I gained my PhD in 1999 from LaTrobe University, studying on an APA and a collaborative scholariship awarded from the Reseach School of Biological Science at ANU. My PhD project was an investigation of dopaminegic activity in the retina. This has particular relevance to the retinal control of eye-growth and the development of myopia. I then moved to the laboratory of Prof. Joseph Besharse at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, USA, where I compeleted two years post-doctoral studies investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms.

I returned to Australia in 2001 and have held lecturing positions at La Trobe University and University of Canberra. I arrived at JCU in July 2006. I hold a Senior Lecturing position, and have spent several years focussing on administration as Head of the Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline. The Discipline was subsumed into Biomedicine with the 2014/5 JCU restructure and I have focussed on teaching and scholarship of teaching since that time.

My current interests in teaching are two-fold: the implementation of novel teaching and learning techniques into large first year anatomy and physiology subjects; and the dissemination of these techniques to the academic community. This is about getting the students excited about learning as well as getting the academics excited about teaching them! My research focuses on these changes in teaching techniques and I attend relevant conferences to share this information.

  • BM1031: Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1032: Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1042: Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1052: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1061: Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1062: Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MH1061: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (Level 1; CNS)
  • MH1062: The Musculoskeletal System for Sports and Exercise Science (Level 1; CNS)
  • ML4309: Histology and Cytology Techniques (Level 4; TSV)
  • PP3252: Neuropharmacology (Level 3; TSV)
  • TV1003: Animal Structure and Function (Level 1; TSV)
  • Inspiring engagement from both sides of the blackboard i.e. lecturers and students alike
  • Developing and documenting the success (or otherwise) of novel teaching and learning techniques.
  • Deploying novel teaching and learning techniques to enhance the success of the masses of students enrolled in the foundation sciences
  • 2008 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2009 to 2015 - Head of Discipline of Physiology and Pharmacology, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2001 to 2006 - Lecturer, University of Canberra (Canberra)
  • 2001 to 2006 - Adjunct Lecturer, Australian National University (Canberra)
  • 2000 - Lecturer, La Trobe University (Bendigo)
  • 1998 to 2000 - Post-doctoral Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee Wisconsin USA)
  • 1995 to 1998 - PhD student, La Trobe University (Bendigo)
  • 1995 to 1998 - PhD student, Australian National University (Canberra)
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  • 2018 - James Cook University Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for Implementing Novel Approaches to Engage and Support Student Learning in a First Year Anatomy and Physiology Subject
  • 2018 to 2019 - 2018 James Cook University Teaching and Learning Development Blended Learning and Innovation Grant: To develop augmented reality questing games for first year students.: project team leader.
  • 2015 to 2016 - Project Team Member: Learning and Teaching Category B grant ($5,000). Peer-assessed group digi-presentations for BM1032, BM1042, BM1052 and BM1062
  • 2015 to 2016 - Project Team Member: Learning and Teaching Category B grant ($9,661.60). Developing engaging and authentic capstone experiences for Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
  • 2015 to 2016 - Project Leader: Learning and Teaching Category B grant ($10,000). Development of Introductory peer-assessed group digi-presentations for BM1031, BM1041, BM1051 and BM1061
  • 2015 - Learning and Teaching Category A grant Development of an ebook ($2000). Neurophysiology for Allied Health Students: The Basics
  • Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow

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  • Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning Strategies in Nursing Students (PhD , External Advisor)

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