Associate Professor Alexandra Webb

BSc, MChiro, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Education Unit

With a background as an anatomist, Dr Webb is committed to enhancing medical education through the creation of effective dynamic teaching and learning environments that exploit the affordances of technologies.

Dr Webb has more than 20 years experience teaching anatomy into undergraduate & postgraduate medicine, allied health & science programs in Australia & the United Kingdom. She has extensive proficiencies in leading the development & implementation of new curricula & resources. She is an innovative educator & educational researcher who takes measured risks in trialling the effectiveness of novel teaching & learning approaches such as serious games, touchscreen technology, adaptive learning, virtual patients & eBooks. In her current role, she is leading the development & implementation of technology enhanced learning & teaching for the School’s MChD as well as creating a flexible collaborative Professional Development program to build capacity in teaching & learning. Dr Webb’s educational practice has been recognised with multiple awards, including Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy & a national Australian Award for University Teaching.

Dr Webb has been an elected Council member of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA) since 2013. She currently serves on the Executive Council as Secretary and co-editor of the Newsletter. In 2016, she organised the ANZACA conference ‘Artful Anatomy’ at the ANU Medical School.

Awards: 

2016    Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2016    ANU Vice-Chancellor's: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 

2015    ANU College of Science: Award for Teaching Excellence

ANU Medical School Excellence in Medical Education Awards

2015      Best Faculty Teacher Phase 1

2016      Award for Excellence in Innovation

Specialisation

  • Anatomy

Research interests

  • Anatomy
  • Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning
  • Medical Education
  • Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability

Groups

  1. Au, J, Webb, A, Buirski, G et al 2017, 'Anatomic variations of levator scapulae in a normal cohort: an MRI study', Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 337-343pp.
  2. Al Suman, A, Aktar, M, Asikuzzaman, M et al 2017, 'Segmentation and reconstruction of cervical muscles using knowledge-based grouping adaptation and new step-wise registration with discrete cosines', Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, vol. Online, pp. 1-13.
  3. Raupach, A, Webb, A & Valter, K 2017, Eclipse.
  4. Raupach, A, Webb, A & Valter, K 2017, MRIs.
  5. Raupach, A, Webb, A & Valter, K 2017, Swimming.
  6. Raupach, A, Webb, A & Valter, K 2017, Vital Organs.
  7. Raupach, A, Webb, A & Valter, K 2017, Xrays.
  8. Au, J, Perriman, D, Pickering, M et al 2016, 'Magnetic resonance imaging atlas of the cervical spine musculature', Clinical Anatomy, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 643-659.
  9. Kingston, M, Perriman, D, Neeman, T et al 2016, 'Contrast agent comparison for three-dimensional micro-CT angiography: A cadaveric study', Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 319-324.
  10. Al Suman, A, Aktar, M, Asikuzzaman, M et al 2016, 'Atlas-based segmentation of neck muscles from MRI for the characterisation of Whiplash Associated Disorder', 8th International Conference on Digital Image Processing, ICDIP 2016, ed. Jiang X.Falco C.M., SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Bellingham, Washington, pp. -.
  11. Bouwer, H, Valter, K & Webb, AL 2015, 'Current integration of dissection in medical education in Australia and New Zealand: Challenges and successes', Anatomical Sciences Education.
  12. Marinov, V, Webb, A & Valter, K 2016, 'Teaching is the best way to learn: student-led screencasting', Medical Education, vol. 50, no. 11, pp. 1155-1156pp.
  13. Webb, A, O'Sullivan, E, Stokes, M et al 2016, 'A novel cadaveric study of the morphometry of the serratus anterior muscle: one part, two parts, three parts, four?', Anatomical Science International, pp. 1-10.
  14. Aktar, M, Alam, M, Pickering, M et al 2015, 'Non-rigid registration of cervical spine MRI volumes', Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2015, IEEE, TBC, pp. 1997-2000.
  15. Aktar, M, Alam, M, Pickering, M et al 2015, 'Non-rigid registration of cervical spine MRI volumes', Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2015, IEEE, TBC, pp. 1997-2000.
  16. Uhrenholt, L, Freeman, M, Pedersen, M et al 2015, 'Fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage associated with internal carotid artery dissection resulting from whiplash trauma', Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 564-569.
  17. Richards, O, Border, S, Bolton, C et al 2014, 'The Palmar Cutaneous Branch of the Median Nerve: A Detailed Morphometric Study', Forensic Medicine and Anatomy Research, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 101-106.
  18. Webb, A & Choi, S 2014, 'Interactive radiological anatomy eLearning solution for first year medical students: Development, integration, and impact on learning', Anatomical Sciences Education, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 350-360.
  19. Rubinstein, S, Bolton, J, Webb, A et al 2014, 'The first research agenda for the chiropractic profession in Europe', Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 1-9.
  20. Uhrenholt, L, Webb, A & Freeman, M 2014, 'Letter to the Editor regarding "Do X-ray-occult fractures play a role in chronic pain following a whiplash injury?"', European Spine Journal, vol. 23, no. 10, pp. 2223 - 2224.
  21. O'Sullivan, E, Bowyer, G & Webb, A 2013, 'The Synovial Fold of the Distal Tibiofibular Joint: A Morphometric Study', Clinical Anatomy, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 630-637.
  22. Webb, A, Rassoulian, H & Mitchell, B 2012, 'Morphometry of the synovial folds of the lateral atlanto-axial joints: The anatomical basis for understanding their potential role in neck pain', Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 115-124.
  23. Webb, A, Collins, P, Rassoulian, H et al 2011, 'Synovial folds - A pain in the neck?', Manual Therapy, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 118-124.
  24. Webb, A, Darekar, A & Rassoulian, H 2011, 'The influence of age, anthropometrics and range of motion on the morphometry of the synovial folds of the lateral atlanto-axial joints: a pilot study', European Spine Journal, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 542-549.

Researcher's projects

In her research, Dr Webb utilises a range of anatomical techniques & imaging procedures to advance knowledge of human structure & function to improve the diagnosis & management of musculoskeletal pain and disability. She also informs her educational practice by undertaking research in anatomy education and technology enhanced learning and teaching.

  • Anatomical and advanced imaging techniques to quantify human morphology to improve the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal pain and disability.
  • Anatomy education
  • Technology enhanced learning and teaching

Available student projects

Dr Webb supervises medical, science, Honours & higher degree research students.

Supervised students