QuatmanYates Catherine 825x990Overview

Assistant Professor Department of Physical Therapy                           

516 H Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Telephone: (614) 688-2152
Fax: (614) 292-5921



Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Mild traumatic brain injuries/concussions
  • Return to and maintenance of high-level physical activities after injury
  • Complexity and system science methods in healthcare


Research Focus

Dr. Quatman-Yates is dedicated to pursuing research that empowers individuals to engage in safe and physically active lifestyles across the lifespan. She is diversely trained in the philosophies and methods for a variety of inquiry paradigms including: classic experimental and quasi-experimental designs, naturalistic/qualitative approaches, complexity science approaches (e.g., social network analysis and non-linear time series analyses), and improvement/implementation science methods. Dr. Quatman-Yates leverages various investigative and analytic approaches to work toward ongoing improvement of patient outcomes for a variety of injuries and conditions. Her current research focus areas include:

Physical Therapy Evaluation and Intervention Strategies after Mild TBI/Concussion

Physical therapists are increasingly recognized as an integral part of the team of providers that can aid in the care for individuals who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), or concussions. Dr. Quatman-Yates and her collaborators are working steadily to advance the evidence with regard to: 1) identification of post-mTBI/concussion impairments that can be addressed with physical therapy interventions, 2) development and optimization of physical therapy interventions to address post-mTBI/concussion impairments, and 3) improvement of the efficacy and efficiency of physical therapy service delivery for patients with mTBI/concussion.

Patient Empowerment to Become and Stay Physically Active for Life

Maintaining high levels of physical activity across the lifespan is an ambitious challenge for everyone. Injuries, illness, and congenital impairments can bring about additional obstacles and barriers that may necessitate unique expertise and strategies to make physical activity possible, safe, and appealing. Dr. Quatman-Yates and her colleagues are interested in understanding barriers that limit patients’ ability, motivation, and desire to engage in and maintain a physically active lifestyle with the goal of developing strategies and interventions that can empower patients and their families to overcome barriers that discourage and limit physical activity.

Continuous Learning Health Systems to Optimize Outcomes

Frontline clinicians are indispensable brokers between breakthroughs in knowledge and the patients who can most benefit from these advancements. Continuous learning health systems can provide an infrastructure and culture that allows for fluid and prompt identification and integration of new evidence, reduction of unintended variation in care, improved transparency and communication among stakeholders, and valuable opportunities to study and act on new information generated through quality improvement and research activities.  Dr. Quatman-Yates and her collaborators are currently pursuing a series of observational studies and improvement science projects evaluating how we can better facilitate the involvement of frontline care providers in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research activities through the creation of continuous learning health systems in health and rehabilitation contexts.



Recent Publications

Kurowski BG, Hugentobler JA, Quatman-Yates CC, Taylor J, Gubanich P, Altaye M, Wade SL. Aerobic exercise for adolescents with prolonged symptoms after mild TBI: An exploratory randomized clinical trial. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2017. 32(2): 79-89. PMID: 27120294.


Zwolski C, Quatman-Yates CC, Paterno MV. Resistance training in youth: Laying the foundation for injury prevention and physical literacy. Sports Health. 2017. 9(5): 436-443. PMID: 28447880.


Strenk M, Kiger M, Hawke J, Mischnick A, Quatman-Yates CC. Implementation of a quality improvement initiative improved congenital muscular torticollis outcomes in a large hospital setting. Physical Therapy. 2017. 97(6): 649-658. PMID: 28371924.


Quatman-Yates CC, Cupp A, Gunsch C, Haley T, Vaculik S, Kujawa D. Physical Rehabilitation Interventions for mTBI: A Systematic Review. Physical Therapy. 2016. 96(11): 1753-1763. PMID: 27197826.



Recent Presentations

Quatman-Yates CC, Zwolski C, Bopp T. What’s Our Play? The Role of Physical Literacy for Frontline Sport Managers in North America. The North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 1-4, 2017.

Quatman-Yates CC, Hugentobler JA. Linking Research to Practice and Practice to Research for PT Management of Concussion. The Ohio Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Columbus, Ohio. March 24, 2017.

Quatman-Yates CC, Paterno M, Strenk M. Kiger M, Reder R. Bridging the Evidence-Practice Gap: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Division of Occupational and Physical Therapy’s Evolution Toward and Evidence-Based Practice Culture. The American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. San Antonio, TX. February 15-18th, 2017.


Major Awards

2016 - Toby Long Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal Paper of the Year Award
2015 - American Physical Therapy Association Emerging Leader Award
2015 - 
American Physical Therapy Association Sports Section New Horizon Award
2014 - 
American Physical Therapy Association Sports Section Excellence in Research Award Winner


Courses Taught

  • PT 8250 Adult Neurologic Rehabilitation (Concussion)
  • PT 8640 Complex Cases


Degree Information



Physical Therapy
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio




Sport and Exercise Management
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio



Sport and Exercise Management
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio



Health and Physical Education
Concentration: Sport Administration
Minors: Psychology and Communications
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, Pennsylvania

My Research Links