Katie Butera

Katie Butera

Assistant Professor

210KK STAR Health Sciences Complex


  • 2011-Present; Physical Therapist, Florida (PT26553)
  • 2020-Present; Physical Therapist, Colorado (PTL.0017412)




University of Colorado 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship


University of Florida    

PhD in Rehabilitation Science


University of Florida

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Southern Illinois University

Bachelor of Science in Physiology


Southern Illinois University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The overarching goal of my lab is to conduct high-impact, translational clinical research to optimize health and functional outcomes for individuals with chronic pain and disability. Aims of this work include:

1) understanding the neural mechanisms underlying pain and movement interactions;

2) validating performance-based measures for use in pain populations;

3) developing and testing movement-based interventions to reduce pain and improve function; and

4) implementing effective pain rehabilitation approaches in real-world clinical settings. 

2020-Present, United States Association for the Study of Pain

  • Pain, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science Special Interest Group (serving as Co-Chair 2021-2023)

2016-Present, International Association for the Study of Pain

  • Pain, Mind, and Movement Special Interest Group

2010-Present, American Physical Therapy Association       

  • Academy of Physical Therapy Research
  • Biomechanics Special Interest Group (serving as Nominating Committee Member 2021-2024)
  • Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

2017-2019, American Pain Society