Dr. Golightly

Dr. Golightly is an injury/musculoskeletal epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has over 10 years of orthopedic clinical experience as a physical therapist and has been an osteoarthritis (OA) researcher for 10 years. Her primary research interests focus on modifiable risk of OA, biomechanics and musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities, and biochemical markers (biomarkers) associated with injury and OA. She holds a joint appointment with the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, and she has worked at the Thurston Center for almost a decade. Her training includes measurement and analysis of biomechanics of the foot, psychometrics, and clinical trials.


Yvonne Golightly, PT, MS, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

2012 - KL2 Scholar, University of North Carolina Clinical Translational Science Award

2011 - Delta Omega, Honorary in Public Health

2010 - Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

2009 - Young Investigator Award: OA Biomarkers Global Initiative Meeting, Bethesda, MD

2008 - American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation/abbott Health Professional Graduate Student Research Preceptorship Awardee

2007 - American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation/Abbott Medical and Graduate Student Achievement Award

2007 - Robert Verhalen Endowed Scholarship in Injury Prevention and Trauma Management, University of North Carolina, Gillings School fo Global Public Health

2003 - Mary Clyde Singleton Art and Science Award, University of North Carolina, Human Movement Science, Division of Physical Therapy

Grants and Collaborative Projects
NIH/NCATS KL2TR000084  - UNC Clinical Translational Science Award-K12 Scholars Program (KL2).  Defining and Correcting Limb Length Inequality in Adults with Knee or Hip Symptoms

Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award.  Quality of a Foot Outcome Measure in a Community-Based Osteoarthritis Study