Mr Rocco Cavaleri

Mr Rocco Cavaleri

Academic Program Advisor, Physiotherapy,
Physiotherapy

Associate Lecturer in Physiotherapy - Cardiorespiratory,
Physiotherapy

Biography

Qualifications

  • BHlthSci (Hons 1) Western Sydney University
  • BHlthSci / MPhysio (with Distinction) Western Sydney University

Professional Memberships

  • Western Sydney Brain Rehabilitation and Neuroplasticity Unit (BRAiN-U) (2014)
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (2012)
  • Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) (2022)
  • Brain Stimulation and Rehabilitation (BrainStAR) Lab (2021)
  • Australian Pain Society (2018)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society (2012)
  • AHPRA (2012)

Awards

  • University Medal (Western Sydney University) 2015-12-15
  • SMSA Award in Health and Medicine 2015-12-15
  • Western Sydney University Award for Academic Excellence 2014-11-14
  • NSW APA Award for Academic Achievement 2014-12-14
  • Elsevier Paediatrics Award 2014-06-14
  • SoHS Commendations for Teaching Excellence 2020-12-12
  • SoHS Award for Teaching Excellence 2021-12-10
  • Western Sydney University Three-Minute Thesis Winner 2020-02-13
  • Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis Grand Finalist 2020-10-13
  • Seven News Young Achiever Awards (WSU Academic Achievement) Finalist 2019-11-28
  • National Physiotherapy Board APA Student Prize 2014-12-14
  • SoHS Three-Minute Thesis Winner 2020-08-04

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy

Committees

  • Physiotherapy Clinical Education Committee
  • Physiotherapy External Advisory Board
  • SoHS Academic Committee

Contact

Email: R.Cavaleri@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3994
Mobile:
Location: 24.2.115
Campbelltown

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • REHA3001 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • REHA3004 Clinical Education A (Acute Care)
  • REHA3009 Exercise Rehabilitation

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300361 Introduction to Human Biology, 2016
  • 400013 Evidence-Based Practice, 2015
  • 400013 Evidence-Based Practice, 2016
  • 400138 Pathophysiology 1, 2015
  • 400138 Pathophysiology 1, 2016
  • 400138 Pathophysiology 1, 2017
  • 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice, 2015
  • 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice, 2016
  • 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice, 2017
  • 400865 Evidence-Based Practice, 2017
  • 400865 Evidence-Based Practice, 2019
  • 400870 Population Health and Society, 2015
  • 400906 Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice, 2015
  • 400982 Core Competencies in Physiotherapy Practice, 2015
  • 400982 Core Competencies in Physiotherapy Practice, 2016
  • 400984 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy, 2018
  • 400984 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy, 2019
  • 400984 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy, 2021
  • 400985 Clinical Education A (Acute Care), 2019
  • 400985 Clinical Education A (Acute Care), 2020
  • 400986 Neurological Physiotherapy, 2015
  • 400997 Exercise Rehabilitation, 2018
  • 400997 Exercise Rehabilitation, 2019
  • 400997 Exercise Rehabilitation, 2020
  • 401049 Complex Cases and Professional Issues, 2017
  • 401107 Physiotherapy for Chronic Illness and Disease, 2016
  • 401107 Physiotherapy for Chronic Illness and Disease, 2017
  • 401109 Integrating Research into Physiotherapy Practice, 2015
  • 401109 Integrating Research into Physiotherapy Practice, 2016
  • 401113 Clinical Education E (Advanced Care), 2018
  • 401113 Clinical Education E (Advanced Care), 2019
  • REHA3009 Exercise Rehabilitation, 2021

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Dune, T., Williams, R., McLeod, K., Cavaleri, R. and Workman, A. (2022), 'Social inclusion and cultural competence : moving towards cultural safety in research and practice', Handbook of Social Inclusion, Research and Practice in Health and Social Sciences, Springer International Publishing 9783030895938.
  • Cavaleri, R., Mapedzahama, V., Pithavadian, R., Firdaus, R., Ayika, D. and Arora, A. (2021), 'Culturally and linguistically diverse Australians', Culture, Diversity and Health in Australia: Towards Culturally Safe Healthcare, Routledge 9780367686765.
  • Workman, A., Cavaleri, R., Machina, E., Alford, S. and Dune, T. (2021), 'Gender and health', Culture, Diversity and Health in Australia: Towards Culturally Safe Healthcare, Routledge 9780367686765.
  • Cavaleri, R., Bhole, S. and Arora, A. (2018), 'Critical appraisal of quantitative research', Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Springer 9789811052507.

