Associate Professor Belinda Lange

Associate Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt West Wing (W403)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Belinda is the Head of Teaching Section (Physiotherapy) in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She received her PhD and degree in Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of South Australia and her Science Degree from Flinders University. Belinda has been a registered Physiotherapist in Australia since 2003. She worked at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2014. Throughout her research career, she has developed and evaluated virtual reality, gaming, and digital technologies for a wide range of health applications.

Belinda is an international authority on virtual reality and game-based exercise and rehabilitation. She has been the Principal Investigator on over $1.9 million in external funding for projects that aimed to develop and clinically evaluate virtual reality tools for healthy aging and neurological rehabilitation. She has published 27 peer reviewed papers, 60 peer reviewed conference papers, five book chapters and has been invited to give 18 plenary/keynote presentations at national (USA) and international conferences and meetings. Her work has also been recognised through Best Paper awards at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) International Conference.

Belinda served on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation (ISVR; from 2012-2018 and has served on the Program Committees of international conferences such as: International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation; International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies; Meaningful Play; Games for Health; International Society for Presence Research; and International Conference on Smart Homes, Assistive Technologies, Robotics and Health Telematics.

Belinda has supervised and mentored Honours, Masters and Postdoctoral level researchers. Her teaching and research interests include: digital health, telehealth, game-based rehabilitation, virtual reality, healthy aging, research methods and design, neuroscience, and neurological rehabilitation.


PhD, BPhysio (Hons), BSc

Key responsibilities

Head of Physiotherapy 2016 - present

Course Coordinator (Master of Physiotherapy) 2016-2018

Research expertise
Adherence to interventional programs
Digital health
Other engineering
Other information and computing sciences
Other medical and health sciences
Research interests

My research interests focus on exploring ways in which we can use technology to enhance existing strategies and interventions by identifying, developing and evaluating how new technolgies can be applied in training, health/wellness and rehabilitation settings.

My most recent work involved the development of customized rehabilitation for people with neurological impairments using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. We evaluated the intervention using small home-based case studies and a multi-centre RCT is currently in progress in the USA. I have also been involved in the development of a virtual human buddy to provide support for service members who may be expereincing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and encourage them to seek help.

Teaching interests

Research methods and design, ethical considerations in research, and neuroscience.

Topic coordinator
REHB2001 Neuroscience for Therapists
Topic lecturer
AGES9026 Design and Ethics in Research with Vulnerable Populations
PHYT8002 Performance of Movement and Function
Supervisory interests
Allied health
Augmented reality
Computer games
Digital game design
Digital games
Digital health
Evaluation of new technologies
Exergaming in rehabilitation
Game-based rehabilitation
Games in education
Information and communication technology (ICT)
Information/communication technology
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Neurological rehabilitation
Physiotherapy management
Use of technology in health care:
Virtual humans
Virtual reality
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Virtual Reality and Education (1), Neurological Assessment in Physiotherapy (1), Digital technologies and Older Adults (1), Measurement of Falls and Balance in Aged Care (1), Health Behaviour Change in Brain Injury (1)
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