Faculty Staff


Pamela Bosch
Associate Professor


Pamela Rogers Bosch, PT, DPT, PhDAssociate Professor

Professional Interests:

Dr. Bosch is a pediatric and neurorehabilitation physical therapist who is passionate about the strong inverse relationship between exercise capacity and all-cause mortality. With the goals of reducing comorbidities and improving function and quality of life for individuals living with chronic neurological conditions, Dr. Bosch pursues studies that address the following broad themes:

  • Effect of intensive exercise interventions on physiological and functional outcomes and quality of life in adults with chronic neurological conditions. 
  • Alterations in energy expenditure and functional outcomes as a result of improved fitness in adults with chronic neurological deficits.
  • Metabolic responses to early mobilization in critically ill patients.
  • The relationship between the metabolic response (whole-body oxygen consumption) and heart rate response in individuals with chronic neurological deficits. 


  • A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ.  DPT
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. PhD in Exercise Physiology

Emphasis: Exercise Neuroendocrinology

  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. MS in Exercise Physiology
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.  BS, with a certificate in Physical Therapy

Recent Publications:

Bosch PR, Poloni J, Thornton A, Lynskey JV.  The Heart Rate Response to Nintendo Wii Boxing in Young Adults.  The Journal of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 2012; 23(2):13-18.

Wing MK, Lynskey JV, Bosch PR.  Walking Speed in Stroke Survivors:  Considerations for Clinical Practice.  Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 2012; 28(2):113-121.

Bosch PR, Snyder AR, Scherr T, and Varga M. Differences in Shoulder Muscle Activation Patterns During Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Using Manual and Theraband Resistance. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.  2011; 3(2):69-75.

Bosch, PR, Traustadottir, T, Howard, P, Matt KS. Functional and Physiological

       Effects of Yoga in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis:  A Pilot Study. Alternative

       Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2009; 15:24-31.

Wing K, Lynskey JV, and Bosch PR. Whole-body Intensive Rehabilitation is Feasible and Effective in Chronic Stroke Survivors: A Retrospective Data Analysis. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2008; 15(3):247-255.

Tompkins J, Bosch PR, Chenowith R, Tiede JL, and Swain J. Changes in Functional Walking Distance and Health-Related Quality of Life after Gastric Bypass Surgery. Physical Therapy Journal. 2008; 88(8):928-935.


Holly Carroll
Assistant Clinical Professor


Holly Carroll was appointed Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Assistant Clinical Professor for NAU’s Phoenix Biomedical Campus in June 2012. She received her BS in Health and Sport Sciences from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. She received her MPT from A.T. Still University in 2000, and her transitional DPT from A.T. Still in 2005.

She spent some time in outpatient and rehab, before settling in on the acute care setting. For the past 7 years she worked in acute care and was the Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education for Scottsdale Healthcare. Her passion for students and clinical education is what lead her to make the career change to academia.

Holly’s favorite pastimes are playing tennis, watching her daughter dance, and watching her son play baseball.


Kathleen Ganley
Program Director


Kathleen Ganley, PhD, PT Associate Professor, Director of the Physical Therapy Program at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Professional Interests:

Dr. Ganley has over 20 years of clinical experience primarily in the areas of adult and pediatric neurologic rehabilitation. Current teaching responsibilities include: neuroscience, normal and abnormal gait, and pediatric rehabilitation. Current research interests include the sensorimotor profile of children with cerebral palsy across levels of function. Dr. Ganley is core faculty on The University of Arizona LEND (AZLEND) Maternal and Child Health Training Program (http://azlend.peds.arizona.edu), and a volunteer physical therapist at The Painted Turtle Camp (http://www.thepaintedturtle.org/).


  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2004-2006. .Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Harrington Center for Bioengineering
  • University of California, San Francisco CA, 2003. Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience.
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1997-2003. Doctor of Philosophy, Biokinesiology, 2003.
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1994-1996. Master of Arts, Physical Education, 1996.
  • Northern Arizona University; Flagstaff, Arizona, 1984-1988. Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, 1988.

