• 169 Citations
  • 8 h-Index

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Dr. Katie de Luca is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University, in Sydney Australia. Her research interests focus on the epidemiology and management of musculoskeletal conditions, with expertise in the elderly. She has 29 peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 50 conference presentations, which includes several invited keynote presentations on back pain in the elderly. Katie is on the editorial board of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies and is the section editor for the JMPT Women's Healht section. Dr. de Luca has received several large competitive grants, in excess of $500,000. In 2019 she was awarded an industry led grant for a four year, internationally collaborative longitudinal study on back pain in the elderly. Katie has been awarded many research prizes, most prestigiously was 1stprize at the World Federation of Chiropractic Biennial Conference in Washington DC (March, 2017). Katie is a board member for the Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation and is the Research Chair for Sports Chiropractic Australia. She is one of only 13 global CARL Fellows, an early career research group which is mentored to foster chiropractic research capacity. She hopes to be a leading chiropractic researcher on spinal pain in the elderly. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Chiropractic, Masters of Chiropractic, Macquarie University

Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science), University of Sydney

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Research Outputs

  • 169 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 34 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Meeting abstract

Association of exposures to seated postures with immediate increases in back pain: a systematic review of studies with objectively measured sitting time

De Carvalho, D. E., de Luca, K., Funabashi, M., Breen, A., Wong, A. Y. L., Johansson, M. S., Ferreira, M. L., Swab, M., Neil Kawchuk, G., Adams, J. & Hartvigsen, J., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 43, 1, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • BAck complaints in the elders - Chiropractic (BACE-C): protocol of an international cohort study of older adults with low back pain seeking chiropractic care

    Jenks, A. D., Hoekstra, T., Axén, I., de Luca, K., Field, J., Newell, D., Hartvigsen, J., French, S. D., Koes, B., Van Tulder, M. W. & Rubinstein, S. M., 1 Apr 2020, In : Chiropractic and Manual Therapies. 28, 7 p., 17.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • BACE:C-A update: calling for chiropractors

    De Luca, K., Jul 2019, The Australian Chiropractor, p. 18-19 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

    Back pain in older adults

    De Luca, K., Sep 2019, Chiropractic Australia News, 2, 2, p. 10-10 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

    Characteristics of chiropractors who manage people aged 65 and older: a nationally representative sample of 1903 chiropractors

    Moore, C., de Luca, K., Wong, A. Y. L., Fernandez, M., Swain, M., Hartvigsen, J., Adams, J. & Peng, W., Dec 2019, In : Australasian Journal on Ageing. 38, 4, p. 249-257 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    American College of Chiropractic Prize for Research Excellence

    Katie De Luca (Recipient), Sheng Hung Fang (Recipient), Justin Ong (Recipient), Ki Soo Shin (Recipient), Samuel Woods (Recipient) & Peter Tuchin (Recipient), 18 Mar 2017


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