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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 older adults, with a focus on health ageing and cognition.  She also researches in the area of body composition and physical activity in a variety of populations including older adults, and elite sports.

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, and Pathobiology.  She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology as well as Human Growth and Development.

Education/Academic qualification


Master, University of Sydney

Bachelor, University of Sydney

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Projects 2013 2016

Research Output 2012 2018

74 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
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Independent Living
2 Citations (Scopus)
Body Composition
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Health Surveys

A Comparison Between Estimated Physical Activity from an Open-Ended Self-Report Questionnaire and the SenseWear Armband in Older Australians

Northey, J. M., Rattray, B., Pumpa, K., Smee, D., Cherbuin, N. & Anstey, K., Jun 2016, p. S107-S108.

Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract

2 Citations (Scopus)
Body Composition
Cross-Sectional Studies
Independent Living
Observational Studies

Dietary Nitrate improves Cerebral Perfusion, in Young Adults during Exercise: Relationship to Cognitive Performance

Rattray, B., Egle-Marshall, L., Northey, J., Hone, S., Smee, D. & Brassard, P., 2015, In : FASEB Journal. 29, S1, 1 p., 989.2.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract