Donna Urquhart

Assoc Professor


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Personal profile


Donna Urquhart is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a NHMRC Career Development Fellow (Level 2)/Senior Research Scientist. She is also a physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.

Donna’s research program involves a wide range of projects relating to low back pain and musculoskeletal conditions, including NHMRC-funded clinical trials examining the effectiveness of interventions for low back pain, MRFF funded research examining the overuse of narcotics and imaging for musculoskeletal pain, and internationally awarded work investigating the role of physical activity and obesity in musculoskeletal conditions.

Donna is currently supervising a number of PhD, Masters and honours students in cross-disciplinary collaborations. She is also on the International Editorial Review Board for the Cochrane Back Review Group and Journal of Physiotherapy, and is a board member for the Australian New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network Scientific Advisory Group (SAG).

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Research Output

Association between Inflammatory Biomarkers and Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review

Lim, Y. Z., Wang, Y., Cicuttini, F. M., Hughes, H. J., Chou, L., Urquhart, D., Ong, P. X. & Hussain, M., May 2020, In : The Clinical Journal of Pain. 36, 5, p. 379-389 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Catastrophization, fear of movement, anxiety, and depression are associated with persistent, severe low back pain, and disability

Ranger, T. A., Cicuttini, F. M., Jensen, T. S., Manniche, C., Heritier, S. & Urquhart, D. M., Jun 2020, In : The Spine Journal. 20, 6, p. 857-865 9 p.

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Correspondence: Reply to Hopayian

Lim, Y. Z., Chou, L., Au, R. TM., Seneviwickrama, KL. M. D., Cicuttini, F. M., Briggs, A. M., Sullivan, K., Urquhart, D. M. & Wluka, A. E., 2020, In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 66, 1, p. 65-65 1 p.

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Open Access

Psychological characteristics associated with ultra-marathon running: An exploratory self-report and psychophysiological study

Roebuck, G. S., Urquhart, D. M., Che, X., Knox, L., Fitzgerald, P. B., Cicuttini, F. M., Lee, S., Segrave, R. & Fitzgibbon, B. M., 26 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Journal of Psychology. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Author's response to letter to editor: “Confounding variables in future studies assessing relationship between paraspinal muscles and low back pain”

Ranger, T. A., Cicuttini, F. M., Jensen, T. S., Heritier, S. & Urquhart, D. M., 1 Jun 2019, In : The Spine Journal. 19, 6, p. 1134-1135 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review