Katie Stevermer, Des Moines University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Catherine Stevermer, P.T., Ph.D., GCS

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Additional Roles
Physical Therapist (limited availability), Physical Therapy Clinic

515-271-1717 (Clinic Appointment)
515-271-1467 (Office Phone)

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Catherine Stevermer is an associate professor in the Des Moines University Department of Physical Therapy. With her experience in a variety of outpatient and inpatient care settings, her clinical emphasis is in geriatric orthopedics, working with older adults to maximize their daily functioning by reducing balance and gait issues, muscular weakness and deconditioning. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy and a certified exercise expert for aging adults through the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Her current research focuses on using biomechanical and clinical measures to quantify postural stability and to evaluate movement patterns during functional tasks. Dr. Stevermer completed her master of physical therapy degree at the University of Iowa in 1995. After practicing full-time as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedic and aquatics areas at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, she earned her Ph.D. in kinesiology at Iowa State University in 2010.

Area of Expertise
  • Geriatric Orthopedics
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Control
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Clinical Practice: Outpatient – Geriatrics, Fall Prevention
Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association, board member
  • International Society for Posture and Gait Research
Service Professional:

  • Higher Learning Commission – Peer Corps Reviewer
  • Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy – State of Iowa Advocate, Research Committee
  • APTA Section on Research – Awards Committee
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association – SW District Chair, Director
  • Reviewer – Gait & Posture; Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, Physiotherapy Theory & Practice


  • Department of PT Program Assessment Committee (Chair)
  • Research Program Mentor
  • Rank, Promotion and Tenure Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy Team
  • Assessment Advisory Committee
  • Student Learning Assessment Committee
  • Academic Logistics and Planning Team (Chair)
  • Educational Resources Committee
  • Faculty Leadership Council
  • Graduate Council (Chair)
  • College of Health Sciences Faculty Chair
  • College of Health Sciences Bylaws & Nominating Committee (Chair)


  • DMU Senior Health Fair
  • Back-to-School Physicals
  • Balance & Beyond events

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
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

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

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