Executive Committee

University of Delaware

Stuart Binder-Macleod, PhD

Stuart Binder-Macleod, PT, PhD, FAPTA is the Principal Investigator and Program Director of the DE-CTR ACCEL Program, as well as the Lead for KCA 2.0. Dr. Binder-Macleod is the Associate Deputy-Provost for Clinical and Translational Research and the Edward L. Ratledge Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. He is also the immediate past chair of the University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy Department. Dr. Binder-Macleod received a BS in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, M.M.Sc. in Physical Therapy from Emory University, and PhD in Physiology from the Medical College of Virginia.

He was the 2010 recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Research’s John H.P. Maley Award for Outstanding Contributions to Leadership in Research and is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. Dr. Binder-Macleod has enjoyed over 20 years of continuous NIH research funding and has served as chair and member of numerous NIH review panels. He is also the Program Director and Principal Investigator for an NIH funded T32 training program that is designed to train physical therapists to become scientists and leaders in rehabilitation-related research and the Program Director for an NIH-funded inter-institutional K12 training program for new investigators to acquire the research skills necessary to become independent investigators in rehabilitation approaches.


Thomas S. Buchanan, PhD

Thomas S. Buchanan, PhD is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware and Program Coordinator of the DE-CTR ACCEL Program. He is also the Principal Investigator for KCA 3.1. He received a BS from University of California, San Diego in Applied Mechanics & Engineering Sciences (Bioengineering) and a PhD in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University. After doing a post-doc at MIT in Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Dr. Buchanan was given a faculty appointment at Northwestern in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and had a lab at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. From there he moved to the University of Delaware’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and became Director of the Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research.

He also served as Academic Director of UD’s interdisciplinary Biomechanics & Movement Science graduate program. Buchanan served as Chairman of UD’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and as Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering before being appointed the inaugural Director of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute. Outside of UD, he has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics and as President of the American Society of Biomechanics. Buchanan holds the rank of Fellow in theAmerican College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the American Society of Biomechanics(ASB). Dr. Buchanan has been principal investigator of NIH research grants for over 25 years.

Nemours

Mary M. Lee, MD, FAAP

Mary M. Lee, MD, FAAP is Professor of Pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine, Jefferson University, Enterprise VP, Nemours Health Care, and Physician-in-Chief at Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children. Dr. Lee came from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she was the Stoddard Professor and Chair of Pediatrics and served as the pediatric lead for the UMass CTSA. Dr. Lee received her MD from the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is immediate past president of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, outgoing past president of the American Society of Andrology, and has been a member of the American Board of Pediatrics SubBoard in Pediatric Endocrinology. She served on the Scientific Advisory council for NIEHS and on several NIH study sections. Dr. Lee’s research in developmental reproductive endocrinology, type I diabetes mellitus, and childhood environmental health has been funded by NIH, the Hood Foundation, and the March of Dimes.

Mary M. Lee, MD, FAAP is Professor of Pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine, Jefferson University, Enterprise VP, Nemours Health Care, and Physician-in-Chief at Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children. Dr. Lee came from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she was the Stoddard Professor and Chair of Pediatrics and served as the pediatric lead for the UMass CTSA. Dr. Lee received her MD from the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is immediate past president of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, outgoing past president of the American Society of Andrology, and has been a member of the American Board of Pediatrics SubBoard in Pediatric Endocrinology. She served on the Scientific Advisory council for NIEHS and on several NIH study sections. Dr. Lee’s research in developmental reproductive endocrinology, type I diabetes mellitus, and childhood environmental health has been funded by NIH, the Hood Foundation, and the March of Dimes.

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Steven A. Kautz, PhD

Steven A. Kautz, PhD received his doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Davis, CA in 1992. He also received a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. He worked for 10 years as a research scientist at the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center in Palo Alto, CA. He then moved to the University of Florida in 2002, where he was first an Associate Professor, then a Full Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. In Gainesville, Dr. Katz also had a joint appointment at the VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center. Currently he is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Research and a Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds an appointment at the Charleston VA Medical Center. Dr. Kautz is a well-published expert in applying biomechanical and neurophysiological principles to understand the coordination of locomotion in persons with post-stroke hemiparesis. He has had NIH and/or VA funding for stroke rehabilitation research for the past 12 years and has been PI or Co-PI of 16 different awards totaling >$18 million. In addition, he has served as a mentor for more than $4 million dollars of awards to junior faculty. His research combines theoretical and experimental studies of the control of locomotion, functional biomechanics, and clinical neurorehabilitation with the goal of improving walking in persons with neurological disorders. Current ongoing research continues to build on this foundation and is expected to develop fundamental concepts related to walking performance, its measurement and its rehabilitation in the hemiparetic population.

Christiana Care Health System

Mia Papas, PhD

Mia Papas, PhD. Dr. Papas’ current research projects focus on understanding the determinants of obesity among vulnerable populations. She is actively engaged in research focused on the role of maternal dietary factors and food insecurity in Hispanic families, understanding obesity among adolescents with disabilities, and health risks associated with away from home food use. Dr. Papas has extensive experience in supporting multiple research projects representing various disciplines. After receiving her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow for the Division of Growth and Nutrition in the Pediatrics Department of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Through this experience she supported multiple projects during various phases including the development and implementation of these research projects as well as the analysis.

She has designed and analyzed data for randomized controlled trials and observational studies conducted within the Division. She also developed her own research investigating the impact of the built environment and fast food intake on obesity among adolescents residing in low-income rural and urban communities. This work has resulted in authorship of over 20 peer reviewed articles ranging from examinations of the built environment on adolescent overweight, investigations of growth rates among children who experienced early growth deficiency, dietary factors of inner-city adolescent mothers, fiber and colorectal cancer, and the influence of pain on adherence to mammography screening guidelines. Her expertise includes experimental and observational study designs, the assessment of validity and reliability of screening tools, sample size and statistical power, the analysis of longitudinal data, hierarchical linear modeling, the use of GIS in understanding the effect of place on health and health behaviors, factor analysis, survival analysis, and multivariate logistic and linear regression.

Delaware State University

Sangeeta Gupta MD MPH

Sangeeta Gupta, MD MPH is Associate Professor of Public Health at Delaware State University. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Gupta has served as a senior chronic disease epidemiologist in health departments. Dr. Gupta has been the Principal Investigator and co-investigator for projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to cancer, tick-borne diseases, HIV and Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program. She is interested in applying epidemiologic methods to address the influences of socioeconomic and place-based factors on chronic diseases. Her interest is in applying epidemiologic methods to address health disparities and inequities through analyzing and addressing social determinants of health. Dr. Gupta has experience in coordinating and conducting surveillance studies, program evaluations in low and middle income countries. Recent research includes work on the role of health literacy in managing the dual burden of infectious diseases and non communicable diseases (NCDs) in Ghana and Uganda. Dr. Gupta serves on several national committees and organizations including Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), American Public Health Association (APHA) and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD).

Stay Connected

Join the ACCEL newsletter and keep up to date with the latest news, events and funding opportunities!