Researcher biography

Dr Anna Hatton is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Originally from the UK, she was awarded both her BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from Teesside University (Middlesbrough, UK). Dr Hatton's main research interests include the development and evaluation of novel footwear devices to enhance balance, mobility, foot sensory perception, and physical activity, in healthy and disease populations.

To date, Dr Hatton has attracted over $1.7 million research funding from major bodies including the British Geriatrics Society, Diabetes Australia, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and National Health and Medical Research Council. In 2010, she undertook a prestigious Australian Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and Baroness Robson Travel Scholarship (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, UK), within the 'Falls and Balance Research Group' at Neuroscience Research Australia (Sydney), under the mentorship of Professor Stephen Lord. In 2016, Dr Hatton received a high profile 'Young Tall Poppy Science Award' from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, in recognition of her research excellence and novel work into plantar sensory stimulation.

Dr Hatton is Co-Director of the UQ Centre for Neurorehabilitation, Ageing and Balance Research, an Associate Editor for Gait & Posture, and (elected) Secretary for the Executive Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society.

Areas of research