Dr. Carol Giuliani, PT

Carol Giuliani, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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

Email address: carol_giuliani@med.unc.edu


& Interests

Preventing falls and disability in older adults

Developing community-based falls prevention program

Motor control in people with stroke


Community-based programs to reduce risk 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, Kinesiology (Neural Control of Movement), The University of California, Los Angeles, 1985

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

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


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


Please see this PubMed Link for list of peer review publications

Most Recent Refereed Papers
Mielenz TJ, Kubiak-Rizzone KL, Alvarez KJ, Hlavacek PR, Freburger JK, Giuliani C, Mercer VS, Callahan LF. Association of self-efficacy and outcome expectations with physical activity in adults with arthritis. Arthritis. 2013.      PMID: 24260714; PMC3821889.

Dai B, Ware WB, Giuliani CA. A structural equation model relating physical function, pain, impaired mobility (IM), and falls in older adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2012 Nov-Dec;55(3):645-52.      PMID: 22766209

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 Oct-Dec;33(4):157-64.     PMID: 21717919

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 Jun;5(2):167-74.     PMID: 21225372

Peterson MJ, Morey MC, Giuliani C, Pieper CF, Evenson KR, Mercer V, Visser M, Brach JS, Kritchevsky SB, Goodpaster BH, Rubin S, Satterfield S, Simonsick EM; Health ABC Study. Walking in old age and development of metabolic syndrome: the health, aging, and body composition study. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2010 Aug;8(4):317-22.   PMC3072703

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 Aug;20(4):701-9. PMID: 20097090.

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


American Gerontological Society

American Physical Therapy Association
     Catherine Worthingham Fellow (2016)
     Section member for: Neurology, Geriatrics, Research

Society for Neuroscience