School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Andrew Lavender

Phone:      (03) 53276593
Room:       P905
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
  • 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. Published online 16th December 2019.
  • Jolley D, Lavender AP, Davis M. Misconceptions in the knowledge of vocational fitness students and graduates. Australian Journal of Adult Learning. Accepted for Publication 1st December 2019.
  • 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.

Grants (last 5 years)

  • 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.