Dr Jenny Conlon

PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), AEP, AES, CSCS
Lecturer

Email: jenny.conlon@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0120

  • Biography

    Jenny is a Lecturer in the discipline of Exercise & Sport Science. She received a BSc (Hons) and MSc from Northumbria University (Newcastle, England), and completed her PhD examining the efficacy of periodised resistance training in older adults at Edith Cowan University in 2016. Jenny is also an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Scientist with ESSA, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with the NSCA.

    Jenny has experience working with both elite athletes competing internationally and diverse chronic disease patients. She is a strong advocate that exercise is medicine, which serves as the foundation of her teaching and research. Further, Jenny is involved in research collaborations with various external sporting and clinical organisations including Football West, Surfing WA and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

    Jenny also serves as the Director of Allied Health at the Be Inspired Foundation who award scholarships to disadvantaged youth living with chronic disease, cancer, disabilities or major trauma, providing access to Allied Health, predominantly Exercise Physiology. Additionally, Jenny volunteers at Fremantle Mind who provide evidence-based services to promote wellbeing and mental health in the community.

  • Teaching Areas

    • Wellbeing Fundamentals for Success (HLTH1004)
    • Exercise, Health & Disease (HLTH2510)
    • Exercise & Sport Science Industry Practicum (HLTH2506/7, HLTH3510/11)
    • Nutrition for Health & Physical Activity (HLTH3101)
    • Professional Practice in High Performance Sport (HLTH6011)
  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Research Expertise

    • Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Resistance Training
    • Employee and Student Health and Wellbeing
    • Work Integrated Learning Supervision

    PhDs

    • 2021- current Mr Ben Thomasian
      An exploration of aerial performance in the Surfing Australia Talent Pathway
    • 2020- current Mr Tony Carroll
      Mindfulness-based interventions for health and wellbeing in secondary school teachers
    • 2020- current Miss Mikayla Lyons
      An exploration of the female soccer talent pathway in Western Australia

    MSc

    • 2020- current Mr David Weight
      Data analytics of activity movement in the hospital environment: physiotherapy versus bed-rested patients

    Honours

    • 2021- current Miss Kirsten De Marco
      Association between lower-body strength, sprint and change of direction ability among elite youth female soccer players
    • 2020 Miss Amy Perejmibidia (First Class)
      Physical performance capacity and competition outcomes in emerging adolescent surfing athletes
    • 2019 Mikayla Lyons (First Class)
      An investigation of passing performance following soccer-specific high-intensity intermittent exercise among elite and sub-elite female soccer players
  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    • Lyons M, Conlon JA, Perejmibidia A, Joyce C. Sustained passing performance of elite and subelite female soccer players following a female match-specific exercise protocol. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2020.
    • Ridge A, Devine A, Lyons-wall P, Conlon JA & Lo, J. The Impact of whey protein supplementation in older adults on nutrient intakes and satiety over an 11-week exercise intervention. Food Quality and Preference, 2018.
    • Conlon JA, Newton RU, Tufano JJ, & Haff GG. Training Load Indices, Perceived Tolerance and Enjoyment Among Different Models of Resistance Training in Older Adults. Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 2018.
    • Conlon JA, Newton RU, Tufano JJ, Banyard, HG, Hopper AJ, Ridge AJ, & Haff GG. Periodization Strategies for Older Adults: Impact on Neuromuscular Adaptations. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2017.
    • Tufano JJ, Conlon JA, Nimphius S, Oliver JM, Kreutzer A, and Haff GG. Different cluster sets result in similar metabolic, endocrine, and perceptual responses in trained men. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2017.
    • Motamedi-Fakhr, S, Iles R, Barney A, de Boer W, Conlon JA, Khalid A, Wilson RC. Evaluation of the agreement of tidal breathing parameters measures simultanesouly using pneumotachography and structured light plethysmography. Physiological Reports, 2017.
    • Conlon JA, Newton RU, Tufano JJ, Banyard, HG, Hopper AJ, Ridge AJ, & Haff GG. Periodization Strategies in Older Adults: Impact on Physical Function and Health. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2016.
    • Tufano JJ, Conlon JA, Nimphius S, Brown LE, Banyard HG, Williamson BD, Bishop LG, Hopper AJ, and Haff GG. Cluster sets permit greater mechanical stress without decreasing relative velocity. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2016.
    • Tufano, JJ, Conlon JA, Nimphius S, Haff GG. Cluster Sets Maintain Velocity and Power During High-Volume Back Squats. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2016.
    • Conlon JA, Newton RU, Tufano JJ, Haff GG. Application of Session RPE Among Different Models of Resistance Training in Older Adults. Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 2015.
    • Conlon JA, Haff, GG, Nimphius S, Tran T, Newton RU. Vertical jump velocity as a determinant of speed and agility performance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 2013.
  • Conference Papers

