Yvonne Golightly, PT, MS, PhD


Awards & Involvement
  • Affiliate faculty member, UNC Human Movement Science Curriculum ACR Quality of Care committee
  • ACR Abstract Oversight Selection Subcommittee
  • 2014 UNC Junior Faculty Development Award
  • BS, Physical therapy, The Ohio State University, 1998
  • MS, Human Movement Science (Biomechanics), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
Research Interests
  • Joint Injury and osteoarthritis
  • Biomechanics of the lower extremity
  • Limb length inequality
  • Foot pain and disorders
  • Biomechanical and biochemical markers of osteoarthritis
Research Summary

My research focuses on the long-term effects of musculoskeletal injury and disorders of the lower extremity. These long-term consequences include osteoarthritis (OA), pain, and disability. I am especially interested in identifying modifiable risk factors for injury and OA and developing non-pharmacologic/non-surgical treatments and prevention strategies.

Publications in PubMed