Carol Giuliani, PT, PhD

Carol Giuliani, PT, PhD

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
3030 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
OFFICE: (919)843-8792 FAX: (919)966-3678

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Research Background & Interests

Preventing falls and disability in older adults

Developing community-based falls prevention program

Motor control in people with stroke


Current Research

Community-based programs to reduce rick factors of falling in older adults

Expanding the focus of Cardiac Rehabilitation programs to address falls and improve balance

Improve gait in clients with stroke and Parkinson’s disease



PhD, The University of California, Los Angeles, 1982-1985, Kinesiology (Neural Control of Movement)

MS, The University of California, Los Angeles, 1980-1982, Kinesiology (Neural Control of Movement)

BS, California State University, Long Beach, 1973-1975, Physical Therapy



HMSC 701 Scientific Basis of Human Motion, Neuro/Motor Control

HMSC 881 Neural Basis of Motor Control

HMSC 911 Effects of Aging on Balance and Movement

PHYT 751 Evidence Based Medicine I

PHYT 727 Motor Learning and Motor Control

PHYT 736 Physical Therapy for Older Adults


Selected Publications

Referred Papers/Articles Original research

Harrington S, Padua D, Battaglini C, Michener LA, Giuliani C, Myers J, Groff D. Comparison of shoulder flexibility, strength, and function between breast cancer survivors and healthy participants. J Cancer Surviv. 2011 Jan 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Shubert TE, McCulloch K, Hartman M, Giuliani CA. The effect of an exercise-based balance intervention on physical and cognitive performance for older adults: a pilot study. J Geriatr Phys Ther 2010;33:157-164

Petersen MJ, Morey MC, Giuliani C, Pieper CF, Evenson KR, et al. Habitual Walking for Physical Activity in Old Age and Development of Metabolic Syndrome: the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2010;8(4):317-22

Thigpen CA, Padua DA, Michener LA, Guskiewicz K, Giuliani C, Keener JD, Stergiou N. Head and shoulder posture affect scapular mechanics and muscle activity in overhead tasks. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2010;20(4):701-9.

McCulloch KL, Mercer VS, Giuliani CA, Marshall S. Development of a clinical measure of dual-task performance in walking: reliability and preliminary validity of the walking and remembering test. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy 2009; 32:2-9

David FJ, Baranek GT, Giuliani CA, Mercer VS, Poe MD, Thorpe DE. A pilot study: coordination of precision grip in children and adolescents with high functioning autism. Pediatr Phys Ther 2009;21:205-11

Peterson MJ, Giuliani C, Morey MC, Pieper CF, Evenson KR, et al. Physical activity as a preventative factor for frailty: The Health ABC Study" J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2009;64(1):61-8.

Giuliani CA, Gruber-Baldini AL, Park NS, Schrodt LA, Zabolitzki F, Sloane PD, Zimmerman S. Physical performance tests identify assisted living residents who are at risk for adverse health outcomes Gerontologist 2008;48(2):203-12.

Foxworth J, Bethea D, Cunningham Giuliani C. Feasibility of developing a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students to assess health and wellness of a medically underserved population. Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Education, Research & Policy 2007;(1):1-7.

Farrell JF, Hoffman HB, Snyder JL, Giuliani CA, Bohannon RW. Orthotic aided training of the paretic upper limb in chronic stroke: results of a phase 1 trial. NeuroRehabilitation. 2007;22(2):99-103.

Chappell J, Creighton RA, Giuliani C, Yu B, Garrett W. Kinematics and electromyography of landing preparation in vertical stop jump : risks for noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injury. Am J Sports Med. 2007; 35: 235 – 241.

Foxworth J, Bethea D, Cunningham Giuliani C. The Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Education, Research & Policy, 2007

Wolf SL, Winstein C, Miller JP, Taub E, Uswatte G, Morris D, Giuliani C, Light K, Nichols-Larsen, D. Effect of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy on Upper Extremity Function among Patients 3-9 Months Following Stroke: The EXCITE Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA 2006;296(17):2095-104

Cavanaugh JT, Guskiewicz K, Giuliani C, Marshall S, Mercer VS, Stergiou N. Recovery of postural control after cerebral concussion: New insights using Approximate Entropy. J Athl Train 2006; 41(3):305-313.

Uswatte G, Giuliani CA, Winstein C, Wolf S. Validity of accelerometry for monitoring real-world arm activity in individuals with subacute stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2006;87:1340-5

Shubert TE, Schrodt LA, Mercer VS, Busby-Whitehead J, Giuliani CA. Are scores on balance screening tests associated with mobility in older adults? J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2006;29(1):35-9.

Onate JA, Guskiewicz KM, Marshall S, Giuliani CA, Yu B, Garrett W. Instruction of jump-landing technique using videotape feedback: altering lower extremity motion patterns. Am J Sports Med. 2005;33(6):831-42.

Chang SH, Mercer VS, Giuliani CA, Sloane PD. Relationship between hip abductor rate of force development and mediolateral stability in older adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005;86(9):1843-50.

Cavanaugh JT, Guskiewicz K, Giuliani C, Marshall S, Mercer VS, Stergiou N. Detecting altered postural control after cerebral concussion in athletes without postural instability. Br J Sports Med 2005;39(11)805-811.

Wolf S. Thompson P, Morris D, Rose D, Winstein C, Taub E, Giuliani C, Pearson S. The EXCITE* Trial: Baseline Attributes of the Wolf Motor Function Test in Patients with Sub-acute Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2005 19: 194-205.

Merritt CR, Grant E, Giuliani CA. Pneumatically Actuated Elbow Brace Designed for Upper Extremity Stroke Rehabilitation. IEEE (Proceedings 2004)

Schrodt LA, Mercer VS, Giuliani CA, Hartman M. Characteristics of stepping over an obstacle in community dwelling older adults under dual-task conditions. Gait Posture. 2004;19(3):279-87.

Sharkey J, Giuliani C, Haines, P, Branch L, Busby-Whitehead J, Zahoori N. A Nutrient Intake, BMI, and Lower Extremity Physical Performance Predict 1-Year Severity in Disability Among Homebound Elders J Nutrition, Health and Aging. 2004;8:131-139

Berry ET, Giuliani CA, Damiano DL. Intrasession and Intersession Reliability of Handheld Dynamometry in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2004;16:191-198

Sharkey J, Giuliani C, Haines, P, Branch L, Busby-Whitehead J, Zahoori N. A Summary Measure of Dietary Intake of Musculoskeletal Nutrients (Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Phosphorus) is Associated with Lower-Extremity Physical Performance in Homebound Older Men and Women. Amer J of Clin Nutri 2003; 77:847-856

Sharkey J, Branch L, Giuliani C, Zahoori N, Haines, P. Inadequate nutrient intake among homebound older persons in the community and its correlation with individual characteristics and health-related factors. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2002;76(6):1435-45.

Haehl V, Giuliani C, Lewis C Influence of hippotherapy on the kinematics and functional performance of two children with cerebral palsy. Pediatric Physical Therapy 1999;11:89-101.

Giuliani CA, Purser JL, Light KE, Genova PA. Impairments in arm control in subjects with left and right hemisphere stroke. Neuro Rehabilitation 1997;9:71-87.

Giuliani CA. The relationship of spasticity to movement and considerations for therapeutic intervention. NeuroReport. 1997;21:78-84.

Gresham GE, Alexander D, Bishop DS, Giuliani C, Goldberg G, Holland A, Kelly-Hayes M, Linn RT, Roth EJ, Stason WB, Trombly CA. American Heart Association Prevention Conference. IV. Prevention and Rehabilitation of Stroke. Rehabilitation. Stroke. 1997;28(7):1522-6.

Chung SH, Giuliani CA. Within and between session consistency of EMG patterns of gait in non-disabled older adults. Gait and Posture 1997;6:110-118.

Giuliani CA. Strength training for patients with neurological disorders. NeuroReport. 1995; 19:29-34.

Harbourne R. Giuliani CA, MacNeela J. A Kinematic and Electromyographic Analysis of the Development of Sitting Posture in Infants. Developmental Psychobiology 26:51-64, 1993

Giuliani CA. Dorsal Rhizotomy for Children with Cerebral Palsy:Support for Concepts of Motor Control. Physical Therapy 71:248-259, 1991

Rosecrance JR, Giuliani CA. A Kinematic Analysis of Lower Limb Movement During Erogometer Pedaling in Normal and Hemiplegic Subjects. Physical Therapy 71:334-343, 1991

Gajdosik RL, Giuliani CA, Bohannon RW. Passive Compliance and Length of Hamstring Muscles of Healthy Men and Women. Clinical Biomechanics 5:23-29, 1990.

Giuliani CA. Should We Measure Spasticity, Tone and Other Ugly Terms? Neurological Physical Therapy 1989, pp.25-27

Giuliani CA. Smith JL. Stepping Behaviors in Chronic Spinal Cats with One Hindlimb Deafferented. J.Neurosci., 7:2537-2546,1987

Giuliani CA. Smith JL. Development and Characteristics of Airstepping Chronic Spinal Cats. J. of Neurosci.,5:1276-1282, 1985

Giuliani CA. Perry GA. Factors to Consider in the Rehabilitation Aspect of Burn Care. Physical Therapy 65(5): 619-623, 1985

Other peer reviewed articles

Gresham GE. Alexander D. Bishop DS. Giuliani C. Goldberg G. Holland A. Kelly-Hayes M. Linn RT. Roth EJ. Stason WB. Trombly CA. American Heart Association Prevention Conference. IV. Prevention and Rehabilitation of Stroke. Rehabilitation. Stroke. 28(7):1522-6, 1997.

Rose DK, Giuliani CA, Light KE. The Immediate Effect of Isokinetic Exercise on Temporal-Distance Characteristics of Self-Selected and Fast Hemiplegic Gait. Proceeding: Forum on Stroke Rehabilitation.1992, pp 37-42

Giuliani CA, Light KE, Rose DK. The Effects of an Isokinetic Exercise Program on the Performance of Sit-to-Stand in Patients with Hemiparesis. Proceeding:Forum on Stroke Rehabilitation. 1992, pp 49-54

Light KE, Purser JL, Giuliani CA. Motor Programming Deficits of Patients with Left Versus Right CVAs. Proceeding: Forum on Stroke Rehabilitation. Proceeding: Forum on Stroke Rehabilitation 1992, pp 2-6

Smith, J.L., N.S. Bradley, M.C. Carter, C.A. Giuliani, M.H. Hoy, G.F. Koshland and R.F. Zernicke. Rhythmical Movements of the Hindlimbs in Spinal Cat: Consideration for a Controlling Network. In Development and Plasticity of the Mammalian Spinal Cord. M.E. Goldberger, A. Gorio, M. Murray, eds. Liviana Press, Padova, pp. 347-363, 1986

Editorials or letters

Giuliani CA. Commentary on Teaching Examination and Intervention of Spasticity and Weakness. Neurology Report 2001;3:115-116

Giuliani CA, Duncan PW. Commentary on Use of an intensive task-oriented gait training program in a series of patients with acute cerebrovascular accidents Physical Therapy 1992; 72:789-792


Giuliani CA. Spasticity and motor control. In Clinical Applications for Motor Control. B. Connolly and P. Montgomery, eds. Slack Inc, Memphis TN, 2002;308-332.

Giuliani, CA. Dorsal Rhizotomy as a Treatment for Improving Function in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. In Movement Disorders in Children. H. Forssberg and H. Hershfeld, eds, Med Sport Sci. Basel, Karger, 1992;247-254

Giuliani, C.A. Disorders in Motor Synergies, Initiation and Termination of Movement. In Motor Control: Theoretical Framework and Practical Application to Physical Therapy. B. Connolly and P.Montgomery, eds., Chatanooga Press, 1991;111-120

Giuliani, C.A. Theories of Motor Control: New Concepts in Physical Therapy. In: Lister M, ed. II Step: Contemporary Management of Motor Control Problems, Foundation for Physical Therapy, Washington, DC, 1991

Giuliani, C.A. Adult Hemiplegic Gait. In Normal and Abnormal Human Gait. G.L. Smidt, ed. Churchill Livingstone, New York, 253-266,1990


Professional Societies

American Gerontological Society

American Physical Therapy Association
(Section member for: Neurology, Geriatrics, Research)

Society for Neuroscience