Mark D. Peterson, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor
Medical SchoolPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Dr. Peterson’s research focuses on understanding factors that influence health and life expectancy in persons with disabilities. Research in his lab occurs within a multidisciplinary and translational space that promotes greater understanding of issues in public health, clinical rehabilitation, human performance, and physiology. His specific research interests have been devoted to physical activity epidemiology and behavioral interventions for the treatment/prevention of obesity and related cardiometabolic diseases, frailty, functional motor declines, and early mortality. This includes research efforts directed at understanding and identifying precision strategies to prevent metabolic dysregulation and secondary musculoskeletal pathology among children and adults with neuromuscular impairments as well as a variety of frailty syndromes, and research to better understand health disparities among individuals with physical disabilities from the context of access to preventive care and community wellness.

  • Ph.D., Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness, Arizona State University
  • M.S., Clinical Research Design and Biostatistics, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University
  • B.S., Kinesiology, University of Michigan

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