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Current Affiliation: Harvard University
Dr. Davis received a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She earned an MS in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University. She is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Delaware and is currently in the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School, and the founding Director of the Spaulding National Running Center.
Dr. Davis studies the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury in runners. Areas of focus have included mechanical factors in knee osteoarthritis, tibial stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and patellofemoral disorders. She has been investigating ways to retrain faulty gait patterns associated with these conditions with the use of real-time feedback. She has received funding from the DOD and the NIH to support her research. Dr. Davis has given over 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications. She is a Past-President of ASB, and a Fellow of the ACSM and the APTA. Irene lives in Boston with her husband and enjoys all things outdoors, spending time with her family and escaping to her cottage in the dunes of the Cape.