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Mark W. Rogers, PhD, PT

Academic Title:

Adjunct Professor

Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Secondary Appointment(s):

Neurology, Anatomy Neurobiology


Allied Heath Research Building

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-7720

Education and Training


  • 1973 BS in Physical Therapy - University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • 1977 MS in Exercise Science - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • 1985 PhD in Physical Education (Neuromuscular Therapeutics) - University of Iowa, Iowa City

Pre & Post-doctoral Training

  • 1984-1986 McGill University, Montreal, PQ, Canada


Dr. Rogers' clinical and research training, expertise, and experience in physical therapy and in conducting and leading research on the neuromotor and biomechanical control of balance and locomotion and their rehabilitation in healthy and clinical populations, are well-suited for participating as a Co-Investigator on the proposed physical therapy intervention trial directed at improving physical performance in pediatric cancer survivors . For over 25 years, he has been conducting fundamental and applied studies of balance and locomotion rehabilitation research where he has scientific experience as PI on current and past NIH funded R01 clinical trials and mechanistic studies, and other grants investigating neuromotor, biomechanical, and musculoskeletal mechanisms contributing to balance and mobility dysfunction, and their application to rehabilitation assessments and interventions. His broad experiences and expertise in these areas are well-aligned with the research themes of the current application particularly in conducting intervention trials, and in the interpretation
and therapeutic application of the studies’ findings.

Research/Clinical Keywords

neuromotor and biomechanical control of balance and locomotion

Highlighted Publications

Creath RA, Prettyman M, Shulman L, Hilliard M, Martinez K, Mackinnon CD, MilleML, Simuni T, Zhang J, Rogers MW. Self-triggered assistive stimulus training improves step initiation in persons with Parkinson's disease. J Neuroeng Rehabil 30;10:11, 2013.

Mille ML, Johnson-Hilliard M, Martinez KM, Zhang Y, Edwards BJ, Rogers MW. One step, two steps, three steps more … directional vulnerability to falls in community dwelling older people. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci May 17, 2013 [Epub ahead of print].

MacKinnon CDAllen DP, Shiratori T, Rogers MW. Early and unintentional release of planned motor actions during motor cortical preparation. PLoS One May 7;8(5):e63417, 2013.

Martinez KM, Mille ML, Zhang Y, Rogers MW. Stepping in Persons Post-Stroke: Comparison of Voluntary and Perturbation-Induced Responses. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 94(12):2425-32, 2013.

Young PM, Whittal J, Bair WN, Rogers MW. Leg preference associated with protective stepping responses in older adults. Clin Biomech 8:927-32, 2013.

Sturnieks DL, Menant J, Vanrenterghem J, Rogers MW, Fitzpatrick R, Lord SR. Force-controlled balance perturbations associated with falls in older people: a prospective cohort study. PLoS One Aug 9;8(8):e70981, 2013.

Inacio M, Ryan AS, Bair WN, Prettyman M, Beamer BA, Rogers MW. Gluteal muscle composition differentiates fallers from non-fallers in community dwelling older adults. BMC Geriatr 14(1):37, 2014 [Epub ahead of print].

Addison O, Young P, Inacio M, Bair WN, Prettyman MG, Beamer BA, Ryan AS, Rogers MW. Hip but not thigh intramuscular adipose tissue is associated with poor balance and increased temporal ait Variability in Older Adults. Curr Aging Sci 2014 Jul 6. [Epub ahead of print].

Mille ML, Simoneau M, Rogers MW. Postural dependence of human locomotion during gait initiation. J Neurophysiol 2014 Sep 17. pii: jn.00436.2014. [Epub ahead of print].

Sanders OP, Savin DN, Creath RA, Rogers MW. Protective balance and startle responses to sudden freefall in standing humans. Neurosci Lett 2015 Jan 23;586:8-12. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2014.11.034. Epub 2014 Nov 29].

Fujimoto M, Bair WN, Rogers MW. Center of pressure control for balance maintenance during lateral waist-pull perturbations in older adults. J Biomech 2015 Feb 13. pii: S0021-9290(15)00091-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.02.012. [Epub ahead of print].

Barton J, Roy, A, Sorkin JD, Rogers MW, Macko R. An engineering model of human balance control parwt 1: Biomechanical model. J Biomech Eng 2015 Sep 2. doi: 10.1115/1.4031486. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26328608.

Lin C-C, Creath, R, Rogers MW. Variability of anticipatory postural adjustments during gait initiation in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. J Neurol Phys Ther 2015 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26630325.

Westlake KP, Johnson BP, Creath RA, Neff RM, Rogers MW. Influence of non - spatial working memory demands on reach-grasp responses to loss of balance: Effects of age and fall risk. Gait Posture 2016 Mar;45:51-5. doi:
10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.01.007. Epub 2016 Jan 12. PMID: 26979883

Rogers MW, Mille M-L. Timing paradox of stepping and falls in ageing: Not so quick and quick(er) on the trigger. Invited Review. J Physiol 2016 Feb 25. doi: 10.1113/JP271167. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26915664

Bair WN, Prettyman MG, Beamer BA, Rogers MW. Kinematic and behavioral analyses of protective stepping strategies and risk for falls among community living older adults. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 2016 Jul;36:74-82. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2016.04.015. Epub 2016 Apr 29. PMID: 27228075

Shulman LM, Armstrong M, Ellis T, Gruber-Baldini A, Horak F, Nieuwboer A, Parashos S, Post B, Rogers M, Siderowf A, Goetz CG, Schrag A, Stebbins GT, Martinez-Martin P. Disability Rating Scales in Parkinson's Disease: Critique and Recommendations. Mov Disord. 2016 May 19. doi: 10.1002/mds.26649. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 27193358