|Dr. Stephanie Studenski is a geriatrician and rheumatologist whose practice, teaching, and research focus on mobility, balance disorders, and falls in older adults. Through her research, she strives to understand balance and mobility problems that occur with obvious conditions such as stroke, as well as those of more insidious onset that may be related to subclinical losses in multiple organ systems.
Dr. Studenski has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veterans Affairs, and other sources for over 20 years and has published over 150 articles and book chapters. She has been active in the American Geriatric Society as chair of the Research Committee and member of the Board of Directors. She has served as chair of three NIH study sections. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, the Journal of Aging, Health and Nutrition, and is an associate editor for the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences.
Dr. Studenski is currently the principal investigator of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also principle investigator or co-principle investigator of grants related to the prognostic value of gait speed in older adults, the role of dopamine depletion in falls and balance disorders, a recently completed program project on cancer and aging, and several training grants.