Susan Kasser, Ph.D.

Exercise and Movement Science Program Director,
Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Sue KasserOffice: 306D Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-7742

Dr. Susan Kasser is an associate professor within the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science where she teaches courses related to exercise and clinical populations. Her research is focused primarily upon postural control, balance and mobility in adults with multiple sclerosis. She is also interested in examining the physical and psychological correlates of exercise and understanding determinants of physical activity in this population. Sue has over 20 years of teaching experience within community and school-based programs and remains a strong advocate for including individuals with varying ability levels into all aspects of physical activity. She has presented on both national and international levels in the area of inclusive physical activity and has been successful at developing many campus-based and community-based exercise programs for adults with neuromuscular disability.


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

Padgett P, Kasser SL. (in press 2013) Exercise for managing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Physical Therapy Journal.

Kasser SL, Rizzo T. (in press 2013) An exploratory study of fitness practitioner intentions toward fitness programming for individuals with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Health Journal.

Padgett PK, Jacobs JV, Kasser SK. (2012) Is the BESTest at its best? A suggested brief version based on inter-rater reliability, validity, internal consistency, and theoretical construct. Physical Therapy Journal 92(9):1197-1207.

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

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

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

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

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

Kasser, S.L. & Lytle, R. (2005). Inclusive Physical Activity Across the Lifespan. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers.

Kasser, S.L., McCubbin, J.A. & Hooker, K. (2003). Variability in constraints and functional competence in adults with multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 82(7), 517-525. (Abstract)

Kasser, S.L.& Stuart. M.E. (2001). Psychological well-being and exercise behavior in adults with and without multiple sclerosis. Clinical Kinesiology, 55 (4), 81-86.

Kasser, S.L., Rose, D.J., & Clark, S.  (1999). Balance training for adults with multiple sclerosis: Multiple case studies. Neurology Report, 23(1), 5-12.