The TRU Team
The TRU team is composed of well-regarded, experienced and expert researchers, practitioners and educators.
Most of our key staff have first-hand experience in the tactical environment having served in, or with, Defence, law enforcement or fire and rescue.
Our national and international collaborators have diverse qualifications, skill sets and service history, proving the TRU the capacity to provide expert services across an array of tactical topics.
Dr Rob Orr
Dr Rob Orr served for over 20 years in the Australian Regular Army as an Infantry soldier, Physical Training Instructor, Physiotherapist and Human Performance Officer across a variety of units from training institutions to operational units and special operations command. Still serving in the Army Reserve, Rob took up an appointment at Bond University in 2012. The majority of his teaching is on maximising human potential while his research and consultancy focus on the tactical strength and conditioning of military personnel, police officers and firefighter / first responders, from initial trainees to elite specialists. Rob is the current editor of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Report and Co-Chair of Tactical Strength and Conditioning – Australia. Well published, Rob is regularly invited to present his research on tactical populations both nationally and internationally.
Dr Rodney Pope
Dr Rod Pope is currently a Professor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University, an Honorary Adjunct Professor at Bond University and co-leads the Tactical Research Unit headquartered at Bond University. Rod provided clinical physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and injury prevention services at the Australian Army Recruit Training Centre for 10 years before establishing and leading the Australian Defence Injury Prevention Program 2000-2006, at the request of the Defence Health Service Branch. In this role, he worked closely with Defence health staff, commanders and senior Physical Training Instructors to address injury risks for ADF personnel and optimize physical aspects of training practices. As part of this work and more recently in his university roles and work with the Tactical Research Unit, Rod has conducted and supervised wide ranging research and consultancy projects on preventing injuries and enhancing performance during physical activity in numerous tactical training and operational contexts.
Dr Ben Schram
Dr Ben Schram previously completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree and spent many years working in fitness centres as an exercise physiologist/strength and conditioning coach. He subsequently completed a Doctor of Physiotherapy in 2012 and more recently has submitted his doctoral thesis. He has had military experience in Officer training with the Army Reserve and has been extensively involved in research projects both with the military and federal police.
Dr Elisa Canetti
Dr Elisa Canetti is a physiotherapist trained in Brazil with a master’s degree in high performance science and a doctorate degree (PhD) in exercise immunology and iron metabolism. Dr Canetti has successfully secured funding from the Australian Institute of Sport to conduct research with the Australian Olympic female sprint kayak team, focusing on the impact of different training loads in immune response and iron metabolism. Dr Canetti maintains an on-going network publishing with international collaborators in the field of exercise immunology. Dr Canetti has over 5 years’ experience in teaching across multiple degrees in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University, including Clinical Anatomy, Exploring Human Disease and Exercise Physiology subjects. Dr Canetti has managed the research laboratories at Bond Institute of Health and Sport and has supervised multiple student evidence-based projects. Dr Canetti joined the Tactical Research Unit as the general research project manager ensuring coordination of activities, providing high-level project support and research expertise. Dr Canetti is an experienced researcher in musculoskeletal conditions, immunology, and injury in military, law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel. Most recently, Dr Canetti has been focusing her research on the physiological impacts of stress in the tactical population.
Dr Jay Dawes
Dr Jay Dawes is an Assistant Professor of Strength and Conditioning at the Oklahoma State University. Jay has worked as a strength/performance coach, personal trainer, educator and post-rehabilitation specialist for over 15 years, and continues to act as a performance consultant for law enforcement officers, a wide-variety of athletes, and those in physically demanding occupations. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association as a Level 2 S &C coach. Jay’s dedication and work led to recognition as a Fellow of the NSCA (FNSCA) in 2009. With multiple publications in law enforcement, Jay’s work has spanned from the initial officer recruit to Special Weapons and Tactics Teams.
Dr Robert Lockie
Dr. Robert Lockie is an Assistant Professor in Strength and Conditioning (S&C) at California State University, Fullerton. He obtained his undergraduate and Honors degrees in Human Movement from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Dr. Lockie also completed his PhD at UTS, within research that analyzed the sprint technique and strength and power capacities of field sport athletes. He previously worked at the University of Newcastle as a Biomechanics lecturer, and an Assistant Professor in Biomechanics and S&C at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Lockie has research interests in speed and agility, strength training, and sports performance. More recently, Dr. Lockie has conducted research in the field of tactical S&C. This involves work with: first responders (law enforcement, firefighters), correctional, and military populations. This research has focused on performance aspects of tactical populations as it relates to academy survivability and job-specific tasks, in addition to injury prevention and career longevity.