Members

Members and students

Joshua Mattock
BSc (Podiatry), BA Health & Exercise Science
Director of Biomechanics Research Laboratory
P: +61 (0)2 4239 2220
R: 41.330
E: joshua_mattock@uow.edu.au

Dr Deirdre McGhee 
B App Sc (Physio), PhD, APA Sports Physiotherapist, Dip Trad Chinese Med
Senior Lecturer
P: +61 (0)2 4221 4980
R: 41.327
E: deirdre_mcghee@uow.edu.au

Dr James Forsyth
BSc (Exercise Science), BSc (Honours, Class I), PhD, ASCA Level 2, PCAS-A
Program Coordinator Strength and Conditioning
P: + 61 (0)2 4221 3297
R: 41.328
E: james_forsyth@uow.edu.au

Emeritus Professor Julie Steele AM
Dip Teach, BPE (Hons), PhD, FASMF, FISB
E: julie_steele@uow.edu.au
Research Profile: Professor Julie Steele

Dr Diane Harland (nee Riddiford) 
BEd (PE/English), MSc (Hon) PhD
Research Fellow / Lecturer
E: diane_riddiford@uow.edu.au

Dr Sheridan Gho 
BSc (Hon), PhD
Honorary Research Fellow
E: sheridan_gho@uow.edu.au

Dr Karen Mickle 
BSc (Hons), PhD
Honorary Research Fellow
E: karen_mickle@uow.edu.au

PhD Candidates

Maddison Kirk
BMedHlthSc
Thesis Title:
Developing netball shoes
Supervisors:
Senior Professor Julie Steele
Joshua Mattock
Phone: +61 (0)2 4221 4480
Office: 15.G22
Emailmk720@uowmail.edu.au

Jarred Cooper
BSc (Hon)
Thesis Title:
The effect of postural constraints on joint loading during drop landing
Supervisors:
Dr Jonathon Shemmell
Senior Professor Julie Steele
James Forsyth
Phone: +61 (0)2 4221 4480
Office: 15.G22
Email: jc770@uowmail.edu.au

Applications are encouraged from passionate, dedicated students to visit the BRL for a duration of 3-12 months as a Visiting Research Fellow. During your time in the BRL, you will be immersed in the day-to-day activities of an active biomechanics research laboratory and gain unique research experience under our Occupational Trainee scheme (Note: this scheme is designed to provide students with an experience working as a researcher in a biomechanics laboratory and not to complete an individual research thesis). This scheme is highly competitive, with limited positions. You are therefore encouraged to apply up to 12 months before you intend to visit the BRL to secure a position and to allow time to complete the visa application process. Initial enquiries, including a brief curriculum viate, should be forward to Senior Professor Julie Steele.

Past students

Graduand

Year

Thesis Title

Dr Chris Richards

2021

Improved modelling for design and development of compression garments for compressible human limb analogues.

Dr James Forsyth

2020

Evaluating aerial landings in surfing: Implications for performance and training.

Dr Brooke Brisbine

2020

Breast pain and breast injuries experienced by female athletes. School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.

Dr Jessica Dobson

2019

Developing footwear for underground coal miners. School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.

Dr Celeste Coltman

2018

Breast Characteristics of Australian women. School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.

Dr Ina Janssen

2014

The influence of sex and skill level on patellar tendon loading during landing. School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.

Dr Sheridan Gho

2014

Building better bras for women treated for breast cancer. School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.

Dr Kelly-Anne Bowles

2013

Sports bra design for active women. School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Catherine Wild

2013

How do the changes in musculoskeletal properties and oestrogen levels during the adolescent growth spurt affect landing technique in girls? School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Diane Harland (nee Riddiford)

2011

Childhood foot structure and function: Is this influenced by obesity? School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Karen Mickle

2011

Do foot pathologies increase the risk of falling in older people? A biomechanical perspective. School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Kartina Simpson

2011

Females lugging loads: What is an appropriate backpack load for female recreational hikers? School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr John Whitting

2011

Are ankle mechanics during drop landings affected by two different measures of passive plantar-flexor flexibility and what are the effects of training: Implications for injury? School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Suzi Edwards

2010

Patellar tendon loading during dynamic landings: How is this moderated by fatigue and the presence of a patella tendon abnormality? School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Deirdre McGhee

2010

Sports bra design and bra fit: Minimising exercise-induced breast discomfort. School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Jasmine Menant

2008

Effects of footwear on balance and gait in older people. School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of NSW.

Dr Dylan Cliff

2008

Promoting physical activity among overweight and obese children: A randomised controlled trial comparing a physical activity program, a dietary program and a combined physical activity plus dietary program. Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong.

Dr Adam Bryant

2007

Neuromuscular adaptations following ACL rupture and surgical reconstruction in open and closed kinetic chain movements. School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Annaliese Dowling

2006

The effects of obesity on foot structure in children: Intervention strategies. School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Dr Bridget Munro

2005

Effects of household footwear-surface interactions on the gait of older arthritic females. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Dr Elizabeth Roediger
(nee Cowling)

2004

Effects of upper extremity motion on lower extremity muscle activation patterns. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong, 2004.

