Carlynn A. Alt, P.T., Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

[Image] Carlynn Alt

Pavilion, Room 362
Phone: (414) 229-1742




  • Ph.D., Integrative Neuromuscular Physiology,
    Marquette University, Milwaukee, 2006
  • M.S., Human Kinetics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1987
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983

Speaker Topics

  • Tissue Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics/Kinesiology in Physical Therapy
  • Exercise and Fatigue in Survivors of Cancer

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Alt’s clinical background as a physical therapist is in the area of Orthopaedics. She held certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist for 13 years prior to transitioning to the academy. She has been teaching Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Tissue Biomechanics for 20 years. She joined the faculty at the University of WI-Milwaukee in 2008 and added teaching in the health promotion/wellness area to complement her research interests in exercise and wellness in survivors of cancer.

Dr. Alt’s research interests explore the relationship between muscle performance and cancer-related fatigue. Recent publications have explored this relationship in survivors of prostate cancer. As part of the translational focus of her work, Dr. Alt is currently exploring barriers to physical activity after discharge from physical therapy services.

Recent Publications

Refereed Journals/Posters

Alt, C., Gore, E., Prost, R., Heyer, E., & Ng, A. (2013). Muscle Oxidative Capacity is Reduced in Prostate Cancer Survivors Undergoing Curative Radiotherapy.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(5) suppl. Poster presented at the 60th ACSM annual conference.

Dietrich, A., Truebenbach, C., Alt, C., & Moerchen, V. (2013, March).  Comprehensive Assessment of Doctor of Physical Therapy Students’ Readiness for Clinical Practice: A model of embedded assessment throughout the curriculum. Poster presented at Center for Instructional & Professional Development (CIPD), University of WI Milwaukee First Annual Assessment Showcase, Milwaukee, WI.

Alt, C., & Zalewski, K. (2012, July). Use of the Barriers to Being Active Quiz in Older Adults Discharged from Physical Therapy. Poster presented at 37th Annual National Wellness Conference, Stevens Point, WI.

Alt, C., Gore, E., Montagnini, M., & Ng, A. (2011). Muscle Endurance, Cancer-related Fatigue and Radiotherapy in Prostate Cancer Survivors. Muscle & Nerve, 43(3), 415-424.

Book Chapters

Ng, A., Alt, C., & Gore, E. (2007). Fatigue. In M. Feuerstein (Ed.), Handbook of Cancer Survivorship. Springer Science and Business Media LLC


Community and Professional

Alt, C. (2011). Physical Activity in Prostate Cancer Survivors, Livestrong at the Y, Ozaukee YMCA

Alt, C. & Dvorak, L., (2010). Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Shoulder, Visiting Nurse Association, Milwaukee, WI

Alt, C. (2008) Cancer 101: The physiology of cancer, the pathophysiology of cancer interventions and the impact on instituting a fitness program. YMCA/Lance Armstrong Foundation Livestrong Program, Downtown YMCA

Alt, C. (2007). Cancer-Related Fatigue and Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors, Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference , Green Lake, Wisconsin

Alt, C. (2007). Muscle Function and Cancer-Related Fatigue in Cancer Survivors, Wheaton Franciscan System, Columbia St Mary's Physical Therapy Department

Workshops Conducted

Kinesiology Workshop for Instructors in Physical Therapy Programs,
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Neumann, Donald Workshop Director
Alt, Carlynn Workshop Facilitator
May 23-25, 2011
May 21-23, 2012

Recent Funded Grants

Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Lynn Phillipi Geriatric Advocacy Grant - Co-investigator: Zalewski, K, & Alt, C.
October 15, 2008-December 31, 2009
Title: Exploring Content Validity of the Barriers to Being Active Quiz for Adults Discharged from Physical Therapy.(Manuscript in submission Archives of PMR)

Honors & Awards

  • Byoung Kim Teaching Excellence Award, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010
  • Invited keynote speaker to the American Cancer Society Spring Luncheon Benefit, May 5, 2009
    Topic: Friendship Food for the Soul: Wellness in the Cancer Survivor
    Milwaukee Country Club
  • Research Award at WPTA Spring Conference
    “Muscle Function and Cancer-related Fatigue in Cancer Survivors”
     Alt, C, Gore, E, Montagnini, M, & Ng, A 
    April, 2006, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association, 1983-1999, 2001-present
  • Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association, 1983-1999, 2001-present
  • American College of Sports Medicine, 2005-2009, 2011-present


Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Department of Kinesiology, College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ad Hoc Faculty, Physical Therapy Department
Spring 2008 PTTH 525 Kinesiology I: The Upper Extremity (3 credits)
(Don Neumann PhD, PT sabbatical)
Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Concordia University Wisconsin
Mequon, Wisconsin
From 2/94-12/07(Assistant Professor), 12/07-7/08 (Associate Professor)

ProBono Cancer Exercise Program
Mequon Elite Sports Clubs
Nancy Weiner, Carlynn Alt

Courses Taught

2008- present, UWM PT Program

  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics of Normal and Abnormal Movement KIN 527 (4 cr)
  • Scientific Principles of Interventions KIN 640 (5 cr)
  • Health Promotion/Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice KIN 745 (2 cr)