Dr. Elsie Culham

MClSc (PT), PhD
Professor Emerita

Dr. Elsie Culham Contact information:

Louise D. Acton Building, Room 233
Internal telephone extension: 36727 
External telephone: 613-533-6727
e-mail: elsie.culham@queensu.ca

Research focuses on the study of postural control and neuromuscular parameters involved in the maintenance of balance, the effect of aging and disease on postural control and the prevention of falls in seniors.

My teaching responsibilities in the entry-level Physical Therapy Program include the study of aging and physical therapy evaluation and intervention in conditions common in older adults, physical therapy application following major limb amputation and burn injury. Courses taught in the rehabilitation science graduate program include Issues in Aging and Motor Performance in Rehabilitation.

Journal Articles in Refereed Journal (Published, or In Press):

Linley HS, Sled EA, Culham EG, Deluzio KD.  A biomechanical analysis of trunk and pelvis motion during gait in subjects with knee osteoarthritis compared to control subjects. Clinical Biomechanics 25(10): 1003-1010, 2010.

Sled EA, Khoja L, Deluzio KJ, Olney SJ, Culham EG.  Home program of hip abductor exercises:  effect on knee joint loading, strength, function and pain in persons with knee osteoarthritis.  Physical Therapy. 90 (6):895-904, 2010.

Said CM, Goldie PA, Patla AE, Culham E, Sparrow WA and Morris ME.
Balance during obstacle crossing following stroke. Gait and Posture. 27:23-30, 2008.

Westlake K, Wu Y, Culham E. Threshold of velocity discrimination: reliability and construct validity in older adults. Human Movement Science, 26(3):443-56, 2007.
Westlake K, Wu Y, Culham E. Randomized controlled trial of sensory-specific balance training in older adults: effect on position, movement and velocity sense. Physical Therapy, 87(5):560-8. Discussion 569-71. 2007

Westlake K, Culham E. Sensory-specific balance training in older adults: Effect on proprioceptive reintegration and cognitive demands. Physical Therapy 87:1274-1283, 2007.

Mackintosh S, Hill K, Dodd K, Goldie P, Culham E. Balance score and a history of falls in hospital predict recurrent falls when people return home after stroke rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 87: 1583-1589, 2006

.Parisi SL, Héroux ME, Culham EG, Norman KE. Functional mobility and postural control in essential tremor.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation87 , 1357-1364, 2006.

Westlake K, Culham E. Influence of testing position and age on measures of ankle proprioception.  Advances in Physiotherapy8  (1), 41-48, 2006.

Said CM, Goldie PA, Culham E, Sparrow WA, Patla AE, Morris ME. Control of lead and trail limb during obstacle crossing following stroke.  Physical Therapy85  (5), 413-427, 2005.

Brouwer, B., Musselman, K, & Culham, E. Physical function and health status among seniors with and without a fear of falling.  Gerontology50  (3), 135-141, 2004.