Mark D. Sleeper


Mark D. Sleeper


Research Topics

Functional assessment of athletic physical abilities, relationship between physical abilities and injury in gymnastics, and athletic injury and dance mechanics.

Contact Information

521 Kimball Tower

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6760

Fax: (716) 829-3217


Mark D. Sleeper, PT, MS, DPT, PhD, OCS, is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and clinical associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. 

Sleeper graduated from State University College of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in chemistry before receiving a master's degree in exercise physiology from Ball State University in Indiana. He then attended the University at Buffalo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy before attending Nova Southeastern University to earn both a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical therapy and a Clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy.  

Sleeper developed and managed a successful outpatient orthopaedic practice for a hospital corporation. He has taught at the college level for over 20 years and has specialized in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. In addition, he has owned and operated a running specialty store for seven years and has an extensive knowledge in running shoes and running mechanics.

Sleeper's research interests have centered on sport specific functional measurement, resulting in the development of women's and Men's Gymnastics Functional Measurement Tools. 

Education and Training

  • PhD, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
  • DPT, Nova Southeastern University 
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, Ball State University 
  • BS, Physical Therapy, State University of New York at Buffalo

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association and The American College of Sports Medicine