QuatmanYates Catherine 825x990


Associate Professor Division of Physical Therapy                           

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

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


Website: LIFT Lab

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Complexity and system science thinking/methods in health and rehabilitation contexts for continuous learning health systems and outcome improvement
  • Dissemination/implementation/improvement science methods applied to
    • Mild traumatic brain injuries/concussions rehabilitation evaluation and treatment
    • Fall prevention and mobilization improvements among vulnerable individuals
    • Promotion and maintenance of high-level physical activities after injury, illness, or when living with chronic health vulnerabilities

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 the director for the Leading Improvement-Focused Teams for Advancing Health System Outcomes Lab (LIFT Lab). 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 systems thinking/modeling and 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:

Continuous Learning Health Systems to Improve 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. 

Physical Therapy Evaluation and Intervention 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, optimization, and implementation 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. 

Getting Effective Fall/Health Crisis Prevention into the Homes of People Who Need it Most

Falls are a leading cause of emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States. While evidence-based and publically available fall prevention resources exist, fall-related morbidity, mortality, and costs have continued to escalate. Evidence indicates that among people who are at high-risk for falls, there is a sub-group of individuals who are extremely vulnerable to injurious falls that prevention efforts are failing to reach. Community paramedicine is a growing model of care globally that redirects emergency response service resources toward preventative care for vulnerable individuals provided in non-emergency contexts. Community paramedic engagement in fall prevention activities has been touted as a promising new delivery system to get effective fall prevention solutions in to the homes of the people who need it most. However, there is currently limited infrastructure and guidance to support community paramedic programs in providing high-quality, evidence-based fall and health crisis prevention care. Dr. Quatman-Yates and her research collaborators work closely with community partners in fire/emergency medical services all over the state of Ohio to study and work on the development of a learning health system that leverages community paramedicine to effectively tackle wicked public health problems among vulnerable individuals.

Patient Empowerment to Become and Stay Physically Active for Life (Physical Literacy)

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. Leveraging the emerging framework of physical literacy, Dr. Quatman-Yates and her collaborators are interested in understanding and addressing barriers that limit patients’ ability, motivation, and desire to engage in and maintain a physically active lifestyle among at-risk populations with the goal of developing strategies and interventions that can empower patients and their families to overcome barriers that discourage and limit physical activity after acute illness, injury, or while living with chronic health conditions. 

Recent Publications

Quatman-Yates CC, Paterno MV, Strenk M, Kiger M, Hogan CV, Cunningham B. Reder R. A model for cultivating a culture of continuous learning and improvement: An ethnographic report. Advances in Health Care Management. 2019, 19, 197-225.

Paterno MV, Schmitt LC, Thomas S, Duke N, Russo R, Quatman-Yates CC. Patient and parent perceptions of rehabilitation factors that Influence outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and clearance to return to sport in adolescents and young adults: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Orthopaedic Sports Physical Therapy. 2019, 49(8), 576-583.

DiBartola AC, Barron C, Smith S, Quatman-Yates CC, Chaudhari AMW, Scharschmidt TJ, Moffatt-Bruce SD, Quatman CE. Decreasing room traffic in orthopaedic surgery: A quality improvement initiative. American Journal of Medical Quality. 2019; 34(6): 561-568.

Alsalaheen B, Landel B, Hunter-Giordano A, Shimamura KK, Quatman-Yates CC, Hanke T, McCulloch K. A treatment-based profiling model for physical therapy management of patients following a concussive event. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2019, 49(11), 829-841.

Recent Presentations

Manning C,* Noth Z, *Marquez M,* Wiseman J, O’Hanlon N,* Patterson KM, Graf MR, Salsberry MJ, Quatman CE, England C, Kinnaird P, Fleming K, Duggirala V, Barren J, Holland L, Phieffer L, Hogan T, Mannix N. Quatman-Yates CC. Every patient out of bed for every meal: A quality improvement initiative. Platform presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. February 13, 2020. Denver, Colorado.

Dickinson C,* Leach MC,* Hislop M,* Kegelmeyer DA, Kloos AD, Quatman C, Wiseman J. Quatman-Yates CC. Perceived barriers to fall prevention among older adults, caregivers, and health care providers: A qualitative study. Platform presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. February 14, 2020. Denver, Colorado.

Quatman-Yates CC, Gabriel M, Wisner D, Weade M, Garvin J, Sheridan E, Wiseman J, Quatman C. Getting effective fall prevention into the homes of individuals who need it most: A multi-stakeholder community partnership pilot study. Poster presentation at the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) Implementation Science Institute May 1st-2nd, 2019. Providence, Rhode Island.

Major Awards

  • 2019 - The Ohio State University's Emerging Community Engagement Award
  • 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
  • PT 8674 Advanced Therapeutic Exercise Progressions
  • HTHRHSC 7900 Evidence-Based Practice I
  • HTHRHSC 7910 Evidence-Based Practice II

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