Priscilla Viana Da Silva

Priscilla Viana Da Silva

What are your research interests?

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Children and adolescent pain
  • Implementation research

Why did you get into research?

Ever since I was a child, I have always been curious to learn more and that has carried into adulthood and into my career as a physiotherapist. I am always thinking about the best way to answer my patients questions and provide them with the best evidence-based care I can.

I have always enjoyed helping people and taking care of them. Being a physio filled this void somewhat, however there has always been a longing to know more so that I can help more. By becoming a researcher, I realised that I would be able to fulfill both desires by understanding more whilst reaching and impacting more lives. 

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

As a young researcher new to my research career, I still haven’t determined my end point.  At this stage my aims are to complete my PhD in partnership with the University of Newcastle’s School of Public Health and Medicine.  Ultimately, I want to leverage my skills in health research, public speaking and research expertise in priority areas of health care to develop and implement new techniques in health projects such as identifying issues in the population health and take correct actions with the purpose of public health enhancement.


Priscilla is a Physiotherapist and PhD Candidate working with Hunter New England Population Health and the University of Newcastle's School of Medicine and Public Health in the field of musculoskeletal pain. 

After graduating from her Master of Physiotherapy (Neck pain) at University Cidade de São Paulo (UNICID) in Brazil, Priscilla moved to Australia and is currently completing her PhD with the HNE Musculoskeletal Health Program and University of Newcastle. Her topic areas include: reporting quality of exercise interventions for low back pain, the effects of physiotherapy and lifestyle interventions on low back pain, utilising e-health to manage low back pain and understanding how low back pain is managed in the public health system.

Despite being a Brazilian native, she does not know how to dance Samba or play soccer.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal conditions including neck and sports injuries
  • Knowledge of theoretical and practical components of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology
  • Evidence based practices