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Margaret Finley, PT, PhD

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Margaret Finley

PT, PhD

Associate Professor
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department

Margaret Finley, PT, PhD, is an associate professor in Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. She earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. Finley’s research has been supported by a VA Rehabilitation Research Service through a predoctoral fellowship, postdoctoral training (associate investigator) and subsequent mentored Career Development Award with the BVAMC Rehabilitation Research Service. She is currently the principal investigator on a multi-site Department of Defense-funded study. Finley teaches courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences programs. Her research focuses on the interaction of biological and psychosocial factors in the development and progression of musculoskeletal pain from acute to chronic state, and its impact of activity and participation.

Academic Distinctions

She is a standing member of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Function, Integration and Rehabilitation Sciences (FIRS) Subcommittee.

Professional Society

Finley is a member of member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Research, Orthopedics and Neurological section member), American College of Rehabilitation Medicine, American Society of Biomechanics and International Society of Biomechanics.

Selected Publications

Finley, M., Euiler, E., Trojian, T., Gracely, E., Schmidt-Read, M., Frye, S. K., Kallins, M., Summers, A., York, H. Geigle, P. R. (2020). Clinical characteristics of individuals with newly acquired spinal cord injury compared to uninjured peers. Spinal Cord Ser Cases 6, 68. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41394-020-0318-1

Finley, M. A., Euiler, E., Hiremath, S. V., Sarver, J. (2020). Movement coordination during humeral elevation in individuals with newly acquired spinal cord injury. Technical Note, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 36(5).

Canori, A., Amiri, A. M., Thapa-Chhetry, B., Finley, M. A., Schmidt-Read, M., Lamboy, M. R., Intille, S. S., Hiremath, S. V. (2020). Relationship between pain, fatigue, and physical activity levels during a technology-based physical activity intervention. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. ISSN: 1079-0268 (Print) 2045-7723 (Online) Journal homepage: https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/yscm20.

Finley, M. A. and Euiler, E.(2019). Association of psychosocial factors, musculoskeletal pain and activity in manual wheelchair users: A pilot study. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 43(4), 497–504.. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2019.1565717. [Epub ahead of print]

Finley M. A., Ebaugh, D., Trojian, T. (2018). Agreement of musculoskeletal ultrasound and clinical assessment of shoulder impairment in manual wheelchair users with various duration of spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(4): 615-622. doi:10.1016/j.ampr.2017.12.015

Grant participation:

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs- Spinal Cord Injury Research Program Investigator Initiated Research Award (DoD SCIRP W81XWH-17-1-0476) “Development of a Biopsychosocial Prospective Surveillance Model of Shoulder Pain in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury” Role: PI

Cell2Society Aging Research Network Graduate Student Pilot Funding (PI: Baehr, L) “Looking to the Future: Exploring Aging with Spinal Cord Injury” Role: Co-Investigator

College of Nursing and Health Professions Implementation Science Accelerator Grant “Engagement of stakeholder and community partners in a health and wellness program during community reintegration following Spinal Cord injury” Role: Principal Investigator

College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean’s Rapid Relevant response (R3) Grant (PI: Wenger, S.) “Interprofessional Chronic Pain Care: A Train the Trainer Program (3T)” Role; Co-investigator

Research Interests

Finley's research interest is the identification of secondary conditions in persons with chronic health conditions, impairments, activity and participation limitations. Her primary focus is biopsychosocial factors in the development and progression of musculoskeletal pain following spinal cord injury. Her research has strongly relied on analyses of human dynamics through clinical and biomechanical methods, impairment assessment and translating scientific innovation into clinical practice

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PhD, Physical Rehabilitation Science (Cognate: Biomechanics), 2003
University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

Master of Arts, Biomechanics, 1993
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Bachelor of Science - Physical Therapy, With Honors, 1987
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Bachelor of Science – Kinesiological Science, Summa Cum Laude, 1985
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland