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Seton Hall University

Doreen Stiskal, P.T., Ph.D.

Department Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy

As a member of the Seton Hall University community since 1996 and an alum (PhD, ‘03), I have seen the tremendous growth of the School of Health and Medical Sciences and its ability to graduate competent and caring practitioners. Currently I am the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy with a rank of Associate Professor. I also hold a faculty appointment in the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration of SHU as well as a voluntary faculty research associate position in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. As an academic here at SHU, I embrace the tenets of service leadership and the call to serve others.

During my academic career, teaching experiences include leading courses on anatomy & kinesiology, therapeutic exercise, research methods, professional development, and leadership. I have lectured extensively on topics concerning rheumatic disease and orthopedic dysfunction for persons of all ages. I continue to contribute as an exercise consultant for a national magazine on arthritis. Through my experiences in curriculum development, assessment, and instruction, I remain active in accreditation and other committees of the American Physical Therapy Association relating to the educational preparation of future physical therapy clinicians. I also serve in the role as a textbook, manuscript, and abstract reviewer.

My lines of research are on musculoskeletal dysfunction and joint disease across the life span, biomechanical issues of gait and posture, and educational outcomes. My work with doctoral dissertation and physical therapy students focuses on the analyses of gait and related movement patterns. Most recent projects include investigations regarding how dual task activities, neuromusculoskeletal disease or injury, and aging influence walking function. Previous studies have included evaluating walking patterns in adolescents with juvenile arthritis and evaluating improvements in pain as well as stiffness and function in adults with knee osteoarthritis. Some of this research has been supported by research grants from two leading pharmaceutical companies. My educational research relates to student learning using simulation and curricular design to meet institutional and professional missions.