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 Physiotherapist, and Lecturer in Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on optimising prognosis and outcomes for people with patellofemoral pain across the lifespan, including patellofemoral pain in adolescents and young adults, and patellofemoral osteoarthritis in later life.

Dr Collins has a particular interest in exercise and foot orthoses for patellofemoral pain conditions, and understanding the mechanisms of treatment effects. Her PhD study was a randomised controlled trial evaluating foot orthoses and physiotherapy for patellofemoral pain. This study, published in the British Medical Journal, has directly informed consensus-based recommendations that physiotherapy and foot orthoses should be used in the management of patellofemoral pain. Dr Collins was awarded an NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne (2010-2014), where she evaluated biomechanical effects of foot orthoses in people with patellofemoral pain and osteoarthritis, as well as the relationship between patellofemoral pain and features of patellofemoral osteoarthritis in young to middle-aged adults. In 2015 she was awarded a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship, where she worked with Professor Paul Hodges to develop a novel method of measuring the EMG activity of the deep intrinsic foot muscles, and explored the effects of foot orthoses on intrinsic foot muscle activity. Dr Collins is leading the UQ arm of the FOOTPATH Study, an NHMRC-funded, multicentre randomised controlled trial of shoe inserts for patellofemoral osteoarthritis.

Dr Collins is Chair of the Physiotherapy Research Foundation’s grant review committee, and sits on multiple committees of Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). She has received invitations to speak at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis, International Patellofemoral Research Retreat, and Australian Physiotherapy Association’s national conference, and present her research to international research groups. Dr Collins has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, received more than $1.3million 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

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor