish Neumann

Prof Ruth Grant

Physiotherapy for the management of female stress urinary incontinence in Australia: an observational study

Rungthip Puntametakul

Assoc Prof Pat Trott

The vertical spinal creep (VSC) response in asymptomatic young subjects

Rolf Scharfbillig

Dr Sheila Scutter

The differences in activity, demographics, biomechanics and quality of life between adolescents with Sever's disease and non-symptomatic counterparts

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