Rachel Deer, PhD Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

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Research Areas: Clinical trials of interventions (nutrition, exercise, testosterone) for acceleration of functional recovery from hospitalization; Physical functioning and sarcopenia in older adults; Prevalence of malnutrition and sarcopenia at hospital admission; Protein metabolism


  • BS 2006 The College of New Jersey, Biology
  • PhD 2013 Texas A & M University, Biomedical Sciences

Current Funding

Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
National Institute on Aging, NIH
P30 AG024832 
Role: Scholar (PI: Volpi)
2015 - 2020

Select Publications

  1. Reidy PT, Borack MS, Markofski MM, Dickinson JM, Fry CS, Deer RR, Volpi E, Rasmussen BB. Post-absorptive muscle protein turnover affects resistance training hypertrophy. Eur J Appl Physiol, 2017. PMID: 28280974.
  2. Reidy PT, Fry CS, Idbinigie S, Deer RR, Jennings K, Cope MB, Mukherjea R, Volpi E, Rasmussen BB. Protein Supplementation Does Not Affect Myogenic Adaptations to Resistance Training. Med Scie Sports Exerc, 2017. PMID: 28346813.
  3. Swartz MC, Lewis ZH, Lyons EJ, Jennings K, Middleton A, Deer RR, Arnold D, Dresser K, Ottenbacher KJ, Goodwin JS. Effect of Home and Community-Based Physical Activity Interventions on Physical Function among Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2017. PMID: 28427925.
  4. Deer RR., Goodlett SM, Fisher SR., Baillargeon J, Dickinson JM, Raji M, Volpi E. A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Intervetions to Improve Function Recovery After Hospitalization in Older Adults: Feasibility and Adherence, J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx111. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28591764
  5. Deer RR. and Volpi E. Protein intake and muscle function in older adults. Clinical Nutrition Current Opinion, 2015; 18(3):248-53. PMID: 25807346.
  6. Baillargeon J, Deer RR, Kuo YF, Zhang D, Goodwin JS, Volpi E. Androgen Therapy and Rehospitalization in Older Men with Testosterone Deficiency. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 2016 Apr 6. PMID: 27061765.
  7. Fisher SR, Graham JE, Ottenbacher KJ, Deer RR, Ostir, GV. Inpatient walking activity to predict readmission in older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2016. PMID: 27264549.