Journal Articles

  • Stillianesis, G., Cavaleri, R., Tang, C. and Summers, S. (2022), 'Exploring patient perceptions of noninvasive brain stimulation : a systematic review', Neuromodulation, vol 25, no 4 , pp 487 - 493.
  • Cavaleri, R., Chipchase, L., Summers, S., Chalmers, J. and Schabrun, S. (2021), 'The relationship between corticomotor reorganization and acute pain severity : a randomized, controlled study using rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation mapping', Pain Medicine, vol 22, no 6 , pp 1312 - 1323.
  • Borovskis, J., Cavaleri, R., Blackstock, F. and Summers, S. (2021), 'Transcranial direct current stimulation accelerates the onset of exercise-induced hypoalgesia : a randomized controlled study', Journal of Pain, vol 22, no 3 , pp 263 - 274.
  • Summers, S., Chalmers, J., Cavaleri, R. and Chipchase, L. (2020), 'Fear of movement is associated with corticomotor depression in response to acute experimental muscle pain', Experimental Brain Research, vol 238 , pp 1945 - 1955.
  • Cavaleri, R., Chipchase, L., Masse-Alarie, H., Schabrun, S., Shraim, M. and Hodges, P. (2020), 'Corticomotor reorganization during short-term visuomotor training in the lower back : a randomized controlled study', Brain and Behavior, vol 10, no 8 .
  • Summers, S., Schabrun, S., Hirata, R., Graven-Nielsen, T., Cavaleri, R. and Chipchase, L. (2019), 'Effect of sustained experimental muscle pain on joint position sense', Pain Reports, vol 4 .
  • Furman, A., Thapa, T., Summers, S., Cavaleri, R., Fogarty, J., Steiner, G., Schabrun, S. and Seminowicz, D. (2019), 'Cerebral peak alpha frequency reflects average pain severity in a human model of sustained, musculoskeletal pain', Journal of Neurophysiology, vol 122, no 4 , pp 1784 - 1793.
  • Cavaleri, R., Chipchase, L., Summers, S. and Schabrun, S. (2019), 'Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the primary motor cortex expedites recovery in the transition from acute to sustained experimental pain : a randomised, controlled study', Pain, vol 160, no 11 , pp 2624 - 2633.
  • Summers, S., Chipchase, L., Hirata, R., Graven-Nielsen, T., Cavaleri, R. and Schabrun, S. (2019), 'Motor adaptation varies between individuals in the transition to sustained pain', Pain, vol 160, no 9 , pp 2115 - 2125.
  • Cavaleri, R., Schabrun, S. and Chipchase, L. (2018), 'The reliability and validity of rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation mapping', Brain Stimulation, vol 11, no 6 , pp 1291 - 1295.
  • Cavaleri, R., Thapa, T., Beckenkamp, P. and Chipchase, L. (2018), 'The influence of kinesiology tape colour on performance and corticomotor activity in healthy adults : a randomised crossover controlled trial', BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol 10 .
  • Cavaleri, R., Schabrun, S. and Chipchase, L. (2017), 'Determining the optimal number of stimuli per cranial site during transcranial magnetic stimulation mapping', Neuroscience Journal, vol 2017 .
  • Cavaleri, R., Schabrun, S. and Chipchase, L. (2017), 'The number of stimuli required to reliably assess corticomotor excitability and primary motor cortical representations using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) : a systematic review and meta-analysis', Systematic Reviews, vol 6, no 1 .
  • Cavaleri, R., Schabrun, S., Te, M. and Chipchase, L. (2016), 'Hand therapy versus corticosteroid injections in the treatment of de Quervain's disease : a systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Hand Therapy, vol 29, no 1 , pp 3 - 11.
  • Chipchase, L., Cavaleri, R. and Jull, G. (2016), 'Can a professional development workshop with follow-up alter practitioner behavior and outcomes for neck pain patients? : a randomized controlled trial', Manual Therapy, vol 25 , pp 87 - 93.
  • Cavaleri, R., Short, T., Karunaratne, S. and Chipchase, L. (2016), 'Weight stigmatisation in physiotherapy: a systematic review', Physical Therapy Reviews, vol 21, no 1 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Cavaleri, R., Schabrun, S. and Chipchase, L. (2015), 'Determining the number of stimuli required to reliably assess corticomotor excitability and primary motor cortical representations using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) : a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis', Systematic Reviews, vol 4, no 1 .

Conference Papers

  • Cavaleri, R., Summers, S., Chipchase, L. and Schabrun, S. (2019), 'Accelerating recovery of acute musculoskeletal pain using non-invasive brain stimulation : a randomised controlled trial', Sports Medicine Australia. Conference, Sunshine Coast, Qld..

Current Projects

Title: Tracking changes in brain activity and balance in athletes following mild traumatic brain injury
Funder:
  • Headsafe MFG Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Cherylea Browne and Rocco Cavaleri
Years: 2021-03-08 - 2022-07-15
ID: P00027029

Previous Projects

Title: Cortical reorganisation post primary total knee joint arthroplasty: An exploratory study [Via Fairfield Hospital]
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Rocco Cavaleri and Lucy Chipchase
Years: 2020-06-15 - 2022-06-25
ID: P00026307

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The effect of carbohydrate periodisation on skeletal muscle adaptation and endurance performance in trained athletes
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Exploring the clinical utility of non-invasive brain stimulation for the assessment and treatment of chronic pain in people with dementia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Elucidate the clinical utility of vestibular optokinetic stimulation (i.e. light therapy) and theta burst stimulation (TBS), a form of non-invasive brain stimulation, in treatment of balance deficits in people with post-concussive syndrome (PCS).
Field of Research:

Media

Title: Pain Thresholds
Description: Interview on ABC Radio (December 10 Episode, starting at 2:01:23 mark)
Title: United Nations Service - Rocco Cavaleri
Description: Article for United Nations Humanitarian Affairs (January 2020)
Title: Research at Western Sydney
Description: Promotional Video (January 2019)
Title: Accolade Opens Doors for Students
Description: Article in InMotion Magazine (June 2017)
Title: Leadership Recognised
Description: Article in InMotion Magazine (February 2015)

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