Dr Rocco Cavaleri

Rocco CavaleriPosition

Academic Program Advisor, Physiotherapy
Lecturer in Physiotherapy


Rocco Cavaleri is the Academic Program Advisor for the Physiotherapy department at Western Sydney University. Rocco completed his PhD in 2022 and also holds a B Health Science (Hons I)/M Physiotherapy from Western Sydney. In 2023, Rocco received a prestigious Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to work with the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. Prior to commencing his PhD, he worked clinically as a physiotherapist across both acute and private practice contexts. He currently leads the Brain Stimulation and Rehabilitation (BrainStAR) lab (opens in a new window) in the School of Health Sciences. His research is dedicated towards understanding the neurophysiological processes underpinning musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. Rocco uses non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to assess brain changes in response to processes such as pain and motor learning, facilitating the development of novel diagnostic and treatment strategies. His work aims to improve the quality of life of people living with chronic conditions, also striving to better understand the biological and psychosocial determinants of health. Rocco is passionate about education and evidence-based practice, actively supporting the translation of research into clinical practice.

Research Interests

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neuroscience


  • Brain Stimulation and Rehabilitation (BrainStAR) Lab (2021-present)
  • Western Sydney Brain Rehabilitation and Neuroplasticity Unit (BRAiN-U) (2014-2020)
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (2012-present)
  • Australian Pain Society (2018-present)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society (2012-present)
  • AHPRA (2012-present)


  • Clinical Education Managers of Australia and New Zealand (CEMANZ) committee
  • Moderation Guideline Working Group
  • Physiotherapy Clinical Education Committee
  • Physiotherapy External Advisory Board
  • SoHS Academic Committee


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


  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship 2023-24-02
  • Western Sydney University Teacher of the Year 2022-12-08
  • DVCA Excellence in Teaching - Early Career Academic 2022-12-08
  • DVCA Excellence in Teaching (Team) 2022-12-08
  • SoHS Award for Teaching Excellence 2021-12-10
  • SoHS Commendations for Teaching Excellence 2020-12-12
  • Western Sydney University Three-Minute Thesis Winner 2020-02-13
  • Seven News Young Achiever Awards (WSU Academic Achievement) Finalist 2019-11-28
  • University Medal (Western Sydney University) 2015-12-15
  • SMSA Award in Health and Medicine 2015-12-15
  • National Physiotherapy Board APA Student Prize 2014-12-14
  • NSW APA Award for Academic Achievement 2014-12-14
  • Western Sydney University Award for Academic Excellence 2014-11-14
  • Elsevier Paediatrics Award 2014-06-14

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone(02) 4620 3994