Sue Ann Sisto


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Sue Ann Sisto


Sue Ann Sisto


Research Topics

Rehabilitation research related to gait biomechanics across the lifespan, neuromodulation in spinal cord injury on sensory motor outcomes, recovery of locomotion in spinal cord injury, caregiver/care recipient relationships in the families that include individuals with in spinal cord injury, and effects of community camps on empowering people with spinal cord injury and impacting their physical/psychosocial functioning and quality of life.

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Sisto comes to UB from Stony Brook University, where she has served as professor of physical therapy since 2007. She also served as chair of the PhD program in health and rehabilitation science, for which she was director of the rehabilitation and movement sciences concentration.

In addition, she developed and directed the Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance (RRAMP) Laboratory in Stony Brook’s School of Health Technology and Management since 2009.

Sisto received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University, as well as both a master’s degree and PhD from New York University.

She has been a physical therapist for more than 35 years, specializing in pathokinesiology, the study of human movement as it relates to any abnormal condition affecting movement. Most recently, she has focused on recovery of walking and health outcomes after spinal cord injury.

Sisto’s work has focused on the evaluation of movement using 3-D movement analysis technology, electromyography, kinetic analysis and metabolic exercise capacity.

In 2012, she became the first physical therapist to be named a fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), which recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the field of medical rehabilitation, and she served as president of ACRM from 2013-15.


  • PhD, Physical Therapy, New York University (1996)
  • MA, Physical Therapy/Pathokinesiology, New York University (1985)
  • BS, Physical Therapy, St. Louis University (1979) 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Clinical Gait and Movement Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • American Paraplegia Society
  • American Spinal Injury Association
  • Society for Neuroscience