Mary Rodgers was one of the inaugural fellows of the ISB. Mary is George R. Hepburn Dynasplint Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS), at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also Senior Advisor for the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health (USA).
Dr. Rodgers earned her Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She then obtained a MS in Medical Allied Health also from the University of North Carolina. Then in 1985 she obtained her PhD in Biomechanics from the Pennsylvania State University. From Penn State she moved to the University of West Virginia, with a joint appointments in Physical Therapy and Orthopaedics. Her rehabilitation science research at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, spanned seven years. In 1994 she moved to the University of Maryland, and is a full professor and former departmental chair in the Department of PTRS. Mary is a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (2009), the American Society of Biomechanics (2012), and ISB (2015). She has served as an Associate Editor for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2003.
Mary’s research has focused on wheelchair propulsion biomechanics to understand and prevent overuse injury. More recently her scholarship has focused on technology development for rehabilitation, healthy independent living, and mobility. She serves as Director of the Pilot & Exploratory Studies Core for the University of Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center funded by the National Institute of Aging, NIH. This core provides start-up support for research proposals exploring mechanisms underlying the disability phenotype in older persons and the functional and clinical responses to exercise. As Senior Advisor in the Extramural Science Program at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, she facilitates support of technology development for rehabilitation, individuals with disability, and healthy independent living.
From 1997 to 2007 Mary was a member of the ISB Executive Council, and from 2003-2005 served as the President.