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Elizabeth Boyer PhD
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Clinical Scientist, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Focus Area(s)

  • Cerebral Palsy
    Gait and Motion Analysis
  • Dr. Boyer received her BS, MS, and PhD in kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics and motor control from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa). She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in pathological gait. Dr. Boyer is currently a Clinical Scientist at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Univeristy of Minnesota - Twin Cities in the Orthopedic Surgery Dept. Her research primarily focuses on assessing sensorimotor impairments and gross motor functional outcomes in children and adults with cerebral palsy.

    Notable Honors and Awards

    Best Adult Paper Award AACPDM, sponsored by The Southern Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Rady Children’s Hospital for our study “Long-term outcomes of femoral derotation osteotomy in ambulatory individuals with cerebral palsy” (2020)

  • I believe meaningful clinical research is best accomplished by partnering with relevant stakeholders. This often includes different specialists who regularly care for patients, individuals with the medical condition of interest or their caregivers, and scientists. Each brings their own unique experiences and expertise, but also biases. Together, we can see the bigger picture, allowing us to ask better research questions, design better studies, and implement clinical changes more quickly.

  • Graduate Degree: 
    Iowa State University, Kinesiology. MS. | Iowa State University, Kinesiology. PhD.| Gillette Children's Post-doctoral Fellow

    • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (member)
    • Cerebral Palsy Research Network (investigator)
    • Center for Clinical Movement Science,  University of Minnesota (member).
  • Boyer, E. R., Stout, J. L., Laine, J. C., Gutknecht, S. M., De Oliveira, L. H. A., Munger, M. E., Schwartz, M. H., & Novacheck, T. F. (2018). Long-term outcomes of distal femoral extension osteotomy and patellar tendon advancement in individuals with cerebral palsy. JBJS, 100(1), 31-41.

    Boyer, E. R., & Patterson, A. (2018). Gait pathology subtypes are not associated with self-reported fall frequency in children with cerebral palsy. Gait & posture, 63, 189-194.

    Boyer, E. R., Palmer, M., Walt, K., Georgiadis, A. G., & Stout, J. L. (2022). Validation of the Gait Outcomes Assessment List questionnaire and caregiver priorities for individuals with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 64(3), 379-386.

    Find a list of Dr. Boyer's publications here

  • Research Areas of Interest

    • Long-term orthopedic outcomes in cerebral palsy
    • Pathological gait
    • Balance
    • Falls
    • Reliability


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