Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Health

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Professor Jennie Scarvell is Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra. She was formerly Head of School, Health Sciences, and Head of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health.

Professor Jennie Scarvell (PhD, GCert Higher Ed, BAppSc, Physiotherapy (Sydney)) was a clinician for 15 years, in Australia and Canada, and senior physiotherapist in outpatients and rheumatology before commencing a PhD in 2000. Her PhD (USyd) examined the development of osteoarthritis in injured knees. Jennie was one of the team that developed the Physiotherapy curriculum for the Master of Physiotherapy when it began at University of Canberra in 2004 and was deputy head and clinical education coordinator. Jennie spent 3 years as Clinical Research Coordinator in Orthopaedics at Canberra Hospital and returned to UC as Head of Physiotherapy in 2011 for the commencement of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013. She is now active in physiotherapy program development in Shanghai.

Jennie has 76 publications in SCOPUS and has supervised 7 HDR students to completion. She is a visiting fellow at the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit at Canberra Hospital.

Research highlights are publications in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and presentations at the Combined Orthopaedic Meeting and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Jennie has over $500 000 in grants funding. Her research focuses on orthopaedic physiotherapy, using medical imaging to analyse arthrokinematics. Clinical outcomes studies and intervention trials include physiotherapy for knee osteoarthritis, back pain, hip and knee replacement.


Current Projects: 

Quality of life and clinical outcomes from surgical fusion of the spine for children with neuromuscular scoliosis. Corinne Bridge, and Prof David Little, Westmead Children's Hospital. 

PICKLeS. Clinical and patient reported outcomes of three designs of total knee replacement. A randomised clinical trial of knee kinematics. Dr Diana Perriman (ACTH), Prof Paul Smith (ANU), Prof Mark Pickering (UNSW), and Joe Lynch, Catherine Galvin.


What is occupation in Occupational Therapy. Amelia Di Tommaso, Stephen Isbel, Alison Wicks.

Pilates for low back pain, a randomised controlled trial. Roopika Sodhi, Cherie Wells, Stuart Semple.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney

1 Jan 20001 Feb 2004

Bachelor, University of Sydney

2 Feb 19821 Jun 1985

External positions

Visiting Fellow, Canberra Hospital

1 Feb 2004 → …

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Projects 2007 2017

Research Output 2003 2019

Analysis of Kneeling by Medical Imaging Shows the Femur Moves Back to the Posterior Rim of the Tibial Plateau, Prompting Review of the Concave-Convex Rule

SCARVELL, J., Hribar, N., GALVIN, C., Pickering, M., Perriman, D., Lynch, J. & Smith, P., 1 Mar 2019, In : Physical Therapy. 99, 3, p. 311-318 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Diagnostic Imaging
Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapy
1 Citation (Scopus)

Identification and differentiation of gluteus medius tendon pathology using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging

Docking, S. I., Cook, J., Chen, S., Scarvell, J., Cormick, W., Smith, P. & Fearon, A., 2019, In : Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 41, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

A phenomenological exploration of occupation-based practice and education. Occupational therapy graduates’ perspectives

DI TOMMASO, A., ISBEL, S., WICKS, A. & SCARVELL, J., 2018. 1 p.

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

occupational therapy
occupational therapist

Kinematics of knees with osteoarthritis show reduced lateral femoral roll-back and maintain an adducted position. A systematic review of research using medical imaging.

SCARVELL, J., GALVIN, C., PERRIMAN, D., Lynch, J. & van Deursen, R., 17 May 2018, In : Journal of Biomechanics. p. 1-30 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Knee Osteoarthritis
Medical imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Biomechanical Phenomena