Research Faculty

Cory Christiansen PT, PhD, Professor

Cory Christiansen PT, PhD

Professor
  • Physical Therapy (SOM)

Email Address:cory.christiansen@cuanschutz.edu

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II South

13121 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Christiansen is a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado and a rehabilitation researcher within the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System. He completed physical therapist training at Duke University (MS) and earned a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. He directs the Interdisciplinary Movement Science Lab on the Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado, and his research focuses on optimizing rehabilitation for older adults with movement dysfunction from a biopsychosocial perspective with particular emphasis on biomechanical interventions. He leads a primary line of research related to optimizing rehabilitation after lower-limb amputation.

  • Rehabilitation Researcher, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, CO
  • Director, Interdisciplinary Movement Science Laboratory
  • Co-Director, Restore Research Group
Teaching Responsibilities
Fall
DPTR 5101: Movement Science I, Course Coordinator
DPTR 6102: Movement Science II, Course Coordinator 

Mentoring

Rehabilitation Science PhD
Rachael Akay (2022-present), Primary Mentor
Chelsey Anderson (2017-22), Primary Mentor
Matthew Miller (2015-19), Primary Mentor
Brian Loyd (2012-18), Co-Mentor
Brecca Gaffney (2013-17), Co-Mentor
Michael Bade (2008-12), Co-Mentor

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Shawn Hanlon, ATC, PhD (2022-present), Primary Mentor
James Tracy, PhD (2022-present), Primary Mentor
Hope Davis-Wilson, PhD (2020-22), Primary Mentor
Rashelle Hoffman, DPT, PhD (2020-22), Primary Mentor
Laura Swink, OTR, PhD (2019-21), Primary Mentor
Paul Kline, DPT, PhD (2017-20), Primary Mentor
Amanda Murray, DPT, PhD (2014-16), Primary Mentor
Roger Paxton, PhD (2013-16), Co-Mentor
Joshua Winters, CSCS, PhD (2012-14), Co-Mentor

Mentored Awards
Veterans Administration RR&D Career Development Award (CDA1) (2021). Awardee: Laura Swink, OTR, PhD.
Role: Primary Mentor, Post-doctoral Fellow.

NIH K12 HD055931 K12 Award (2020). Awardee: Mark Mañago, DPT, PhD.
Role: Primary Mentor, K12 Awardee.

Veterans Administration Advanced Geriatric Fellowship (2020). Awardee: Hope Davis-Wilson, PhD.
Role: Primary Mentor, Post-doctoral Fellow.

Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) Fellowship Award (2020). Awardee: Chelsey Anderson, CPO.
Role: Primary Mentor, PhD Student.

Veterans Administration Advanced Geriatric Fellowship (2019). Awardee: Laura Swink, OTR, PhD.
Role: Primary Mentor, Post-doctoral Fellow.

Team Oriented Training Across the Translational Sciences Spectrum (TOTTS) TL-1 Post-Doctoral Award (2018-19). Awardee: Paul Kline, DPT, PhD.
Role: Primary Mentor, Post-doctoral Fellow.

Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I Scott C. Irwin Scholarship (2018). Awardee: Matthew Miller, DPT.
Role: Primary Mentor, PhD Student.

APTA Biomechanics Student Travel Award (2018). Awardee: Paul Kline, DPT, PhD.
Role: Primary Mentor, Post-doctoral Fellow.

Veterans Administration Advanced Geriatric Fellowship (2017). Awardee: Matthew Miller, DPT.
Role: Primary Mentor, PhD Student.

Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I Scholarship (2017). Awardee: Matthew Miller, DPT.
Role: Primary Mentor, PhD Student.

Federal Physical Therapy Section Conference Scholarship (2017). Awardee: Matthew Miller, DPT.
Role: Primary Mentor, PhD Student.

Areas of Expertise

 Movement Science, Clinical Biomechanics, Translational Research, Clinical Trials

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
PhD, Sport & Exercise Science, 2007

Duke University, Durham, NC
MS, Physical Therapy, 1996

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
BS, Biological Sciences, 1992

Licensure Information/Registration Number
Colorado #PTL.0005563

Resumes/CV:

Awards

American Physical Therapy Association, Federal Section 2022 Researcher Award. February 2022

Finalist, National Postdoctoral Association Gallagher Mentor Award. April 2021

Dean’s Doctoral Mentoring Award. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. May 2018

Academy of Medical Educators “Excellence in Direct Teaching” Award. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. May 2012