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Dr Dominic Orth

Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science


I received my Master’s of Applied Research (Human Movement Science) at the Queensland University of Technology with Prof. Davids and Dr. Renshaw where I examined the role of interpersonal constraints on the regulation of gait during soccer kicking. I then carried out my PhD research in a joint tutelage programme between the University of Rouen (France) with Prof. Seifert and the Queensland University of Technology with Prof. Kerr (Australia). This research examined the role of variation in constraints on learning and transfer in rock climbing. Following this, I undertook a research fellowship at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam with Dr. Van der Kamp and Prof. Savelsbergh. Here I initiated and lead a range of research projects examining creativity from a movement science perspective. During my time at the VU I also won three Dutch National grants for developing new technologies to support performance monitoring in combat sports and climbing. I now continue these collaborations from Swinburne in my position as Lecturer in Motor Learning and Control.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Effects on Preparation for Impact in Physical and Non-Physical Interactions in Virtual Reality.: The new generation of virtual reality (VR) systems offer new opportunities for research. This project examines cognition, perception, and actions when (non)physically interacting with virtual objects and environments.

Relationships Between Learning and Physical Constraints in Competitive Climbing: The ability to vary our actions to adapt to new circumstances is the goal of perceptual-motor learning. In climbing, adaptability is particularly crucial for performance. This thesis examines how and why physical constraints, such as finger-tip strength, might increase the individuals rate-of-learning when climbing new routes.

Social Diversity Enhances Creative Action Emergence: The purpose of this project is to examine if practicing with more individuals of varying diversity (in terms of skill) facilitates more complex and adaptive behaviour in physical activity and sport contexts.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Sports Science And Exercise - 420700


Also published as: Orth, Dominic; Orth, D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Double HIITing depression: combining self-controlled feedback and high intensity interval training (HIIT) to augment motivation, cardiorespiratory fitness, and adherence in individuals with clinical depression *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant

* Chief Investigator

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