Dr Natalie Collins

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 52124


Dr Natalie Collins is an APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, and Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on improving the lives of people with knee pain conditions across the lifespan. Dr Collins has a particular interest in improving management and preventing persistence and progression of patellofemoral pain and patellofemoral osteoarthritis. She has conducted large, long-term studies on patellofemoral pain and osteoarthritis, including randomised clinical trials and a 5-year longitudinal cohort study on early osteoarthritis in young adults with patellofemoral pain. Dr Collins combines this work with studies evaluating mechanisms of foot orthoses treatment effects, including: (i) biomechanics and lower limb muscle activity (NHMRC Fellowship 2010-14, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Melbourne); and (ii) deep intrinsic foot muscle activity (UQ Fellowship 2015-17), where she developed a novel method of measuring EMG activity of these muscles. Her work has directly resulted in foot orthoses & physiotherapy being recommended interventions for patellofemoral pain, facilitating translation to clinical practice.

Dr Collins is Chair of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Engagement Committee. She has received invitations to speak at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis, International Patellofemoral Research Retreat, Singapore Physiotherapy Conference and Australian Physiotherapy Association’s national conference, and present her research to international research groups. Dr Collins has published more than 87 peer-reviewed papers, received more than $1.6million in competitive funding, and contributed to leading international publications such as Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine. She maintains a clinical role specialising in the management of people with knee pain and injury.


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Collins, Natalie J. and Roos, Ewa M. (2016). PROMs for osteoarthritis. Patient reported outcome measures in rheumatic diseases. (pp. 249-285) edited by Yasser El Miedany. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-32851-5_10

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Collins, Natalie (2009). Foot Orthoses in Anterior Knee Pain. PhD Thesis, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.