• 148 Citations
  • 7 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 2006 2019

  • 148 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 33 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Meeting abstract

Are exposures to seated postures associated with immediate increases in back pain? A systematic review of studies with objectively measured sitting time

De Carvalho, D., De Luca, K., Funabashi, M., Breen, A., Wong, A., Johansson, M. S., Ferriera, M., Swab, M., Kawchuck, G., Adams, J. & Hartvigsen, J., 11 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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/WebsiteArticleResearch

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/WebsiteArticleResearch

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Low Back Pain
Lower Extremity
Cross-Sectional Studies

Multisite joint pain in older Australian women is associated with poorer psychosocial health and greater medication use

De Luca, K., Wong, A., Eklund, A., Fernandez, M., Byles, J. E., Parkinson, L., Ferreira, M. L. & Hartvigsen, J., 12 Feb 2019, In : Chiropractic and Manual Therapies. 27, 1, p. 1-9 9 p., 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Musculoskeletal Pain


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


Musculoskeletal Manipulations
Low Back Pain
Quality of Life

Activities 2005 2019

BaCK complaints in Elders: Chiropractic – Australia Research directions.

Katie De Luca (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress

Katie De Luca (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Breathing difficulty, chest and back pain predict bronchitis and emphysema in women

Katie De Luca (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation