Dr. Ruth Maher

Ruth Maher

Dr. Maher received her BS in Exercise Science and her MPT from Georgia State University. She received her post professional clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Simmons College in Boston, MA and earned her PhD in Public Health Physiotherapy & Population Science from University College Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Maher is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in Women’s health and is a Board Certified Associate Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. She is also a graduate of the Janet G Travell MD Dry needling series and a certified ergonomic assessment specialist.

Dr. Maher was previously a faculty member of the University of North Georgia and Georgia State University. Her primary areas of interest are in pelvic floor dysfunction, primarily urinary incontinence and in myofascial pain and dysfunction. She also has an interest in the use of ultrasound imaging in physical therapy practice and research. She has presented nationally and internationally at several conferences including the International Continence Society Annual meeting, The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference, American Physical Therapy Association Conference, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Conference, Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Annual meeting, Grand Rounds at the Department of Urology at Emory University Hospital and was part of a US delegation of Physical Therapists from Georgia State University to lecture in China (2004). In October 2012 she was an invited lecturer at Liaocheng University in China where she presented her research regarding dry needling and myofascial pain in addition to the use of ultrasound imaging with shear wave elastography in the assessment of myofascial trigger points and other musculoskeletal tissue characteristics/morphology.

Dr. Maher is also a consultant to an international Bio-Medical company and has an international patent on a medical device for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. She currently volunteers as an Advanced Item Writer and has served as a member of the Item Bank Clean up committee for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). She is also the Item writer Coordinator for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Examination in women’s health.

Email: rmaher@su.edu  Office phone: 540-665-5522


Selected Publications and Presentations:

Maher, RM. Hayes, DM. Shinohara, M. Quantification of Dry Needling and Posture Effects on Myofascial Trigger Points Using Ultrasound Shear-Wave Elastography. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 May 14.

Maher, RM. Caulfield, B. A Novel Externally applied Neuromuscular Stimulator for the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women – A Pilot Study. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1403.2012.00509.x. [Epub ahead of print]

Maher RM, Hayes, DM Does Transvaginal Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Elicit a Pelvic Floor Muscle Contraction? – A Pilot Study Using Sonography in Healthy females. Submitted to Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, Volume 36, May/August 2012, Issue 2.

Maher RM, Arpin J, Kincaid M, Powe K, Staley B. 2011 The effects of Dry needling of Latent myofascial trigger points in the upper trapezius of healthy subjects. A Pilot study using sonography and transcutaneous pressure of oxygen. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2011;41(1): 

Maher RM, Welch JP, Carter C, Greene E, White K. The Effect of Imposed Pelvic Inclination Angle on Pelvic Floor Muscle Activity—A Pilot Study Using Ultrasound Imaging, Digital Inclinometry and Surface Electromyography. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy Vol (35), Issue 3, September/December 2011, p. 134-144.

 Maher RM, Giertz R, McClure W, Earle W, Morgan M, Welch JP. The Effect of Heel Height  on Pelvic Floor Muscle Activity: A Pilot Study Using 1-Inch and 3- Inch Heel Heights With Ultrasound Imaging, Surface Electromyography, and Digital Inclinometry. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy Vol (35) 3: September/December 2011 p 134 – 144.

 Maher RM, Crockett J, Kozel C, Landers E, Naik D, Vertucci J, Wilkes M. A comparison of two methods of neuromuscular electrical stimulation delivery on pelvic floor muscle contraction in healthy subjects. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, Vol (34): 1 Spring 2010.

 Maher RM, Crockett J, Kozel C, Landers E, Naik D, Vertucci J, Wilkes M.Does intravaginal neuromuscular electrical stimulation elicit a pelvic floor muscle contraction – A pilot study using sonography. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, Vol (34): 1 Spring 2010.

 Maher RM, Crowe LM, and Caulfield B. Comparison of Two Methods of Electrical Muscle Stimulation Training of Pelvic Floor Musculature in the treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy Vol (33): 1. Spring 2009.

 Maher RM, Crowe LM and Caulfiel, B. A Novel Externally applied Neuromuscular Stimulator for the treatment of Stress urinary incontinence – A Pilot Study. Journal of Neurourology and Urodynamics, Vol (28): 7 Sept 2009.

 Maher, RM. The Utilization of Portable Real Time Ultrasound Imaging in Wound Assessment –Physiotherapy Ireland – Journal of the Irish Society of Physiotherapists, 2008.

Maher RM, Palma SD., A Multi-modality approach in the treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence A Pilot Study. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy Vol (32): 1. Spring 2008.

Warren GL, Maher RM, Higbie, EJ. Temporal patterns of plantar pressures and lower leg muscle activity during walking: effect of speed. Gait and Posture. Feb;19(1):91-100. 2004.

Maher RM. Simple strategies can help reduce falls and liability in your facility. Healthcare Risk Management.. Oct: 26 (10): 109 – 113. 2004.