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Carlynn A. Alt, PT, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor
 Carlynn Alt
(414) 229-3360
Pavilion 362

Education

Ph D Integrative Neuromuscular Physiology Marquette University 2006
MS Human Kinetics University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1987
BS Physical Therapy University of Wisconsin-Madison 1983

Speaker Topics

  • Tissue Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics/Kinesiology in Physical Therapy
  • Exercise and Fatigue in Survivors of Cancer

Interests & Expertise

Carlynn Alt’s clinical background as a physical therapist is in the area of Orthopaedics. She held certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist for 13 years prior to transitioning to the academy. She has been teaching Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Tissue Biomechanics for 20 years. She joined the faculty at the College of Health Sciences in 2008 and added teaching in the health promotion/wellness area to complement her research interests in exercise and wellness in survivors of cancer.

Alt’s research interests explore the relationship between muscle performance and cancer-related fatigue. Recent publications have explored this relationship in survivors of prostate cancer. As part of the translational focus of her work, Alt is currently exploring barriers to physical activity after discharge from physical therapy services.

Selected Publications

Alt, C., Gore, E., Prost, R., Heyer, E., & Ng, A. V. (2013). Muscle oxidative capacity is reduced in prostate cancer survivors undergoing curative radiotherapy. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(5 Supplement).
Alt, C., Gore, E., Montagnini, M., & Ng, A. V. (2011). Muscle endurance, cancer-related fatigue, and radiotherapy in prostate cancer survivors. Muscle and Nerve, 43(3), 415-424.
Ng, A., Alt, C., & Gore, E. (2007). Fatigue. Feuerstein, M. (Ed.). Handbook of Cancer Survivorship.

Presentations

Cornell, D., Ebersole, K., Azen, R., Earl-Boehm, J. E., Zalewski, K. R., & Alt, C. (February 2017). Criterion Validity of the Fusionetics Movement Efficiency Test In Reference to the Functional Movement Screen Among Active-Duty Firefighters. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Antonio, TX.
Alt, C., & Zalewski, K. R. (January 2017). Lessons learned from community engaged partnerships in healthcare. UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.
Zalewski, K. R., & Alt, C. (November 2016). Health Informed Rehabilitation: Assessment and Management of Barriers to Physical Activity. American College of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
Alt, C., & Zalewski, K. R. (September 2016). Developing a New Professional Identity for Physical Therapy: Using Community Partnerships to Explore the Origins of Health. Health Promotion Research – An International Forum “Next Society”, Trondheim, Norway.
Agen, M. J., Nance, K., Paras, F., Swanson, B., Alt, C., & Zalewski, K. R. (February 2016). Tools for Measuring Internal Barriers to Physical Activity in Adults: A Systematic Review. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA.
Alt, C. (2015). Physical activity in health and chronic disease. Cross of Life, Brookfield, WI.
Dietrich, A., Truebenbach, C., Alt, C., & Moerchen, V. A. (October 2015). Comprehensive assessment for clinical readiness, Part I: A model for using CPI from start to finish in DPT education. American Physical Therapy Association, Educational Leadership Conference (ELC), Baltimore, MD.
Dietrich, A., Truebenbach, C., Alt, C., & Moerchen, V. A. (October 2015). Comprehensive assessment for clinical readiness, Part II: Outcomes from using the CPI from start to finish in DPT education. American Physical Therapy Association, Educational Leadership Conference (ELC), Baltimore, MD.
Agen, M. J., Nance, K., Paras, F., Swanson, B., Zalewski, K. R., & Alt, C. (April 2015). Tools for Measuring Internal Barriers to Physical Activity in Adults: A Systematic Review.(version 1). Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association, Spring Conference, Oconomowoc, WI.
Alt, C., & Boyd, C. (April 2015). Building Community Partnerships for Health Promotion Programming with Cancer Survivors: Student Outcomes. Office of Professional and Instructional Development, University of Wisconsin System, Green Lake, WI.
Dietrich, A., Truebenbach, C., Alt, C., & Moerchen, V. A. (February 2015). Using the DPT to anchor embedded comprehensive assessment of DPT students. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
Alt, C., Boyd, C., & Jackson, H. (February 2015). Building community partnerships for health promotion programming with cancer survivors: a feasibility study. American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN.
Vermillion, L., Foster, A., Alt, C., & Zalewski, K. R. (February 2015). Construct validity of the barriers to being active quiz in older adults. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
Dietrich, A., Truebenbach, C., Alt, C., & Moerchen, V. A. (February 2015). Using the CPI to Anchor Embedded Comprehensive Assessment of DPT Students. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
Alt, C. (2014). Differential diagnosis and the role of the physical therapist for those living with cancer. Physical Therapy Program, Concordia University.

Funded Grants

Psychometric Properties of the Barriers to Being Active Quiz in Community Dwelling Older Adults Grant Carlynn Alt, Kathryn Zalewski .
Exploring content validity of the barriers to being active quiz for adults discharged from physical therapy Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Lynn Phillippi Geriatric Grant Sponsored Research Carlynn Alt, Kathryn Zalewski .
Mechanisms of fatigue in cancer Lance Armstrong Foundation Grant Carlynn Alt, Alexander Ng .

Honors & Awards

Professional Development Award (2015) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Professional Development Award (2011) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Byoung Kim Teaching Excellence Award (2010, May 14) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
American Cancer Society Spring Luncheon Benefit (2009, May 5) Invited keynote speaker Topic: Friendship Food for the Soul: Wellness in the Cancer Survivor Milwaukee Country Club.
Winner in Research Poster Category (2006, April 7) WPTA Spring Conference.
Invited keynote speaker, pinning speech, DPT class of 2005 (2004, September 25) Marquette University.

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association, 1983-1999, 2001-present
  • Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association, 1983-1999, 2001-present
  • American College of Sports Medicine, 2005-2009, 2011-present

Positions

Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Department of Kinesiology, College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7/08-present

Ad Hoc Faculty, Physical Therapy Department
Spring 2008 PTTH 525 Kinesiology I: The Upper Extremity (3 credits)
(Don Neumann PhD, PT sabbatical)
Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1/08-5/08

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Concordia University Wisconsin
Mequon, Wisconsin
From 2/94-12/07(Assistant Professor), 12/07-7/08 (Associate Professor)

ProBono Cancer Exercise Program
Mequon Elite Sports Clubs
2007-2008
Nancy Weiner, Carlynn Alt

Courses Taught

2008- present, UWM PT Program

  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics of Normal and Abnormal Movement KIN 527 (4 cr)
  • Scientific Principles of Interventions KIN 640 (5 cr)
  • Health Promotion/Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice KIN 745 (2 cr)