Steven J. Stanhope
Professor - HNES
Health, Nutrition, & Exercise Sciences
211 McDowell Hall
Dr. Stanhope received his Ph.D. degree in 1985 from the University of Maryland with concentrations in Biomechanics, Human Anatomy and Exercise Physiology. Between 1985 and 2001, he developed and directed the Biomechanics Laboratory in the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Since 2001, Dr. Stanhope has served as the founding Director of the Physical Disabilities Branch at the NIH. Dr. Stanhope is internationally recognized for his ongoing contributions to the clinical movement analysis and rehabilitation research fields. His personal research interests include the development and implementation of novel biomechanically-based evaluation methods and novel clinical interventions. While Dr. Stanhope’s research and technology developments are centered around rehabilitation-focused movement analysis and computer modeling methodologies, his research activities range from the development of fundamental measurement and movement analysis methods to characterizing childhood obesity and the implementation of community-based adapted physical activity programs for the rehabilitation of individuals with chronic stroke conditions.
Dr. Stanhope has co-authored more than 50 published works and holds United States letters of patent. His scientific review appointments for the NIH have included the initial review group for the Medical Rehabilitation Research Subcommittee and the Multidisciplinary Special Emphasis Panel, Special Study Section-5-2. He has served as a reviewer of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) grants for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Stanhope has also served as a senior investigator on several NIH funded grants. Dr. Stanhope serves as a manuscript reviewer for several related biomechanics and rehabilitation publications.
He holds an adjunct faculty appointment in Biomedical Engineering at the Catholic University of America and in the Graduate Faculty of the University of Maryland Medical School. Dr. Stanhope has served as a senior mentor for graduate students at seven universities and in six disciplines (biomechanics and movement sciences, rehabilitation sciences, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, physics, and medicine). He is a founding member of both the SIAMOC and the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis (GCMA) Society. He has served as GCMAS society President, and also as a member of the Society’s Board of Directors for two terms. Dr. Stanhope also maintains memberships in the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB).