2015-2016: Debbie Rose

Debbie Rose was named the 2015-2016 Pease Family Scholar by the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology. Rose is a professor of Kinesiology at California State University where she also directs the Center for Successful Aging.


Debbie Rose is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology as well as a fellow of the Research Consortium of AAPHERD and past Executive Board Member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She is also the past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. She received her MSc from the University of Oregon and PhD from Penn State University.

Debbie Rose directs the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton, where she is a professor of kinesiology. She is also a co director of CSU’s Fall Prevention Center of Excellence. Rose’s work focuses on balance and mobility in aging populations, and she is internationally recognized for her work in the area of fall risk reduction. She developed the program FallProof™, which the National Council on Aging recognized as a “Best Practice” program to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. The program is currently being used in numerous community-based settings and retirement communities throughout the United States.

Rose has served as a research consultant to several organizations and companies and has been invited to speak at international conferences, including the World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity. She is the author of numerous research publications and several book chapters on the subjects of fall risk reduction, motor control and learning, and balance and mobility disorders.


As the 2015-2016 Pease Family Scholar, Rose presented “Preventing Falls in Older Adults” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Her talk was free and open to the public.