Karen L. McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, NCS(E), FAPTA is a Professor in Physical Therapy in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where she has taught entry-level and advanced-level students in neurorehabilitation since 1993. She has served in multiple roles within the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, including the inaugural Director of Education, and has been honored with the Service to the Section Award and the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award.
Karen has cared about individuals with traumatic brain injury since beginning as a PT in clinical practice, extending from moderate to severe brain injury to a recent focus on military and sports concussion. Her research has focused on developing outcome measures and interventions to improve active movement, balance, and functional mobility, with the aim to improve quality of life. She developed the Arm Motor Ability Test (for upper limb recovery following stroke) and the Walking and Remembering Test (for dual-task performance in older adults and individuals with acquired brain injury).
Her current research efforts are focused on military mild traumatic brain injury developing performance based testing that incorporates dual- and multi-task activities, stemming from the Assessment of Military Mutlitasking Performance project, but now being validated in more clinically applicable forms. She is also a collaborator on studies that examine acute exercise testing post-concussion and exercise intervention, and a practice-based evidence analysis of multidisciplinary rehabilitation in military mild TBI. She was the co-lead of the APTA sponsored group that developed the clinical practice guideline for physical therapy management of concussion, and is involved in intervention studies that address treatment for sports and military concussion. She is active in the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine mTBI Task Force. Funding support for her research has come from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, National Football League, and Department of Defense. As an active member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy she received awards for Service (to the Academy, Lucy Blair Service award) and is a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.
This course is part of a series on cognitive impairments seen in neurologic conditions. The purpose of this course is to review attention-related issues relevant to physical therapists and other allied health staff. In particular, this…Read More See Course Details
This course is part of a series on cognitive impairments seen in neurologic conditions. The purpose of this course is to review attention-related issues that are relevant to physical therapists and other allied health professionals.…Read More See Course Details
Part of a multiple-part series of courses on cognitive impairments seen in neurologic conditions, the purpose of this course is to review issues relevant to physical therapists related to executive function and self-awareness. Although…Read More See Course Details
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the different ways that memory may be described and highlight common memory impairments that occur as a result of neurologic disease or injury. Particular emphasis will be placed…Read More See Course Details
This course provides an overview of psychometric properties important for selection of outcome measures, and characteristics of measures that aid in their interpretability and clinical usefulness. The approach of item response theory…Read More See Course Details
The purpose of this course is to review commonalities in physiologic mechanisms of neurologic damage through the use of key examples, including more gross processes (focal or diffuse injury that occurs suddenly) as well as degenerative…Read More See Course Details
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