Dr Anna Hatton

Senior Lecturer

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 54590


Research to improve balance and walking in older people, including those with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions

Anna Hatton is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Postdoctoral Early-Career Researcher within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Originally from the UK, Anna was awarded both her BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from Teesside University, (Middlesbrough, UK). Anna’s main research interests include balance control, gait analysis, ageing populations, footwear interventions, sensorimotor function, musculoskeletal conditions, neurological disorders, and falls prevention. To date, Anna’s work has been supported through funding from major bodies including the British Geriatrics Society, Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia, and National Health and Medical Research Council. Having worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK), Anna arrived in Australia in 2010 to undertake a prestigious Australian Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and Baroness Robson Travel Scholarship at Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, NSW. Thereafter, Anna moved to Brisbane to take up a position as a Joint Research Fellow in Physiotherapy between the Princess Alexandra Hospital and The University of Queensland. She commenced her current teaching and research appointment in early 2014.

Research Interests

  • Textured shoe insoles to improve balance and gait
    This large program of research focuses on the investigation of wearing a novel textured shoe insole to improve balance and gait in a range of clinical populations including: healthy young and older people; older fallers; adults with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease
  • Balance performance in adults with lower limb musculoskeletal conditions
    This series of studies investigates how lower limb musculoskeletal conditions, including patellofemoral pain, anterior cruciate ligament injury, hip chondropathy, and early-onset hip osteoarthritis, can affect static and dynamic balance performance. We are also exploring whether physiological measurements, such as hip and trunk muscle strength, joint range of motion, foot mobility, and patient-reported outcomes are related to balance control in these clinical populations.
  • Understanding lateral reactive balance control mechanims in older adults with hip osteoarthritis
    Balance problems in older people can be made worse by the presence of disease, such as joints wearing out. We know older people have particular difficulty reacting to a sudden loss of balance in a sideways direction. However, what we don't clearly understand is how common diseases affecting the hips and trunk impair sideways balance. This study will look at how hip osteoarthritis affects people's ability to respond to a sudden loss of balance in a sideways direction by exploring how the different body segments move and how the leg and trunk muscles work to keep individuals standing upright. The benefit for people affected by hip osteoarthritis is that this study will lead to the development of new, effective treatment techniques that can help them to balance better and to maintain their independence for a longer time.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Teesside University
  • Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education, Teesside University
  • Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education, Teesside University
  • Bachelor of Science with Second Class Honours, Teesside University


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Book Chapter

  • Hatton, Anna Lucy and Rome, Keith (2013). Postural stability measurement: implications for footwear interventions. In Ravindra S. Goonetilleke (Ed.), The science of footwear (pp. 513-534) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Hatton, A. L. and Rome, K. (2012). Feet. In Margot Gosney, Adam Harper and Simon Conroy (Ed.), Oxford Desk Reference Geriatric Medicine (pp. 244-245) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Hatton, Anna Lucy and Rome, Keith (2012). Postural stability measurement: Implications for footwear interventions. In The Science of Footwear (pp. 513-533) : CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b13021

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Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision