Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Biomechanics
  • Curriculum design & assessment
  • 21st century teaching & learning
  • Dynamic pressure measurement

Available to supervise research students

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About Patrick Mclaughlin

Pat has a PhD in biomechanics, having spent the early part of his career in the biomechanics laboratory environment and working with elite sports in the analysis of techniques. This knowledge and experience transferred well into the analysis of gait, especially running gait, and using dynamic pressure measurement techniques, and links well with his interest (and teaching) into the Osteopathy program at VU. With biomechanics being a predominantly quantitative focussed topic area, Pat has also developed and utilised skills in data analysis techniques, including cluster analysis, which has enabled a number of collaborations across discipline areas in health and biomedicine.

Pat's teaching and research focus is within the evidence-informed practice space, where the design of the osteopathy degree at VU has allowed a themed approach to course development, and a scaffolded design in this particular topic area. Students gradually develop their skills at each year level (of 5) in this area, and this “no hurry” approach has greatly enhanced the students' ability to understand the importance of evidence-informed practice, and implement it in their clinical learnings in the postgrad program.

Combined with increasing the focus on evidence-informed practice in the student-led clinic, Pat has been instrumental in bringing into clear focus an answer to the question “why do we have to understand research?”. This has reinforced his approach to providing a link between the theoretical concepts and the application to practice, and has lead to numerous publications.


  • PhD (Biomechanics), Victoria University, Australia, 2008

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Abrey, C., De, Silva., Godwin, J., Jacotine, T., Raab, D., Urquhart, K., Mumford, K., McLaughlin, P., & Vaughan, B. (221201). Does the student-led osteopathy clinical learning environment prepare students for practice?. BMC Medical Education, 22(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03658-3

2022 Garofolini, A., Mickle, K. J., McLaughlin, P., & Taylor, S. B. (221201). Insight into the hierarchical control governing leg stiffness during the stance phase of running. Scientific Reports, 12(1),

doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-16263-7

2021 Kokai, O., Kilbreath, S. L., McLaughlin, P., & Dylke, E. S. (211001). The accuracy and precision of interface pressure measuring devices: A systematic review. Phlebology, 36(9), (678-694).

doi: 10.1177/02683555211008061

2019 Garofolini, A., Zadeh, A. G., Taylor, S., Mclaughlin, P., & Mickle, K. J. (190628). Effect of habitual foot strike patterns on muscle and bone properties of the foot. Footwear Science, 11(sup1), (S142-S144).

doi: 10.1080/19424280.2019.1606293

2017 Asogwa, C. O., Bay, J. A., McLaughlin, P., Collins, S. F., & Lai, D. TH. (170615). A galvanic intrabody method for assessing fluid flow in unilateral lymphoedema. Electronics (Switzerland), 6(2),

doi: 10.3390/electronics6020047

2016 Begg, L., McLaughlin, P., Vicaretti, M., Fletcher, J., & Burns, J. (160107). Total contact cast wall load in patients with a plantar forefoot ulcer and diabetes. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 9(1),

doi: 10.1186/s13047-015-0119-0

2015 Nolan, K. J., Yarossi, M., & McLaughlin, P. (150801). Changes in center of pressure displacement with the use of a foot drop stimulator in individuals with stroke. Clinical Biomechanics, 30(7), (755-761).

doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.03.016

2015 Subramaniam, P., Eaton, S. A., Cranfield, J., Mulcahy, J., McLaughlin, P., Morrison, T., & Vaughan, B. (150301). Osteopathic graduates perceptions of stress and competence - A longitudinal study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 18(1), (40-49).

doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2014.10.007

2014 Vaughan, B., Mulcahy, J., & McLaughlin, P. (140520). The DREEM, part 2: Psychometric properties in an osteopathic student population. BMC Medical Education, 14(1),

doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-100

2013 McLaughlin, P. (131115). Testing agreement between a new method and the gold standard-How do we test?. Journal of Biomechanics, 46(16), (2757-2760).

doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.08.015

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Osteopathic management of non-specific neck pain: case series
From: Osteopathy Australia Research Fund
Other investigators: Mr Brett Vaughan, Prof Alan Hayes, Mr Michael Fleischmann
For period: 2022-2024

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Integrated Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD Integrated (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Level 1 - Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Level 1 - Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.