McCulloch Honored for Service to APTA Neurology Section

UNC Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy Professor Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS, received the Service to Section Award for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Neurology Section at the 2013 Combined Section Meeting (CSM) in January.

McCulloch Honored for Service to APTA Neurology Section
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Deb Larsen, President of the Neurology Section of APTA, presents the Service to Section Award to UNC PT Professor Karen McCulloch.

According to a profile on the neuropt.org Web site, “The choice for the Service to the Section Award, whose purpose is to acknowledge and honor a member of the Neurology Section whose contributions to the Section have been of exceptional value, was easy this year.”

The story goes on to cite several examples of McCulloch’s leadership during her 22 years of service to the section, including the formulation of the Neurology Section Home Study Course, her role as co-founder of the Brain Injury Special Interest Group, her position as the first Director of Education, and her service in planning and steering multiple courses and educational efforts within the section.  She served as Co-Chair of the TBI Edge Task Force–Outcome Measure Recommendations Committee, and is a Clinical Summary  Editor of PTNow.

Also in early 2013, McCulloch became co-chair of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina and began serving on the Governor's Advisory Council for Brain Injury.

McCulloch is the primary investigator for a grant, titled Assessment of Military Multitasking Performance (AMMP), funded by the Department of Defense through Allina Health System. The AMMP is a battery of functional dual- and multitasks that simulate the combined sensorimotor, cognitive, and exertional demands of soldiering for use after concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).  Investigators anticipate that once validated, the AMMP will help discriminate between “duty-ready” and “non-duty ready” military service members with mTBI.

Collaborators on the AMMP project include Rich Goldberg in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, CAPT Henry McMillan, PT, DPT, at Fort Bragg, who is an alumnus of the BS PT program at UNC, and Amy Seal Cecchini, PT, MS, from Fayetteville, who is a graduate of the Human Movement Science master’s program. Roger Yu, a biomedical engineering PhD student and DPT graduate students are also involved in the project.

The AMMP project previously received support from a United States Army Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) grant and Dr. McCulloch received funding as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellow through the Rehabilitation and Reintegration Division (R2D) of the Army Office of the Surgeon General.