Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Carol Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT

Associate Professor Rehabilitation Sciences
Director Center for Human Performance Measurement
Director Mechanical Therapy Research Lab

Contact Information:

(405) 271-2131 Ext. 47115 office
(405) 271-2131 Ext. 47152 MTRL
(405) 271-2131 Ext. 47161 CHPM
(405) 271-3432 fax


DPT, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Arizona School of Health Sciences, Mesa, AZ, 2010
Ph.D., Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University-Dallas, Dallas, Texas, 1999
M.S., Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1984
B.S., Physical Therapy, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 1977


Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy or Masters of Occupational Therapy:
PHTH 8312 Differential Diagnosis (2 credits, course coordinator)
PHTH 8214 Orthopedic Management of the Axial Skeleton (4 credits, course coordinator)
PHTH 8114 Orthopedic Management of the Lower Extremity (4 credits, instructor in rehab for lower limb amputation unit)
PHTH 9152 Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy (2 credits, small group instructor)
PHTH/OCTH 9391 Interprofessional Case Management

Post-professional DSc in Rehabilitation Sciences or Graduate PhD in Allied Health Sciences with Specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences:
AHS 6970 Seminar (1 credit RS course coordinator)
RS 5153 Biomechanics (3 credits, course coordinator)
RS 6113 Physiology of Rehabilitation (3 credits, course coordinator)
RS 6232 Applied Radiology and Diagnostic Testing (2 credits, course coordinator)
RS 6152 Differential Diagnosis in Rehabilitation Sciences (2 credits, course coordinator)

Research Interests:

Translational research of lumbar disc disease (bench to participation) 
Translational research of lower extremity osteomyoplastic amputation 
Translational research of lower extremity dysfunction and Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Human Performance Measurement, Motion Analysis

Lab Website(s):

Mechanical Therapy Research Lab

Center for Human Peformance Measurement


  • 2017-2018: Presbyterian Health Foundation Equipment Grant. Creation of a Premier Core Facility: Enhancing the Center for Human Performance Measurement. (Total Funding $50,080) Role: Principal Investigator.
  • 2015-2018: Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) Health Research Program. Work-Related Performance in Men with Trans-femoral Amputation.(Total funding $133,935 over 3 years) Role: Principal Investigator (.25 FTE)
  • 2016-2017: Presbyterian Health Foundation Symposium Grant Physical Stresses: KeepingUs “Alive and Well” ($4,500, $4,500 in matching) Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2016-2017: College of Allied Health Seed Grant Award. Motion Analysis of Work Performancein Men with Transtibial Amputation. (Total Funding $4,979, one year). javaRole: Principal Investigator
  • 2014-2016: Presbyterian Health Foundation Seed Grant. Work-related performance characteristics in men with TTAT at risk for residuum Injury.(Total Funding: $43,692). Role: Principal Investigator (.25 FTE)
  • 2015:   Mentorship for the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Summer Research Program (INBRE) Undergraduate research in study, Work Performance in Men with Transtibial Amputation at Risk for Injury (Total funding: $2,200)  Role: Co-Investigator (.02 FTE)  PI: Akins
  • 2013: Mentorship for the NIH Bridges Summer Undergraduate Research Program;  Case Study: Performance Changes in Patients with Back Pain Who Centralize  Symptoms. (Total funding: $1,000) Role: Co-Investigator
  • 2012 -2013: International Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Research Foundation.  Characteristics of LDD: Profile of Patients Who Centralize Symptoms. (Total funding $15,000 for one year with 1 year no-cost extension) Role: Principal Investigator (.10 FTE)
  • 2011 – 2014 Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)  Health Research Program. Work-Related Activities in Adult Oklahomans with  Unilateral Trans-tibial Amputation due to a Traumatic Event. (Total funding $103,524 over 3 years) Role: Principal Investigator (.25 FTE)
  • 2012  Mentorship for the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence  Summer Research Program (INBRE) Undergraduate research in study,   Residual Limb Measures during Work-related Tasks Performed by Amputees  with Transtibial Amputation due to a Traumatic Event. (Total funding: $2,200) Role: Co-Investigator (.02 FTE) PI: Akins


Mechanical diagnosis and therapy
Functional capacity evaluation
Physical therapy management of patients with amputations

Selected Publications:

  • Crawford DA, RA Terry, C Ciro, TB Hamilton, SB Sisson, CP Dionne. (2018). Examining the health action process approach for predicting physical activity behavior in adults with back pain. Health Behavior Research. 1(2): 6.
  • Woods SG, Knehans A, Arnold S, Dionne C, Hoffman L, Turner P, Baldwin J. (2018). The associations between diet and physical activity with body composition and walking a timed distance in adults with Prader-Willi syndrome. Food and Nutrition Research, 62, 1343-1353.
  • Dionne, C.P., South, A., Crawford, D.A. (2017). Perceived and Tested Work Capacity in Men with Traumatic Transtibial Amputation. Journal of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice 29, 2:17: 98-100.
  • Dionne, C.P., Crawford D. A., Day, J.D., Ertl W.J.J., (2017). Changes in residual limb anthropometrics and lift, carry and timed walking performance in men with transtibial amputation. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 29(2):50–53.
  • Crawford, D.A., Hamilton, T.H., Day, J,D. Dionne, C.P. (2016). Barriers and Facilitators to Participation in Physical Activity and Exercise: A Qualitative Perspective from the Trans-tibial Amputee Population. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics 20: 165-172. 
  • Dionne, C.P., Smith, B.J., Ashikayan, O., Martin, M., Li, S. and Fung, T. (2015). Pilot study: Characteristics of lumbar disc disease in patients who centralize symptoms. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation International 2, 2, 1031.
  • Dionne, C.P., LaRosa Aranda, M., Crawford, D.A., Ertl, W.JJ. (2015). Work-related performance in men with traditional or osteomyoplastic transtibial amputation. Journal of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice 27, 3, 154-58.
  • Dionne C.P., Ertl WJJ, Day JD, Smith BJ, Commuri S, Regens JL, Mai A. (2014). A cross-sectional study of residuum measures during gait and work-related activities in men with transtibial amputation due to a traumatic event. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics,26 3, 128-133.
  • Mai, A., Commuri, S., Dionne, C.P., Day, J., Ertl, W.JJ., Regens, J.L. (2013). Residual muscle contraction and residuum socket interface force in men with transtibial osteomyoplastic amputation. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 25,3, 151-158. doi:10.1097/JPO0b01e 31829a965c.
  • Schenk, R., Dionne, C.P., Simon, C. & Johnson, R.(2012). Effectiveness of mechanical diagnosis and therapy in patients who meet a clinical prediction rule for spinal manipulation. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy,20, 1, 43-49. DOI: 10.1179/2042618611Y.0000000017.