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Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden, PhD, PT

Mark G. Bowden, Ph.D., PT
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Health Sciences and Research
77 President Street, MSC 700

Charleston, SC 29425

Office: C304

Phone: 843-792-5036
Fax: 843-792-1358


  • Ph.D. Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida (2009)  
  • MS Physical Therapy, Duke University (1995)          
  • BS Psychology, Duke University (1991)

Areas of Teaching

  • Neuromuscular I & II
  • Evidence Based Practive I, II, III, & IV
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
  • Research Seminar

Research Interests

  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Improving clinical decision making relative to locomotor interventions.
  • Designing interventions/combinations of therapies in response to improved understanding of underlying factors related to impaired walking.  
  • Translating biomechanical laboratory findings into non-laboratory assessments and clinical interventions.


  • 2014-2019, NIH 1P20GM109040-01, Excitatory and Inhibitory rTMS as Mechanistic Contributors to Walking Recovery. PI of sub-project
  • 2013-2018, VA RR&D N0787-W, Augmentation of Locomotor Adaptation Post-Stroke. Career Development Award-2, Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development, Principal Investigator.
  • 2010-2013, Spinal Cord Injury Research Foundation, Propulsive Training in Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury. Recruitment/Seed Funding (RFP 2010-A), Principal Investigator.
  • 2010-2012, VA RR&D B7177M, Evaluation of Walking Specific Motor Learning in Chronic Stroke.  Career Development Award-1, Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development, Principal Investigator.
  • 2010-2011, R24 HD050845 (PI: B.Bregman), Task-specific Propulsion Training after Neurological Injury.  Pilot project funded through NICHD/NINDS Capitol Area Rehabilitation Research Network, Principal Investigator of MUSC sub-contract.

Recent Publications

  • Balasubramanian CK, Chih-Ying L, Bowden MG, Duncan PW, Kautz SA, Belozo CA. Dimensionality and item-difficulty hierarchy of the lower-extremity Fugl-Meyer assessment in individuals with sub-acute and chronic stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. IN PRESS.
  • Charalambous, C. C., Bowden, M. G., & Adkins, D. L. (2015). Motor Cortex and Motor Cortical Interhemispheric Communication in Walking After Stroke: The Roles of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Animal Models in Our Current and Future Understanding. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2015 Apr 15 (epub ahead of print). doi: 10.1177/1545968315581418
  • DiPiro ND, Holthaus KD, Morgan PJ, Embry AE, Perry LA, Bowden MG, Gregory CM. Lower extremity strength is correlated with walking function after incomplete SCI. Topics in SCI Rehabilitation. 2015;21(2):133–139. doi: 10.1310/sci2102-133
  • Gregory CM, Embry A, Perry LA, Bowden MG. Quantifying human movement across the continuum of care: from lab to clinic to community. J Neuroscience Methods. 2014;231:18-21.
  • Dobkin B, Nadeau S, Behrman AL, Wu S, Rose D, Bowden MG, Studenski S, Lu X, Duncan PW. Baseline prediction of responders for interventions of the Locomotor Experience Applied Post Stroke trial. JRRD. 2014;51(1):39-50.
  • Charalambous CC, Bonilha HS, Kautz SA, Gregory CM, and Bowden MG. Rehabilitating Walking Speed Post-Stroke with Treadmill-based Interventions: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2013;27(8):709-721.
  • Behrman AL, Bowden MG, Rose DK. Clinical trials in Neurorehabilitation. Handbook Clin Neurol. 2013;110:61-6.
  • Routson RL, Clark DJ, Bowden MG, Kautz SA, Neptune RR. Module quality and walking performance pre and post locomotor rehabilitation in adults post-stroke. Gait & Posture. 2013;38:511–517.
  • Bowden MG, Behrman AL, Neptune RR, Gregory CM, Kautz SA. Locomotor rehabilitation of individuals with chronic stroke: difference between responders and non-responders. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013;94:856-62.
  • Bowden MG, Woodbury ML, Duncan PW. Promoting neuroplasticity and recovery after stroke: future directions for rehabilitation clinical trials. Current Opinion in Neurology. 2013;26(1):37-42.
  • Feng W, Bowden MG, Kautz SA. Transcranial direct current stimulation: a potential tool to enhance post-stroke recovery. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2013;20(1):68-77.

Recent Presentations

  • October 1, 2015. Development of a clinical assessment tool for kinetic gait outcomes. Presented at University of Delaware BIOMS Seminar, Newark, DE.
  • May 1, 2015. Strength training after stroke: make muscles, not excuses. Presented with Sara Kraft, DPT, NCS, ATP at the SCAPTA Spring Conference in Greenville, SC
  • November 15, 2013. Stroke Recovery Research Update. Presented at the Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Update, Charleston, SC.


  • Developing Scholar of the Year, MUSC College of Health Professions, 2015.
  • Elite Reviewer Award, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2014.
  • American Physical Therapy Association Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, 2013.

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