Dr James (previously Dell'Oro) joined Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) as Postdoctoral Research Officer in October 2012. Her research specialises in gait analysis, particularly elderly gait and factors that increase risk of tripping and falling. Lisa is currently investigating the effect of fatigue on elderly gait and falls risk in elderly individuals and is also involved in a project examining the efficacy of biofeedback for gait re-education to reduce the risk of falls in stroke patients.

Lisa has also been teaching biomechanics at Victoria University at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist registered with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and has experience providing clinical exercise physiology service in private practice, private rehabilitation hospital and not for profit sector (MS Australia).

Through her research, Dr James endeavours to contribute to the body of knowledge of factors leading to falls in the elderly and, ultimately, investigate effective measures of reducing falls risk.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Begg, R., Best, R., Dell'Oro, L. and Taylor, S. (2007) Minimum foot clearance during walking: strategies for the minimisation of trip-related falls. Gait & Posture, 25, 191-198.

Conference publications

Best, R, Begg, R and Dell'Oro, L (2001) Minimum Foot Clearance during Walking:  Mean, SD, Skewness and Kurtosis.  In Proceedings of the XVIIIth International Society of Biomechanics Congress.  Ed(s)  R. Muller, H Gerber and A. Stacoff.  ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.  88.

Best, R.J., Begg, R.K., Ball, K. and James, L. (2000) Minimum foot clearance variability in walking:  a case study. Presented at the 3rd Australia and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics Conference, Queensland, January 31 - February 1.

Begg, R, Best, R, Karaharju-Huisman, T and James, L (2000) The likelihood of Young and Elderly Individuals Tripping while Walking. In Injury 2000. Ed(s) Robin Anderson and Drew Richardson Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Canberra. 85

Teaching responsibilities

Lisa has held several sessional contract positions teaching and tutoring in biomechanics at undergraduate and post-graduate level at Victoria University.


Lisa was unit coordinator for Biomechanics Theory and Practice as part of the Graduate Diploma Exercise Science at Victoria University from 2008-2012.

Professional membership

  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)

Areas of expertise

  • Biomechanics
  • Elderly gait
  • Falls and balance
  • Gait Analysis

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