Dr Tina Skinner

Senior Lecturer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 68810
0414 969 732


Dr Tina Skinner is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology within the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Tina's research interest focuses on reducing cancer progression and improving disease- and treatment-related symptoms of people with cancer and cancer survivors using 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 national and international exercise oncology projects funded by NHMRC, the Movember Foundation, QLD Health and Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Tina is currently an advisor for 10 research higher degree students, each of whom has achieved success in their doctorates, from prestigious scholarships and publications to international conference awards and travel grants.

Research Interests

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

Research Impacts

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: Implementation of a falls prevention program within all 26 Churches of Christ Queensland residential aged care facilities

Outcomes: Pilot data revealed potential benefits of the program for improving falls risk in residents of aged care. 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 decreases as a result of 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 physical employment standards of Airservices Australia

Outcomes: New physical employment standards of Airservices Australia are better aligned with the physical demands of the job.

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: 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.

Outcomes: Caffeine intake advice provided to elite athletes by sports science staff from these organisations was updated in line with the latest evidence based research


  • 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


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal 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.