Dr. Carole A Tucker is an associate professor in the College of Public Health and the College of Engineering at Temple University whose research and teaching interests relate to pediatrics and sensorimotor development with emphasis on the role of the movement system in child health. She has over 30 years of clinical experience in pediatric physical therapy and biomedical engineering. Her education and training as both a physical therapist and an electrical engineer provide extensive skills to contribute to research and innovation for individuals with movement impairments. Dr Tucker has an extensive background in physical therapy clinical practice in pediatrics. Her current research focuses on the development of patient-centered measures including patient-report outcome measures of health status in pediatric populations using modern measurement approaches, bioinformatics application in learning health systems, application of pattern recognition and advanced statistical analytical approaches to large data sets, and development and application of biosensors & related technology to improve function and mobility in individuals with disabilities. She is also involved in interprofessional practice opportunities for students both abroad and locally in the Philadelphia metropolitan region serving immigrant communities with have limited access to health care. She currently serves on the WHO ICF Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) which is the working group for the International Classification of Functioning, Health & Disability and serves as the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) alternate for the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. She has received funding for her research from the NIH, NSF, DoD and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Dr Tucker is on the editorial boards of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, and Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Dr Tucker co-directs the Digital Health Technology Laboratory and the Health Outcomes & Measurement Science certificate program in the College of Public Health.
- PhD, Exercise Science/Biomechanics, State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo
- MS, Electrical Engineering, Boston University
- BS, Physical Therapy, Boston University