Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, FAPTA is Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill where she has been for more than 25 years. She began her clinical work in inpatient rehabilitation at Spain Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, Alabama, where work with TBI was her main focus, transitioning to a position in a TBI community re-entry program (Learning Services) in Durham, NC prior to joining the UNC faculty. She was ABPTS board certified in neurology beginning in 1990, and maintained certification until 2019, when she shifted to the Emeritus status.
Long an advocate for education to improve the care of individuals with neurologic conditions, Dr. McCulloch has engaged in research to develop clinical measures that are useful for work with patients with neurologic conditions addressing upper extremity recovery post-stroke, dual-task performance (cognitive/motor interference) in community dwelling older adults, and currently is studying higher level dual-task performance and intervention in active duty military service members post-concussion. Dr. McCulloch has served in multiple leadership roles in the APTA Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Brain Injury, and the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, is editor the Neurology Section of the Goodman and Fuller Pathology textbook, and has developed an online course series focused on neurologic specialty certification for MedBridge. She has been involved in numerous consensus-oriented processes related to brain injury, including the TBI EDGE process and more recently the development of an APTA clinical practice guideline for concussion.