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Karen L. McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, NCS

Karen L. McCulloch Instructor Bio:
Karen L. McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, NCS, 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 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).

She served as an ORISE Fellow with the Army Office of the Surgeon General, addressing TBI issues that affect individuals in military service. Her current research efforts are focused on wounded warriors with mild traumatic brain injury as part of a team that developed the Assessment of Military Multitask Performance, a test battery of challenging dual- and multi-task activities. She is currently leading a group writing a clinical practice guideline for physical therapy management of concussion, and is involved in intervention studies that address treatment for sports and military concussion. 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.

Karen L. McCulloch's Continuing Education Courses

Foundations of Cognitive Impairments: Understanding Attention

Foundations of Cognitive Impairments: Understanding Attention

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 Morearrow_right

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Foundations of Cognitive Impairments: Attention Examinations and Interventions

Foundations of Cognitive Impairments: Attention Examinations and Interventions

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. In… Read Morearrow_right

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Cognitive Impairments: Executive Function

Cognitive Impairments: Executive Function

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 Morearrow_right

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Cognitive Impairments: Memory, Screening, and Intervention

Cognitive Impairments: Memory, Screening, and Intervention

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 on… Read Morearrow_right

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Neurologic Standardized Outcome Measures

Neurologic Standardized Outcome Measures

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 will… Read Morearrow_right

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Pathophysiology and Plasticity in Neurologic Conditions

Pathophysiology and Plasticity in Neurologic Conditions

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 Morearrow_right

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