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Dr. Sam Fien

BExSc, PhD
Lecturer - Exercise & Sports Science
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Mackay City
Bld. 4 - G.33
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About Me

Dr Sam Fien completed her Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2013 as well as her PhD in 2018 at Bond University. Her PhD research topic was on "Gait Performance and the Benefits of Exercise in Adults Living in Residential Aged Care” and was under the supervision of Dr Justin Keogh, Dr Mike Climstein and Dr Timothy Henwood.
In 2017, Sam was awarded the International Travel Exchange scholarship from the Emerging Researchers in Ageing initiative, whereby she presented her research at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research in Barcelona (Spain) and was under the supervision of Dr Catherine Blake for eight weeks at the University College Dublin in Dublin (Ireland).

Universities Studied At

Bond University (2010,2012-2018)

Universities Worked At

Bond University (2016-2018)


May 2017: Awarded the International Travel Exchange scholarship from the Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) initiative “ERA Exchange” for eight weeks in the University College Dublin in Ireland with additional support from the Australian Research Council - Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).

Media Citations

2019 Next Gen Ambassador Queensland Ambassador
2018 "Putting Care into Clinical Research" – The KnowBodies Podcast
Participated in a podcast that covered a variety of subjects from PhD thesis to winning an international exchange and how to create a sustainable environment within aged care.
2015 A short film clip developed from Bond University Learning and Teaching department about my research topic. I was able to describe my research and give an insight into what area I would be focusing on. This clip can be viewed on the following link: 
2017 An interview for Bond University Health Science and Medicine Faculty showcasing my Bond university journey from high school to completing my PhD through the ‘Student for a Semester’ program:’s-sandstonearchesemerald-isle.
2018 Co-convene webinar representing the Australian Association of Gerontology Student and Early Career Group in collaboration with Emerging Researchers in Ageing for the presentation of “Successfully Engaging Consumers in Research in Ageing Research”.
2018 Newspaper article in The Senior:
2018 Front page article of the Gold Coast Sun newspaper:
2017 International Exchange, Bond University
Wrote a Tumblr post on behalf of Bond about my international exchange trip to Ireland:
2017 Applied Research in Connected Health, Ireland
Wrote a blog about the experience of helping conduct and analyze data whilst on exchange:

Professional Experience

2018 - present Facilitator, National Leadership College, Sydney for Surf Life Saving Australia
2016 – 2018 Lab Tutor, Faculty Health Science & Medicine Bond University, Gold Coast
2015 – 2018 Exercise Scientist, The Terraces, McKenzie Aged Care Facility, Gold Coast
2014 – 2018 Cardiac Technician, The Cardiac Centre, Gold Coast

Professional Memberships

2015 - Present Australian Association of Gerontology
2015 - Present Emerging Researchers in Ageing
2000 - Present Surf Life Saving

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Human Movement and Sports Science - Biomechanics
Gait speed and the spatio-temporal parameters relating to gait speed

Medical And Health Sciences

Human Movement and Sports Science - Exercise Physiology
Progressive resistance training in older adults living in residential aged care and community-dwelling

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Aged Health Care
adverse events (falls, hospitalisation, wounds)

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