Dr. Dana B. McCarty, PT

Dana B. McCarty, PT, DPT
Director of Clinical Education (DCE)
Assistant Professor
Director, UNC Pediatric Residency
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
Certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
3044 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
OFFICE: (919)843-8696 FAX: (919)966-3678

Email address:

McCarty headshot

& Interests

  • Prevention and treatment of cranial molding deformity in preterm infants
  • Clinical education models and outcomes
  • Implicit bias in health care practitioners


DPT, University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC, 2008

BA, DanceColumbia College, Columbia, SC, 2005

Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency, Duke University Hospital, 2011


Clinical Education Practica:

    PHYT 761, Clinical Practicum I

    PHYT 764, Clinical Practicum II

    PHYT 768, Clinical Practicum III

    PHYT 770, Clinical Practicum IV

PHYT 701, Motor Development and Human Movement Across the Lifespan

PHYT 880, Child and Family Assessment; 

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Conditions in Pediatrics

Musculoskeletal Assessment and Intervention in Pediatrics

UNC Pediatric Residency Director and Didactic/Clinical Mentor

Selected Publications

McCarty DB, O’Donnell S, Goldstein RF, Smith PB, Fisher K, Malcolm WF. Use of a Midliner Positioning System for the Prevention of Cranial Molding Deformities in Preterm Infants. Pediatric Physical Therapy. Apr 2018; 30(2):126-134.

McCarty DB, Peat JR, Malcolm WF, Smith PB, Fisher K, Goldstein RF. Dolichocephaly in Preterm Infants: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Early Motor Outcomes. Am J Perinatol 2017;34:372–378.

Lardinois KL, Gosselin D, McCarty D, Ollendick K, Covington K. A Collaborative Model of Integrated Clinical Education in Physical Therapist Education: Application to the Pediatric Essential Core Competency of Family-centered Care. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2017; 31(2):131-136.

Paramore B, Peat J, McCarty D. Gross Motor Development. In: Malcolm WF, ed. Beyond
the NICU: Comprehensive Care of the High-Risk Infant. 1st ed. New York, NY: McGraw-
Hill, 2014.

Professional Societies

American Physical Therapy Association
Section Memberships: Pediatrics (Neonatal and Academic/Clinical Education SIGs), Education (Clinical Education and Residency/Fellowship SIGs)

North Carolina Physical Therapy Association

Neurodevelopment Treatment Association