    • Conlon, JA, Tufano JJ, Newton RU, Haff GG. The effect of periodised versus non-periodised resistance training on body composition in older adults. ESSA Research to Practice, Australia, 2021.
    • Cripps, AJ, Conlon JA, Hunter JR, Merrells R, Farringdon F, McIntyre. Can the kids help? A pilot study into a student trainer led employee health and well-being program. ESSA Research to Practice, Australia, 2021.
    • Joyce C, Farringdon F, Bycroft J, Anthony S, Conlon JA. How age-related musculoskeletal conditions affect golf participation characteristics and mental well-being in senior golfers. Research to Practice, Australia, 2021.
    • Perejmibidia A, Conlon JA, Lyons M, Cripps AJ. The impact of age and maturation on physical performance capacities in emerging adolescent surfing athletes: an argument for off-water training. ASCA Internal Conference, Australia, 2021.
    • Malecek J, Conlon JA, Haff GG, Tufano JJ. Pre-and post-isometric squat: percentage changes vs absolute values for monitoring fatigue. NSCA, Spain, 2018.
    • Tufano JJ, Conlon JA, Newton RU, Banyard HG, Hopper AJ, McQuoid L, van Dordrecht R, Haff GG. The effect of periodized versus non-periodized resistance training on muscle hypertrophy and physical function in older adults.  National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA, 2016.
    • Tufano JJ, Conlon JA, Nimphius S, Frick J, Williamson BD, Petkovic A, Haff GG. Effect of three different cluster set structures on force, velocity, and power during a high-volume back squat session. National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA, 2016.
    • Ridge, A, Devine A, Lyons-Wall P, Conlon JA, and Lo J. The effect of supplementing whey protein on dietary intakes in older adults over an 11-week exercise intervention. Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand and Australia, New Zealand, 2015.
    • Ridge A, Devine A, Lyons-Wall P, Conlon JA, and Lo J. The possible benefits of supplementing whey protein in older adults undertaking an 11-week exercise intervention. Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference, Perth, WA, May 2015.
    • Tufano, JJ, Conlon JA, Seitz LB, Bishop LG, Williamson BD, Haff GG. Acute effects of hypertrophy-orientated cluster sets on work, power and velocity. International Conference of Strength Training, Abano Terme, Italy, 2014.
    • Tufano JJ, Conlon JA, Bishop LG, Williamson BD, Hopper AJ, Seitz LB, Nimphius S, and Haff GG.  Effects of cluster sets on acute hypertrophic variables and fatigue during a high-volume squat session.  National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual Conference, Orlando, USA, 2015.
    • Haff GG, Ruben RM, Tufano JJ, Conlon JA, Seitz LB. Reliability of the rate of force development during countermovement jump performance. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, USA, 2014.
    • Conlon JA, De Boer W, Bennet S, Iles R, Lasenby J. Characterisation of respiratory disease using structured light plethysmography. European Respiratory Society, Vienna, Austria, 2012.
    • Hull JH, Conlon JA, Gateley B, Ansley L. Does salbutamol improve athletic performance in elite soccer players with exericse-induced bronchoconstriction? American Thoracic Society, USA, 2012.
    • Levai IK, Baker S, De Boer W, Conlon JA, Hills W, Iles R, Coonar, AS. Structured light plethysmography: the role as a non-contact tool to measure spirometry and regional chest wall movement. SCTS-ACTA Annual Meeting & Cardiothoracic Forum, Manchester, England, 2012.
    • Levai, IK, Baker, S, De Boer, W, Conlon JA, Hills, W, Iles, R, Coonar, A.S. Structured light plethysmography as a tool of measuring chest wall movement changes associated with unilateral thoracic surgery. Chest Wall Disease Conference, Istabbul, Turkey, 2012.
    • Levai IK, Baker S, De Boer, Conlon JA, Hills W, Iles R, Coonar AS. Stuctured light plethysmography as a tool of measuring chest wall movement. PneumaCare Conference, Cambridge, England, 2012.
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (AEP, AES, ESSAM)
    • National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS)
    • UK Strength and Conditioning Association
    • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Community Engagement

    • Director of Allied Health at Be Inspired Foundation
    • Volunteer at Fremantle Mind
  • Awards

    • CSIRO On Prime (2019) - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program ($4,000 Performance Bonus & Facilitator Award)
    • Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (2019) - Entrepreneurial Mindset Bootcamp ($1,980 scholarship)
    • UNDA Learning and Teaching Office Seed Grant Scholarship (2019) - Can a unique bi-modal work integrated learning experience support the attainment of graduate attributes in exercise and sport science students? ($3,000)
    • UNDA Research Grant Scheme (2019) - University Staff Fitness Program: The impact of student-trainer supervision on employee wellbeing and physical health outcomes ($4,986)
    • National Strength and Conditioning Association (2014 & 2015) - Women’s Scholarship Recipient ($3000)
    • Edith Cowan University (2013-2016) - International Postgraduate Research Scholarship ($78,000)
    • Edith Cowan University (2013-2016) - Collaborative Research Network Scholarship ($15,000)