Katie Stevermer, PT, Ph.D., GCS

Katie Stevermer
Position(s)
Assistant Professor Doctor of Physical Therapy
Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy
Office Phone 515-271-1467
Email catherine.stevermer@dmu.edu
Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Masters of Physical Therapy, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Certifications
  • Geriatric Certified Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Physical Therapist, State of Iowa

Area of Expertise
  • geriatric orthopedics
  • biomechanics
  • motor control
  • clinical decision making
  • Clinical Practice: Mercy Medical Center (acute care, outpatient ortho, aquatics), Des Moines, IA
Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • International Society for Posture and Gait Research
  • American Society of Biomechanics
Service Professional:

  • Director for Southwest District, Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • State of Iowa Advocate, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Reviewer, Gait and Posture

University:

  • DMU Graduate Council, Chair
  • College of Health Sciences Bylaws & Nominating Committee, Chair
  • Department of Physical Therapy Performance Improvement Committee
  • DMU Research Program Mentor

Community:

  • JumpStart School Physicals, Des Moines, IA
  • Des Moines University Senior Health Fair, Des Moines, IA
  • DMU Girls in Science Day, Des Moines, IA
  • Mid-Iowa Career Explorers’ Program, Des Moines, IA

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Des Moines University, 2013
  • Graduate Research Award, ISU Department of Kinesiology, 2010

Dr. Stevermer’s research incorporates biomechanical and clinical measures to evaluate postural stability and movement strategies during functional activities in varied populations. Specific interests include stability assessment for individuals with musculoskeletal pathology, the analysis of directional changes during gait, and the comparison of movement strategies across age groups during sit-to-stand and stair descent.

Research Activities

Assessment of Turning during Ambulation on the GaitRite System®. Iowa Osteopathic Education & Research Grant. (2012-2013). Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hall M, Stevermer CA & Gillette JC. (2015). Muscle activity amplitudes and co-contraction during stair ambulation following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, 25(2): 298-304. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2015.01.007

Stevermer C. (2013). Interview with a Practicing Professional (audio). In S. Hoffman (Ed.) Introduction to Kinesiology 4th Ed. Web Study Guide. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, Inc.

Gillette JC, Stevermer CA, Miller RH, Edwards WB & Schwab CV. (2012). Lower extremity joint moments during carrying tasks in children. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 28(2): 156-164. http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/Sitename/Documents/DocumentItem/6_Gillette_JAB_156-164.pdf

Hall M, Stevermer CA & Gillette JC. (2012). Gait analysis post anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Knee osteoarthritis perspective. Gait & Posture, 36: 56-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.01.003

Gillette JC & Stevermer CA. (2012). The effects of symmetric and asymmetric foot placements on sit-to-stand joint moments. Gait & Posture, 35(1): 78-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.08.010

Gillette JC, Stevermer CA, Miller RH, Meardon SA & Schwab CV. (2010). The effects of age and type of carrying task on lower extremity kinematics. Ergonomics, 53(3): 355-364. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2832831/pdf/nihms162404.pdf

Gillette JC, Stevermer CA, Meardon SA, Derrick TR & Schwab CV. (2009). Upper extremity and lower back moments during carrying tasks in farm children. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 25(2): 149-155. http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/Sitename/Documents/DocumentItem/17039.pdf

Gillette JC, Stevermer CA, Quick NE & Abbas JJ. (2008). Alternative foot placements for individuals with spinal cord injuries standing with the assistance of functional neuromuscular stimulation. Gait & Posture, 27(2): 280-285. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2007.04.005

Scientific Presentations

Gillette JC, Hall M & Stevermer CA. (2014, July). Post-ACLR knee joint contact forces during stair negotiation. World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA. (poster)

Rindfleisch A, Stevermer CA & Mercuris K. (2014, February). Relationship between Timed Up and Go and Functional Ambulation Profile. APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. (poster).

Stevermer CA & Gillette JC. (2013, September). Postural stability during tandem stance. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Omaha, NE. (poster)

Gillette JC, Stevermer CA & Hall M. (2012, August). Movement strategy and arm use redistribute sit-to-stand joint moments. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Gainesville, FL. (podium)

Hall M, Stevermer CA & Gillette JC. (2012, July). Long-term neuromuscular adaptations during walking post-anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. International Society of Electrophysiology & Kinesiology Congress XIX. (podium)

Stevermer CA & Gillettte JC. (2012, June). Stability during sit-to-stand using different movement strategies. 20th International Congress of International Society of Posture & Gait Research. Trondheim, Norway. (poster)

Smith K, Katzer K & Stevermer CA. (2012, June). Physician Perception of Physical Therapy for Urological and Gynecological Disorder. APTA Annual Conference.

Gillette J, Stevermer C, & Hall M. (2011, August). Joint moments during stair descent: Step-by-step versus step-over step. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Long Beach, CA. (poster)

Hall M, Gillette JC, & Stevermer CA. (2011, August). Long-term changes in stair negotiation and walking post-ACL surgery. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Long Beach, CA. (poster)

Stevermer CA, Hall M, Stafford ED & Gillette JC. (2011, February). Stair descent patterns in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (poster).

Stevermer CA, Hall M & Gillette JC. (2010, August). Comparison of alternate stair descent patterns. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Providence, RI. (poster).

Hall M, Stevermer CA & Gillette JC. (2010, August). Frontal plane kinetics and EMG activity during stair ambulation. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Providence, RI.(poster).

Gillette JC & Stevermer CA. (2010, August). Foot placement and seat height effects on sit-to-stand joint moments. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Providence, RI. (poster).

Gillette JC, Stevermer CA, Miller RH, Edwards WB & Schwab CV. (2009, August). Lower extremity joint moments during carrying tasks in children. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, State College, PA. (poster)

Stevermer CA, Nelsen NL & Gillette JC. (2009, August). Varus knee torques in high-heeled stair descent. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, State College, PA. (poster).

Gillette JC, Stevermer CA, Miller RH & Schwab CV. (2008, June). Effects of asymmetric carrying tasks on lower extremity kinematics in farm children. National Institute for Farm Safety International Meeting Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (NIFS Paper No. 08-18)