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Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Program Director; Core Faculty

Professor, Program Director

Associate Dean, Physical Therapy Education

(303) 724-9375

Professional Qualifications


Boston University, MS in Physical Therapy, 1980

Yale University, New Haven, CT, PhD in Microbiology, 1974

Purdue University, Wes Lafayette, IN, BS in Chemistry, 1968

Licensure Information/Registration Number

Colorado #6995

Curriculum Vitae

 Teaching Responsibilities

Summer Semester

DPTR 5003: Histology (2 credits); course coordinator and lecturer

Fall Semster

DPTR 8312: Patient Care Seminar II (2 credits)

DPTR 6502: Neuromuscular Conditions II, Lecturer (3 credits)

Spring Semester

DPTR 5611: Patient Care Seminar I, Co-Coordinator (2 credits)
DPTR 8211: Patient Care Seminar I (2 credits) 1

 Research and Scholarship Interests

Funded Activity

Hebert JR, Schenkman M (Co-PIs) National MS Society 10/01/12- 09/30/15 This randomized clinical trial is designed to examine the impact of vision and balance training on fatigue and postural control of individuals with multiple sclerosis($536,295.00 direct over three years).

Schenkman M. Fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease: The Contribution of Visual, Vestibular, and Oculomotor Deficits. Project Sparx ($10,000).  

Schenkman M, Corcos D (Co-PIs) R01 NS074343-01A1 12/1/2011 – 11/30/2015 Exploratory study of different doses of endurance exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease, This phase II randomized clinical trial is designed to determine parameters of exercise intensity that attenuate progression of symptoms of PD. Upon the completion of this study we will have defined the needed parameters for a phase III clinical trial.

Stevens-Lapsley J (PI) NIH R01-HD065900 0 7/1/2011-6/30/16 Progressive Rehabilitation for Total Knee Arthroplasty. The major goal of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a more intensive rehabilitation program compared to traditional rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty. Role: Co-I

Schenkman M (PI): NIH3 - R01 HD043770-05S2 (2010-2011) no cost extension.

Moss M (PI), Quon D, Nordon-Craft, A, Schenkman M. The diagnosis and treatment of critical care polyneuromyopathy. NIH.NRO1-1051-01A1, 2009-2014. (2.279 million direct over five years). Determine whether critical care illness can be identified early and determine the impact of an impact of intensive physical intervention for people with acute respiratory failure who have developed polyneuromyopathy.

Schenkman M (PI), Hebert J, Corboy J. The effects of vestibular rehabilitation on MS-related fatigue: randomized control trial. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, February 2008-December 31, 2009. ($43,774). RCT that examines the benefits of vestibular exercise for people with PD.

Schenkman M (PI), Baron A, Kohrt W, Kumar R, Schwartz R. Exercise, physical function, and Parkinson’s disease. NIH.HD43770, 2003-2008; no cost extension through 2011. ($1.125 million direct over five years). RCT that compares three exercise approaches for people with PD.


 Publications (within the last five years)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Schenkman M, Baron A, Hall DA, Schwartz R, Kohrt WM. Specificity of Exercise for People in Early and Mid-Stages of Parkinson’s Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Physical Therapy, In Press.

Gisbert R, Schenkman M. LEAP:Physical Intervention in Parkinson’s Disease.PTJ. Phys Ther 2015;95(3):299-305.

Nordon-Craft A, Quan D, Ridgeway K, Benson A, Moss M, Schenkman M. ICU-Acquired Weakness, A clinical Perspective, In Press: Phys Ther.

Ellis R, Schenkman M, Cress ME, Wood R. Exploring the relationship between physical activity and participation in older adults with Parkinson’s disease. Topics in Geriatrics Rehabilitation, Accepted for publication.

Ellis T, Schenkman M. The Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity in Patients with Parkinson Disease. Focus on Parkinsons Disease, Amsterdam 2014;24:21-25.

Sotille P, Nordon-Craft A, Malone D, Luby D, Schenkman M, Moss M .Physical Therapy Treatment of Patients in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit: A Description of Practice, Phys Ther, ePub Ahead of Print.

Christiansen CL, Davidson BS, Schenkman ML, Kohrt WM. Muscle co-activation and stride variability: implications for walking economy in people with Parkinson’s disease. PM&R in press.

Kluger BM, Brown RP, Aerts S, Schenkman M. Determinants of objectively measured physical functional performance in Parkinson’s disease. PM&R 2014;6:992-998.

Nordon-Craft A, Schenkman M, Edbrook L, Malone D, Moss M, Denehy L. The physical function intensive care test: implementation in survivors of critical illness. Phys Ther 2014;40:1862-1869.

Moore CG, Schenkman M, Kohrt WK, Delitto A, Hall DA Corcos D.Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise (SPARX): Translating high-intensity exercise from animals to humans. Contemporary Clinical Trials.available online: 14-JUN-2013 DOI information: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.06.002.

Schenkman M, Hall DA, Barón A, Schwartz RS, Mettler P, Kohrt WM Exercise for People in Early and Mid-Stages of Parkinson’s Disease: A 16-month Randomized Controlled Trial. Physical Therapy, 2012; 92:1395-1410.

Schenkman M, Hall DA, Barón A, Schwartz RS, Mettler P, Kohrt WM Exercise for People in Early and Mid-Stages of Parkinson’s Disease: A 16-month Randomized Controlled Trial. Physical Therapy, 2012; 92:1395-1410.

Fisher BA, Schenkman M. Functional recovery of a patient with anorexia nervosa: physical therapist management in the acute care hospital setting. Phys Ther. 2012; 92: 595-604.

Nordon-Craft A, Schenkman M, Ridgeway K, Benson A, Moss M. Physical Therapy Management and Patient Outcomes following ICU Acquired Weakness: A Case Series. JNPT Nordon-Craft A, Moss M, Quan D, Schenkman M. Intensive care unit-Acquired Weakness, Implications for physical therapist management. Phys Ther. 2012; 92: 1494-1506, 2011; 35: 133-140.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Balter JE, Wolfe P, Eckhoff DG, Schwartz RS, Schenkman M, Kohrt WM. Dose-Response Relationship of Quadriceps Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation with Strength Recovery after Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Physical Therapy. 2012; 92: 1187-96.

Stevens-Lapsley J, Kluger B, Schenkman M. Quadriceps muscle weakness, activation deficits, and fatigue with Parkinson’s disease. Neurorehabil and Neural Repair, 2011 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print].

Nordon-Craft A, Schenkman M, Ridgeway K, Benson A, Moss M. Physical Therapy Management and Patient Outcomes following ICU Acquired Weakness: A Case Series. JNPT 2011; 35:133-140.

Hebert J, Manago M, Corboy J, Schenkman M. The effects of vestibular rehabilitation on MS-related fatigue: a randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther. 2011;91:1166–1183.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Schenkman ML, Dayton MR. Comparison of self-reported Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) to objective measures of performance in patients after total knee arthroplasty. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Jun 2011; 3(6):541-9.

Schenkman M, Ellis T, Christiansen C, et al. Profile of Functional Limitations and Task Performance among People with Early and Mid-Stage Parkinson Disease. Phys Ther 2011;91:1339-1354.

Ene H, McRae C, Schenkman M. Attitudes of people with Parkinson disease toward exercise following participation in an exercise intervention study. JNPT, 35;34-40, 2011.

Schenkman M, McFann K, Barón, AE. “PROFILE PD”: Profile Of Function and Impairment Level Experience with PD. Clinimetric Properties of a Rating Scale for Physical Therapist Practice. JNPT 2010;34:182-192.

Morris ME, Martin CL, Schenkman M. Striding out with Parkinson disease: evidence based physical therapy for gait disorders. Phys Ther 2010;90:280-288.

Books and Book Chapters

Schenkman ML, Bowman JP, Gisbert RL, Butler RB. Clinical Neuroscience for Rehabilitation. Pearson, Boston, MA, 2013

Schenkman M. Current concepts in rehabilitation of people with Parkinson disease. In: McCulloch K, ed. Home Study Course, American Physical Therapy Association, 2011


 Honors and Awards

Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2008

Jack Walker Award for the Best Article on Clinical Practice published in Physical Therapy, 2007

Bob Doctor Service Award, Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, April, 2007

Research Award, Neurology Section, APTA, 2004

Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy, APTA, 2003

Golden Pen Award, APTA, 2003

MIT/MGH Career Development Award in Biomechanical Engineering, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 1989-1990


 Links of Interest