Dr Theresa Larkin

Dr Theresa Larkin earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2005.  She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences (Anatomy) in Graduate Medicine, at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She coordinates Year 1 Anatomy for the Cardiorespiratory, Renal, Endocrine, and Reproductive Body System Blocks, and teaches across Years 1 – 3 of the MD programme.  She incorporates ultrasound as a teaching tool in anatomy and teaches Clinical Anatomy sessions at the hospital with a sonographer and clinician.  She was awarded a competitive Australian Award for University Teaching in 2013 for “An evidence-based, inclusive and engaging approach to teaching anatomy in an integrated medical curriculum”. 

Theresa has presented anatomical and educational research outcomes at several meetings of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, and at meetings of the British and Australian Associations of Clinical Anatomists.  Her main anatomical research pertains to associations between gluteus medius activation and strength, and patellofemoral pain, and lumbopelvic pain during pregnancy, and gender bias in anatomical images.  Her other research interests are endocrine-based, including the roles of: oxytocin, cortisol and serotonin as biomarkers of different symptom profiles in depression; leptin and ghrelin in appetite and weight regulation; oxytocin and cortisol in mental and physical health during pregnancy; and cortisol and oxidative balance in sports training stress.  She supervises several PhD, Masters and Honours students in these research areas.