Parker, A., Dash, S., Bourke, M., Patten, R., Craike, M., Baldwin, P., Hosking, W., Levinger, I., Apostolopoulos, V., & de, Courten. (220118). A brief, daily, online mental health and wellbeing intervention for university staff during the COVID-19 pandemic: Program description and outcomes using a mixed methods design.. JMIR Form Res,
|2021||Woessner, M. N., Hiam, D., Smith, C., Lin, X., Zarekookandeh, N., Tacey, A., Parker, L., Landen, S., Jacques, M., & Lewis, J. R. (211130). Osteoglycin across the adult lifespan.. The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism,|
|2021||Woessner, M. N., Tacey, A., Levinger-Limor, A., Parker, A. G., Levinger, P., & Levinger, I. (210528). The Evolution of Technology and Physical Inactivity: The Good, the Bad, and the Way Forward. Frontiers in Public Health, 9|
Smith, C., Lin, X., Scott, D., Brennan-Speranza, T. C., Saedi, A. A., Moreno-Asso, A., Woessner, M., Hassan, E. B., Eynon, N., & Duque, G. (210401). Uncovering the bone-muscle interaction and its implications for the health and function of older adults (the wellderly project): Protocol for a randomized controlled crossover trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 10(4),
|2021||Ferguson, S. K., Woessner, M. N., Holmes, M. J., Belbis, M. D., Carlstrom, M., Weitzberg, E., Allen, J. D., & Hirai, D. M. (210401). Effects of inorganic nitrate supplementation on cardiovascular function and exercise tolerance in heart failure. Journal of Applied Physiology, 130(4), (914-922).|
Tacey, A., Sim, M., Smith, C., Woessner, M. N., Byrnes, E., Lewis, J. R., Brennan-Speranza, T., Hodgson, J. M., Blekkenhorst, L. C., & Levinger, I. (210101). Association between Circulating Osteocalcin and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors following a 4-Week Leafy Green Vitamin K-Rich Diet. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 76(5), (361-367).
|2020||Tacey, A., Smith, C., Woessner, M. N., Chubb, P., Neil, C., Duque, G., Hayes, A., Zulli, A., & Levinger, I. (201101). Undercarboxylated osteocalcin is associated with vascular function in female older adults but does not influence vascular function in male rabbit carotid artery ex vivo. PLoS ONE, 15(11 November),|
Woessner, M. N., Levinger, I., Allen, J. D., McIlvenna, L. C., & Neil, C. (200701). The effect of dietary inorganic nitrate supplementation on cardiac function during submaximal exercise in men with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (Hfref): A pilot study. Nutrients, 12(7), (1-9).
|2020||Woessner, M. N., Neil, C., Saner, N. J., Goodman, C. A., McIlvenna, L. C., De, Zevallos., Garnham, A., Levinger, I., & Allen, J. D. (200501). Effect of inorganic nitrate on exercise capacity, mitochondria respiration, and vascular function in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Journal of Applied Physiology, 128(5), (1355-1364).|
|2020||Hiam, D., Smith, C., Voisin, S., Denham, J., Yan, X., Landen, S., Jacques, M., Alvarez-Romero, J., Garnham, A., & Woessner, M. N. (200115). Aerobic capacity and telomere length in human skeletal muscle and leukocytes across the lifespan. Aging, 12(1), (359-369).|
Areas of expertise
- Exercise physiology
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Exercise rehabilitation
- Nurtritional intervention
- Inclusion and safeguarding in sport
Available to supervise research students
Available for media queries
About Mary Woessner
Dr Mary Woessner has received national and international recognition for her innovative research in the field of cardiovascular health. Mary's research focus on novel interventions to improve the physical wellbeing and quality of life in patients with cardiovascular disease. She has a specific interest in exploring non-pharmaceutical options for improving clinical care and outcomes. Her PhD was the largest clinical trial investigating the efficacy of nitrate supplementation on improving exercise capacity in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction.
Mary has obtained over AUD$300,000 in research funding. This funding includes:
- a competitive Victoria University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2015-2019)
- CIB on a Category 1 Australian Heart Foundation Vanguard grant (2016)
- SECOMB Conference and Travel Fund Grant (2018)
- an International Collaborative grant from the Research Foundation-Flanders (2020-2025)
- Victoria University Planetary Health Grant (2020).
Dr Woessner won the Victoria University Three Minute Thesis competition in 2016 and represented VU at the Asia-Pacific Finals that same year. Most recently, Mary was awarded a citation from Victoria University for Excellence in Graduate Research.
Mary has published 17 peer reviewed journal articles in total and was lead author on 9. She has published in the leading journals in her field including Circulation research (IF: 15.862) and Nitric Oxide (IF: 3.311).
Mary currently has two primary fields of research that she is advancing in the areas of clinical exercise rehabilitation and safeguarding in sport. Her ongoing efforts in the field of clinical exercise rehabilitation focus on exploring novel ways to approach exercise interventions to improve both physical and mental wellbeing and promote long term behavioural change. Her work in the safeguarding in sport field has resulted in a successful collaborative research grant which supported the establishment of the International Research Network On Violence and Integrity in Sport (IRNOVIS).
She is a member of the Chair in Security and Integrity in Sport at Laval University in Canada and has recently completed a large scale project exploring the magnitude of instances of violence against children in Australian community sport.
- PhD Exercise Physiology, Victoria University 2019
- MA Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
- BS Sport and Exercise Science, Meredith College, 2011
Research funding for the past 5 years
- Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
- Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
- The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.
Improving Care for Patients on a Waiting List for Orthopaedic Specialist Public Health Services in Melbourne’s West (Waitlist Project)
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Prof Itamar Levinger, Prof Michael Mckenna, Prof Vasso Apostolopoulos, Prof Rebecca Lane, Prof Alexandra Parker
For period: 2021-2022
Supervision of research students at VU
Available to supervise research students
Available for media queries
Teaching activities & experience
Since 2015, Mary has lectured various units housed within the College of Sport and Exercise Science, with the majority of her teaching falling within the Masters of Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation Course at Victoria University. Mary seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice by embedding the “real world” scenarios into all aspects of her teaching.
Key academic roles
|Dates||Role||Department / Organisation|
|Jan 2021 - Present||
Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Science
|Dates||Role & Department/Organisation|
|Jan 2021 -
Lecturer in Clinical Exercise ScienceVictoria University
Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in Research (Graduate Researcher) - Victoria University
University Three Minute Thesis Winner - Victoria University
Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis Finalist - University of Queensland
Marvin E. Allen Excellence in Teaching Award - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Academic Achievement Award - Meredith College
Keynote and invited speeches
Effect of Nitrate Supplementation in Patients with HFrEF
Invited Symposium Speaker at American College of Sports Medicine National Conference
The Effects of Nitrate Supplementation on Exercise Capacity in Heart Failure. HFpEF v HFrEF: An update from the literature
Invited Speaker at European College of Sport Science, Dublin, Ireland
Exercise Considerations for Individuals with Cardiovascular Disease.
Invited Guest Speaker at Victoria Active Ageing Partnership Research and Practice Forum, Melbourne
- Accredited Professional, American College of Sports Medicine
- Accredited Exercise Scientist, Exercise and Sport Science Australia