Dr. Katie de Luca is a Senior Lecturer at CQU, Brisbane Campus. She teaches into the units Advanced Clinical Development, Social Perspectives of Health and Research Literacy.
Her research interests focus on the epidemiology and management of musculoskeletal conditions, with expertise in older adults. Katie has received competitive research funding in excess of $3.4M. She leads the industry funded (Australian Chiropractors Association), internationally collaborative, 12 month longitudinal study on BAck Complaints in the Elderly:Chiropractic - Australia. Her recent Global Burden of Disease 2021 low back pain estimates were published in the Lancet Rheumatology. This publication alone has more than 160 news mentions and 800 social media mentions globally, and featured nationally across print, TV (Channel 7 news; Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide) and radio, where Katie was interviewed by ABC Far North Queensland. Internationally, news items featured in National Geographic Indonesia, as well as in China, the US, the UK, India, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong and South Korea, just to name a few. Outstandingly, the coverage for this research is estimated to have reached 3 million Australians and 40 million people globally.
Katie has more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 50 conference presentations, which includes several invited keynote presentations on back pain in older adults, women's health conditions and sports chiropractic.
Katie is the Chair of the Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation and is the Chair of the World Federation of Chiropractic, Disability and Rehabilitation Committee. She is on the editorial board of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies and is the section editor for the JMPT Women's Health section..
Doctor of Philosophy: The University of Newcastle
Masters of Chiropractic: Macquarie University
Bachelor of Applied Science (exercise & sport science): The University of Sydney
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Macquarie University
Chair, Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation.
Chair, World Federation of Chiropractic, Disability and Rehabilitation Committee.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Frontiers in Pain Research
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Allied health and rehabilitation science - Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified
Allied health and rehabilitation science - Rehabilitation
Epidemiology - Epidemiological modelling
Public health - Injury prevention