Dr Rebecca Mellifont joined the University in 2003 after completing her postdoctoral studies at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.
Dr Mellifont’s interests have developed from her PhD research in comparative anatomy and Rebecca’s current research interests lie in the study of the biomechanics and three-dimensional analysis of gait analysis in children and sport applications, particularly swimming technique (and race analysis).
Dr Mellifont has been a biomechanist and sport scientist for the Australian Paralympic Swim Team. Her interests include investigation of children’s fundamental motor skill development and their implications for performance in sport later in their life.
In addition, Dr Mellifont is interested in the scholarship of teaching and developing ways to improve the delivery and uptake of material (lecture and practical) in a Higher Education setting. This involves investigating the challenges placed before students at all levels of study when coming to learn at university.
Dr Mellifont completed her Graduate Certificate in Professional Learning in 2011.
Dr Mellifont is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics, and the International Society of Biomechanics.