Sonia Cheng graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 with a BApp(Sc) Physiotherapy with Honours (First Class). During her time at the University, she was awarded two University of Sydney Academic Merit prizes. Her honours dissertation was a systematic review in the area of COPD and examined whether pulmonary rehabilitation programs using minimal equipment improved exercise capacity and quality of life. The dissertation was accepted for a poster presentation at the European Respiratory Society Congress in 2015.
Sonia is a member of the Lung and Heart Physiotherapy Research Group at the University of Sydney. She has continued gaining research experience through this group since graduation assisting with a qualitative research study examining satisfaction levels with telerehabilitation in people with COPD.
Sonia has been working as a graduate physiotherapist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 2015. This has provided her with valuable clinical experience in the area of respiratory physiotherapy where she has taken a particular interest in the management of acute exacerbations of chronic lung disease
Sonia is excited to be the winner of the inaugural BBF scholarship. She intends to start a PhD through the University of Sydney in 2016 examining the effects of sedentary behaviour on health outcomes in people with COPD and potential interventions which may minimise sedentary behaviour in this group.