Prudence Plummer, PhD, PT

Prudence Plummer, PhD, PT

Associate Professor
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

Real world assessment of dual-task performance after stroke
NIH-NICHD R21 (07/01/2014-06/30/2016)
Role:  Principal Investigator

Training dual-task walking after stroke: effects on attentional and locomotor control
American Heart Association, Scientist Development Grant (07/01/2011 – 06/30/2016)
Role: Principal Investigator

The effect of environment and cognitive load on gait in people with multiple sclerosis. Junior Faculty Development Award, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (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

HMSC Spring Seminar

Recent Publications

Please see this PubMed Link for list of peer review publications 

Recent Refereed Publications
Plummer P, Zukowski LA, Giuliani C, Hall AM, Zurakowski D.  Effects of physical interventions on gait-related dual-task interference in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Gerontology.  (In press, Dec 2014)

Plummer P, Apple S, Dowd C, Keith E.  Texting and walking: effect of environmental setting and task prioritization on dual-task interference in healthy young adults.  Gait & Posture 2015;41:46-51.   PMID: 25193796

Plummer P, Villalobos RM, Vayda MS, Moser M, Johnson E.  Feasibility of dual-task gait training for community-dwelling adults post-stroke: a case series.  Stroke Research and Treatment, 2014, Article ID 538602, 12 pages.      PMID: 24818038

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. 2013;94:2565-2574.  PMID: 23973751

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.    PMID: 23113928

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