Dr. McNulty received her PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, then pursued a research-intensive post-doctoral fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. She taught anatomy to professional veterinary students and maintained a research program in both orthopaedics and education at Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine before joining the Anatomy & Cell Biology faculty in early 2017. She currently teaches anatomy to various student cohorts, including graduate, allied health, and medical students, in addition to continuing her research in orthopaedics and education.
The McNulty Lab is involved in both educational and basic science research.
Educational research in the McNulty lab involves developing and evaluating techniques to improve learning of the anatomical sciences, most specifically gross anatomy, in professional curricula including veterinary medical, human medical, and allied health students. Current specific projects ask how all professional health students understand professional roles within the contexts of health care, identifying the impact of interprofessional education activities on students' knowledge of roles and professional identity formation, and how professional health curricula targeting different student populations can benefit from shared goals and methods.
Basic science research interests revolve around bone and joint pathology. The McNulty lab uses both advanced imaging (e.g. micro-computed tomography) and histological techniques to evaluate changes in bones and joints secondary to various diseases and treatments. Current work involves projects focused evaluating the impact of bisphosphonate administration on the equine skeleton.