Portrait of Carlynn Alt

Carlynn A. Alt, PT, PhD

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

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.

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


Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Department of Kinesiology, College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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
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)