PhD in Movement Science

The Movement Science Program prepares students for productive research careers in a variety of settings, including academia.

Michael Mueller foot lab. PT


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

Students are highly productive during their doctoral training, typically publishing five to six manuscripts during an average of 4.5 years. Our students have gone on to pursue postdoctoral fellowships, entry level faculty positions, and careers in industry.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

While the Movement Science Program is housed within the Program in Physical Therapy, it is an interdisciplinary program open to trainees from PT and non-PT backgrounds alike. The Program is unique in being an integral part of one of the world’s largest biomedical research institutions.

Students collaborate with multiple departments in the Washington University School of Medicine, as well as with colleagues in biomedical engineering, psychology, radiology, orthopaedic surgery, and biology. The environment at the Washington University Medical Center provides a strong infrastructure for such collaboration.

We utilize the expertise of outstanding researchers from diverse fields to create a world-class training experience built on a core of biocontrol, biomechanics, and bioenergetics.

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