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- University of Arizona, BS in Microbiology, 1996
- Washington University in St. Louis, MS in Physical Therapy, 1999
- Washington University in St. Louis, PhD in Movement Science, 2002
Teaching responsibilities [Beginning 2016]
- DPT 878 – Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation
- DPT TBD – Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Specialty, Interests, and Practice Sites
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Occupational rehabilitation
Research and Scholarship Interests (Funded Activity/Other Research and Scholarly Activity)
As a clinically trained scientist, the goal of Dr. Maluf’s research is to translate physiologic discoveries into innovative strategies to prevent and treat stress-related musculoskeletal pain. Her research program combines expertise in neurophysiology, tissue biomechanics, and clinical rehabilitation.
- National Institutes of Health (NIAMS) R01 Research Project Grant. Principal Investigator: Maluf. Title: Stress-evoked muscle activity in occupational myalgia ($925,000 directs) 2010-15.
- National Institutes of Health R21 Exploratory Grant (1 R21 AG044710-01). Principal Investigator: Stevens-Lapsley; Co-Investigator: Maluf. Title: Determination of pain phenotypes in older adults with knee osteoarthritis ($275,000 directs) 2014-16.
- University of Colorado National Science Foundation GK-12 Graduate Fellowship. Faculty Mentor: Maluf; Pre-doctoral Fellow: Ryan Marker. ($40,500 directs). 2013-14.
- Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies Level II. Faculty Mentor: Maluf; Pre-doctoral Fellow: Ryan Marker. Title: Pre-doctoral training grant ($15,000 directs). 2014-15.
- Marker RJ, Maluf KS. Effects of electrocardiography contamination and removal on upper trapezius electromyography recordings. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 2014; [In Press].
- Gaffney BM, Maluf KS, Davidson BS. Associations between cervical and scapular posture and the spatial distribution of trapezius muscle activity. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 2014;24(4):542-9.
- Umeda M, Corbin LW, Maluf KS. Pain mediates the association between physical activity and the impact of fibromyalgia on daily function. Clinical Rheumatology. 2014 [Epub ahead of print PMID 24030630].
- Marker RJ*, Stephenson JL*, Kluger BM, Curran-Everett D, Maluf KS. Modulation of intracortical inhibition in response to acute psychosocial stress is impaired among individuals with chronic neck pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2014;76(3):249-56.
- Kittelson A, George SZ, Maluf KS, Stevens-Lapsley JL. Future directions in painful knee osteoarthritis: harnessing complexity in a heterogeneous population. Physical Therapy. 2014;94(3):422-32.
- Shahidi B, Haight A, Maluf KS. Differential effects of mental concentration and acute psychosocial stress on cervical muscle activity and posture. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 2013;23(5):1082-9.
- Balter JE, Molner JL, Kohrt WM, Maluf KS. Mechanical pain sensitivity and the severity of chronic neck pain and disability are not modulated across the menstrual cycle. Journal of Pain. 2013;14(11):1450-9.
- Umeda M, Corbin LW, Maluf KS. Preliminary investigation of absent nociceptive flexion reflex responses among more symptomatic women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology International. 2013;33(9):2365-72.
- Shahidi B, Johnson CL, Curran-Everett D, Maluf KS. Reliability and group differences in quantitative cervicothoracic measures among individuals with and without chronic neck pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2012;13(1):215.
- Bruflat AK, Balter JE, McGuire D, Fethke NB, Maluf KS. Stress management as an adjunct to physical therapy for chronic neck pain. Physical Therapy. 2012;92(10):1348-59.
Honors and Awards
- Washington University in St. Louis, Program in Physical Therapy Distinguished Alumni Award (2012)