Director of Development and Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science, Program Coordinator – Clinical Exercise Physiology / Mt Helen Campus

Dr Deborah Pascoe

Deborah is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 30 years experience as an academic clinician. She is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and specialises in sport injuries, falls prevention in the elderly and musculoskeletal conditions. She manages and supervises students in the Federation University Clinical Exercise Centre.

Deborah's research focuses on professional development and work integrated learning in clinical exercise physiology practice, musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation and exercise prescription for chronic and complex medical conditions. Deborah has received three Vice Chancellors awards for Outstanding Service: Excellence in Teaching, Team Excellence: Clinical Exercise Centre and an Award for Excellence: Innovation.

Discipline Leader, Senior Lecturer in Exercise & Sport Science, Program Coordinator – Master of Strength & Conditioning / Mt Helen Campus

Dr Scott Talpey

Scott is Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning and Program Coordinator of the Master of Strength and Conditioning. Scott is a Level II Strength and Conditioning Coach through the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (USA). Originally from the United States, Scott worked as a Physical Education teacher at the secondary school level and as a Strength and Conditioning coach at the NCAA level before moving to Australia to complete his PhD here at Federation University.

Here in Australia he is a strength and conditioning coach with the Ballarat Basketball Association, providing support to junior and senior athletes for the past 11 years. Scott is passionate about developing future Strength and Conditioning coaches and uses his research in the areas of physical preparation for sport, sports injury prevention and coach development/education to help provide an engaging learning evironment for students.

Director, International Sports Management / Mt Helen Campus

Dr Sue Brown


Dr Sue Brown is educating the next generation of sport leaders in her role as Director of International Sport Management at Federation University. Sue is working in partnership with the World Academy of Sport to create a new, exciting online Bachelor of International Sport Management degree.

Sue’s long list of contributions to education and student life at the University have been recognised through accolades including the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2019 for Leadership and Transformational Change. Sue added a PhD in 2015 (with a focus on how women engage in leadership and how they develop as leaders in a sporting context) to her repertoire, and she continues to be a known leader within her community and a voice and advocate for women in sport, having published and written several peer-reviewed articles.

Sue’s passion for sport and education is reflected through her ongoing and varied community involvement with being awarded the 2016 International Women’s Day Award by Golden Plains Shire for her involvement in, and advocacy for, community sport and for her performance as a role model to peers and the community for outstanding public service.

Program Coordinator and Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Mt Helen Campus

Lindy Hall

Lindy is a lecturer within the exercise and sport science undergraduate program at Federation University, with a focus on work integrated learning and inclusive physical activity. Lindy's research encompasses the impact work integrated learning has on student careers as well as the skills developed during external practicum placements within the exercise and sport science industry.

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with a range of industry experiences, Linda's passion for the exercise & sport science field continues in the higher education sector.

Program Coordinator and Lecturer in Bachelor of Health Sciences / Mt Helen Campus

Peter Hopwood

Peter is currently the Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Health Sciences-Health Promotion Program. Peter began his working life as a member of the Victorian Police Force, being stationed in the western suburbs of Melbourne. This was followed with twenty years teaching physical education and social sciences in secondary schools, including, several years as the state manager of health and physical education at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Peter also spent two years as the state manager of Health for the Victorian branch of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).

Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Mt Helen Campus

Oscar Owens

Oscar (Julian) is a lecturer and academic advisor in Exercise & Sport Science. He is an early career researcher and is interested in draft systems in sport and the ramifications they have on young athletes. He has been with the Geelong Football Club Women's Program since its inception.

Oscar loves sports minded people and the discussions that arise from people who are passionate about their team and its performance.

Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Gippsland Campus

Dr Mathew O'Grady

Mathew is a lecturer and academic advisor in Exercise & Sport Science at the Churchill campus. He teaches in the area of biomechanics and also assists with the delievery of the Masters of Strength & Conditioning. His research interests include physical preperation for sport, specifically looking at methods of training that enhance explosive neuromuscular performance.

Previously, Mathew worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the North Ballarat Roosters in the VFL.

Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Mt Helen Campus

Megan Charity

Megan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She lectures in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology program, coordinating the clinical exercise physiology placements and supervising students in the oncampus Clinical Exercise Centre.

Megan's research interests include clinical supervision and fundamental motor skills in children.

Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Psychology / Mt Helen Campus

Dr Christopher Mesagno

Christopher is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Psychology in the School of Science, Psychology and Sport. "Chris" has worked for Fed since 2008 where he teaches mainly Exercise and Sport Psychology courses.

Chris is a world leading expert in anxiety in sport and "choking under pressure" and his research also examines physical activity to improve stress resilience and psychological interventions to improve exercise performance.

Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Mt Helen Campus

Dr Brendan O'Brien

Brendan lectures in anatomy and physiology and the exercise physiology and prescription courses in the Bachelor of Exercise Science.

Brendan's research is focused on developing a reliable test to determine poor responders to exercise training - so these people can have tailored and personalized training programs that will be effective in improving their fitness.

Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Mt Helen Campus

Dr Andrew Lavender

Andrew is an Accredited Exercise Scientist and teaches motor control and learning and exercise science research courses in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Andrew's research covers topics including concussion and sub-concussion in human and rodent models, benefits of exercise for healthy ageing and neuromuscular performance.

Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Mt Helen Campus

Dr Warrick Chilton

Warrick is a lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) at Federation University Australia. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underpinning the effects of exercise on cellular aging.

Warrick teaches across the undergraduate Exercise and Sport Science program and the postgraduate Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology program. He is also a clinical supervisor in the Federation University Exercise Rehabilitation Clinic.

Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Mt Helen Campus

Ryan Worn

Ryan is a lecturer Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science, in the School of Science, Psychology and Sport. Ryan has a special interest in biomechanics, strength and conditioning and exercise physiology.

Presently, Ryan teaches into two Biomechanics units, Exercise Prescription, Functional Anatomy and Exercise Modalities. Ryan's research has been centred around cycling science and as such, Ryan has significant involevement with the Cycling Australia and Cycling Victoria, partnerships with Federation University.

Finally, Ryan and Oscar Owens work together to manage the social media pages and engagement for the Exercise and Sport Science cohort.

Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science / Mt Helen Campus

Dr Emma Siesmaa

Emma is an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) and Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science. She teaches into the area of anatomy and physiology, functional anatomy and injury prevention in exercise science.

Emma's research is focused in the field of inury prevention, more specifically in the area of injury prevention in snow sports. Her current work is investigating attitudes towards helmet use among snow sports participants, as well as exercise programs for injury prevention in snow sports.

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