Michael Parker, PhD, PT, FACSM



Michael Parker received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/General Science (1973) and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (1974) from Western Illinois University. He also completed the required course work and clinical hours to complete the National Athletic Training Certification Exam and received his athletic training certification (ATC) in 1974. Dr. Parker continued his graduate education in 1974 at the University of Utah in medical physiology and exercise physiology and received a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology (1979). He then started a successful sports medicine rehabilitation service with a physical therapist at Monticello Big Lake Community Hospital in Monticello, Minnesota. In addition, to practicing as an athletic trainer and exercise physiologist, Dr. Parker presented peer-reviewed research at national meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine and published peer-reviewed research in both national and international journals. 

Dr. Parker returned to the University of Utah in 1982 to pursue his physical therapy degree and to teach and do research in the physical therapy program. He was given a faculty appointment as an assistant professor of physical therapy in 1983 and continued to teach and conduct research until 1984. Dr. Parker completed a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and passed his PT board exams in 1984. Because of his research contributions, Dr. Parker was promoted by the Board of Trustees to a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) in 1984. He returned to Minnesota in 1984 and continued his work in clinical research, publishing, presentations, physical therapy patient care, and practice management in both hospitals and private practice. In 1995, Dr. Parker began his career at the University of Mary, as the founding physical therapy program director (1995-July 2002), where most he now serves as the director of research and a faculty member. Dr. Parker has been actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Academy of Electrophysiology and Wound Management, Sports Physical Therapy Academy, the Physical Therapy Education Academy. He continues to actively edit and perform invited peer reviews for current research journals.

Courses Taught/Teaching Interests

  • Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Therapeutic exercise (peripheral joint mobilization, PNF, stretching, resistance training, etc.)
  • Research Design
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Statistical Analysis and Interpretation
  • Data Acquisition