Dr Tina Skinner

Senior Lecturer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
t.skinner@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68810
0414 969 732

Overview

Dr Tina Skinner is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology within the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Tina's research focuses on reducing cancer progression and improving the disease- and treatment-related symptoms of people living with and beyond cancer through exercise and nutrition. She is a lead investigator of exercise oncology research at UQ, and collaborates with high profile researchers across Australia, Sweden and Canada. The quality and significance of her research has resulted in several national and international exercise oncology projects funded by NHMRC, the Movember Foundation, Queensland Health and Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Tina has supervised 21 research higher degree students, each of whom has achieved success in their doctorates, from prestigious scholarships and publications to international conference awards and competitive grants.

Research Interests

  • Exercise oncology
    Exercise and nutrition to reduce cancer progression and improve disease and treatment-related symptoms in people living with and beyond cancer

Research Impacts

Research: Evaluation of YMCA’s Cancer Survivors Program

  • Organisations Affected: YMCA of Brisbane
  • Year of Change: 2018
  • Changes: Evaluation of YMCA’s Cancer Survivors Program revealed some benefits of the program for improving physical function in men and women living with and beyond cancer. We provided recommendations and guidelines to enhance the effectiveness of this program.
  • Outcomes: Optimising the YMCA Cancer Survivors Program has improved cancer-related fatigue, quality of life and cardiorespiratory fitness in over 400 people living with and beyond cancer.

Research: The Influence of Diet and Exercise on Prostate Cancer-Related Fatigue and Quality of Life

  • Organisations Affected: The Movember Foundation
  • Year of Change: 2018
  • Changes: Our research has resulted in improvements in the provision of dietetic services for Movember’s TrueNTH solutions: an integrated multi-component intervention to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer in Australia
  • Outcomes: This research has enhanced the dietetic advice we have provided to improve cancer-related fatigue and quality of life in over 200 people living with and beyond prostate cancer.

Research: Fun 'n Fitness: Evaluation of the Churches of Christ in Queensland Falls Prevention Exercise Program for its Aged Care Residents.

  • Organisations Affected: Churches of Christ Queensland
  • Year of Change: 2016
  • Changes: Our pilot data revealed benefits of the ‘Fun ‘n Fitness’ program for improving falls risk in residents of aged care.
  • Outcomes: Churches of Christ Queensland implemented this program across all 26 of their residential aged care facilities in Queensland in 2016. Follow up over the next few years will examine whether number of falls and fallers improves with the program.

Research: Evaluation of Airservices Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Physical and Functional Testing

  • Organisations Affected: Airservices Australia
  • Year of Change: 2013
  • Changes: Replacement of the current national physical employment standards for Airservices Australia
  • Outcomes: Creation and dissemination of recommendations and guidelines for the development of new physical employment standards for Airservices Australia that align with the physical demands of the job.

Research: Impact of a brief exercise program on the physical and psychosocial health of people living with and beyond cancer

  • Organisations Affected: Men living with and beyond prostate cancer
  • Year of Change: 2011
  • Changes: Implementation and ongoing leadership of the UQ Exercise Clinic for People with Cancer in 2011
  • Outcomes: Our program has improved the disease- and treatment-related side effects of over 300 people living with and beyond cancer.

Research: Influence of Dose and Timing of Caffeine Ingestion on Endurance Performance

  • Organisations Affected: Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club, Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club, Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Year of Change: 2011
  • Changes: Caffeine intake advice provided to elite athletes by sports science staff from Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Lions and the Queensland Academy of Sport in line with the latest evidence-based research.
  • Outcomes: Amendment of current caffeine ingestion guidelines for sports science staff working with athletes in line with the latest evidence regarding optimal dose and timing of ingestion.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (HMS), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • McCarthy, Alexandra, Skinner, Tina, Fenech, Michael and Keating, Shelley (2016). Prevention of chronic conditions and cancer. In Bogda Koczwara (Ed.), Cancer and chronic conditions: addressing the problem of multimorbidity in cancer patients and survivors (pp. 203-239) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-1844-2_7

  • Jenkins, David, Skinner, Tina and Bolam, Kate (2015). Physiological changes affecting nutritional needs of masters athletes. In Peter R. J. Reaburn (Ed.), Nutrition and Performance in Masters Athletes (pp. 1-16) Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b17541-2

  • Skinner, Tina, Slater, Gary and Pritchard-Peschek, Kellie (2014). Anthropometry. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. 59-91) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Skinner, Tina and Caillaud, Corinne (2014). Equipment Calibration and Verification. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. 1-11) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Lark, Sally, Brancato, Tania and Skinner, Tina (2014). Flexibility. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. 174-199) Chatswood, Australia: Elsevier.

  • Skinner, Tina and Bolam, Kate (2014). Functional Measures. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. 319-350) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Skinner, Tina, Gray, Adrian and Jenkins, David (2014). High Intensity Exercise. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. 258-294) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Skinner, Tina and van Rosendal, Simon (2014). Laboratory Safety, Cleaning and Disinfecting. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. xvi-xxii) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Bishop, David and Skinner, Tina (2014). Lactate Threshold. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. 236-257) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Skinner, Tina, Haff, Greg and Newton, Robert (2014). Neuromuscular Strength, Power and Strength Endurance. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. 133-173) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Morris, Norm, Cross, Troy, Saberpathy, Surendran, van Rosendal, Simon and Skinner, Tina (2014). Pulmonary Function. In Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner (Ed.), ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment (pp. 368-385) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.