Doctor of Philosophy, UNSW
Master of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW
Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, UNSW
Bachelor of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney
Graduate Certificate in the Pilates Method, UTS
Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management, Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD)
Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
I obtained a PhD in Biomechanics from UNSW in 2012, before taking up a full-time academic position in the UNSW School of Medical Sciences.
I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the UNSW School of Health Sciences, and Program Authority for the UNSW Bachelor of Exercise Physiology. I have worked as a Biomechanist in gait analysis laboratories at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, and have over 14 years of experience as a dance educator.
My primary areas of tertiary teaching and research include biomechanics, motor learning and skill acquisition. I have a strong interest in investigating the biomechanics of dance and other movement practices, and assessing the therapeutic effects of dance for people of all ages and abilities.
2018 UNSW Medicine Faculty Teaching Award: Teaching Excellence
2018 UNSW School of Medical Sciences Award: Community Engagement
2016 UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award: Teaching Excellence - Contributions to Student Learning
2016 UNSW School of Medical Sciences Award: Teacher of the Year
2015 UNSW School of Medical Sciences Award: Contribution to the Student Experience
2019-20: Goldstein D, Park S, McCrary MJ, Simar D, Ward R. The effect of exercise training on neurophysiologic, functional, and quality of life deficits in cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. World Cancer Research Fund International, AU$99,958.
2018: Thom J (CI), Arnold R, Booth J, Boutcher Y, Jones M, Kwai N, McAuley J, Parmenter B, Simar D, Ward R, Housley G, Birznieks I, Potas J, Vickery R, Smith G, Herbert R, Bolsterlee B, Cederholm J, Khamis H. SoMS Human Participant Laboratories Level 1 Wallace Wurth. UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme, AU$539,980.
2016: Lord S (PI). … (co-investigators listed alphabetically, incl. Ward R). UNSW Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Initiative Scheme (MREII), AU$218,097.