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Cory Christiansen, PT, PhD

Core Faculty

Cory Christiansen, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

(303) 724-9101

Professional Qualifications


University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, PhD, Sport & Exercise Science, 2007

Duke University, Durham, NC, MS, Physical Therapy, 1996

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, BS, Biology, 1992

Licensure Information/Registration Number

Colorado #5563, 1998-present

Curriculum Vitae

 Teaching Responsibilities

Summer Semester

DPTR 5002: Foundations in Physical Therapy, Lecturer
DPTR 6102: Movement Science II, Course Coordinator
DPTR 6402: Musculoskeletal Conditions II, Lecturer
DPTR 6501: Neuromuscular Conditions I, Lecturer
DPTR 7112: Applied Exercise Science, Lecturer

Fall Semester

DPTR 5101: Movement Science I, Course Coordinator
DPTR 6205: Clinical Skills – Prosthetics and Orthotics, Course Co-Coordinator
DPTR 5141: Human Growth & Development, Lecturer
DPTR 5151: Motor Control/Motor Learning, Lecturer/Lab Instructor
DPTR 5203: Clinical Skills - Therapeutic Intervention, Lecturer
DPTR 6612: Patient Care Seminar II, Instructor

Spring Semester

DPTR 5611: Patient Care Seminar I, Instructor
DPTR 7613: Patient Care Seminar III, Instructor


 Clinical Specialty, Interests, and Practice Sites

Dr. Christiansen’s clinical activity centers on helping patients recover from activity limitations resulting from musculoskeletal problems. A specific emphasis of his clinical practice is on helping older adults who are experiencing limitations in physical activity due to lower body musculoskeletal problems. There is a significant amount of overlap between his direct patient care and clinical research interests.


 Research and Scholarship Interests

Christiansen (PI). Movement Strategies and Physical Activity after Dysvascular Amputation. Research Core Pilot Award (PM&R UCD) 07/01/14-06/30/15.The goals of this project are to: 1) identify compensatory movement strategies for participants with diabetes after unilateral transtibial amputation using instrumented movement analysis and 2) determine the correlations between asymmetry in movement and; gait speed, overall physical activity, and self-reported disability.​

Mueller (PI), Christiansen (Scholar, Project PI). Collaborative-care rehabilitation to improve functional outcomes after dysvascular amputation K12 HD05593 09/01/13-08/31/15. The goals of this project are to: 1) determine if a collaborative-care, home-based rehabilitation program improves physical function for people recovering from dysvascular transtibial amputation and 2) determine if the program improves functional activity for daily living.

Christiansen (Co-Investigator), Schenkman (PI). Exploratory Study of Different Doses of Endurance Exercise in People with Parkinson Disease R01 NS074343 09/30/11-08/31/15. The aim of the study is to determine the futility or non-futility of conducting a Phase III randomized controlled trial to determine the effects of exercise on the progression of PD symptoms.

Christiansen CL (PI), Stevens-Lapsley JE (Co-I), Akuthota (Co-I), Sherk K (Co-I). Early physical function during rehabilitation following dysvascular transtibial amputation. The Foundation for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 11/12-10/14 ($30,000).  The goals of this project are to: 1) examine common physical function measures and 2) characterize standard of care rehabilitation for patients with diabetes following dysvascular transtibial amputation. 

Schenkman MS (Co-PI), Corcos D (Co-PI), Hall D (Site-PI), Delitto A (Site-PI), Kohrt W (Co-I), Kluger B (Co-I), Christiansen CL (Co-I), Robichaud J (Co-I), Moore C (Co-I), Josbeno D (Co-I), Jain S (Co-I). Exploratory study of different doses of endurance exercise in people with Parkinson disease. NIH 1/12-1/15 ($3,000,000).  The primary aim of this study is to test whether individuals with de novo Parkinson’s disease can achieve randomly assigned levels of mean exercise intensity (60-65% or 80-85% HRmax) and adhere to the exercise protocol.

Christiansen CL (PI). Student Perceptions of Classroom Response System use in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum. President’s Teaching Scholars Program 09/11-08/12 ($1500). The goals of this project were to: 1) determine DPT student perception of classroom response system use in the course DPTR5101-Movement Science I, and 2) determine if perceptions differ based on student learning styles, age, and sex.

Christiansen CL (PI). Improving Function after Total Knee Arthroplasty with Weight-Bearing Biofeedback. Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Grant 1/11-06/13 ($40,000). The major goals of this pilot study were to : 1) determine effects of the weight-bearing biofeedback intervention on WB asymmetry during sit-stand transitions and walking, 2) determine effects of the weight-bearing biofeedback intervention on functional activity performance, and 3) determine safety of the weight-bearing biofeedback intervention.

Christiansen CL (Co-PI), Stevens-Lapsley JE (Co-PI). Limb Loading Asymmetry with Total Knee Arthroplasty. Bob Doctor Memorial Research Award 1/09-6/12 ($8,000). The major goals of this pilot study were to 1) examine the presence of lower limb loading asymmetry during and 2) examine the relationship between limb loading asymmetry and both functional mobility and muscle strength.

Christiansen (Study Coordinator), (Schenkman (PI). Exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease R01 HD043770 04/01/08-03/31/11. The aim of the study was to determine whether targeted exercise intervention improves physical functional abilities in patients with mild to moderately severe Parkinson’s disease.

Christiansen (Co-I), Schenkman (PI). Academic Enrichment Fund UCD 01/01/09-12/31/11 ($149,000.00). The major goal of this funded activity was to establish an interdisciplinary movement analysis lab for use by researchers across the health sciences campus. 


 Publications (within the last five years)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Winters JD, Christiansen CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Preliminary Investigation of Rate of Torque Development Deficits Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. The Knee. 2014; 21(2):382-6.

Christiansen CL, Bade MJ, Weitzenkamp DA, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Factors predicting weight-bearing asymmetry 1 month after unilateral total knee arthroplasty: a cross-sectional study. Gait Posture. 2013; 37:363-367.

Christiansen CL, Bade MJ, Judd D, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Weight-bearing asymmetry during sit-stand transitions related to impairment and functional mobility after total knee arthroplasty. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011; 92:1624-1629.

Schenkman ML, Ellis T, Christiansen CL, Barón AE, Tickle-Degnen L, Hall DA, Wagenaar R. Profile of functional limitations and task performance among people with early and mid-stage Parkinson’s disease. Phys Ther. 2011;91:1339-1354.

Christiansen CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Weight-bearing asymmetry in relation to measures of impairment and functional mobility for people with knee osteoarthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010;91:1524-1528.

Hsieh CT, Christiansen CL. The effect of approach on spike jump height for female volleyball players. Int J Sports Sci Coach. 2010;5:373-380.

Books and Chapters

Christiansen CL. Impaired Joint Mobility (Chapter 13). In: Guccione A, Wong R, Avers D, ed. Geriatric Physical Therapy, 3rd Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2011.


 Honors and Awards

Academy of Medical Educators “Excellence in Direct Teaching” Award. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. May 2012


 Links of Interest