Dr Michelle Smith

Acting Head of Physiotherapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 54660


Dr Michelle Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland. She has a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy and a PhD in motor control. The overarching aim of Michelle's research is to better understand the physical impairments (i.e. muscle function, kinematics/biomechanics, balance, movement and sensory motor deficits) associated with neuromusculoskeletal and pain conditions of the lower limb, and how the condition and these characteristics impact on an individual's function and involvement in society, specifically in terms of their ability to maintain a healthy active lifestyle and participate in work and physical activity. Understanding this information is essential to optimise treatment and management, improve quality of life and overall health, and prevent recurrence or worsening of the condition and/or the development of comorbidities.

Michelle has presented her research at national and international multi-disciplinary conferences, including keynote and invited presentation. She teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy curriculum in the areas of musculoskeletal health and sports injuries. She has been recognised for her high teaching quality and impact at both School and Faculty levels through receipt of Teaching Excellence Awards. She is the Chair of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Workplace Health and Safety Committee, and a member of the Sports Physiotherapy Queensland Executive and Uniting Care Research Ethics Committees.


  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Manitoba
  • Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba
  • Master of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Vicenzino, Bill, Smith, Michelle and Bisset, Leanne (2011). The elbow and forearm complex. Exercise therapy in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. (pp. 113-128) Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision

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.