Susan Kasser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Movement Science
Sue Kasser

Office: 306D Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-7742

Dr. Susan Kasser’s teaching and research within the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science centers around physical activity and exercise in clinical populations. Her scholarship focuses on identifying the underlying mechanisms of postural dyscontrol in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and evaluating exercise-based interventions aimed at mitigating balance impairment and reducing falls in those with the disease. Dr. Kasser also has extensive clinical experience. For the past 16 years, she has served as Director of MS IDEAL, a campus-based program offering tailored exercise and balance training programs for people with MS.


Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1997
M.S., University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 1984
B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1982

Courses Taught

EXMS 150 - Introduction to Exercise Science
EXMS 260 - Adapted Physical Activity
EXMS 263 - Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

Research Interests

Postural control and fall risk in adults with multiple sclerosis
Physical and psychological outcomes of exercise for individuals with multiple sclerosis
Physical activity and health in people with multiple sclerosis

Current projects include:

Selected Publications

Kasser SL, Jacobs JV, Ford M, Tourville TW. Effects of balance-specific exercises on balance, physical activity, and quality of life in adults with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation 2015, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1019008

Kasser SL, Jacobs JV. Understanding and treating balance impairment in multiple sclerosis. JCOM 2014;21(9):419-431.

Kasser SL, Jacobs JV, Littenberg B, Foley JT, Cardinal BJ, Maddalozzo GF. Exploring physical activity in women with multiple sclerosis: associations with fear of falling and underlying impairments. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2014;93:461-469. PMID: 24398582.

Padgett P, Kasser SL. Exercise for managing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Phys Ther J 2013;93:723-728.

Kasser SL, Rizzo T. An exploratory study of fitness practitioner intentions toward fitness programming for individuals with multiple sclerosis. Disabil Health J 2013;6:188-194. PMID: 23769477.

Kasser SL, Lytle RK. Inclusive physical activity: promoting health for a lifetime (2nd Ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2013.

Padgett PK, Jacobs JV, Kasser SL. Is the BESTest at its best? A suggested brief version based on inter-rater reliability, validity, internal consistency, and theoretical construct. Phys Ther J 2013;92(9):1197-1207.

Kasser SL, Kosma M. Health beliefs and physical activity behavior in adults with multiple sclerosis. Disabil Health J 2012;5(4):261-268.

Jacobs JV, Kasser SL. Balance impairment in people with multiple sclerosis: Preliminary evidence for the Balance Evaluation Systems Test. Gait Posture 2012;36(3):414-8.

Jacobs JV, Kasser SL. Effects of dual tasking on the postural performance of people with and without multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. J Neurol 2011;259(6):1166-1176. (Abstract)

Kasser SL, Jacobs JV, Foley JT, Cardinal BJ, Maddalozzo GF. A prospective evaluation of balance, gait, and strength to predict falling in women with multiple sclerosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011;92:1840-6. (Abstract)

Kasser SL. (2009). Exercising with multiple sclerosis: insights into meaning and motivation. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly 2009;26(3):274-289. (Abstract)

Kasser SL, Lytle R. Inclusive physical activity across the lifespan. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers, 2005.

Kasser SL, McCubbin JA, Hooker K. Variability in constraints and functional competence in adults with multiple sclerosis. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2003;82(7):517-525. (Abstract)

Kasser SL, Stuart ME. Psychological well-being and exercise behavior in adults with and without multiple sclerosis. Clin Kines 2001;55(4):81-86.

Kasser SL, Rose DJ, Clark S.  (1999). Balance training for adults with multiple sclerosis: multiple case studies. Neurol Report 1999;23(1):5-12.

Research Grants
Mentored Research Activities
Professional Affiliations

North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
Multiple Sclerosis Consortium
Greater New England Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society