Phone:      (03) 53276593
Room:       P336
Position:   Senior Lecturer
Discipline: Exercise and Sport Science


  • PhD (Human Physiology)
  • MSc (Sports Science)
  • BSc (Sports Science)
  • Graduate Certificate (Tertiary Teaching)
  • Graduate Certificate (Tertiary Education Management)
  • Accredited Exercise Scientist (ESSA)

Teaching Areas

  • Motor Control and Learning
  • Exercise Science
  • Research Supervision

Professional Associations

  • Member: Exercise and Sport Science Australia
  • Member: Australasian Neuroscience Society
  • Member: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Australian Alumni Association
  • Editorial Board: PLOS ONE
  • Guest Editor: Sports (MDPI)

Research Interests

  • Mild traumatic brain injury, concussion, subconcussion
  • Neuromuscular function
  • Longevity and healthy ageing
  • Eccentric exercise induced muscle damage
  • Eccentric training

Publications (last 5 years)

Refereed Articles

Hiles-Murison B, Lavender AP, Hackett M, Armstrong J, Nesbit M, Rawlings S, McGonigle T, Warnock A, Lam V, Mamo J, Fitzgerald M, Takechi R. Blood-brain barrier disruption and ventricular enlargement are the earliest econstructional changes in rats with repeated sub-concussive impacts over 2 weeks. Scientific Reports 2021. Accepted 19/04/2021

Lewis M, Young W, Knappstein L, Lavender AP, Talpey S. Countermovement jump variables not tensiomyography can distinguish between sprint and endurance focused track cyclists. Biol Sport 39(1): 67-72, 2021.

McNabb C, Reha T, Georgieva J, Jacques A, Netto K, Lavender AP. The effect of sub-concussive impacts during a rugby tackling drill on brain function. Brain Sciences 10(12): 960, 2020.

Lavender AP. Rawlings S, Warnock A, McGonigle T, Hiles-Murison B, Nesbit M, Lam V, Hackett MJ, Fitzgerald M, Takechi R. Repeated long-term sub-concussion impacts induce motor dysfunction in rats: A potential rodent model. Frontiers in Neurology: Neurotrauma 2020

Lavender AP, Özyurt MG, Karacan İ, Topkara B, Balkozak S, Bilici İ, Hill A-M, Türker KS. Effect of ageing on H-reflex response to fatigue. Experimental Brain Research 238: 273-282, 2020.

Jolley D, Lavender AP, Davis M. Misconceptions in the knowledge of vocational fitness students and graduates. Australian Journal of Adult Learning 60(1), 2020.

Jolley D, Davis M, Lavender AP, Roberts L. An online critical thinking course reduces misconceptions in the knowledge of personal trainers. Studies in Continuing Education. DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2020.1738373. 2020.

Jolley D, Davis M, Lavender AP. Misconceptions in the knowledge of tertiary exercise science and vocational fitness students. International Journal of Training Research 16: 267-277, 2019.

Lavender AP, Obata H, Kawashima N, Nakazawa K. Effect of paired associative stimulation on corticomotor excitability in chronic smokers. Brain Sciences 9: 62, 2019.

Lex D. de Jong, PhD, Andrew P. Lavender, PhD, Chris Wortham, PhD, Dawn A. Skelton, PhD, Terry P. Haines, PhD,Anne-Marie Hill, PhD. Exploring Purpose-Designed Audiovisual Falls Prevention Messages on Older People’s Capability and Motivation to Prevent Falls. Health and Social Care in the Community 27: e471-e482, 2019.

Jaydari Fard S, Tahmasebi Boroujeni, S, Lavender AP. Mental fatigue impairs simple reaction time in non-athletes more than athletes. Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior 7: 117-126, 2019.

Ohno M, Lavender AP, Sawai A. Heat-induced Body Fluid Loss Causes Muscle Cramp during Maximal Voluntary Contraction for the Knee Flexors. International Journal of Sport and Health Science 16: 191-199, 2018.

Singh J, Appleby BB, Lavender AP. Effect of Plyometric Training on Speed and Change of Direction Ability in Elite Field Hockey Players. Sports 6: 144, 2018.

Jaydari Fard S, Lavender AP. A comparison of mental fatigue between males and females. Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior 7: 1-11, 2018.

*Sale MV, *Lavender AP, Opie GM, Nordstrom MA, Semmler JG. Increased intracortical inhibition in elderly adults with anterior-posterior current flow: a TMS study. Clinical Neurophysiology 127: 635-640, 2016. *Authors contributed equally.

Rawlings S, Takechi R, Lavender AP. Effects of sub-concussion on neuropsychological performance and its potential mechanisms: A narrative review. Brain Research Bulletin.16: 56-62, 2020.

Grants (last 5 years)

2021 Neurotrauma Research Program Project Grant $100,000. Title: Prevention of cerebrovascular dysfunction and neuromotor deficits induced by repeated sub-concussion. CIA – A/Prof Ryusuke Takechi (Curtin University)

Julia Georgieva: Curtin University Research Training Program scholarship for PhD project to begin in 2020. $27,000 support per year for 3.5 years. Awarded in 2020.

Occupational Therapy Australia Research Grant Application. CI-A: A/Prof Marina Ciccarelli, Title: Using home based immersive virtual reality as an adjunct to conventional therapy for upper limb rehabilitation in people with cervical spinal cord injury. $40,000. Awarded in 2019.

School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University Mid Career Visiting Fellowship Scheme. With Prof Anne-Marie Hill. Visiting Fellow – Prof Kemal S. Turker, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. $5000. Awarded in 2017.

NHMRC Equipment Grant Scheme. Dr Andrew Lavender & Assoc Prof Anne-Marie Hill. Funding for Power Plate Pro5 Whole Body Vibration Platform. $14,457. Awarded in 2017.

Research Higher Degree Completions (last 5 years)

Julia Georgieva, Doctor of Philosophy, Current. Effects of mTBI on response to VR optic flow.

Cameron Little, Doctor of Philosophy, Current. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rehabilitation Through a Different Lens: Psychological Factors and Brain Plasticity.

Daniel Jolley, Doctor of Philosophy, completed in 2019. Misconceptions and critical thinking ability in undergraduate exercise science students, vocational fitness students and exercise professionals.