Nadia F. Marconi

nadia marconi


Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 828.227.2288
Office Address: HHSB 236


  • Ph.D., Motor Control, State University of Campinas, Brazil, 2005.
  • M.S., Motor Control, State University of Campinas, Brazil, 2000.
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, Methodist University of Piracicaba, 1997.


Dr. Marconi joined the Department of Physical Therapy in fall 2016 as an associate professor in Clinical Biomechanics. Prior to this appointment, she was an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Concordia University of Wisconsin (2014). In Brazil, Dr. Marconi’s teaching career spanned thirteen years, and in 2012, she was approved and appointed by a National public contest to a Tenure Position at the prestigious University of Brasilia. Despite this achievement, Dr. Marconi made the decision to continue her career in the United States. Dr. Marconi’s line of research in Motor Control combines the 3D analysis of movements, electromyography, and the calculation of forces generated during human motions. In addition, Dr. Marconi has made numerous international presentations and has published many papers related to Motor Control.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Dr. Marconi teaches Clinical Biomechanics I (PT 823) and Clinical Biomechanics II (PT 824). She also advises DPT students in doctoral projects and clinical reasoning. Starting fall 2017, Dr. Marconi will be teaching Exercise Physiology (PT 831). Additionally, Dr. Marconi is a member of the faculty responsible for the Human Movement Science laboratory of the Physical Therapy Department.

Areas of Research Interest

Dr. Marconi is currently investigating the effect of elastic load on the kinematics and electromyography strategies used during the performance of multi-joint movements. She is also collaborating on a doctoral project with the purpose of developing an educational video on musculoskeletal risk factors, protective factors, and intervention designed for agricultural workers.

Recent Publications

  • da Silva USLG, Villagra HA, Olive LL, Marconi NF. EMG activity of upper limb on spinal cord injury individuals during whole-body vibration. Physiol Int, 2016:103(3):361–367. doi:10.1556/2060.103.2016.3.10.
  • Sacco ICN, Mori ETT, Queiroz C, Marconi N, Pereira ILR. Electromyographic assessment of trunk and shoulder muscles during pull-up exercise from Pilates method. Motriz. J Physic Educ, 2014;20(2):206-2012. doi:10.1590/S1980-65742014000200011.
  • Santos MJ, Soldado GCD, Marconi NF, Almeida GL. Muscular activation patterns in swimmers with asymptomatic shoulder joint instability. Hum Mov. 2013:14(1);1899-1955. doi:10.2478/humo-2013-0004.
  • Gerber SB, Costa RV, Grecco LAC, Passini H, Marconi NF, Oliveira CS. Interference of high-heeled shoes in static balance among young women. Hum Mov Sci. 2012:31(5);1247-52, 2012. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2012.02.005.
  • Dionisio VC, Marconi NF, Santos I, Almeida GL. Upward squatting in individuals with and without Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: a biomechanical study. J Strength Cond Res, 2011; 25(5):1437-46. doi:10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181d8587b.

Personal category

Dr. Marconi resides in Cullowhee. She and her family relocated from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Western North Carolina in June of 2016. She is the mother of Barbara and John, 14 and 7 years old respectively.  She feels fortunate to live close to the beauty and wonder of the Smoky Mountains.  

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