Print this page

UCRISE Staff and Research Members

Photo of Gordon WaddingtonGordon is UC AIS Professor of Sports Medicine in the UC Research Institute for Sport and Exercise and Professor of Physiotherapy in the Faculty of Health. He gained his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2000. He has published more than 100 research papers in peer reviewed journals and is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport and on the review boards of the Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, Experimental Brain Research, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Physical Therapy in Sport and Physiotherapy and the Grants Review Panel of the Physiotherapy Research Foundation and is a NHMRC Project Grant reviewer.

His major research interest is in the assessment of human somatosensory function and it's relationship to movement performance and the impact of injury and rehabilitation.


Click here to view Gordon's research profile

Photo of David PyneDavid Pyne is a sports physiologist with 30 years practical and research experience across a range of individual and team sports. David served as an adjunct member of UCRISE in 2014 and 2015 and joined as a full-time Research Professor in 2016.  David completed both an undergraduate (Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Coaching) and graduate (Masters in Exercise Physiology) degree at UC, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Australian National University. He held adjunct status at UC between 1997 and 2016 in sport science.

David has a long history of service as a sports physiologist and researcher at the Australian Institute of Sport (1987-2016) and currently holds a conjoint position with the AIS as a research professor in the Discipline of Physiology.  He has extensive experience with basketball, rugby union, rugby league, Australian Football, cricket and swimming at the AIS and national levels. He attended four Olympic Games and numerous international competitions with the Australian Swimming Team.  Between 2013 and 2016, David served as the Discipline Lead – Physiology for Swimming Australia.

David’s researchwork in the areas of exercise and the immune system, the applied physiology of swimming, and fitness and conditioning for team sports is recognised internationally.  This work has focussed on both practical interventions for enhancing sports performance and physiological mechanisms that explain variations in performance, health and fitness.

David is Theme Leader at UCRISE for High Performance Sport and Exercise and serves as the Associate Dean of Research.  He also contributes to research training and mentoring of students and staff, and other UCRISE activities. His international research links stretch to the US, New Zealand, France, Portugal, UK, Spain and the Middle East.  Leadership, collegiality, and mentoring with students, researchers, coaches and athletes alike are seen as high priorities.

David has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in exercise and sports science journals, an H-Index of 50, and supervised 16 PhD students to completion. He was Foundation Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance from 2004-2009 and currently serves as a Consulting Editor.  David is a member of Sports Medicine Australia, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.


Dick Telford is a former Australian Rules footballer, cricket player and coach, a leading Australian sport scientist and distance running coach to many Olympians. Since 2004 Dick has reverted to his initial area of research interest, that of physical education, physical activity and their roles in child health and development. His interdisciplinary interests stood out in his role of Research Director of the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) longitudinal intervention study where he set up teams with expertise in statistics, exercise physiology, cardiology, pathology, psychology, radiology, education and motor control. The LOOK study has produced over 30 publications in peer reviewed journals and is now well known nationally and internationally for its contribution to child health and education through physical activity.

In 2013 Professor Telford began a part-time Professorial Fellowship within the University of Canberra, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE). While Dick has more than 100 peer-researched publications, co-authored many chapters in books, and delivered numerous papers and presentations nationally and internationally, he feels that scientists and universities owe it to the community to describe published research findings. To this end he is regular contributor to radio, and frequently interacts with journalists to convey public health messages.


Dr Bradley Clark manages the UCRISE laboratory, which is used for research and elite athlete training.


Lucy's role is to increase awareness of UCRISE activities and achievements through the website, social media platforms, newsletters, brochures, and mainstream media.


Dr Marijke Welvaert PhD MSc BSc

Marijke Welvaert is an applied statistician focusing on the application of appropriate statistics and good statistical practice in research. Marijke initially started out as a cognitive psychologist but her first-hand experience with how statistics are applied in the field motivated her to reskill as a statistician. Since then she has been working as an applied statistician in a wide variety of research domains. She obtained her PhD from Ghent University, Belgium, focusing on the use of statistics in brain imaging studies using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). She is the main developer of the R package neuRosim ( which not only allows statisticians to evaluate statistical techniques for fMRI data, but also provides a tool for neuroscientists to evaluate experimental protocols and statistical analysis pipelines. In 2013 Marijke moved to Australia to take up a post-doctoral fellowship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), during which she applied her statistical skills on biosecurity risk, citizen science data and general surveillance problems.

In 2016 Marijke took up a joint appointment between the University of Canberra, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). In her role as statistician, she provides statistical advice and training to sport and exercise scientists.


Professor Cook researches human behaviour and physiology with a particular emphasis on high performance in sport and medicine.

For the past 20 years he has been involved in high performance sport at both Olympic and professional sport level.

Currently he is also involved in high performance in the coaching and leadership arena.

He has strong links to Bangor University in North Wales, Swansea University in South Wales and Imperial College in London. In addition he collaborates with a number of S18 rugby teams, Australian Institute of Sport, English Institute of Sport and Queensland Academy of Sport.


Dr Julien PĂ©riard joined UCRISE in 2016. Specialising in the field of environmental physiology, he joined the University of Canberra after spending six years at the Sports Medicine Hospital, Aspetar, in Qatar.

Dr Periard grew up in Canada but completed his PhD at the University of Sydney where he won the 2011 Exercise and Sport Science (ESSA) medal which is awarded to the most outstanding PhD thesis in the field of Exercise and Sports Science.


  • Professor Allan Hahn OAM - Emeritus Professor, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Ms Carrie Graf - High performance expert at Yellow Edge and former coach of the Canberra Capitals
  • Professor Craig Purdam - Head of Physical Therapies, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Associate Professor David Hughes - Chief Medical Officer, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Professor David Martin - Director of Performance Research and Development, Philadelphia 76ers, National Basketball Association (NBA), USA
  • Associate Professor Desmond Yip - Clinical Director and Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology, Canberra Hospital
  • Associate Professor Greg Lovell - Senior Sports Physician, Department of Medicine, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Associate Professor Jia Han, Shanghai University of Sport
  • Associate Professor Judith Anson - UCRISE Researcher
  • Professor Keith Lyons - UCRISE Researcher
  • Professor Kieran Fallon, Sport and exercise medicine, Australian National University
  • Associate Professor Kirsten Peterson, Head of Performance Psychology, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Associate Professor Laura Garvican-Lewis - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Professor Margaret E Whitehead - President of the International Physical Literacy Association
  • Professor Mathew Wilson - Head of Athlete Health and Performance Research  and Lead Performance Physiologist, ASPETAR - Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital
  • Mr Matthew Favier - Director, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Professor Nick Brown - Deputy Director, Research and Applied Science, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Associate Professor Nili Steinberg,  The Wingate College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences
  • Professor Peter Fricker OAM - Chair of the Medical Commission of the Australian Olympic Committee
  • Professor Peter Hassmen - Professor of Psychology, Southern Cross University's School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Associate Professor Philip Graham-Smith - Head of Biomechanics, ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence, Qatar
  • Associate Professor Philo Saunders - Senior Physiologist, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Associate Professor Renee Appaneal, Senior Sport Psychologist, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Professor Roger Adams - Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • Professor Ross Cunningham, Statistical Science
  • Associate Professor Stephan Praet - Specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Dr Anthony Walker, Occupational Heat Stress Physiologist
  • Dr Dale Chapman, Sport and Exercise Science
  • Associate Professor Janet Karin - Head of Artistic Studies and Kinetic Educator at the Australian Ballet School
  • Michael Drew, Senior Sports Physiotherapist, Australian Institute of Sport