Tina Skinner, PhD

BAppSci(HMS – Ex Sci)(Hons), GCHigherEd, PhD (Qld)
  • Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Program Convenor, Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Contact details

Room: 520, level 5, School of Human Movement Studies building (26B)
Phone: (+61) 7 3346 8810
Fax: (+61) 7 3365 6877


Dr Tina Skinner lectures across the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology courses. Tina was awarded her doctorate in 2011 at UQ which investigated the effect of caffeine dose and timing on exercise performance.

Tina's research interest focuses on reducing cancer progression and improving disease- and treatment-related symptoms of cancer survivors using exercise and nutrition. She has strong collaborations with the Cancer Council Queensland and researchers across Australia and Canada to conduct exercise oncology research in colorectal and prostate cancer. Additional areas of research include bone health and falls prevention, and optimising athletic performance through nutrition, training and/or hormonal regulation. She is an Associate Editor for Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Caffeine Research.

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 European travel grants.  

Teaching Interests

Exercise prescription and programming for cancer, metabolic disease and ageing; exercise science technical skills.

Research Interests

  • Exercise and nutrition to reduce cancer progression and improve disease and treatment-related symptoms in cancer survivors
  • Effects of caffeine on cancer-related fatigue, functional capacity and exercise performance
  • Using exercise to improve bone health and reduce falls in cancer survivors and residents of aged care
  • Optimising athletic performance through nutrition, training and/or hormonal regulation. 

Key Research Projects

What exercise intensity is most effective in improving the health of colorectal cancer survivors? (2013-2014). Jenkins, D., Skinner, T., Bolam K., Chambers, S., Owens, J. and Gatford, K. (Remserv, Qld Govt., $19,000).

Fun 'n fitness: Evaluation of the Churches of Christ in Queensland Falls Prevention Exercise Program for its Aged Care Residents. Skinner, T., Peeters, G., Lagasca, C., Glindemann D., Cyarto, E., Tett, S., Brown W., Brauer S. (Churches of Christ Queensland, $35,000).

The effect of caffeine on endurance cycling performance in women. (2011-2013). Skinner, T. (NSRSUF, $12,000).

The effect of high-impact exercise on the bone health of community-dwelling middle-aged and older men: A randomized controlled trial. (2012-2013). Skinner, T. (ECR Grant, $36,000). 

For more information about Dr Tina Skinner's research projects, see the Centre for Research on Exercise, Physical Activity and Health website.


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