Dr Gavin Pinniger

2003

Effects of fatigue induced by repeated dynamic efforts on hamstring muscle function. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Dr Alison Marshall
(nee Miners)

2001

A randomised controlled trial using minimal interventions to promote physical activity to adults aged 40-60 years of age in Wollongong. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Dr Julie Steele

1997

Knee function of chronic ACLD patients during static knee laxity assessment and dynamic deceleration. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Graduand

Year

Thesis Title

Ms Alison Bell

2008

An ergonomics analysis of vacuum cleaning tasks using observational risk assessment tools. School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Ms Suzi Edwards

2002

The effects of fatigue of landing in Beach Volleyball: Implications for patellar tendinosis. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Annaliese Dowling

2001

Relationship between static and dynamic foot structure and function in obese children. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Diane Riddiford

2000

Relationship between body mass index (BMI) and functional capacity in prepubescent children. Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Graduand

Year

Thesis Title

Mr Jarred Cooper

2019

Effect of lower limb alignment on knee joint loading when landing a simulated floater in surfing. Bachelor of Science (Honours: 1st Class). School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. 

Ms Maddison Kirk

2018

Short-term effects of anti-pronation taping on foot mobility and pain in female netball athletes with medial tibial stress. Bachelor of Medical & Health Science (Honours: 1st Class). School of Medicine, University of Wollongong 

Ms Katelyn Mikilewicz

2017

Effect of external breast prosthesis mass on upper torso loading and discomfort in women with a unilateral mastectomy Bachelor of Medical & Health Science (Honours: 1st Class). School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Mr Scott Gill

2017

Effects of aquatic-based exercise on toe flexor strength in older individuals. Bachelor of Science (Honours: 2nd Class, Division II). School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Mr James Forsyth

2014

Effects of ankle range of motion on the control of landing a surf-like simulated aerial task. Bachelor of Science (Honours: 1st Class). School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.

Ms Karly Coltman

2013

Does breast size affect the structure and function of the upper torso? Bachelor of Medical & Health Science Advanced (Honours: 1st Class). School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Ms Jessica Dobson

2013

Effects of wearing gumboots and leather lace-up boots on gait and perceived comfort when walking on simulated underground coal mine surfaces. Bachelor of Science (Honours: 1st Class). School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong

Ms Celeste Coltman

2012

How do bra strap orientation and design affect comfort and breast support for women with large breasts? Bachelor of Science (Honours: 1st Class). School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Ms Cara Mura

2010

Do gender differences in cutting technique really exist? Implications for ACL injury. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class), School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Mr Thomas Hutchings

2008

The development of a viscoelastic finite element model to simulate breast motion. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). Faculty of Engineering, University of Wollongong.

Ms Sheridan Gho

2007

To what extent are bras an impediment to exercise for breast cancer patients? Bachelor of Science (Honours: First Class) thesis. School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Ms Catherine Wild

2007

How is the landing technique of males affected by growth and development? Implications for Osgood-Schlatter Disease. Bachelor of Science (Honours: First Class) thesis. School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong.

Ms Laura Buckley

2005

Can modifying gait reduce excessive breast motion and breast discomfort in larger breasted women? (Honours; 2nd Class). Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Mr John Whitting

2005

Does vertical descent velocity affect the parachute landing fall technique and how is this moderated by experience? (Honours; 1st Class). Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Karen Mickle

2004

The feet of overweight and obese young children: Are they flat or fat? Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class). Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Sally Davidson

2002

Effects of obesity on the postural stability of primary school children. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 2nd Class; Division 1). Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Elizabeth Cowling

1998

Does upper limb motion alter lower limb muscle coordination? Implications for ACL injury. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Annaliese Dowling

1998

Foot structure and plantar pressure: How are they affected by obesity in prepubescent children? Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Jennifer Manning

1996

Effects of using a semitendinosus/gracilis tendon autograft for reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament on hamstring function. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Mr Gavin Pinniger

1996

Effects of fatigue induced by repeated dynamic efforts on hamstring muscle function. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Mr Nathan Townsend

1995

A kinematic and kinetic evaluation of the Paterson Anterior Cruciate Support. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 2nd Class, Division II), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Alison Miners

1995

Effects of a 12 week functional physical activity programme on balance, strength and flexibility of women aged over 60 years. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Bridget Munro

1994

Mechanics of the sit-to-stand transfer using an ejector chair: Implications for elderly arthritic patients. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Mr Martin Harland

1994

The sprint start: A kinetic and kinematic comparison of slow versus fast starters. Bachelor of Science (Honours; 1st Class), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Wollongong.

Ms Leonie Furze

1992

The effect of match play on shooting technique in netball. Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours - Distinction), Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong.

Mr Matthew Carroll

1992

A dynamic model of the human knee joint. Bachelor of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wollongong.

Mr Chris Cook

1990

Determination of a damping coefficient for the human knee joint. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours - Distinction), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wollongong.

Mr Andrew Job

1990

MRI imaging of an athletic female knee for finite element analysis. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours - Distinction), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wollongong.

Mr Ross Wotherspoon

1990

An application of engineering mechanics to biomechanics. Finite element analysis of the human knee joint. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours - Distinction), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wollongong.