Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Deciding to come to AUT for her PhD in sport science was easy, says Tracey Clissold.
“I wanted to achieve the highest academic qualification, and have the opportunity to study and present novel research findings in the area of women’s health. I decided to come to AUT because the PhD programme in the area of sport science has a fantastic international reputation.”
She would wholeheartedly recommend postgraduate study in sport science to other students.
“This is a fantastic area of study with amazing lecturers, supervisors and support staff. I enjoyed being part of the continuous process of growing as an academic. Learning to confidently use equipment like DEXA and force plate technology, and successfully navigate software like Endnote, Excel and SPSS Statistics were all enlightening moments.
“I’ve also loved having the opportunity to work with prestigious AUT academics and publish our research findings in prominent academic journals.”
Passionate about women’s health
For her doctoral research, Tracey is investigating the effect of exercise on bone development in women.
“My research explores the use of impact exercise as a stimulus for bone development, specifically as a preventative osteoporosis green prescription for premenopausal women.
“I chose this research topic because I really wanted to make a difference in the field of women’s health, and there were obvious gaps in the research on bone health.”
Tracey’s research has been supervised by Professor John Cronin from AUT, Dr Paul Winwood from AUT and Toiohomai Institute of Technology, and Professor Mary Jane De Souza from Penn State University.
Advice for other students
Expecting to graduate later this year, Tracey has some great advice for other students.
“My advice is to keep going until you get past the finish line, in spite of the inevitable roadblocks along the way. Don’t lose sight of the end goal.”
She already has a good idea what she wants to do next.
“My goal is to continue to conduct research in the area of women’s health, and to disseminate our research findings in a public health setting for the benefit of bone health across genders and life stages.”