Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS
Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS

Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS, FAPTA
Professor
Director, Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
3024 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
Office: (919)843-8783 Fax: (919)966-3678

Email address: kmac@med.unc.edu

Education

  • PhD, Human Movement Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
  • MS, Physical Therapy, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1987
  • Postgraduate Fellowship, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
  • BS, Physical Therapy, The University of Florida, 1983

Research Interests

  • Balance and cognitive interactions in older adults and following traumatic brain injury
  • Effects of military mTBI on balance and cognitive function including dual-task performance; measurement of physiologic changes post-concussion and return to duty implications
  • Clinical measurement development and validation
  • Interventions that facilitate motor recovery following acquired brain injury
  • Education methods that incorporate online instruction

Current Funded Research

  • Evaluation of the DVBIC Progressive Return to Activity Clincial Tool. DVBIC Intramural Grant Competition (1/2015 – 12/30/2018). Role: Co-Investigator, PI: Gregory E.
  • Active Rehabilitation: Role of Rehabilitation in Concussion Management: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, NFL funded grant. Role: Co-Investigator, PI: Register-Mihalik, J.
  • Portable Warrior Test Of Tactical Agility – POWAR-TOTAL. Medical Research and Materiel Command (Department of Defense) (9/15/2017-9/14/2019). Role: PI.
  • Previously funded: Validating the Assessment of Military Multitask Performance in Service Members with and without Traumatic Brain Injury. Department of Defense (9/2012 – 12/2015). Role: Co-investigator, PI: Weightman, M.

Teaching

  • PHYT 784 Neuromuscular I- PT Intervention
  • PHYT 785 Neuromuscular II- PT Intervention
  • PHYT 885 Advanced Neuromuscular Intervention
  • PHYT 854 Capstone Project
  • HMSC 701 Scientific Basis of Human Motion

Professional Societies

  • American Physical Therapy Association Section Membership: Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Brain Injury Special Interest Group; Federal Section
  • Co-leader Clinical Practice Guideline Development: PT Management of Patients Following a Concussive Event
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, Mild TBI Task Force
  • Governor’s Brain Injury Advisory Council, State of North Carolina

Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Editorial Board, Brain Injury

Honors

  • Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Graduate Honor Society, UNC-CH, 2000
  • Outstanding Alumna, Physical Therapy, University of Florida, College of Health Professions and Public Health, 2010
  • Service to the Section Award, American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section, 2013
  • 4th Annual Robert C. Olson Lectureship, Marquette University, 2015
  • Lucy Blair Service Award, American Physical Therapy Association, 2016
  • Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, Faculty-Graduate Student Mentorship Award, 2018
  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2019

Publications

  • Please see this PubMed Link for list of peer review publications