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Yvonne Golightly, PhD

Yvonne Golightly

Yvonne Golightly, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
  • 3300 Thurston Building
  • CB #7280
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Golightly is an injury/musculoskeletal epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has over 10 years of orthopedic clinical experience as a physical therapist and has been an osteoarthritis (OA) researcher for over a decade.

Her primary research interests focus on modifiable risk of OA, biomechanics and musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities, and biochemical markers (biomarkers) associated with injury and OA.

She holds a joint appointment with the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Her training includes measurement and analysis of biomechanics of the foot, psychometrics and clinical trials.

Honors and Awards

Junior Faculty Development Award

2014, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Staff/Administrative Duties

Grants Program Officer, Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

Member of Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Epidemiology


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010

MS, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005

BS, Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University, 1998

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