Carole A. Tucker

Associate Professor in Physical Therapy and Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Tucker obtained her undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy and her Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo in Exercise Science/Biomechanics. She has been certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist since 1996. Dr Tucker is also an American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Her clinical practice has primarily focuses in pediatrics within both acute care and school-based settings. She was a member of the Scientific Staff of Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 2004-2008 during which time she served as Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory.  She serve on the Functioning, Disability Reference Group of the World Health Organization. Her current research focuses on biomechanics and motor control of gait; development of patient-report outcome measures of health status in pediatric populations using modern measurement approaches; bioinformatics application in learning health system; application of pattern recognition and advanced statistical analytical approaches to large data sets; and development and application of biosensors and related technology to improve function and mobility in individuals with disabilities.  She has received funding from the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Foundation, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, NIH, and the DoD. Dr. Tucker is currently Co-Investigator on the NIH funded grant "Pediatric PROMIS: Advancing the Measurement and Conceptualization of Child Health." Dr Tucker is on the editorial boards of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, and Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Temple University, 2008 – Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Temple University, September 2009 – Present
  • Director, PhD Program in Movement Science and NeuroMotor Science, Temple University, 2009 – Present

Recent Publications 

  • Jensen R.E., Rothrock N.E., Morgan DeWitt E., Spiegel B., Tucker C.A., Crane H., Forrest C.B., Patrick D.L., Fredricksen R., Shulman L.M., Cella D., Crane P.K. The Role of Technical Advances in the Adoption and Integration of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Care. Medical Care _ Volume 53, Number 2, February 2015
  • Agresta C, Slobodinsky M, Tucker C. Functional Movement ScreenTM – Normative Values in Healthy Distance Runners. Int J Sports Med. 2014 Aug 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25144432
  • Tucker CA,Escorpizo R, Cieza A, Lai JS, Stucki G, Ustun TB, Kostanjsek N, Cella D, Forrest CB. Mapping the content of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS(®)) using the International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability. Qual Life Res. 2014 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24760532.
  • Tucker CA, Bevans KB, Teneralli RE, Forrest CB. A Qualitative Approach for Developing Self-Reported Pediatric Measures of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviors and Strength Impact. Pediatric Physical Therapy (Nov 2014)
  • Tucker CA, Bevans KB, Teneralli RE, Wilder Smith A, Bowles HR, Forrest CB. Conceptual Development of a Self-Reported Pediatric Measures of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviors and Strength Impact. Pediatric Physical Therapy (Nov 2014)
  • Tucker CA, Cieza A, Riley AW, Stucki G, Lai JS, Bedirhan Ustun T, Kostanjsek N, Riley W, Cella D, Forrest CB. Concept Analysis of the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS(®)) and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Qual Life Res. 2014 Feb 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24500657.
  • Forrest CB, Bevans KB, Pratiwadi R, Moon J, Teneralli RE, Minton JM, Tucker CA. Development of the PROMIS(®) pediatric global health (PGH-7) measure. Qual Life Res. 2013 Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24264804.
  • Forrest CB., Bevans KB, Tucker C, Riley, AW, Ravens-Sieberer U, Gardner W, & Pajer K (2012). Commentary: The Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMISR) for Children and Youth: Application to Pediatric Psychology. J Pediatr Psychol. 2012 Jul;37(6):614-21. * Peer-reviewed, 7 page white paper published as a commentary (Journal Impact Factor: 2.647)
  • Gates PE, Banks D, Johnston TE, Campbell SR, Gaughan JP, Ross SA, Engsberg JR, Tucker C. Randomized controlled trial assessing participation and quality of life in a supported speed treadmill training exercise program vs. a strengthening program for children with cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2012;5(2):75-88.doi: 10.3233/PRM-2012-0199. PubMed PMID: 22699098.
  • Stout JL, Gorton GE 3rd, Novacheck TF, Bagley AM, Tervo RC, Bevans K, Tucker CA. Rasch analysis of items from two self-report measures of motor function: determination of item difficulty and relationships with children's ability levels. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2012 May;54(5):443-50. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8749.2012.04231.x. Epub 2012 Mar 14. PubMed PMID: 22414116. (Journal Impact Factor: 2.675)


Dr. Tucker's research is focused in two primary areas. First, is the development of outcome measures using advanced statistical and modern measurement approaches including item response theory methods, and computer adaptive testing. In particular, she is interested in pediatric Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) and development of learning health systems. Secondly, Dr. Tucker focuses on the development of novel technologies for the assessment of physical function and activity in the natural environment.