Angela.

 

Angela M Lis, PT, Ph.D, CEU
Faculty
Department of Physical Therapy

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Angela M Lis, PT, Ph.D, CEU

Faculty
Department of Physical Therapy

I have been a physical therapist since 1993. During my career, I have engaged in academic, research and clinical endeavors, all emphasizing musculoskeletal disorders.

As a physical therapist with a PhD in ergonomics and biomechanics, I have extensive experience as a teacher. As an instructor, I have taught courses in basic biomechanics and applied biomechanics at the Department of Physical Therapy, Corporación Universitaria Iberoamericana Bogota, Colombia, and at the Program in Ergonomics and Biomechanics, New York University, USA. I have been a clinical instructor at the Hospital la Samaritana, Bogota, Colombia, and at the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center, NYU Langone Medical Center. Serving as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students has allowed me to teach the utility of evidence-based clinical practice, critical thinking and the significance of patient-centered models and interdisciplinary care. I also have been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer on several topics, including patient-centered models, interdisciplinary care, disability prevention, the biopsychosocial model of health and illness, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

From 2004 to 2016, I worked as the Associate Clinical Director at the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. During those years, I worked closely with an interdisciplinary team of experts in the field of musculoskeletal disorders, pain and disability. This presented unique opportunities to participate in research and academic activities with special interest in biomechanical, psychological and social factors associated with the risk of disability and work-related musculoskeletal injuries. Maintaining a constant collaboration with academia has provided me with the opportunity to work with experts in the field of musculoskeletal disorders and spine pain and participate in important grants serving as Research Coordinator or Principal Investigator.

Over the years, I have acquired the organizational, research, teaching, leadership and communication skills required to contribute in an effective manner to the students’ learning experiences. A constant through my professional career has been teaching physical therapy students. I have always been committed to facilitating learning processes and stimulating critical thinking through practical experiences. My philosophy of teaching is student-centered. I promote active learning and encourage students to be partners in the learning process. I believe in motivating students and creating challenges that will foster their curiosity to learn. I believe that knowledge gained through active participation is knowledge that will remain with an individual. I want to continue contributing to my field through research and the training of future academic and clinical leaders in physical therapy who can drive the profession to the highest levels of service and research.