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Carolyn A. Galleher

  • Associate Professor
    Physical Therapy Program
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Phy
    Physical Therapy Program
  • Assc Director, DPT (Erie)
    Physical Therapy Program
  • GDPT 818/819 Foundations in Human Movement (Course coordinator)
  • GDPT 822/824   Exam, Evaluation & Intervention for Musculoskeletal Movement Dysfunction of the Extremities   (Course coordinator)
  • GDPT 825/827   Exam, Evaluation & Intervention for Musculoskeletal Movement Dysfunction of the Spine (Course coordinator)
  • GDPT 847 Clinical Synthesis I (Course coordinator)
  • GDPT 851 Research Guidance (Instructor)
  • GDPT 861 Research Guidance (Instructor)
  • University of Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2003 – December 2010 Krannert Graduate School of Physical Therapy, D.H.S
  • University of Indianapolis, Indiana, September, 1990 -April 1992, Krannert Graduate School of Physical Therapy, M.H.S.
  • St. Louis University, Missouri, September, 1982 -May, 1986, Physical Therapy, B.S.
  • Physical Therapist, per diem,  Novacare, Erie, PA  May 2018 - present
  • Associate Program Director, Department of Physical Therapy, Gannon University, Erie, PA  July 2015 - present 
  • Coordinator of Undergraduate PT Program, Gannon University, Erie, PA July 2004 – present
  • Assistant Professor, Gannon University, Department of Physical Therapy, Erie, PA, August 1992 - present
  • Physical Therapist, Co-Owner, Galleher Physical Therapy, Erie, PA, September 1996 – 2018
  • Physical Therapist, per diem, Resource Physical Therapy, Erie, PA, October 1995 – 1999
  • Physical Therapist, per diem, Keystone Rehabilitation Systems, January 1993 - 1999
  • Director, Keystone Rehabilitation Systems, Ashtabula, OH, November 1988-August 1992
  • Physical Therapist, Ashtabula County Medical Center, Ashtabula, OH, August 1987-October 1988
  • Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Center, Stratford, CT, July 1986-July 1987





  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Orthopedic Section of APTA
  • Northwestern District, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
  • Special Interest groups:  Foot and Ankle, Imaging, Pain Management



Peer reviewed publication in journals:

  • Galleher C, Foust A, Golebieski D. Greer L, Seitz B. The effects of a home program for core strengthening on the performance of a one repetition maximum military press. Orthop Phys Ther Pract. 2014:26(4):232-237.
  • Galleher C, Rundquist P, Barker D, Chang WP. Determining cognitive and non- cognitive predictors of success on the national physical therapy examination.  J of Allied Health Sci  Pract. 2012;10(4).

Platform presentations:

  • Galleher C, Brown A, Hildebrand M, McGrogan M. Zubek R. The effect of Type II mouth guards on oxygen uptake and respiratory rate in healthy collegiate athletes during submaximal VO2 treadmill testing. Platform, PPTA Annual Conference, October 2007.
  • Holland A, Yaegle L, Galleher C, Crewe A. Kramer J. Long-term outcomes of a pelvic floor muscle training program: a ten year summary.  Platform.  PPTA Annual Conference October 2010.

Poster presentations:

  • Bitticker S, Galleher C, Kessler A, Ruby P, Wagener A, Assessing perceptions of basketball officials regarding rules enforcement in light of injury risk. Poster, Celebrate Gannon, April 2015.
  • Galleher C, Foust A, Golebieski d, Greer L, Seitz B. The effect of a home program for core strengthening using an exercise ball on the performance of a one repetition maximum military press.  Poster, PPTA Annual Conference October 2010.
  • Galleher C, Admission criteria as predictors of success in doctoral physical therapy programs.   Poster,  PPTA Annual Conference October 2011.
  • Galleher C, Cowden A, Christy B. Cunningham K, Wood L. Various personality types and coping strategies among successful health care professionals. Poster, PPTA  Annual Conference October 2011.
  • Galleher C, Caldwell D, Challingsworth R, Lindberg J. Notte J. The effect of a core strengthening home exercise program on muscle performance of the upper extremities as measured by a one repetition maximum military press  Poster, PPTA Annual Conference, October, 2007.



My research interests have included a focus on admissions and PT education including academic integrity, pro-bono student clinics and predictors of success in DPT programs. Additionally, my research has focused on musculoskeletal prevention of injury/effectiveness of physical therapy including core strengthening and pelvic floor dysfunciton.

My current scholarly activity includes the following:

  • Galleher C. Qualitative study on personality traits of graduate physical therapy students.
  • Roca C, Legters K. Galleher C. Validation of new falls risk screening tool.
  • Skelly D, Galleher C. Benefits of video simulation to enhance active learning for student physical therapists.
  • Galleher C, Carson M, Ford, B, Harne A, Norris T. Application of ankle instability clinical practice guidelines: a case study.
  • Chair of the UAAC, Gannon University Erie, PA
  • Established a pro-bono outpatient orthopedic clinic at Gannon University, Erie, PA
  • PT Screens for Fall Risk, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Erie, PA 
  • Reviewer for the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, on-line journal available at, October 2012 - present
  • Assistant coach for 7th -8th grade parochial girls basketball team Erie, PA
Carolyn         A. Galleher

Phone: 814-871-+1 8148715653
Office: M 149

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