Gabrielle Scronce

Gabrielle Scronce

Human Movement Science

Faculty Mentor: Vicki Mercer, PT, PhD

Expected Graduation: 2018

3070 Bondurant Hall


Education and Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts, UNC Chapel Hill, 2006
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, UNC Chapel Hill, 2014
  • Physical Therapist License, North Carolina

Awards and Honors

  • UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine John B. Graham Student Research Society Member 2015 - Present 
  • UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School Royster Society Fellow 2014-2019 
  • UNC Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy Margaret L. Moore Student Recognition Award August 2014 
  • UNC Chapel Hill Community Engagement Fellowship for Graduate Students March 2014-April 2015 
  • Rose and Dave Hamm Annual Scholarship for Clinical Excellence in Physical Therapy at UNC August 2013 
  • NC PT Association Student Representative to APTA Federal Advocacy Forum, Washington, D.C. April 2013 
  • UNC Hospitals Volunteer Association Division of Allied Health Sciences Scholarship August 2012

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Harmon, T.G., Lin, M.L., Scronce, G., & Jacks, A. (2015, March). Talking, sharing and teaching: Improved quality of life and participation of people with aphasia through student interaction. Poster session presented at the Aphasia Access Conference, Boston, MA. 
  • Scronce, G., Heatwole-Shank, K., Faldowski, R., Fletcher, D., & Mercer, V. (2015, October). Development of a hamstrings muscle stretching device for older adults and individuals with neurological disorders.. Poster session presented at the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference, Asheville, NC. 
  • Scronce, G., Zukowski, L., & Plummer, P. (2015, November). Clinical measures associated with obstacle crossing performance for people with stroke. Poster session presented at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine 48th Annual Student Research Day presented by the John B. Graham Student Research Society, Chapel Hill, NC.

Research and Clinical Interests

A lifelong resident of NC, Gabrielle is dedicated to helping older adults in NC and beyond stay active and independent. As a licensed physical therapist, Gabrielle works with older adults and individuals with neurological disorders in the hospital, clinic, community, and laboratory. Gabrielle's research focus is on community and clinic-based falls prevention programs for older adults. 

Affiliated Groups

  • International Society for Posture and Gait Research 
  • American Physical Therapy Association 
  • North Carolina Physical Therapy Association 
  • UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School Royster Society Fellow
  • UNC Chapel Hill Department of Allied Health Sciences Research Advisory Committee
  • UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement Scholars Program 
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