Associate Professor Emma Beckman

Associate Professor

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 67904


Dr Emma Beckman is a Teaching and Research academic at the University of Queensland. Emma is passionate about engaging in research to improve the lives of people with a disability through sports, physical activity, and exercise. Following a master’s degree in Adapted physical activity, Emma completed her PhD in strength assessment for classification in Para Sport. She is currently a co-investigator in the UQ IPC Classification Research Partnership, and an internationally accredited classifier in Para Athletics.

Through her Para Sport research, Dr Beckman has seen the power of collaborative care and is committed to research that uses collaborative care models to improve health outcomes. She has undertaken projects to evaluate the impact of interprofessional education and practice on students, educators and clients and has adapted this work for different populations, including people with disabilities and university students with mental health issues.

Research Interests

  • Paralympics
  • Disability sports
  • Classification
  • Exercise physiology

Research Impacts

Dr Beckman has strong connections to the sports science industry through her research, particularly in translation of her research into rules and regulations that impact on para athletes worldwide. On the basis of research conducted by Dr Beckman and her team, the International Paralympic Committee has updated or introduced rules related to Maximal Allowable Standing Height in bilateral lower limb amputees, and the procedures and process related to classification of athletes with eligible impairments such as hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis in athletics. Dr Beckman has acted as an expert for World Athletics in legal proceedings for the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS), demonstrating the impact of her research in practice.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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  • Emma Beckman and Chloe E. Salisbury eds. (2022). Exercise Delivery. Brisbane, Australia: The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/95428f9

Book Chapter

  • Tweedy, Sean M., Beckman, Emma M., Connick, Mark J., Hart, Anne L., Karinharju, Kati, Clanchy, Kelly M. and Geragthy, Timothy (2022). Spinal cord injury. Clinical exercise physiology: exercise management for chronic diseases and special populations. (pp. 461-486) edited by Jonathan K. Ehrman, Paul M. Gordon, Paul S. Visich and Steven J. Keteyian. Champaign, IL, United States: Human Kinetics.

  • Keogh, Justin W. and Beckman, Emma (2019). Exercise and nutritional benefits for individuals with a spinal cord injury or amputation. Nutrition and enhanced sports performance: muscle building, endurance, and strength. (pp. 175-188) edited by Debasis Bagchi, Sreejayan Nair and Chandan K. Sen. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-813922-6.00015-1

  • Connick, Mark J., Beckman, Emma and Tweedy, Sean M. (2018). Evolution and development of best practice in paralympic classification. The Palgrave handbook of paralympic studies. (pp. 389-416) edited by Ian Brittain and Aaron Beacom. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-47901-3_18

  • Macdonald, Doune, Beckman, Emma, Bailey, Don, Mallett, Cliff and Trost, Stewart (2014). JOSHUA Optimising assets: (dis)ability and the path to active participation. Pedagogical cases in physical education and youth sport. (pp. 211-221) edited by Kathleen Armour. Abingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision