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Steve Fisher, PhD, PT

Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Texas Medical Branch

Phone: (409) 747-3575

Lead Mentors
G. Ostir, PhD
K. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Research Areas

Functional performance in older adults


  • 1996 University of Houston, Texas Pre Physical Therapy BS
  • 1999 Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, Texas Physical Therapy MS
  • 2008 University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas Rehabilitation Sciences PhD

Current Research Funding

R01 AG049611 (Volpi, Sub-PI) 08/15/16 – 05/31/21 Washington University, St. Louis (NIA/NIH). Combining Testosterone Therapy and Exercise to Improve Function Post Hip Fracture. Goal: Examine effects of testosterone therapy and exercise on function after hip fracture. Role: Co-Investigator & Physical Therapist

R01 AG049611 (Volpi) 08/15/16 – 05/31/21 National Institute on Aging, NIH. Identifying therapeutic targets of accelerated sarcopenia .Goal: Identify causes of accelerated sarcopenia and therapeutic measures to slow muscle loss as we age. Role: Co-Investigator & Physical Therapist

P30 AG024832 (Volpi) 06/15/05 – 04/30/20 National Institute on Aging, NIH. Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (Leader, Research Career Development Core). Goal: Develop and test interventions to reduce and prevent disability in older Americans related to the cell biology and physiology of muscle function (J. Goodwin PI 06/15/05-05/31/10). Role: Co-Investigator & Physical Therapist

Recent Publications

Clark K, Whalen Smith CN, Kohls L, Musabyemariya I, Kayonga Ntagungira E, Mann M, Fisher SR. A global health training model for teaching pediatric clinical decision making skills to Rwandan physical therapists: A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. 2018 Apr 2:1-13.

Fisher SR, Middleton A, Graham JE, Ottenbacher KJ. Same But Different: FIM Summary Scores May Mask Variability in Physical Functioning Profiles. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Feb 8. pii: S0003-9993(18)30090-X. [Epub ahead of print].

Deer RR, Goodlett SM, Fisher SR, Baillargeon J, Dickinson JM, Raji M, Volpi E. A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Interventions to Improve Functional Recovery After Hospitalization in Older Adults: Feasibility and Adherence. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2018 Jan 16;73(2):187-193. PMCID: PMC5861905.

Krishnan S, Pappadis MR, Weller SC, Fisher SR, Hay CC, Reistetter TA. Patient-centered mobility outcome preferences according to individuals with stroke and caregivers: a qualitative analysis. Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Jun;40(12):1401-1409. PMCID: PMC5608617.

Lewis ZH, Ottenbacher KJ, Fisher SR, Jennings K, Brown AF, Swartz MC, Martinez E, Lyons EJ. The feasibility and RE-AIM evaluation of the TAME health pilot study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 Aug 14;14(1):106. PMCID: PMC5556663.

Graham JE, Prvu Bettger J, Fisher SR, Karmarkar AM, Kumar A, Ottenbacher KJ. Duration to Admission and Hospital Transfers Affect Facility Rankings from the Postacute 30-Day Rehospitalization Quality Measure. Health Serv Res. 2017 Jun;52(3):1024-1039. PMCID: PMC5441495.

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