Diane Borello-France

Associate Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy

104 Rangos
Phone: 412.396.1833


Ph.D., Developmental and Movement Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1995
M.S., Clinical Teaching in Health Related Professions, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 1979
Bio and Expertise

Adult neurological rehabilitation
Urinary incontinence
Bowel dysfunction

Courses Taught

Clinical Neurologic Science I/Lab (PHYT 543)
Clinical Neurologic Science II/Lab (PHYT 544)
Clinical Neurologic Science III/Lab (PHYT 620)


Borello-France D. Management of Urinary Incontinence in Men and Women. In Geriatric Physical Therapy. Guccione AA, Wong RA, Avers D, eds. Mosby. 2011. Pp.382-394.

Borello-France D, Burgio KL, Goode PS, Markland AD, Kenton K, Balasubramanyam A, Stoddard AM for the Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network. Adherence to behavioral interventions for urge incontinence when combined with drug therapy: Adherence rates, barriers, and predictors. Phys Ther. 2010;90:1493-1501.

Borello-France DF, Downey PA, Zyczynski HM, Rause CR. Continence and quality of life outcomes 6 months following an intensive pelvic-floor muscle exercise program for female stress incontinence: a randomized trial comparing low-and high-frequency maintenance exercise. Phys Ther. 2008. 88(12):1545-53.

Burgio KL, Borello-France DF, Richter HE, FitzGerald MP, Whitehead W, Handa VL, Nygaard I, Fine P, Zyczynski H, Visco AG, Brown MB, Weber AM, for The Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Risk Factors for Fecal and Urinary Incontinence After Childbirth: The Childbirth and Pelvic Symptoms Study. Am J Gastroenterology.2007.102(9):1998-2004.

Borello-France DF, Handa V, Brown MB, Goode P, Kreder K, Scheuffele LL, Weber AM for the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Pelvic Floor Muscle Function in Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Phys Ther. 2007;87:399-407.

Borello-France D, Burgio KL, Richter HE, Zyczynski H, FitzGerald MP, Whitehead W, Fine P, Nygaard I, Handa VL, Visco AG, Weber AM, Brown MB for The Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Fecal and Urinary Incontinence in Primiparous Women: The Childbirth and Pelvic Symptoms Study. Obstet Gynecol. 2006;108:863-872.

Borello-France D, Zyczynski H, Downey P, Rause C, Wister J. The Effect of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Position on Continence and Quality of Life Outcomes in Women with Stress Urinary Incontinence. Physical Therapy. 2006;86:974-986.


University Scholar, University of Pittsburgh, 1984, 1985
Award for academic standing during pursuit of master's degree.

Doctoral Research Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy

Owerman Scholar Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
School of Education award for academic achievement during doctoral education.

Duquesne University, Rangos School of Health Sciences 2005 Dean's Award for Excellence in Scholarship

2006 Best Poster Award, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting, Scottsdale AZ


Principal Investigator: "The efficacy of a functionally based approach to treatment of stress incontinence". AREA Award, National Institute of Aging. Period of award: 7/1/99-6/30/05.

Co-Investigator from University of PIttsburgh Site (Halina Zyczynski, MD, Prinicipal Investigator : Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network (UITN). This multicenter clinical trials network is funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disorders. Period of award: 9/30/00-6/30/07.

Co-Investigator from University of Pittsburgh Site, (Halina Zyczynski MD, Prinicpal Investigator).: Clinical Trials Network for Female Pelvic Floor Disorders. This is a multicenter clinical trials network investigates female pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and fecal incontinence. This study network is funded by the National Institutes of
Child Health and Human Development. Period of award: 9/01/01-6/30/05.