Carolee J. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy


Carolee J. Winstein is a professor of biokinesiology and physical therapy and a faculty member in the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program. She oversees an interdisciplinary research program focused on understanding rehabilitation outcomes at the systems level and promoting optimal recovery of goal-directed movement behaviors that emerge from a dynamic brain-behavior system in brain-damaged conditions.

For more than 20 years, she has consistently received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. She has been affiliated with the Neuroscience Graduate Program since 1998 and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology at Keck School of Medicine of USC.

She has authored or co-authored more than 100 research papers including chapters, proceedings and commentaries. She has also mentored more than a dozen doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars from diverse backgrounds, including engineering, neuroscience and rehabilitation.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Neuroscience, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, 1988
  • Master of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Southern, 1984
  • Bachelor of Science/Certificate, Physical Therapy, University of California, San Francisco, 1973
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology and Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1972

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