Rob Herbertprofile image

Rob Herbert

Current Appointments

Senior Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA
Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC Conjoint Professor, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Honorary Professorial Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health
email hidden; JavaScript is required

Professor Rob Herbert initially trained as a physiotherapist. He completed a PhD under the supervision of Professor Simon Gandevia. Subsequently Rob and Simon have collaborated on research projects investigating fundamental physiological mechanisms and mechanisms of motor impairment for over 15 years. Rob also has an interest in clinical research and conducts randomised trials investigating the effects of physical interventions for motor impairment. He was a founding Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, which maintains the PEDro database (, a unique database of randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.


2022 Aug

Effect of diagnostic labelling on management intentions for non‐specific low back pain: A randomized scenario‐based experiment

View full journal-article on

2022 May

Development and external validation of a prediction model for patient‐relevant outcomes in patients with chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia

View full journal-article on

2021 Dec

Clinical Course of Pain and Function Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression

View full journal-article on

2020 Dec

Prevalence of motor impairment in residents of New South Wales, Australia aged 55 years and over: cross-sectional survey of the 45 and Up cohort

View full journal-article on

2020, 01 Oct

History-dependence of muscle slack length in humans: effects of contraction intensity, stretch amplitude, and time

View full journal-article on

2019 Aug

Muscle architecture in children with cerebral palsy and ankle contractures: an investigation using diffusion tensor imaging

View full journal-article on

2019, 01 May

Passive changes in muscle length

View full journal-article on

2019, 01 May

The passive mechanical properties of muscle

View full journal-article on

2019 Mar

Reliability and robustness of muscle architecture measurements obtained using diffusion tensor imaging with anatomically constrained tractography

View full journal-article on

2019, 15 Feb

Minimal force transmission between human thumb and index finger muscles under passive conditions

View full journal-article on

Donate to us

Every dollar of community support enables our scientists to continue making life-changing discoveries that contribute to a brighter and healthier future.


Fundraise for us

Run, swim or bake your way to making a positive difference in the lives of people touched by brain and nervous system disorders.

Get involved