Select Publications:

  • Ganley KJ, Paterno MV, Miles C, Stout J, Brawner L, Girolami G, Warren M. Health related fitness in children and adults. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2011 Fall;23(3):208-220.
  • Ganley KJ, Stock A, Herman RM, Santello M, Willis WT. Fuel oxidation at the walk-to-run transition in humans. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 2011 May;60(5):609-16.
  • Downing AL, Ganley KJ, Fay DR, Abbas JJ. Temporal characteristics of lower extremity force generation in children with cerebral palsy. Muscle and Nerve 2009;39(6):800-809.
  • Ganley KJ, Herman RM, Willis WT. Muscle metabolism during overground walking in persons with post-stroke hemiparesis. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 2008;15(3): 218-226.
  • Fowler EG, Kolobe TH, Damiano DL, Thorpe DE, Morgan DW, et al. Promotion of physical fitness & prevention of secondary conditions for children with cerebral palsy: section on pediatrics research summit proceedings. Physical Therapy 2007;87(11): 1-11.
  • Ganley KJ, Powers CM. Intersegmental dynamics during the swing phase of gait: A comparison of knee kinetics between 7 year-old children and adults. Gait and Posture 2006;23(4): 499-504.
  • Ganley KJ, Willis WT, Carhart MR, He J, Herman RM. Epidural spinal cord stimulation improves locomotor performance in low ASIA C – wheelchair dependent spinal cord injured individuals: Insights from metabolic response. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 2005;11(2):50-63.
  • Huang H, Ingalls T, Olson L, Ganley KJ, Rikakis T, He J. Interactive multimodal biofeedback for task-oriented neural rehabilitation. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2005;3:2547-50.
  • Willis WT, Ganley KJ, Herman RM. Fuel oxidation during human walking. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 2005;54:793-799.
  • Ganley KJ, Powers CM. Gait kinematics and kinetics of 7 year-old children: A comparison to adults using age-specific anthropometric data. Gait and Posture 2005;21(2): 141-145.

La Ritchie 

Arron La Ritchie
Program Coordinator



Angela Merlo
Assistant Professor


Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, PhdAssistant Professor

Dr. Merlo graduated from the University of South Carolina with an interest in neurorehabilitation.  Her interests include intervention strategies for chronic neurologic conditions, including dosage and timing of therapeutic interventions, as well as patient/participant perceptions of intervention strategies.  Most recently Dr. Merlo has explored individual perceptions of the feasibility and benefits of participation in an intensive therapy for individuals with chronic stroke.  


  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  PhD in Exercise Science Emphasis: Motor Control and Rehabilitation.
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  DPT in Physical Therapy
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA. MS in Exercise Science Emphasis: Exercise Science and Health Promotion.
  • University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. BS in Physical Education


  • Fritz SL, Peters DM, Merlo AR and Donley J.  Active Video Gaming Effects on Balance in Individuals with Chronic Stroke: A Randomized Control Trial.  Submitted to Topics in Stroke Rehab, June 2012. In Review.
  • Merlo AR, Fritz SL, Jay M, McClenaghan B and Goodman A.  Participants’ perspectives on the feasibility of an intensive, task-specific intervention for chronic stroke: A qualitative analysis. Accepted to Physical Therapy, In Press.
  • Fritz SL, Merlo AR, Rivers ED, Peters D, et al. An intensive mobility intervention to improve gait, balance and mobility in individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: A pilot study of activity tolerance and benefits.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2011; 92(11): 1776-1784.
  • Frits SL, Merlo A, Rivers, ED, Brandenburg B, Sweet J, Donley J, Mathews H, deBode S, McClenghan B.  Intensive mobility training as an intervention for improving gait, balance and mobility in persons with chronic neurological conditions: A case series.  Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2011; 35(3): 141-7.
  • Fritz SL, Rivers ED, Merlo AM, Reed AD, Mathern GW and De Bode, S.  Intensive mobility training postcerebral hemispherectomy: early surgery shows best functional improvements. European Journal of Rehabilitation, 2011; 47.
  • Yancey,  AK, McCarthy, WJ, Taylor, WC, Merlo, A, Gewa, C, Weber, MD, Fielding, JE. 
The Los Angeles Lift Off: a sociocultural environmental change intervention to integrate physical activity into the workplace.Preventive medicine, 2004;38(6):848-56