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Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC)


Eastern Colorado GRECC Investigators

11 January 2021


Cory Christiansen, PT PhD
Title: Professor, Physical Therapy
Contact: cory.christiansen@cuanschutz.edu
Personal Statement
Dr. Christiansen is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program. His research focuses on applying rehabilitation science to optimize functional movement outcomes for older adults with a variety of health conditions. Clinical areas of focus for Dr. Christiansen include rehabilitation after total joint arthroplasty and lower limb amputation. He teaches within the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science programs, with expertise in Movement Science.
Research Interest
My research is focused on optimizing physical health and life participation outcomes for older adult patient populations with a variety of chronic health conditions. I have been PI or co-I for several randomized controlled rehabilitation studies concentrated on exercise studies and physical activity analysis for a variety of older adult populations, including most recent focus on patients with lower limb amputation. These studies have involved interventions to promote both functional activity and quality of movement, especially related to chronic health and movement behaviors. I have recently led the completion of two pilot studies examining physical activity behavior-change intervention, one for patients recovering from total knee arthroplasty and one for patients with dysvascular lower limb amputation.

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Recent Publications


Miller MJ, Mealer ML, Cook PF, Kittleson AJ, Christiansen CL. Psychometric Assessment of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale for People With Lower-Limb Amputation. Phys Ther. 2021 Jan 9:pzab002. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzab002. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33421074.

Miller MJ, Blankenship JM, Kline PW, Melanson EL, Christiansen CL. Patterns of Sitting, Standing, and Stepping After Lower Limb Amputation. Phys Ther. 2020 Dec 17:pzaa212. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa212. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33336706.

Miller MJ, Cook PF, Magnusson DM, Morris MA, Blatchford PJ, Schenkman ML, Christiansen CL. Self-Efficacy and Social Support are Associated with Disability for Ambulatory Prosthesis Users After Lower-Limb Amputation. PM R. 2020 Aug 10. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12464. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 3292654.

Miller MJ, Morris MA, Magnusson DM, Putnam K, Cook PF, Schenkman ML, Christiansen CL. Psychosocial Factors Influence Physical Activity after Dysvascular Amputation: A Convergent Mixed-Methods Study. PM R. 2020 Aug 10. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12466. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 32936512.

Christensen JC, Kline PW, Murray AM, Christiansen CL. Movement asymmetry during low and high demand mobility tasks after dysvascular transtibial amputation [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 7]. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2020;80:105102. doi:10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2020.105102
PMID: 32768801.

Kline PW, Murray AM, Miller MJ, So N, Fields T, Christiansen CL. Step length symmetry adaptation to split-belt treadmill walking after acquired non-traumatic transtibial amputation. Gait Posture. 2020 Jul; 80:162-167.
PMID: 32516682.

Miller MJ, Mealer ML, Cook PF, So N, Morris MA, Christiansen CL. Qualitative analysis of resilience characteristics of people with unilateral transtibial amputation. Disabil Health J. 2020 Apr 08; 100925.
PMID: 32312526.

Anderson CB, Miller MJ, Murray AM, Fields TT, So NF, Christiansen CL. Falls After Dysvascular Transtibial Amputation: A Secondary Analysis of Falling Characteristics and Reduced Physical Performance. PM R. 2020 Apr 06.
PMID: 32249517.

Christiansen CL, Miller MJ, Kline PW, Fields TT, Sullivan WJ, Blatchford PJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Biobehavioral Intervention Targeting Physical Activity Behavior Change for Older Veterans after Nontraumatic Amputation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PM R. 2020 Apr 05.
PMID: 32248638.

Bade MJ, Christensen JC, Zeni JA, Christiansen CL, Dayton MR, Forster JE, Cheuy VA, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Movement pattern biofeedback training after total knee arthroplasty: Randomized clinical trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Apr; 91:105973.
PMID: 32171937.

Mañago MM, Kline PW, Alvarez E, Christiansen CL. Trunk and pelvis movement compensation in people with multiple sclerosis: Relationships to muscle function and gait performance outcomes. Gait Posture. 2020 May; 78:48-53.
PMID: 32200163.

Judd DL, Cheuy VA, Forster JE, Christiansen CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Incorporating Specific Functional Strength Integration Techniques to Improve Functional Performance for Veterans After Total Hip Arthroplasty: Protocol for a Randomized Clinical Trial. Phys Ther. 2019 11 25; 99(11):1453-1460.
PMID: 31392991.

Ferris AE, Christiansen CL, Heise GD, Hahn D, Smith JD. Biomechanical analysis of curb ascent in persons with Ertl and non-Ertl transtibial amputations. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2020 Feb; 44(1):36-43.
PMID: 31713462.

Kline PW, Murray AM, Miller MJ, Fields T, Christiansen CL. Error-augmentation gait training to improve gait symmetry in patients with non-traumatic lower limb amputation: A proof-of-concept study. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2019 Aug; 43(4):426-433.
PMID: 31018771.

Miller MJ, Cook PF, Kline PW, Anderson CB, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Christiansen CL. Physical Function and Pre-Amputation Characteristics Explain Daily Step Count after Dysvascular Amputation. PM R. 2019 10; 11(10):1050-1058.
PMID: 30729727.

Aljehani M, Madara K, Snyder-Mackler L, Christiansen C, Zeni JA. The contralateral knee may not be a valid control for biomechanical outcomes after unilateral total knee arthroplasty. Gait Posture. 2019 05; 70:179-184.
PMID: 30878729.

Kline PW, Melanson EL, Sullivan WJ, Blatchford PJ, Miller MJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Christiansen CL. Improving Physical Activity Through Adjunct Telerehabilitation Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. Phys Ther. 2019 01 01; 99(1):37-45.
PMID: 30329126.

Miller MJ, Jones J, Anderson CB, Christiansen CL. Factors influencing participation in physical activity after dysvascular amputation: a qualitative meta-synthesis. Disabil Rehabil. 2019 12; 41(26):3141-3150.
PMID: 30261758.

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