Kathleen Ganley, PT, PhD

Kathleen Ganley Associate Professor and Director of the Phoenix Program
Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Phoenix Campus
Phone: 602-827-2424
Fax: 928-523-9289

Kathleen Ganley, PhD, PT Associate Professor, Director of the Physical Therapy Program at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Professional Interests:

Dr. Ganley has over 20 years of clinical experience primarily in the areas of adult and pediatric neurologic rehabilitation. Current teaching responsibilities include: neuroscience, normal and abnormal gait, and pediatric rehabilitation. Current research interests include the sensorimotor profile of children with cerebral palsy across levels of function. Dr. Ganley is core faculty on The University of Arizona LEND (AZLEND) Maternal and Child Health Training Program (http://azlend.peds.arizona.edu), and a volunteer physical therapist at The Painted Turtle Camp (http://www.thepaintedturtle.org/).


  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2004-2006. .Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Harrington Center for Bioengineering
  • University of California, San Francisco CA, 2003. Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience.
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1997-2003. Doctor of Philosophy, Biokinesiology, 2003.
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1994-1996. Master of Arts, Physical Education, 1996.
  • Northern Arizona University; Flagstaff, Arizona, 1984-1988. Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, 1988.

Select Publications:

  • Ganley KJ, Paterno MV, Miles C, Stout J, Brawner L, Girolami G, Warren M. Health related fitness in children and adults. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2011 Fall;23(3):208-220.
  • Ganley KJ, Stock A, Herman RM, Santello M, Willis WT. Fuel oxidation at the walk-to-run transition in humans. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 2011 May;60(5):609-16.
  • Downing AL, Ganley KJ, Fay DR, Abbas JJ. Temporal characteristics of lower extremity force generation in children with cerebral palsy. Muscle and Nerve 2009;39(6):800-809.
  • Ganley KJ, Herman RM, Willis WT. Muscle metabolism during overground walking in persons with post-stroke hemiparesis. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 2008;15(3): 218-226.
  • Fowler EG, Kolobe TH, Damiano DL, Thorpe DE, Morgan DW, et al. Promotion of physical fitness & prevention of secondary conditions for children with cerebral palsy: section on pediatrics research summit proceedings. Physical Therapy 2007;87(11): 1-11.
  • Ganley KJ, Powers CM. Intersegmental dynamics during the swing phase of gait: A comparison of knee kinetics between 7 year-old children and adults. Gait and Posture 2006;23(4): 499-504.
  • Ganley KJ, Willis WT, Carhart MR, He J, Herman RM. Epidural spinal cord stimulation improves locomotor performance in low ASIA C – wheelchair dependent spinal cord injured individuals: Insights from metabolic response. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 2005;11(2):50-63.
  • Huang H, Ingalls T, Olson L, Ganley KJ, Rikakis T, He J. Interactive multimodal biofeedback for task-oriented neural rehabilitation. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2005;3:2547-50.
  • Willis WT, Ganley KJ, Herman RM. Fuel oxidation during human walking. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 2005;54:793-799.
  • Ganley KJ, Powers CM. Gait kinematics and kinetics of 7 year-old children: A comparison to adults using age-specific anthropometric data. Gait and Posture 2005;21(2): 141-145.