Joanna is a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Joanna is a passionate dance and exercise scientist, and health researcher. Joanna completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2019, her doctoral research sets an empirical foundation for pole dancing as a recreational activity and sport, and spans the areas of psychology, physiology, and injury prevention.
Joanna has spent over 15 years in the fitness industry including 6 years as the regional head lecturer for the Australian Institute of Fitness (WA). With over 20 years of dance training and conditioning experience, Joanna also fills her passion for teaching as a freelance dance, fitness, and pole instructor. Joanna currently lectures in dance and performance science and works within the Simulation and Immersive Digital Technology Group, an interdisciplinary team that combines immersive technology, performing arts, education, and health research.