CPAA Director

Michael E. Rogers, Ph.D. earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in Ohio. He then went on to complete a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship with the National Research Council, working in the Human Effectiveness laboratory at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

He is a Professor, as well as the Department Chair for the Department of Human Performance Studies at Wichita State University (WSU). He teaches graduate courses such as Exercise Physiology, Applied Physiology, and Advanced Exercise Testing. He has extensive experience and expertise with older populations. His primary research interests concern the effects of balance and resistance training on muscle and bone health, fall prevention, and functional capacity in older adults.

Currently, he is conducting studies on the efficacy of community-based exercise programs in Wichita and Nagoya, Japan. He has received funding for his research from the National Research Council, American Federation for Aging Research, Thera-Band, and the State of Kansas. He has an impressive record of presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Rogers was one of six people appointed nationally to the Steering Committee for the American College of Sports Medicine Special Interest Group on Aging. Recently he was named to the Executive Committee of the International Society for Aging and Physical Activity. In addition he serves as the web site master for this international organization. He is also responsible for the formation of a sistership between Wichita State University and Nagoya University in Japan.