Oatis Carol

Dr. Carol Oatis

Professor of Physical Therapy (CV)
oatisc@arcadia.edu

Carol Oatis, PT, Ph.D., tenured Professor, received her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in Anatomy with an emphasis on biomechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. She brings clinical experience from a variety of settings including Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in California and her own private practice. 

Dr. Oatis has a textbook entitled "Kinesiology: Mechanics and Pathomechanics of Human Movement." Carol is engaged in research in the areas of outcomes following total knee replacement and in stiffness modeling of the knee joint. She has also examined the role of exercise in progressive neurological disorders, specifically Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) Syndrome. The common thread is the application of biomechanical and kinesiological principles to physical therapy practice. 

Dr. Oatis has served on two Technical Expert Panels to establish treatment guidelines for osteoarthritis: Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center, Physical Therapy for Knee Pain Secondary to Osteoarthritis, as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program, 2011 and Guidelines for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip, Knee, and Hand. She has numerous publications and presentations and is Past President of Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. 

She was recently named the 2012 recipient of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Master Educator Award.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • P. D. Franklin, M. C. Rosal, W. Li, C. Oatis, D. C. Ayers. (May 23-25, 2012).  "Results from a Randomized Clinical Trial of a Peri-Operative Behavioral Intervention to Improve Physical Activity Adherence snd Functional Outcomes Following Total Knee Replacement."  Presented at EFORT 2012, Berlin, Germany.
  • Nanovic K, Phillips A, Childs E, Franklin PD, Oatis CA.  (Feb. 8-11, 2012).  "Describing the Interventions in Home Care Physical Therapy (PT) for Patients Following Total Knee Replacement (TKR)."  Presented at  Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, Chicago, IL.
  • Nanovic K, Phillips A, Childs E, Franklin PD, Oatis CA.  (Nov. 5-9, 2011).  "Describing the Interventions in Home Care Physical Therapy (PT) for Patients Following Total Knee Replacement (TKR)."  Presented at Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, Chicago, IL.
  • DiRusso JM, Hoover MJ, Johnston KK, Kasinova M, Franklin PD, Oatis CA. (Feb. 9-12, 2011). "Describing the Pattern of Physical Therapy Intervention Following Total Knee Replacement (TKR)."  Presented at Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, New Orleans, LA.
  • Rosal MC, Ayers D, Li W, Oatis C, Borg A, Zheng H, Franklin P. (2011). "A Randomized Clinical Trail of a Peri-Operative Behavioral Intervention to Improve Physical Activity Adherence and Functional Outcomes Following Total Knee Replacement." BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 12:226.
  • Hemsley KP, Sitler MR, Moyer RA, Oatis CA. (2009). "Neuromuscular and Psychological Influences on Range of Motion Recovery in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Patients." Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.
  • Oatis, C.A. (2009). Kinesiology: Mechanics and Pathomechanics of Human Movement. 2nd Ed. Lippincott-Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
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