Dr Catherine R. Galvin

B.Eng. Elect (Hons), FIEAust, B Sp&ExSc (Hons), GradCert HealthRsch, GradCert Hu

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD 

  • Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and Design 

  • Bachelor of Sports Studies (Hons) 

  • Graduate Certificate in Human Movement Science

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Electrical and Electronic, University of Adelaide


As an Electrical Engineer, I was trained to offer creative and technical solutions to critical problems requiring innovation, imagination and teamwork.  I have worked in the telecommunications industry during a period of rapid transition and government pressure. As a senior network engineer I was part of a team that implemented major government decisions which required the extensive development of specialised networks, involving their detailed planning, design and construction.

Within a division of CSIRO, I undertook a review of the sites and services and  managed significant organisational changes to their properties within NSW. I also reviewed the patent portfolio and presented information to enable decisions on patent viability.

As a practitioner of Taekwondo since the age of 13, I have been teaching and running my own Taekwondo school. Being an engineer, this experience has given me a great interest in the musculoskeletal system, physical fitness and longevity. As an academic exercise over the last few years I coauthored a book on the lost pattern of Taekwondo, Encyclopaedia of Taekwondo Supplement No. 16. 

My PhD research required the absorption of journal articles on various aspects of knee biomechanics. I learnt a new vocabulary, the language of the Physiotherapist and Orthopaedic Surgeon. In my research, I performed clinical and functional tests and recorded CT and Fluoroscopy images of the participant’s knees. To enable the analysis of my image data I collaborated with Prof Mark Pickering at UNSW (ADFA); contributing to the ongoing development of a bespoke 3D/2D medical-image-processing software package called “Orthovis”.  

As a researcher into the devastating disease of knee osteoarthritis, I have a unique toolset: writing and speaking, engineering, anatomy, biomechanics, understanding practical applications of movement, curiosity, statistics, and my enjoyment of tackling complex tasks. 

In my academic life, I have presented at a range of conferences across disciplines. I have assisted with the supervision of physiotherapy honours students and medical students doing the research component of their degrees. Being employed as a lecturer,  I have navigated the combined academic and researcher life. 

After working as an Electrical Engineer in the telecommunications industry, I now use my analytical skills in the field of clinical biomechanics, studying knee kinematics using medical imaging. 

At the Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the Canberra Hospital, we look at healthy and osteoarthritic knee kinematics; studying tibiofemoral kinematics, the motion of the femur and tibia as the knee bends and straightens.

I have recently been working on developing predictive models of knee osteoarthritis aimed at providing an 'early warning system' that can identify the signs of early knee osteoarthritis.

Papers Published

Galvin CR, Perriman DM, Lynch JT, Pickering M, Newman PM, Smith PN Scarvell JM.

Galvin CR, Perriman DM, Newman PM, Lynch JT, Smith PN, Scarvell JM.

  • Squatting, lunging, and kneeling provide similar kinematic profiles in healthy knees--a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature on deep knee flexion kinematics. Knee. 2018;25(4):514-530. doi:10.1016/j.knee.2018.04.015. 

Lynch JT, Schneider MT, Perriman DM, Scarvell JM, Pickering M, Asikuzzaman Md, Galvin CR, Besier TF, Smith PN

Statistical Sahpe Modelling reveals large and distinct subchondral bony differences in osteoarthritic knees, Journal of Biomechanics (2019) doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/ j.jbiomech.2019.07.003

Scarvell JM, Hribar N, Galvin CR, Pickering MR, Perriman DM, Lynch JT, Smith PN.

  • Analysis of Kneeling by Medical Imaging Shows the Femur Moves Back to the Posterior Rim of the Tibial Plateau, Prompting Review of the Concave-Convex Rule. Phys Ther. 2019;99:311– 318.]

Scarvell JM, Galvin CR, Perriman DM, Lynch JT, van Deursen RWM.

  • Kinematics of knees with osteoarthritis show reduced lateral femoral roll-back and maintain an adducted position. A systematic review of research using medical imaging. J Biomech. 2018;75:108-122. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.05.007. 


Conference Presentations

  • Australia & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS), Knee Kinematics and Ageing, Oct 2018. 

  • Canberra Hospital Annual Research Meeting, Age has a minimal effect on knee kinematics, 2018.

  • World Congress of Biomechanics, Healthy ageing knee kinematics, 2018.

  • Australian Society of Medical Research, ACT Branch, Knee kinematics across the decades of life, 2018

  • Australian Orthopaedic Association Conference, Canberra: Healthy versus osteoarthritic knee kinematics in 6-degrees-of-freedom during loaded kneeling for participants over 50 years of age, 2017

  • International Society of Biomechanics, Biannual International Conference, Brisbane, Comparison of osteoarthritic and healthy knee kinematics while kneeling, 2017.

  • Canberra Hospital Annual Research Meeting (CHARM), Canberra: Healthy and osteoarthritic knee kinematics, 2017.

  • Australian Orthopaedic Association Conference, Canberra: Are you mad? You want me to kneel? 2016.

  • Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference, Brisbane: A new optimisation technique for fast multi-modal 2D-3D Registration, 2016.

  • Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference, Melbourne: Interactive visualisation of deep knee flexion, in four dimensions and in-vivo, 2015.

  • ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Phuket Thailand; Podium Presentation: ACL Risk factors associated with landing during consecutive jump tasks, 2013. 

Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of Biomechanics

  • Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Honours and Awards

Best Allied Health Oral Presentation, Canberra Hospital Research Meeting, 2019

Best Oral Presentation, Australian Society of Medical Research (ACT), 2018

Winner, University of Canberra, Early Career Educator of the year, 2017

Winner, University of Canberra, Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence for Sessional Tutor, 2017

Nominated, University of Canberra, Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence for Sessional Tutor, 2016 

Winner, University of Canberra 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) 2015

ACT Health PhD Scholarship, 2015 

Women in Biomedical Engineering Scholarship, Engineers Australia, 2015

University of Canberra Deans Excellence Award 2011 Semester 1, 2011

University of Canberra Deans Excellence Award 2011 Semester 2, 2011

Telstra Quality of Excellence award for the Canberra Equal Access project team.


  • Deputy Chair of the Canberra Montessori School Board, 2007-2010

  • Greenlight for girls-ACT

  • Taekwondo

  • Fusion Marital Arts School (now closed)

    • Owner and International Chief Instructor

  • Book co-author 'Encyclopaedia of Taekwon-Do' Supplemental No. 16




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