Prudence Plummer, PhD

Prudence Plummer, PhD

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
3020 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
OFFICE: (919)843-8658 FAX: (919)966-3678

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Research Background & Interests

Interactions between cognitive and motor performance in older adults and adults with neurological disorders

Efficacy of dual-task gait training after stroke

Intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing dual-task interference

Dual-task interference during texting and walking

Dynamic prioritization of attention during dual-task walking

Current Funded Research

American Heart Association, Scientist Development Grant 11SDG7270001
Training dual-task walking after stroke: effects on attentional and locomotor control
07/01/2011 – 06/30/2015
Role: Principal Investigator


Postdoctoral training, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Neurology, 2006-2008

Postdoctoral training, University of Florida, Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies, 2004-2006

PhD, La Trobe University, School of Physiotherapy, 2004

Graduate Certificate, Health Statistics, Swinburne University of Technology, 2000

BS, La Trobe University, School of Physiotherapy, 2000


PHYT 752 Evidence Based Practice II

Recent Publications

Plummer P, Eskes G, Wallace S, Fraas M, Guiffrida C, Campbell G, Clifton K, Skidmore ER.  Cognitive-motor interference during functional mobility after stroke: State of the science and implications for research.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  (In press, August 2013)

Plummer-D’Amato P, Kyvelidou A, Sternad D, Najafi B, Villalobos RM, Zurakowski D.  Training dual-task walking in community-dwelling adults within 1 year of stroke: A protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial.  BMC Neurology 2012;12:129.

Plummer-D’Amato P, Shea G, Dowd C. Motor versus cognitive dual-task effects on obstacle negotiation in older adults. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 2012; 19(4):200-207.

Plummer-D’Amato P, Cohen Z, Daee NA, Lawson SE, Lizotte MR, Padilla A. Effects of once weekly dual-task training in older adults: a  pilot randomized controlled trial. Geriatrics and Gerontology International. 2012;12:622–629.

Plummer-D’Amato P, Brancato B, Dantowitz M, Birken S, Bonke C, Furey E.  Effects of gait and cognitive task difficulty on cognitive-motor interference in aging.  Journal of Aging Research 2012, Article ID 583894, 8 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/583894.

Plummer-D’Amato P, Altmann LJP. Relationships between motor function and gait-related dual-task interference after stroke: a pilot study. Gait & Posture. 2012; 35: 170-172.

Plummer-D’Amato P, Altmann LJP, Reilly K. Dual-task effects of spontaneous speech and executive function on gait in aging: Exaggerated effects in slow walkers. Gait & Posture. 2011;33:233-237.

Plummer-D’Amato P, Altmann LJP, Behrman AL, & Marsiske M. Interference between cognition, double limb support, and swing during gait in community-dwelling individuals post stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2010;24(6):542-549.

Dobkin BH, Plummer-D’Amato P, Elashoff R, Lee J, SIRROWS Group. International randomized clinical trial, Stroke Inpatient Rehabilitation with Reinforcement of Walking Speed (SIRROWS), improves outcomes. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2010;24(3):235-242.

Professional Societies

American Society of Neurorehabilitation

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

American Heart Association

International Society for Posture and Gait Research


2010 Kenerson Faculty Scholarship Award

2004 Graduate Research Prize, La Trobe University

2003 Felice Rosemary Award Trust Fund Scholarship

2000-2003  Australian Postgraduate Award recipient

1999 Research Prize, Physiotherapy Research Foundation, Australia

1999 Research Prize, Australian Physiotherapy Association (Victorian Branch)

1997 Golden Key International Honor Society, La Trobe University chapter