Research the Pilates Method
The PMA supports ongoing research as an integral part of the evolution and practice of the Pilates method. Sound research and evidence-based practice is necessary to ensure that Pilates is effective, efficient, and safe.

How to get involved?

Submit an Abstract

Interested in presenting your research at the next PMA conference? Download the documents to submit your abstract here.

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View Conference Abstracts

Look through our conference Abstract Library containing the Research Forum presentations from past PMA conferences.


The PMA's Research Committee
The Research Committee is a standing committee of the Pilates Method Alliance. Its members provide insight, guidance and expertise to staff on the conceptualization, development, and implementation of the PMA's multi-year research agenda. The committee works to identify critical issues in the changing Pilates environment and identifies research opportunities to develop and promote Pilates. The committee is focused on enhancing the Pilates profession through the contribution of high value, data-driven content to the industry. The committee works closely with staff in the areas of research and knowledge dissemination.

Research Committee Members
Chair: Sherri Betz, PT, DPT, GCS, NCPT
Vice-Chair: Karyn Staples, PT, PhD, OCS, NCPT
Secretary: Anne Bishop, EdM, BS, NCPT
Lise Stolze, MPT, DSc, NCPT
Craig Ruby, MPT, DEd, NCPT
Virginia Cowen, PhD, LMT, NCBTMB, NCPT
Tom Welsh, MS, PhD, MA
Rebecca Hess, PhD
Deborah Lessen, NCPT
PMA Research Committee Standing Rules