Dr Sjaan Gomersall

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affliate Lecturer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
s.gomersall1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54528

Overview

Sjaan Gomersall is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland. Sjaan is a physiotherapt, with a PhD in physical activity and health and her research has primarily focused on understanding, measuring and influencing physical activity and sedentary behaviour. She has demonstrated skills in a range of study designs, including development and validation of measurement methods, systematic review and meta-analyses, feasibility and acceptability trials, randomised controlled trials and cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of large data sets. She has developed and evaluated several methods of measuring physical activity, including both consumer and research device based methods as well as self-report methods using a use of time approach. Sjaan has assessed physical activity and developed and evaluated physical activity interventions across a broad range of populations and settings including physically inactive adults, working adults (shift workers and truck drivers), adults living with and beyond cancer, adults with chronic disease (cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, metaboloic syndrome), adults with overweight or obesity, adult wheelchair users, children with chronic respiratory disease and children with obesity. She has a strong track record for multi-disciplinary collaborations with national and international collaborators in health and rehabilitation sciences, public health, clinical exercise physiologists, exercise science and nutrition. Sjaan is a passionate advocate for physical activity and is committed to striving for translation of evidence into clinical practice in healthcare settings.

Research Interests

  • Physical activity and health
  • Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Health and behaviour change in first year university students
  • Effectiveness of new generation eHealth trackers in improving physical activity behaviours

Research Impacts

Sjaan is an early-mid career researcher who has an outstanding track record relative to opportunity with an emerging international profile in physical activity, behaviour change and health research. Over 10% (3 articles) of her articles are in the top 5% of most-cited publications worldwide (field-weighted) (SciVal, May 2018). Sjaan has a field-weighted citation impact of 2.15 meaning that she is being cited 115% more than expected based on her field and has been cited in 17 different subject areas, indicating her impact beyond her immediate field (Scopus, May 2018). Her work has been cited in policy (French Physical Activity Guidelines 2016; Australian Report Card on Physical Activity 2014), patents (Apple Inc 2016) and has influenced practice through collaboration with community delivered exercise programs.

She is regularly invited to deliver local and national workshops and seminars on physical activity and health for health professionals, including physiotherapists, clinical exercise physiologists and exercise scientists. She has been invited to give a seminar for the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Queensland State Breakfast and a fully-funded, invited workshop at the 2019 APA conference, as well as seminars for (1) neurological, (2) cancer, lymphedema and palliative care, (3) occupational health and safety and (4) musculoskeletal special interest groups. These contributions highlight her ability to engage clinicians and her commitment to translating behaviour change science into clinical practice. Sjaan has been a board member for the International Society for Physical Activity and Health since 2016 and has served on organising and scientific committees for international physical activity and behaviour change conferences.

Sjaan has demonstrated leadership in the mentoring and career development of early career researchers. She established and currently leads the HaBS Faculty Early Career Executive, leads the ECR portfolio for the SHRS Research Committee and represents HaBS on the EMCR@UQ committee.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, S.Aust.

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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