Research Higher Degree Students

  • Joshua Farragher, PhD Candidate

    Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University in 2012. Since then he has completed a Graduate Certificate and Master’s in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and practices at a private clinic in Melbourne. Currently, Josh is completing his PhD investigating the retraining of lumbar extensor muscle force control and lifting biomechanics in people with chronic low back pain. When he’s not working, Josh enjoys basketball, football as well as outdoor adventuring.

  • Belinda Lawford, PhD Candidate

    Belinda is currently pursuing a PhD at CHESM, investigating telephone-delivered care for people with knee osteoarthritis. She completed her Bachelor of Medical Science at the Australian National University in Canberra, and her honours year at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Outside of uni, Belinda likes to run or ride her bike.

  • My-Linh Luong, PhD Candidate

    My-Linh moved to Melbourne from North Carolina in 2017 to pursue a PhD at the Centre for Health, Exercise, and Sports Medicine (CHESM). She received her Masters of Science in Public Health with a concentration on health behavior change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She became interested in studying osteoarthritis while working as an aging fellow at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center. She developed her passion for advocacy and SciComm savvy through her work as a social media specialist and assistant program manager at the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance. It was while working there that she scrolled through Twitter and discovered a call from CHESM seeking to recruit a PhD student. Keen to work with top-notch researchers in the field, and eager for a new adventure, she left Chapel Hill for the big city (the most liveable one, at that!). She misses the (American) biscuits, burgers and beer back home, but loves Melbourne for life in the laneways, the street art, and Shirazes.

  • Rachel Nelligan, PhD Candidate

    Rachel completed her Bachelors of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australian in 2005. Since graduating Rachel has worked in musculoskeletal and pelvic floor rehabilitation in the private sector and as a research assistant within CHESM. Her PhD is investigating the use of an exercise e-health program for people with knee osteoarthritis. Beyond her studies Rachel continues to work clinically, enjoys all things outdoors, cooking, a good book and a glass of wine.

  • Philippa Nicolson, PhD Candidate

    Pip completed her BPhty at the University of Otago in 2006 and has worked in orthopaedic inpatient and outpatient departments since. Her PhD is investigating multiple aspects of adherence to exercise among people with knee osteoarthritis; the relationship between adherence and outcomes; how we measure adherence and what we can do to improve it. Aside from research Pip enjoys still working clinically, cycling, baking and any outdoor adventures in NZ.

  • Samantha Teo, PhD Candidate

    Sam completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2007 at the University of Melbourne. In 2015, she obtained her Master of Health Sciences majoring in Gerontology from La Trobe University. She is currently doing her PhD with CHESM investigating the quality of care provided by physiotherapists in the management of hip and/or knee osteoarthritis. She also works part time in private practice and aged care. In her spare time, she enjoys running, travelling and doing Pilates.