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Katrina Maluf, PT, PhD

Core Faculty

Associate Professor, Director of PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science

(303) 724-9139

Professional Qualifications


University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Neural Control of Movement Laboratory Neurophysiology emphasis, 2005

Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Doctor of Philosophy in Movement Science Biomechanics emphasis, 2002

Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 1999

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Bachelor of Science Microbiology major; Chemistry minor, 1996

Licensure Information/Registration Number

State of Missouri Licensed Physical Therapist, 1999 - 2004

State of Iowa Licensed Physical Therapist, 2005 - 2007

State of Colorado Licensed Physical Therapist (# 8247), 2003 - present

Curriculum Vitae

 Teaching Responsibilities

Summer Semester

DPTR5003: Histology

Fall Semester

RHSC7001: Rehabilitation Science Seminar
RHSC7911: Research Practicum in Rehabilitation Science

Spring Semester

DPTR7613: Patient Care Seminar III
RHSC7911: Research Practicum in Rehabilitation Science


 Research and Scholarship Interests

Grant Support

National Institutes of Health R21 Exploratory Grant (1 R21 AG044710-01). Role: Co-Investigator; PI: Stevens-Lapsley; Title: Determination of pain phenotypes in older adults with knee osteoarthritis ($275,000 directs)

National Institutes of Health Clinical Loan Repayment Grant Role: PI; Repayment of professional student loan debt to support clinical research on neuromuscular activation ($92,552 directs), Jul 2004 – Jun 2010.

Foundation for Physical Therapy Magistro Research Grant. Role: PI; Title: Evaluation of a Novel Biofeedback Approach in Patients with Work-related Neck Pain ($40,000 directs), Jan 2007 – Dec 2007.

National Institutes of Health (NIAMS) R21 Exploratory Grant (1-R21-AR054181) Role: PI; Title: Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Intrinsic Activation of Human Motor Neurons ($236,500 directs), May 2007 – Apr 2010.

UCD SOM Academic Enrichment Fund, New Strategic Research Initiative Role: Co-Investigator, PI: Margaret Schenkman, PT, Ph.D.; Title: Development of an Interdisciplinary Movement Science Laboratory ($149,000 directs), Aug 2008 – July 2011.

National Institutes of Health (NCRR) K12 Institutional Training Grant (1-TL1RR025778-01) Role: Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute Fellow, PI: Ronald Sokol, MD; Title: Mechanisms and Treatment of Stress-Evoked Muscle Activity ($384,390 directs), Oct 2008 – Sep 2011.

International Association for the Study of Pain, John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship Role: Faculty Mentor, PI: Masataka Umeda, Ph.D.; Title: Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain ($37,000 directs), Apr 2009 – Mar 2010.

Center for Women’s Health Research Junior Faculty Research Development Award Role: Fellow, PI: Judith Regensteiner, Ph.D.; Title: Sex and Age Effects on Stress-Evoked Motor Activity in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain ($25,000 directs), Oct 2009 – Jan 2011.

National Institutes of Health (NIAMS) R01 Research Project Grant Role: PI; Title: Stress-Evoked Muscle Activity in Occupational Myalgia ($925,000 directs), Jul 2010 – Jun 2014.

Foundation for Physical Therapy Kendall Scholarship. Role: Faculty Mentor (PI: Shahidi); Title: Pre-doctoral Training Grant ($5,000 directs), Sep 2011 – Aug 2012.

Foundation for Physical Therapy Kendall Scholarship. Role: Faculty Mentor (PI: Marker); Title: Pre-doctoral Training Grant ($5,000 directs [pending review]), Sep 2011 – Aug 2012.

Grant Review Panels

Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute, KL2 Scientific Review Panel, Jul 2010

Research Growth Initiative Scientific Review Panel, University of Wisconsin Madison, Jan 2011

National Institutes of Health, NCCAM ZAT1 HS-04 Mind/Body and Manual Therapy Translational Tools Study Section Member, Jun 2011

National Institutes of Health, MRS Study Section Ad hoc Member, Jun-Oct 2012

Foundation for Physical THerapy Scientific Review Committee Member 2013-2016

Manuscript Reviewer

Physical Therapy, 2000 – present

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 2003 – present

Journal of Applied Physiology, 2003 – present

Journal of Neurophysiology, 2008 – present

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2009 – present

Journal of Physiology, 2010 – present

Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2010 – present

Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 2010 – present

Journal of Hand Therapy, 2011 – present

International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2011 – present

Journal of Pain, 2011 – present

Experimental Physiology, 2012 – present

Clinical Neurophysiology 2013-present

Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013- present


 Publications (within the last five years)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Maluf KS, Barry BK, Riley ZA, Enoka RM. Reflex responsiveness of a human hand muscle when controlling isometric force and joint position. Clinical Neurophysiology 2007;118(9):2063-71.

VanDillen LR, Maluf KS, Sahrmann SA. Further examination of modifying patient-preferred movement and alignment strategies in patients with low back pain during symptomatic tests. Manual Therapy 2009;14(1):52-60.

Stephenson JL, Maluf KS. Discharge behaviors of trapezius motor units during exposure to low and high levels of acute psychosocial stress. Clinical Neurophysiology, 27(1):52-61, 2010.

Stephenson JL, Christou EA, Maluf KS. Discharge rate modulation of trapezius motor units differs for voluntary contractions and instructed muscle rest. Experimental Brain Research, 2011:208(2):203-215.

Stephenson JL, Maluf KS. Dependence of the paired motor unit analysis on motor unit discharge characteristics in the human tibialis anterior muscle. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 198(1):84-92, 2011.

Bruflat AK, Balter JE, McGuire D, Fethke NB, Maluf KS. Stress Management as an adjunct to physical therapy for chronic neck pain: a case report. Physical Therapy. 2012 [In Press]

Gaffney BM, Maluf KS. Davidson BS. Correlation between cervical and scapular posture and the spatial distribution of trapezius muscle activity. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology.  2014; [In Review].

Marker RJ, Maluf KS.  Effects of electrocardiography contamination and removal on upper trapezius electromyography recordings. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology.  2014; [In Review].


 Honors and Awards

Novel Research Award, 2002

Washington University in St. Louis, Program in Physical Therapy Alumni Award, 2012


 Links of Interest