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Disa Smee is an Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Canberra.  She completed both her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Sydney, before completing her PhD at the University of Canberra in 2015 (Title: Falls Risk Factors in Community-Dwelling Older Australians).  Disa's primary research area is in healthy ageing and cognition.  Over recent times she has become actively involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, with a particular interest in determinants of first-year success.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has completed her Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education.

Disa has been teaching at the tertiary level for 20 years and she started her career at The University of Sydney.  After five years as a pharmaceutical sales representative Disa took a position at the University of Canberra and has taught a variety of units including Microbiology, Clinical trials, Human Growth and Development and Pathobiology.  She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology. 

Education/Academic qualification


Master, University of Sydney

Bachelor, University of Sydney

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Research Output

Can the intensity of physical activity be accurately measured in older adults using questionnaires?

Northey, J. M., Rattray, B., Pumpa, K. L., Smee, D. J., Welvaert, M., Anstey, K. J. & Cherbuin, N., 2019, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 22, 7, p. 803-807 5 p.

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  • Comparison of Body Composition Assessment Methods in Professional Urban Firefighters

    Smee, D. J., Walker, A., Rattray, B., Cooke, J. A., Serpell, B. G. & Pumpa, K. L., May 2019, In : International Journal of Sport Nutrition. 29, 3, p. 282-288 7 p.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Compression garments and cerebral blood flow: Influence on cognitive and exercise performance

    Smale, B. A., Northey, J. M., Smee, D. J., Versey, N. G. & Rattray, B., 2018, In : European Journal of Sport Science. 18, 3, p. 315-322 8 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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  • 136 Citations (Scopus)
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