Who is Irene Davis?

Irene S. Davis, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, is a Harvard Medical School Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the Spaulding National Running Center

Dr. Davis is an Emeritus Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, where she has worked for over 20 years. Her study focuses on the interaction between lower extremity anatomy, mechanics, and musculoskeletal damage. She has made significant contributions to the field of retraining incorrect gait patterns in both walking and running.  


Her research has been supported by the Department of Defense, the Army Research Office, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Davis has presented over 300 national and international speeches and produced over 110 articles. 

She is a member of the American Society of Biomechanics and its Past President. She is also a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  

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Inspiring Talks by Irene Davis


Notable quotes

  • “Calf raises, foot doming (check out ex online) start with walking and take it slow-good luck!”
  • “Join our growing USF team in sunny FL at the fastest rising univ in the US (US News). 2 postdoctoral fellowships are offered. DoD grant: landing impacts and injury.”
  • “Another USF class will commit to their profession of Physical Therapy today in their White Coat Ceremony.  Looking forward to these new colleagues and their contributions to our profession!”
  • “it’s hard to beat mother nature…”
  • “USF PT is on the rise!”
  • “Nice job addressing a very important population of runners!  We often see much core instability and poor hip mechanics in these runners!”
  • “Make America Fit Again – starts with our youth!”
  • Excited to announce that I am joining the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Morasani College of Medicine.
  • “What do you get when you put an astrophysicist, comic, sports broadcaster, best-selling author, and biomechanist on a zoom podcast?”
  • “Wonder if results would be different in fatigued conditions where a runner’s ability to attenuate impacts is reduced?”