Associate Professor Steven Kamper BSc(Hons), BAppSc, PhD.
Musculoskeletal Health Sydney, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
NHMRC Career Development Fellow.

Steve trained as physiotherapist at the University of Sydney and worked clinically in musculoskeletal practice before completing his PhD at the George Institute for Global Health in 2011. He spent 3 years at the VU University in Amsterdam as a NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow before returning to Australia in 2014. He has published in top ranking general medical journals (e.g. BMJ, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, PLOS Medicine) and specialist journals (e.g. Pain, Journal of Physiotherapy, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology), and presented his work more than 40 times in over 10 countries. Steve serves on the editorial boards of 2 international journals and the Cochrane back review group, as well as the scientific advisory committee of the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Network and is Vice-Chair of the Executive Organising Committee of the International Back and Neck Pain Forum.

Steve is currently Associate Professor in the Musculoskeletal Health Sydney, a research unit within the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. He is co-lead of the Paediatric theme within the unit. He is part of the steering committee of the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (, and designs and delivers training workshops internationally on research methods and evidence-based practice, for clinicians and early career researchers. In 2010 Steve founded the International Collaboration of Early Career Researchers (, an initiative aimed at connecting and supporting junior researchers in the health care field.

His main research interest is in musculoskeletal pain, particularly in children and adolescents. This work is focussed on understanding pain in the context of other chronic diseases and health risk factors such as overweight, physical activity, and substance use. Steve’s publication record includes systematic reviews, cohort studies, RCTs, clinimetric analyses, mediation studies and articles about research design. Aside from academic publications, Steve also writes short research appraisals for clinicians in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and online material for clinical and lay audiences in the Conversation and Body in Mind.

See Steve Kamper’s publications here.