Margie Roos, PT, DPT, PhD

Margie Roos

Margie Roos PT, DPT, PhD

Vice Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Professor of Physical Therapy


PhD, Biomechanics & Movement Science with concentration in Motor Control, University of Delaware

DPT, Physical Therapy, Drexel University

MS, Physical Therapy, University of the Sciences

BS, Physical Therapy, Quinnipiac University


Research Interests

Dr Roos continues to research activity levels in people post stroke and the factors that limit individuals from maximizing their functional activity including cognition, fatigue, depression, balance, strength, and endurance.


Dr. Margie Roos has been a faculty member at USciences for over 12 years. She teaches in the neuromuscular courses and brings her clinical experience of working with individuals with spinal cord injury, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke into the classroom.  Dr. Roos continues to work in the clinical setting with individuals with neurologic dysfunction.  Dr. Roos has an active research agenda and was recently awarded a Milton Lev Faculty Research Grant to investigate the impact of high intensity interval training performed as part of a circuit with cognitive retraining on brain derived neurotrophic factor, cognition, depression and functional activity.  Dr. Roos was also awarded a Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation Grant to study the impact of a low intensity exercise program with cognitive retraining on balance and activity in healthy older adults and individuals with stroke.  Dr. Roos’ dissertation focused on dynamic balance in people post stroke, the differences in walking activity in individuals post stroke in comparison to healthy older adults and the influence of dynamic balance on walking activity.

Dr. Roos’ Teaching Philosophy:

I believe that all students learn how to be excellent clinicians through a process of active learning, experiential learning and critical thinking.  My teaching philosophy is realized through unique student experiences.  Acting was a partner with students in their education, I inspire them to link previously taught concepts and apply the information in a case-based format with individuals with neurological dysfunction.  I assist students in developing a framework of critical thinking by guiding them through their process of identifying the issue(s), possible physical therapy interventions and probable patient responses to intervention choices.  I encourage students to compare and contrast different interventions and responses to identify the most excellent and efficient way of caring for the patient.  The teaching tools I have created model the appropriate behaviors and guide the students through complex thinking.  I enjoy the important role of challenging the student concept of the “THE answer: and stimulating them to identify factors that influence the achievement of personal goals.  The student is then able to analyze different aspects that become apparent during the evaluation and treatment of complex patients to broaden his/her thinking and provide excellent care.


Selected Scholarly Activity

Peer Reviewed Publications

Danks KA, Pohlig RT, Roos MA, Wright T, Reisman DS. The Relationship Between Walking Capacity, Biopsychosocial Factors, Self-Efficacy and Walking Activity in Individuals Post Stroke, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 2016 Oct;40(4):232-8.

Roos MA, Reisman DS, Hicks GE, Rose, WC, Rudolph KS. Development of the Modified Four Square Step Test and its Reliability and Validity in People Post Stroke.  Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 2016; 53(3), 403-412

Awad, LN, Reisman, DS Wright, TR, Roos MA, Binder-Macleod, SA. (2014) Maximum Walking Speed Is A Primary Determinant of Long Distance Walking Function After Stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 21(6), 502-509.

Danks, KA, Roos, MA, McCoy, D, Reisman DS.(2014) A step activity monitoring program improves real world walking activity post stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(26):2233-6.

Knarr B, Roos, MA, & Reisman, DS. (2013) Sampling frequency impacts the measurement of walking activity after stroke. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development 2013;50(8):1107–12

Roos MA, Rudolph KS, & Reisman DS. (2012). The structure of walking activity in people after stroke compared to older adults without disability: a cross-sectional study.  Physical Therapy, 92, 1141-1147.

Tyrell C, Roos M, Rudolph K, & Reisman D. (2011). The influence of systematic increases in treadmill walking speed on gait kinematics after stroke.  Physical Therapy 91, 392-40.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Roos, M: The Relationship between Cognition and Physical Activity in People with Stroke.  International Conference on Movement: Brain, Body & Cognition.  Boston, MA July, 2018.

Roos, MA; McVey, CV; Clark, A; Murphy, H; Vo, TT, Capers, D, Regan, L, Shvedov, E.  The Impact of Fatigue on Dual-Task Functioning in People with Stroke and Healthy Older Adults. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2018.

Roos, MA, Heys C, Wintringham, T, Pinckney A, Czastkiewicz S.  Determining Walking Activity in People With Stroke And Healthy Older Adults: A Comparison Of Moderate And High Intensity Walking Minutes. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2017.

Invited Presentations

Roos, M. Maximizing Functional Mobility through Cognitive Rehabilitation in People with Neurological Dysfunction, Manor Care Wilmington DE, March, 2019.

Roos, M., Thielman, G., Moelter, S: Maximizing Functional Mobility through Cognitive Rehabilitation in People with Neurological Dysfunction.  Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, October, 2018.

Roos, M. Organizing Patient Interventions to Maximize Activity and Participation in People with Stroke.  Lectures given the Home Care and Hospice Services at Penn Care at Home on May 5, 2017 and May 12, 2017.

Roos, M. Organizing Patient Interventions to Maximize Activity and Participation in People with Stroke. USciences DPT 10 year Celebration. 5 hour continuing education session, November 2016.

Roos, M. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation: Part I (April 28, 2015) & Part II (May 19, 2015) Maximizing Neuroplasticity & Motor Learning through Interventions.  Lectures given to the Neurologic Special Interest Group at Good Shepherd Penn Partners.

Roos, M. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.  Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, 3-hour Education Session Lancaster, Pennsylvania, October, 2014.

Contact Information

Office location: Glasser Hall, Room 105
Mailing address: Box #39
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-8676
Office Fax: 215-895-3121

m [dot] roos [at] usciences [dot] edu