University of Nebraska Medical Center

Yvonne Golightly, PT, MS, PhD

Assistant Dean for Research


Yvonne Golightly, PT, MS, PhD

Dr. Golightly is an epidemiologist and a physical therapist focused on chronic disease prevention. She has obtained research funding from multiple external funding sources, including the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She currently serves as an associate editor of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage and an editorial board member of Arthritis Care & Research. As Assistant Dean for Research in the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions, she partners with researchers to advance our multidisciplinary collaborative chronic disease research agenda.

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 2010
  • MS, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina, 2005
  • BS, Allied Health Science, Physical Therapy, Ohio State University, 1998
Research interests

Dr. Golightly’s research focuses on osteoarthritis and associated comorbid conditions (such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes), physical activity, chronic musculoskeletal pain, musculoskeletal injury, physical rehabilitation, biomechanics, and health equity.