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Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden, PhD, PT

Mark G. Bowden, Ph.D., PT
Assistant Professor
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

  • Locomotor Rehabilitation
  • 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.

Selected Publications

  • Bowden MG, Balasubramanian CK, Neptune RR, Kautz SA. Anterior-Posterior Ground Reaction Forces as a Measure of Paretic Leg Contribution in Hemiparetic Walking.  Stroke. 2006 Mar;37(3):872-6.
  • Behrman AL, Bowden MG, Nair PM.  Neuroplasticity After Spinal Cord Injury and Training: An Emerging Paradigm Shift in Rehabilitation and Walking Recovery.  Physical Therapy.  2006 Oct;86(10):1406-25.
  • Balasubramanian CK, Bowden MG Neptune RR, Kautz SA.  Relationship between step length asymmetry and walking performance in subjects with chronic hemiparesis.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil.  2007 Jan;88(1):43-9.
  • Gregory CM, Bowden MG, Jayaraman A, Shah P, Behrman AL, Kautz SK, Vandenborne K. Resistance training and locomotor recovery after incomplete spinal cord injury: A case series.  Spinal Cord. 2007 Jul;45(7):522-30.
  • Behrman AL, Nair PM, Bowden MG, Dauser RC, Herget BR, Martin JB, Phadke CP, Reier PJ, Senesac C, Thompson FJ, Howland DR. Locomotor training restores walking in a non-ambulatory child with severe, chronic, cervical spinal cord injury. Physical Therapy. 2008 May;88(5):580-90.
  • Bowden MG, Balasubramanian CK, Behrman AL, Kautz SA.  Validation of a speed-based classification system using quantitative measures of walking performance post-stroke.  NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair.  2008 Nov-Dec;22(6):672-5.
  • Bowden MG, Hannold EM, Nair PM, Fuller LB, Behrman AL.  Beyond gait speed:  a multidimensional approach to locomotor rehabilitation outcomes.  J of Neurologic Phys Ther.  2008;32(3):129-138.
  • Bowden MG, Stokic DS.  Clinical and neurophysiological assessment of strength and spasticity during intrathecal baclofen titration in incomplete spinal cord injury: Single-subject design.  J Spinal Cord Med.  2009;32(2):183-90.
  • Bowden MG, Clark DJ, Kautz SA. Evaluation of abnormal synergy patterns post-stroke: Relationship of the Fugl Meyer assessment to hemiparetic locomotion.  Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2010, 24(4):328-37.


  • Behrman AL, Druin E, Bowden MG, Harkema SJ. Ambulation training after spinal cord injury. In Sisto S, Druin E, Sliminski MM eds. Spinal Cord Injuries:  Management and Rehabilitation. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:380-406.
  • Behrman AL, Bowden MG, Rose DK.  Clinical trials in neurorehabilitation. In Goode D and Barnes M eds. Neurorehabilitation. Elsevier; IN PRESS


  • 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.
  • 2010-2013, Spinal Cord Injury Research Foundation, Propulsive Training in Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury. Recruitment/Seed Funding (RFP 2010-A), Principal Investigator.

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