M. Elaine Cress
M. Elaine Cress, PhD is a professor at the University of Georgia and a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and Gerontological Society of America. She has appoints in Dept. of Kinesiology, Dept of Health Promotion & Behavior and faculty of the Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Cress has worked in the field of gerontology for over 30 years. As an exercise physiologist she has received advanced degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She developed and validated the Continuous Scale Physical Functional Performance (CS-PFP) measure while in her post-doctoral work at the University of Washington. She received the 2008 Herbert deVries Award for Distinguished Research in the field of aging and gerontology from American Association of Physical Education Recreation and Dance. She is an interventionist and has conducted research to understand the impact of strength, endurance and power training on physical function in older adults. She has worked with people having chronic disease and those with minimal disease. Her work has provided a means to quantify the concept of physical reserve as it relates to functional ability and physical capacity. Her research is internationally respected. She has active research programs in Switzerland and in Italy and the CS-PFP is used in several European countries as well as Canada and the US. Dr. Cress has published forty peer review articles and six book chapters with over 2,500 citations of her work.
Biography Updated on 11 March 2010