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Toohey Kellie

Clinical Assistant Professor (Exercise Physiology), Sport and Exercise Science

Faculty of Health

Bldg, Floor & Room: 12, C18a
Telephone: (02) 6206 8873
Facsimile: (02) 6201 5753
kellie.toohey@canberra.edu.au

Biography

Kellie Toohey is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and completed her Masters' degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She is currently completing her PhD while working as a Lecturer and Clinical Education Co-ordinator (Exercise Physiology) at the University of Canberra. Kellie is currently in her final year of her PhD where she has worked with many cancer survivors during and post treatment measuring the effects of exercise on health outcomes. She works with patients directly as an Accredited Exercise Physiologists and is very passionate about guiding her people back to physiological function, improved mindset and quality of life.  Kellie's PhD work looks specifically at distinguishing optimal Exercise Prescription and CVD risk reduction in cancer survivors. Prior to this Kellie has spent more than 16 years working with exercise and women with breast cancer and in particular a number of years with members from Dragons Abreast in Canberra. Kellie teaches primarily into the 4th year of the Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation degree.

Areas of Teaching

  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular Conditions and rehabilitation
  • Clinical Practice in Exercise Physiology 1 and 2
  • Exercise Management for Chronic Disease

Areas of Research

Ms Toohey has two research areas; the evaluation of difference exercise interventions on cardiovascular disease in cancer and changes in cardiac physiology in chronic populations, before and after, short and long term exercise interventions.

Qualifications Obtained

  • PhD Candidate (started 2013) High-Intensity Interval Training versus Continuous Moderate-Intensity Training: Effects on health outcomes and cardiometabolic disease risk factors in cancer survivors
  • 2015, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, University of Canberra, Canberra Australia, Faculty of Health
  • 2014, Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and Design, University of Canberra, Canberra Australia, Faculty of Health
  • 2013, Master of Exercise Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of Canberra, Canberra Australia, Faculty of Health
  • 2011, Bachelor of Science, University of Canberra, Canberra Australia, Faculty of Health
    - Accredited Exercise Physiologist
    - Accredited Sports Scientist
    - Certified in Clinical Densitometry
    - Certified in Venepuncture and Blood Collection
    - Diploma of Fitness

Professional Affiliations

  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Fitness Australia
  • Yoga Australia

Recent Publications

  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., McKune, A., Cooke, J., DuBose, K. D., Yip, D., Craft, P., Semple, S. (2018). Does low volume high-intensity interval training elicit superior benefits to continuous low to moderate-intensity training in cancer survivors? World journal of clinical oncology, 9(1), 1.  
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., McKune, A., Cooke, J., & Semple, S. (2018). High-intensity exercise interventions in cancer survivors: a systematic review exploring the impact on health outcomes. Journal of cancer research and clinical oncology, 144(1), 1-12.
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., McKune, A., Cooke, J., Welvaert, M., Northey, J., & Semple, S. (2018). An exploration of the effecs of exercise intensity (HIIT and CMIT) on autonomic nervous system, HPA axis and immune function in older breast cancer surivors. Journal of cancer research and clinical oncology. Submitted.
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K. L., Arnolda, L., Cooke, J., Yip, D., Craft, P. S., & Semple, S. (2016). A pilot study examining the effects of low-volume high-intensity interval training and continuous low to moderate intensity training on quality of life, functional capacity and cardiovascular risk factors in cancer survivors. PeerJ, 4, e2613. 
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., & Semple, S. (2016). Do Activity Patterns And Body Weight Change After A Cancer Diagnosis? A Retrospective Cohort Study. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research (IJHSR), 6(10), 110-117.
  • Toohey, K., Semple, S., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., Arnold, L., Craft, P., & Yip, D. (2015). High-intensity interval training versus continuous moderate intensity training: Effects on health outcomes and cardiometabolic disease risk factors in cancer survivors: A pilot study. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 19, e94-e94.  
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., & Semple, S (2015). Effects of high vs. moderate intensity exercise on functional fitness and quality of life in cancer survivors: a pilot study. Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, 47(5S):464

Conference Presentations

  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., & Semple, S. Effects of moderate vs. high intensity exercise on functional fitness & quality of life in cancer survivors. 12th Behavioural Research in Cancer Control Confernce “Bridging the Gap”, 12th May -15th May 2015, Sydney, Australia 
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., & Semple, S. Effects of high vs. moderate intensity exercise on functional fitness and quality of life in cancer survivors: a pilot study. 62nd Annual Meeting & 6th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, May 26th -May 30th 2015, San Diego, United States of America. 
  • Toohey, K., Semple, S., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., Arnold, L., Craft, P., & Yip, D. (2015). High-intensity interval training versus continuous moderate intensity training: Effects on health outcomes and cardiometabolic disease risk factors in cancer survivors: A pilot study. 2015 ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference, October 21st – October 24th 2015, Sanctuary Cove, Australia. 
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., & Semple, S. Effects of exercise intensity on cardiovascular disease risk factors in cancer. 2016 Sydney Cancer Conference (SCC2016), September 22nd - September 23rd 2016, Australian Technology Park, Sydney, Australia.  
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., & Semple, S. Do actvity patterns and body weight change after a cancer diagnosis? A retrospective cohort study. 6th Exercise and Sports Science Australia Conference and Sports Dietitions Australia Update: Research to Practice. April 10th – April 12th 2016, Melbourne, Australia. 
  • Toohey, K., Semple, S., Pumpa, K., Cooke, J., Arnold, L., Craft, P., & Yip, D. (2015). High-intensity interval training versus continuous moderate intensity training: Effects on health outcomes and cardiometabolic disease risk factors in cancer survivors: A pilot study. Heart Foundation, Cardiovascular Research Symposium. May 5th 2017, Canberra, Australia. 
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., McKune, A., Cooke, J., DuBose, K. D., Yip, D., Craft, P., Semple, S. The effects of high-intensity interval training in cancer survivors. Research to Practice 2018, Exercise and Sports Science Australia. March 27th – March 29th 2018, Brisbane, Australia. 
  • Toohey, K., Pumpa, K., McKune, A., Cooke, J., DuBose, K. D., Yip, D., Craft, P., Semple, S. Does low volume high-intensity interval training elicit superior benefits to continuous low to moderate-intensity training in cancer survivors? 65th Annual Meeting & 9th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. May 29th – June 2nd 2018, Minnesota, United States of America.

Grants

  • Toohey K. Student Led Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the University of Canberra Health Hub. AstraZeneca support funding (2017): $15,180
  • Toohey K, Freene, N. Indigenous Cardiac Rehabilitation program at the University of Canberra Health Hub. 'Hands Across Canberra' (2014): $5,000
  • Toohey K. High-Intensity Interval Training versus Continuous Moderate-Intensity Training: Effects on health outcomes and cardiometabolic disease risk factors in cancer survivors. YMCA support funding  (2013): $10,000
  • Rattray B, Cooke J, Pumpa KL, Toohey K. Use of eccentric exercise in improving quality of life in COPD sufferers: a meta-analysis. Faculty Research Support Funding (2012): $2500

Awards

  • 2013 Dean's Excellence Award