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Mark Peterson

Charles E. Lytle, Jr. Research Professor

BS, Kinesiology, University of Michigan
MS, Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University
PhD, Physical Activity, Nutrition & Wellness, Arizona State University
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Rehabilitation Science, University of Michigan
MS, Clinical Research Design & Biostatistics, University of Michigan
Fellowship, Public Health Policy, University of Michigan
Fellowship, Global Health Research, University of Michigan

Dr. Peterson’s research focuses on understanding factors that influence health and life expectancy in persons with disabilities. Research in his lab occurs within a multidisciplinary and translational space that promotes greater understanding of issues in public health, clinical rehabilitation, human performance, and physiology. His specific research interests have been devoted to physical activity epidemiology and behavioral interventions for the treatment/prevention of obesity and related cardiometabolic diseases, frailty, functional motor declines, and early mortality. This includes research efforts directed at understanding and identifying precision strategies to prevent metabolic dysregulation and secondary musculoskeletal pathology among children and adults with neuromuscular impairments as well as a variety of frailty syndromes, and research to better understand health disparities among individuals with physical disabilities from the context of access to preventive care and community wellness.


Interpretable machine learning to identify potentially preventable hospital readmissions, Pain phenotyping in cerebral palsy

University Affiliation(s)


Community and Professional Affiliation(s)

American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine | American College of Sports Medicine | Cerebral Palsy Foundation | International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Research Area(s)

Health services research


  • Co-investigator of: Early Stage Training in the Neurosciences
  • Principal investigator of: Obesity Misclassification and Cardiometabolic Risk Among Adults with Chronic Physical Disabilities
  • Principal investigator of: The Burden of Disease and Functional Limitation for Ethnically Diverse Older Adults in the United States: Disability-Adjusted Life Years
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