The PhD in Movement Science offers the opportunity to study at the biological intersection of mechanics, energetics, and neural control systems. 


The Movement Science Program offers training to investigate and improve movement in people with chronic diseases such as stroke, diabetes, low back pain, Parkinson disease, hip disorders and obesity. Studies span the full spectrum of investigation levels, from fundamental discovery through clinical application.

Our students become part of the next generation of scientists improving human health through movement.  They go on to pursue postdoctoral fellowships, academic faculty positions, and careers in industry.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

The Movement Science Program is an interdisciplinary training experience, housed within the Program in Physical Therapy.  Our students, some with and some without clinical backgrounds, learn to be movement scientists in an energetic, dynamic, and collaborative environment. 

The Program is unique in being an integral part of one of the world’s largest biomedical research institutions.  Students and faculty collaborate with multiple departments within the School of Medicine, as well as with colleagues on the Danforth Campus in Biomedical Engineering, Brain and Psychological Sciences, Biology, and Social Work.  The environment at Washington University provides a strong infrastructure for translational and clinical research.  We utilize the expertise of outstanding researchers from diverse fields to create a world-class training experience and we take mentoring seriously.

Here at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine we are closely monitoring the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the situation continues to develop. Due to the way the virus has spread globally and within the U.S., the university has put new policies in place for the purpose of reducing the potential spread of Coronavirus.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine is temporarily suspending all external observer activities, including prospective student visits.  We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this poses to your travel plans.  We will be in touch once external observer activities are permitted to resume. During this time, if you would like to schedule a virtual visit with faculty or staff please email