Dr Lucy Thomas

Lecturer in Physiotherapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 51644


Lucy Thomas is a lecturer and researcher in the Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Newcastle in 2013, with thesis entitled ' Minimising risk factors for cervical spine manipulation'. She holds a Master of Medical Science from the University of Newcastle 'Valdity of the Doppler velocimeter as a pre-manipulative screening tool for vertebral artery flow'. She is also a registered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with postgraduate qualifications (Grad Dip App Sc (Manipulative Physiotherapy) from the University of Sydney. Her doctoral research focussed on investigating risk factors and clinical presentation of patients presenting with craniocervical arterial dissection, as well as examining blood flow changes in the cervical arteries with head movement. Lucy has a particular interest in the safety of manual treatment of the neck, and the evaluation and management of cervical spine disorders including headache and dizziness.

Research Interests

  • Cervical arterial dissection
    This is a common cause of stroke in young to middle aged people and has been linked to neck manipulation
  • Neck manipulation
    I have a particular interest in the practice of cervical spine manipulation and in screening practices
  • Differential diagnosis of headache, neck pain and dizziness


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Thomas, L. H., Rivett, D., Parsons, M. W. and Levi, C. R. (2012). Radiological features of craniocervical arterial dissection and topography of the resultant infarct: Relation with risk factors. In: Special Issue: Abstracts of STROKE 2012 CONFERENCE - A combined event of the Stroke Society of Australasia 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting and the 8th Smart Strokes Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference. Stroke 2012 Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (14-14). 29 -31 August 2012. doi:10.1111/j.1747-4930.2012.00907.x

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor