Researcher biography

Dr Shaun Patrick O'Leary is a Senior Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, a Principal Research Fellow of the Physiotherapy Department/OPSC&MDS at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (Zest Physiotherapy Brisbane) and Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. His qualifications include; Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) (1993) UQ, Master of Physiotherapy Studies (Musculoskeletal) (2000) UQ, Doctor of Philosophy (Physiotherapy) (2005) UQ,Fellowship by Specialisation (Musculoskeletal) (2008) Australian College of Physiotherapists.

HONOURS AND AWARDS: Dr O'Leary was bestowed the 'The George Davies and James Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award' for 2010 by the American Physical Therapy Association for an invited paper entitled "Muscle Dysfunction in Cervical Spine Pain: Implications for Assessment and Management". This is an international award for the best clinical commentary paper of the year published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. The applied clinical nature of his research was also acknowledged by his professional organisation (Australian Physiotherapy Association – Qld Branch) when he was awarded the 2009 'Contribution to Physiotherapy Research Award', by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) when he was awarded an NHMRC Health Professional Research Training Fellowship in 2008, by his University Department when he was awarded the University of Queensland Physiotherapy Alumni Scholarship in 2003, and by his University when he was awarded a University of Queensland Postgraduate Research Scholarship in 2001. Dr O'Leary was also the recipeint of the Manipulative Physiotherapy Association of Australia (QLD Chapter) award for excellence in the study of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2000.

RESEARCH FUNDING: Dr O'Leary has to date obtained $1, 068, 711 in project grant funding that includes grants from the NHMRC (Project Grant APP1042508, CIA Johnston), Queensland Health (9 Grants (7 as CIA)), Physiotherapy Research Foundation (1 Grants) and AusHSI Group (1 Grant). Dr O'Leary has also received $583, 400 in post-doctoral fellowship funding (NHMRC Health Professional Research Training Fellowship, Queensland Health Principal Research Fellowship) and $128, 803 in equipment funding.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIELD OF RESEARCH: Dr O'Leary has achieved 34 original research publications in peer reviewed international journals most of which concern the management of musculoskeletal disorders, 6 invited review articles in prominent peer reviewed journals, 2 book chapters, 1 Book, and 1 International Patent (h Index = 15).

COLLABORATIONS: Dr O'Leary has established collaborations with researchers in the USA (Northwestern University, Chicago), Sweden (Umeå and Linköping Universities), Belgium (Ghent University), Denmark (University of Southern Denmark), Germany (University Hospital Göttingen), as well as collaborations in the following Australian Universities (Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, Monash University, University of Sydney).

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Dr O'Leary is often invited to speak for organisations external to his field including other health professional groups and organisations such as health insurers, dental organisations, as well as provide expert opinion regarding Physiotherapy Registration Board Misconduct matters.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT: Dr O'Leary is a Fellow, examiner, and former member of council of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (ACP). He is also a member and has served on committees (conference organisations and general) of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association (MPA). These are member organisations of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

INTERNATIONAL STANDING: Dr O'Leary has received invitations to provide keynote addresses at conferences in Norway (Norwegian Sports Medicine Conference 2014), Australia (Golf Science: A World Scientific Congress of Golf 2014), Brazil (Brazilian Congress of Manipulative and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2010), United Kingdom (Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists 2010). Overall Dr O'Leary has delivered 33 papers at conferences. Dr O'Leary's level of clinical expertise is highly regarded and has already led to the publication of a book concerning the management of cervical spine disorders, as well as chapters in an internationally acknowledged prestigious discipline specific book. Apart from his clinical teaching at the University of Queensland undergraduate and postgraduate programs, Dr O'Leary has also delivered numerous clinical seminars in Australia and 16 seminars internationally including Japan, England, Ireland, USA, and Norway.

SUPERVISION AND MENTORING: Dr O'Leary is currently supervising 3 PhD candidates (2 as primary supervisor) and 3 research MPhil students (2 as principal advisor). He has acquired significant experience in the supervision of Honours students (5 completed - 4 current) and coursework masters research projects (6 groups completed - 1 current).

PEER REVIEW INVOLVEMENT: Dr O'Leary is a member of the editorial board of a well-respected journal in his field (Manual Therapy) and is regularly requested to provide peer review for other international journals in his field. Shaun is also a member of the council for the Australian College of Physiotherapists and is a thesis examiner for the council which has included peer review for academic based original contribution applications. Dr O'Leary has contributed as a grant reviewer for the NHMRC, as well as the Physiotherapy Research Foundation, and the Queensland Health HP Research Grants Scheme. He has served on Queensland Health Grant selection panels.