Dr Melissa Pearson

Lecturer - School of Science and Technology

Melissa Pearson

Phone: +61 6773 2420

Email: mpears28@une.edu.au

Biography

Melissa is a Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Melissa completed her Degree in Exercise and Sports Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology) in 2014 and then completed a PhD in June 2018 at UNE. Melissa is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) and exercise scientist (AES) with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Passionate about exercise and physical activity for improving and enhancing physical and mental health Melissa has run her own exercise physiology business implementing evidenced-based exercise interventions across a broad spectrum of clinical and healthy populations.

Qualifications

Bachelor Exercise & Sports Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology) (Hons.), PhD, AEP (Accredited Exercise Physiologist), AES (Accredited Exercise Scientist)

Teaching Areas

Involved in the delivery of the following units:

EXSC260 Training for Physical Fitness

EXSC370 Exercise Prescription and Programming

EXSC343 Clinical Exercise Physiology III

EXSC383 Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice III

Research Interests

Current areas of Interest:

- Exercise Interventions in Mental Health

- Exercise Interventions in Multiple Sclerosis

- Exercise Interventions in Cardiac Populations

- High-Intensity Interval Training in Clinical Populations

- Resistance Training

Publications

Smart, N. A., King, N., Lambert, J. D., Pearson, M. J., Campbell, J. L., Risom, S. S., & Taylor, R. S. (2018). Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation improves exercise capacity and health-related quality of life in people with atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised and non-randomised trials. Open Heart, 5(2), e000880.

Pearson, M. J., & Smart, N. A. (2018). Reported methods for handling missing change standard deviations in meta-analyses of exercise therapy interventions in patients with heart failure: A systematic review. PloS one, 13(10), e0205952.

Pearson, M. J., King, N., & Smart, N. A. (2018). Effect of exercise therapy on established and emerging circulating biomarkers in patients with heart failure: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Open Heart: e000819

Pearson, M. J., & Smart, N. A. (2018). Exercise therapy and autonomic function in heart failure patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Heart Failure Reviews, 23(1), 91-108.

Pearson, M. J., Mungovan, S. F., & Smart, N. A. (2018). Effect of aerobic and resistance training on inflammatory markers in heart failure patients: systematic review and meta-analysis. Heart Failure Reviews, 23(2), 209-223.

Pearson, M. J., & Smart, N. A. (2017). Effect of exercise training on endothelial function in heart failure patients: a systematic review meta-analysis. International Journal of Cardiology, 231, 234-243.

Pearson, M. J., Mungovan, S. F., & Smart, N. A. (2017). Effect of exercise on diastolic function in heart failure patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Heart Failure Reviews, 22(2), 229-242.

Pearson, M. J., & Smart, N. A. (2017). Aerobic training intensity for improved endothelial function in heart failure patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Cardiology Research and Practice, 2017.

Pearson, M., Dieberg, G., & Smart, N. (2015). Exercise as a therapy for improvement of walking ability in adults with multiple sclerosis: a meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(7), 1339-1348.

Memberships

Member Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)