Ryan is from Laurel, Delaware in the United States. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Wesley College in Dover Delaware in December 2010 after which he moved to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
While at Ball State University, Ryan completed work on a number of balance studies and a larger Department of Defence research project under the supervision of Dr. D Clark Dickin. Ryan capped off his 2 years at Ball State University with a Master’s degree in Biomechanics, being awarded this degree in July 2012 for his thesis, which examined the effects of Whole Body Vibration on drop landing mechanics.
He joined the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University in September 2012 to commence his PhD studies with Dr. Michael Cole. His proposed project aims to look at improving dynamic postural stability and balance in people with Parkinson’s disease using structured and progressive intervention strategies. His proposed research has the potential to significantly improve our understanding of the mechanism(s) for falling in this high-risk population and ultimately contribute to reducing falls and falls-related injuries in these individuals.