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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mary Frances Visser, Ph.D.

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mary visserAssociate Professor of Human Performance
University of Kansas

Dr. Mary Frances Visser received her doctorate in Exercise Physiology and Gerontology from the University of Kansas in 1994. She is an Associate Professor of Human Performance and member of the Gerontology Program Faculty Committee at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Dr. Visser has been conducting extensive research on anaerobic power and muscular strength in older adults. As a part of her research, Dr. Visser and her colleague, Professor Pamela Macfarlane of Northern Illinois University, invented a machine that can measure the amount of muscle strength an older person has. Measuring this will be helpful in developing physical training that could ultimately reduce falls. This machine would ultimately be helpful for physical and occupational therapists when working with older populations.