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Dr Paola Chivers

Paola is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer within the School of Medical and Health Sciences, and the Exercise Medicine Research Institute.


Dr Paola Chivers is a part-time Senior Lecturer and Biostatistician at the Institute for Health Research (IHR) at The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA). Her research focus centres on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and the subsequent reduction in health outcomes for these individuals and co-ordinates the bone health aspects of a longitudinal intervention study (AMPItUp). Dr Chivers provides biostatistician consultancy to the university (UNDA) and St John of God Hospital across a range of health topics, and conducts research methodology and statistical workshops for HDRs, clinicians and university staff. Dr Chivers also serves on the School of Health Sciences Research Committee at UNDA, is the research representative for the WA Country Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee (WACHS HREC) and is a member of the WA DCD Research Collaboration (Move Grow Engage). Dr Paola Chivers is a co-founding member of Western Australian Bone Research Collaboration (WABRC); a cross-institutional and multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians investigating bone health and disease; and is a manuscript reviewer for clinical journals across paediatric, human movement, ageing, obesity, epidemiology and neuroscience themes. Dr. Chivers is an active researcher in addition to her principal role as a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics, supervising six (5) postgraduate research students, with three (3) completions and ~18 peer reviewed articles published in clinical journals.

Professional Associations

  • The Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) (1992-)
  • West Australian College of Teaching (2005-)
  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (2010-)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder Network of Western Australia (2014-)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 - Fresh Science UNDA representative
  • 2015 - University of Notre Dame Australia Professional Development Award (ASPIRE Program)
  • 2010 - RACGP Best Student Presentation Award, PHCRED Conference
  • 1992 - Award of Merit, The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation WA.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Biostatistics and Research Methodology
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Medicine and Health
  • Exercise and Human Movement


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia, 2010.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Dolci, F., Hart, N., Kilding, A., Chivers, P., Piggott, B., Spiteri, T., (2019), Physical and energetic demand of soccer: A brief review. Strength and Conditioning Journal, x(x), xx-xx, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Jenkins, M., Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Chivers, P., Rantalainen, T., Rothacker, K., Beck, B., Weeks, B., McIntyre, F., Hands, B., Beeson, B., Siafarikas, A., (2019), Characterisation of peripheral bone mineral density in youth at risk of secondary osteoporosis - a preliminary insight. The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, x(x), xx-xx.
  • Chivers, P., Rantalainen, T., McIntyre, F., Hands, B., Weeks, B., Beck, B., Nimphius, S., Hart, N., Siafarikas, A., (2019), Suboptimal bone status for adolescents with low motor competence and developmental coordination disorder - it's sex specific. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 84(January 2019), 57-65, DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2018.07.010.
  • Hart, N., Newton, R., Weber, J., Spiteri, T., Rantalainen, T., Dobbin, M., Chivers, P., Nimphius, S., (2019), Functional basis of asymmetrical lower-body skeletal morphology in professional Australian Rules Footballers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, epub ahead of Print(28 September), 1-10, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002841.
  • Dolci, F., Kilding, A., Chivers, P., Piggott, B., Hart, N., (2019), HIIT shock microcycle for enhancing sport performance: a brief review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, x(x), xx-xx, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Jenkins, M., Nimphius, S., Hart, N., Chivers, P., Rantalainen, T., Rueter, K., Borland, M., McIntyre, F., Stannage, K., Siafarikas, A., (2018), Appendicular fracture epidemiology of children and adolescents: A 10-year case review in Western Australia (2005 to 2015). Archives of Osteoporosis, 13(1), article no.63, DOI: 10.1007/s11657-018-0478-9.
  • Dolci, F., Hart, N., Kilding, A., Chivers, P., Piggott, B., Spiteri, T., (2018), Movement economy in soccer: current data and limitations. Sports, 6(4), article no.124, DOI: 10.3390/sports6040124.
  • Murphy, M., Travers, M., Gibson, W., Chivers, P., Debenham, J., Docking, S., Rio, E., (2018), Rate of Improvement of Pain and Function in Mid-Portion Achilles Tendinopathy with Loading Protocols: A Systematic Review and Longitudinal Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine, 48(8), 1875-1891, New Zealand, Springer International Publishing, DOI: 10.1007/s40279-018-0932-2.
  • Jenkins, M., Hart, N., Rantalainen, T., Chivers, P., Newton, R., Nimphius, S., (2018), Reliability of upper-limb diaphyseal mineral and soft-tissue measurements using peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT). The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 18(4), 438-445.
  • Wadia, U., Soon, W., Chivers, P., Thambiran, A., Burgner, D., Cherian, S., Siafarikas, A., (2018), Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing Daily Versus Depot Vitamin D3 Therapy in 0-16-Year-Old Newly Settled Refugees in Western Australia Over a Period of 40 Weeks. Nutrients, 10(3), Article number 348, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/nu10030348.
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