Research description

Kate's research focuses on the effects of exercise for people with chronic diseases, specifically cancer. 

She uses a variety of research methods including, randomized controlled trials, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, as well as systematic reviews. 


Publication list




Teaching portfolio

Teaching roles

2009-2016: course lecturer, tutor, clinical educator and practicum supervisor. 2011-2016: research student supervisor


PhD student supervision

Kirsten Adlard: The influence of exercise intensity on fatigue in cancer survivors. The University of Queensland. Main supervisor: Dr Tina Skinner, The University of Queensland, Australia.


Undergraduate and Masters level teaching

Courses I have taught into include the following:

  • The School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Australia • Exercise Prescription & Programming for Ageing, Metabolic Disease & Cancer (Course, student clinic and examination development, lecturing, Student Clinic coordinator and clinical educator). The course includes the principles of chronic disease management and professional and technical skills required to prescribe, program and deliver exercise for individuals with diabetes, cancer, renal disease, obesity, dementia, osteoporosis, arthritis, poor mental health the obese and older individuals. 2009-2013
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology Practicum (practicum supervisor). The course involves students undertaking supervised clinical practice in affiliated hospitals (public and private), clinics and community settings as required for accreditation as Exercise Physiologists with Exercise and Sports Science Australia. 2009-2012
  • Exercise Prescription & Programming (tutoring). The course includes the principles and guidelines to develop, deliver and evaluate exercise and physical activity programs for individuals and groups. 2009-2010
  • Advanced exercise physiology (lecturing). The course involves developing skills in reading, reporting and evaluating research on human physiological responses to exercise and training and to advance practical skills in major areas of measurement and programming. 2010
  • Health Promotion (lecturing). Introduction to the science and art of health promotion through evidence-based individual, community and societal approaches for improving health and preventing illness, including needs assessment, priority setting, and planning and developing health promotion initiatives. 2010


Clinical education

In 2010, I began the first Student-led Cancer and Exercise clinic in Australia at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland. This exercise clinic has run for the last 6 years.


Undergraduate education

Bachelor of Applied Science, Human Movement Studies, Exercise Science (Honours): School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia, 2002-2005



PhD Thesis: The Effect of Exercise on the Bone Health of Middle-Aged and Older Men and Men with Prostate Cancer, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia, 2009-2014 (Health Care Science)

Main supervisor: Professor Dennis Taaffe (Edith Cowan University, WA, Australia) Co-supervisors: A/Professor David Jenkins (The University of Queensland, QLD, Australia) Professor Daniel Galvao (Edith Cowan University, WA, Australia), Dr Tina Skinner (The University of Queensland, QLD, Australia)

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia: National Graduate of the Year, 2012
  • The University of Queensland Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
  • European College of Sport Science: Young Investigator Award, 2013
  • School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences: Warren Walsh Memorial Prize, 2014 (Awarded to the student completing a PhD within the field of Human Movement Studies, who achieves the most outstanding performance based primarily on the contribution made to the student’s academic discipline but also on the contribution made to teaching, research and the life of the School generally)