Sara Mulroy, Ph.D., PT

Research Director/Project Co-Director - Southern California SCIMS

Sara Mulroy ImageShe is the Director of the RLANRC Pathokinesiology Laboratory and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Mulroy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy from USC. Her research has had 2 primary areas of focus: 1) Biomechanics of the weight-bearing shoulder to prevent and treat shoulder pain after spinal cord injury and 2) Recovery and rehabilitation of lower extremity function to optimize locomotor activities after spinal cord injury, stroke, or lower extremity amputation.. Dr. Mulroy has been the principal investigator or co-investigator or on multiple NIH and NIDRR-funded research grants documenting the shoulder demands of wheelchair propulsion, ambulation with assistive devices, activities of daily living, and car transfers for individuals with spinal cord injury She is currently the Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded wheelchair research project, “Shoulder Pain in SCI: A Longitudinal Study.” The cohort of participants from this study will serve as the untreated comparison group for the prevention program proposed in the site specific research project for the Southern California SCIMS. Dr. Mulroy also was Co-Lead investigator in the STOMPS trial in the Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network. STOMPS was designed to identify the effectiveness of strength training and optimal movement strategies to reduce painful shoulders in chronic spinal cord injury wheelchair users which formed the basis of the Home-Based prevention intervention in the site specific research project.