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.

HOU 7039


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

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 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

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

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