Carolyn P. Da Silva, P.T., D.Sc.

Professor, Coordinator of D.P.T. Professional Studies

A.P.T.A. Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Physical Therapy

Carolyn P. Da Silva, P.T., D.Sc.

Contact

ckelley@twu.edu
713-794-2087
HOU 7039

Education

D.Sc., Physical Therapy, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2008
M.S., Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX, 1983
B.A., Biology and Psychology, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1981

Research Interests

Post-Polio Syndrome; Whole Body Vibration; Aging with Disability; Risk of Falls; Fear of Falling

Latest Articles

Validity and Interrater Reliability of the SOAR Tool during Ambulation in Individuals with Parkinson Disease
Music and Medicine (2019)
Kristen Barta, Carolyn P Da Silva, Shih-Chiao Tseng, Toni S Roddey

Predictive Abilities of Balance Confidence and Fear of Falling Measures on Falls in Polio Survivors
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics: Current Trends in Geriatric Rehabilitation (2019)
Carolyn P Da Silva, Lesley A Miller, Emily C Morrel, Wanyi Wang

Correlation of falls in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis with objective measures of balance, strength, and spasticity
NeuroRehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2019)
Wendy E Schell, Victoria Mar, Carolyn P Da Silva

Trunk control and gross motor outcomes after body weight supported treadmill training in young children with severe cerebral palsy: a case series
Developmental Neurorehabilitation (2018)
Megan B Flores, Carolyn P Da Silva

Whole body vibration methods with survivors of polio
Journal of Visualized Experiments (2018)
Carolyn P Da Silva

Whole body vibration on people with sequelae of polio
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: An International Journal of Physical Therapy (2018)
Carolyn P Da Silva, C Lauren Szot, Natasha deSa

Relationship of depression and medications on incidence of falls among people with late effects of polio.
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: An International Journal of Physical Therapy (2017)
Carolyn P Da Silva, Bianca Zuckerman, Rhoda Olkin

Experiences of students, teachers, and physical therapists from Blind People's Association in Ahmedabad, India: A qualitative study
Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2017)
Carolyn P Da Silva, Abhinit Bhatt, E Brooke Avant, Radha T Morar, Saida Ebrahim

Randomized trial of lower extremity splinting to manage neuropathic pain and sleep disturbances in people living with HIV/AIDS
Journal of International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (2016)
R Sandoval, T Roddey, T P Giordano, K Mitchell, C P Kelley

Pain, sleep disturbances, and functional limitations in people living with HIV/AIDS-associated distal sensory peripheral neuropathy
Journal of International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (2014)
R Sandoval, T Roddey, T P Giordano, K Mitchell, C P Kelley

Home-based psychoeducational and mailed information programs for stroke-caregiving dyads post discharge: A randomized trial
Disability and Rehabilitation (2014)
S K Ostwald, K M Godwin, S G Cron, C P Kelley, G Hersch

Falling, balance confidence, and fear of falling after chronic stroke
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics: Current Trends in Geriatric Rehabilitation (2014)
Carolyn P Da Silva, M Carlegis, K Suchma, S K Ostwald

Current Projects

I have two current projects. The first is studying home-based whole body vibration's effects on bone mineral density and other functional and quality of life measures in survivors of polio. The second is studying falls, fear of falling, sitting balance, and transfer skills in adults who use wheelchairs full-time.

Externally Funded Projects

B-Fit! A guideline to individualized exercise in post-polio syndrome Year 1 of 2
Post-Polio Health International | 2019
Role: Collaborator

Self directed planning for long-term services and supports and care coordination by individuals who have experienced poliomyelitis or other mobility disabilities
Memorial Hermann Foundation, Milbank Foundation | 2018
Role: Collaborator

Falls and Fear of Falling in Adults who Require Wheelchairs for Locomotion
$3,343.00 | 2018
Role: Principal Investigator

Houston Geriatric Education Center Grant, Physical therapist consultant
Houston Geriatric Education Center | 2015
Role: Co-Investigator