Amy McQuade, Carroll University faculty

Dr. Amy McQuade

Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Curriculum Coordinator 262.951.3040 Center for Graduate Studies LL18E


Physical Therapy (DPT)


  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Ph.D. in Physiology
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Physical Therapy
  • Michigan State University, B.S. in Physiology

Areas of Specialization

Cardiopulmonary Physiology, Acute Care Physical Therapy, Lymphedema Management

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

McQuade A, Sischo J, Green L. “Nursing and Physical Therapy Student Attitudes and Confidence Before and After an Interprofessional Educational Experience Involving Simulation.” The Second Interprofessional Simulation Conference: Simulation as a Tool to Promote Interprofessional Education and Practice, Atlanta, Georgia. November 14-15, 2017.

Huxford A, Kannal M, Kubisiak S, Patnode G, McQuade A. “The Effects Of External Ankle Bracing On Performance Measures In The Chronically Unstable Ankle: A Systematic Review.” American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference and Exposition, National Harbor, Maryland. June 3-6, 2015.

Fix A, Chiroff K, Rudawsky A, McQuade A. Barefoot vs. Shod Running Biomechanics: A Systematic Review. American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference and Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina. June 11-14, 2013.

Deprey SM, Mader M, McQuade A. Difference in Single‐Leg Static Balance Between Barefoot and Shod Conditions. American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference and Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina. June 11-14, 2013.

B. G. Kelso, A. McQuade, and T. Wakatsuki. ROCK Isoform Specific and Non-specific Regulation of Myofibroblast Phenotypes. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Hartford, CT. Oct 12-15, 2011.

Cayemberg AE and Wakatsuki T. The Effects of ROCK Isoform Knockdown on Fibroblast Contractility. The American Society for Cell Biology Meeting, 2009.

Marquez JP, Legant W, Lam V, Cayemberg A, Elson E, Wakatsuki T. High-throughput measurements of hydrogel tissue construct mechanics.Tissue Engineering 15(2):181-90, 2009.

Cayemberg AE and Wakatsuki T. The Role of the Rho Kinase Isoforms in Fibroblast Contractility. FASEB J. 1029.2, 2009.

Cayemberg AE and Wakatsuki T. Differential Roles of the Rho Kinase Isoforms in Regulating the Contractility of Fibroblast Engineered Tissues. 36th Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, 2009.

Cayemberg AE and Wakatsuki T. The Use of a Novel High-Throughput Measurement System to Study the Contractile Properties of Vascular Smooth Muscle. 8th World Congress for Microcirculation, 2007.

Cayemberg AE, Bravo M, Marquez JP, and Wakatsuki T. Study of Cross-talk in Signal Transduction Pathways Using a Novel High-Throughput Measurement System. FASEB J. 760.14, 2007.

Service to Carroll University and Profession

Carroll University

  • Academic Quality Committee
  • General & Cross Cultural Education Committee
  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Physical Therapy Club Advisor

Professional Service

  • Membership Committee of Midwest Chapter of ACSM

Honors and Awards


  • Professorial Assistantship, Michigan State University, 1995-1997

Grants Awarded

  • Carroll University Pioneer Scholars Grant, 2013
  • Faculty Development Grant, Carroll University, 2011
  • Honors College Tuition Grant, Michigan State University, 1995-1999

What is your teaching style?

I have a fairly relaxed teaching style as I view the students and I as partners in their education. It is my goal as a teacher to both challenge and support my students, helping them to gain a deeper understanding of the sciences but also encouraging them to take responsibility for their own education. The speed of scientific progress guarantees that there will always be more to learn, and being a good clinician or scientist is not just about being able to recite a list of facts, but about how to evaluate new information, ask good questions, think critically, analyze and integrate.

Why do you do what you do?

I have always loved learning new things and discovering, and I am genuinely excited by the scientific process. I was able to pursue my goal of higher education because of several teachers and mentors who stimulated my curiosity for science while simultaneously helping me to develop the skills necessary for success. The advances being made in science right now are truly amazing and I hope to bring both knowledge and excitement to the students I teach.

How do you make learning engaging?

I try to encourage students to appreciate that the decisions they make as professionals in the future will be guided by the knowledge and skills they are gaining now. I frequently utilize case studies and real life examples from my practice to help students see the clinical relevance of what they are learning.

What should students know about you?

When not at Carroll you will find me spending time with my husband Ryan, and twins Michael and Elizabeth. I love to read and participate in outdoor activities.

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