Dr. Marcus is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and the Chief Wellness Officer for Health Sciences at the University of Utah. She has been a physical therapist for over 30 years, has a PhD in Exercise Science, and in 2013 served the University as Interim Dean of its College of Health in the Health Sciences. She is interested in the transformation of health care and of the responsibility that health care professionals have in helping to find solutions to the health and wellness challenges of our community. In her current role she is exploring the continuum of wellness and rehabilitation services that contribute to improved quality of life for healthy individuals and for those living with chronic health conditions. In collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Neurology and at the University of Kansas, Dr. Marcus is currently investigating the impact of exercise and physical activity on mobility and quality of life in individuals with the complications of diabetes. Other research interests include enhancing patient health outcomes by improving health care provider wellbeing and resilience. The National Institutes of Health as well as national and local foundations have funded her research.
In addition to serving the community as a board member of Get Healthy Utah, Dr. Marcus currently serves the University as the Director of the L.S. Skaggs Patient Wellness Center, and on the Graduate Medical Education Wellness Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run Utah, and a member of the Evidence-Based Practice committee of the national organization, Building Healthy Academic Communities. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Diabetes Association.