Cathy Larson, PT, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Education: University of Michigan, Ph.D., University of Alabama in Birmingham, MSPT, Michigan State University, BS

Research Interests:

  • Intense, activity-based PT for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • Use of the Ekso Inc. exoskeleton for ambulation for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • Augmented EMG biofeedback to optimize muscle activity for individuals with CVA and SCI and use of EMG biofeedback in the physical therapy classroom to optimize the effectiveness of patient exercise programs

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The variety, it is wonderful to get out of bed in the morning and want to go to work so that I can fulfill all of my roles/activities including instructor, mentor, administration, and researcher.

Who has had the greatest influence on your career?

I cannot really pick out just one person; my parents for all of their support and teaching me I can do anything if I try, maybe fail, and try again, co-workers throughout my academic and clinical career, and mentors throughout my research progress.


My new grandson, Isaac.

Current Projects

Fully engaged in all of the above research projects. Proud of the collaboration between the Center for spinal cord Injury Recovery at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Wayne State University, and U of M – Flint in the “Kinematic Adaptations during Walking using a Wearable, Bionic Exoskeleton in Healthy Individuals and Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury”.