The Research Team

Linda Spencer (Physiotherapist Investigator).
Linda is a titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and PhD candidate at Curtin University. She is a clinician currently working part-time between private and public sectors. Her qualifications include: BSc (hons) Sport & Exercise Science (Bath, UK); BSc (hons) Physiotherapy (Southampton, UK) and MSc Clinical Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy) (Curtin, WA). She has research experience with undergraduate and postgraduate Masters programmes. Her publication of previous research related to the current topic is with Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapies (2013).
Associate Professor Kathy Briffa.
Kathy is an Associate Professor and Director of Research Training in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University.  She has been conducting clinical research for more than 25 years, has over 100 publications and has supervised PhD, Masters, Honours and Clinical Masters students at Curtin University since 2000.
Dr Robyn Fary.
Robyn Fary is a titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with a PhD. She has substantial clinical and management experience in public and private health care in urban and rural settings. In addition, she has conducted clinical research and published in a wide variety of areas. Currently, she coordinates and teaches in the Honours Research Program at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University, and supervises PhD, Clinical Masters and Honours research students.
Dr Leanda McKenna.
Leanda McKenna’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Master’s Sports Physiotherapy and a PhD. Leanda is a registered practicing physiotherapist who currently treats women who have Upper Back Pain and has published several papers in the field of anthropometry and morphological assessment. She is currently conducting research that involves the measurement of breast size and thus has the expertise and experience available to ensure the proposed trial will be conducted safely.

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