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.
- PhD, Seton Hall University
- MS, Long Island University
- BS, Boston University
- Stiskal D, Repka K (2020). Using simulated patients to develop physical therapy student abilities in patients with integument issues. Accepted for poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association; February 2020; Denver, CO. Unpublished abstract (submitted to Academy of Physical Therapy Education).
- Stiskal D, Errico C, Gonzalez M, Kiernan M, Menendez J & Rebisz M (2019). Does smartphone use change gait parameters in healthy young adults? Poster presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Washington, DC, 1/2019. Unpublished abstract (submitted to Research Section).
- Marcoux BC, Stiskal D, Swisher LL, & Wise S (2018). CAPTE Response to Position Papers. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 32(2), 128-129.
- Stiskal DM (2018). Reflecting on new horizons: Perceptions of graduating DPT students. Conference and Workshop Proceedings; Praxis Program on the Advance Seminar on Mission, “Applying Lonergan: The Role of the Functional Specialties,” pp. 80-97; Trieste, Italy, July 22-29, 2017; SHU Institutional Repository (BePress).
- Rose-Wiles L, Glenn M, & Stiskal D (2017 with corrigendum, 2018). Enhancing information literacy using Bernard Lonergan's Generalized Empirical Method: A three-year case study in a first year biology course. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(6):495–508.
- Stiskal DM (2016). “Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Strengthening for the Rotator Cuff in the Throwing Athlete: A Developmental Approach”. Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey Annual Conference, Edison, NJ.
- Stitik T, Kim J, Stiskal D, Foye P, Nadler R, Wyss J, & Heslop S (2010). Osteoarthritis. In: Frontera WR (ed.) DeLisa’s Rehabilitation Medicine: Principles and Practice, 5th Edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; Philadelphia, PA.
- Stitik T, Blackin M, Stiskal D, Kim J, Foye P, Schoenherr L, Choi ES, Chen B, Saunders H, & Nadler S (2007). Efficacy and safety of Hyaluronan treatment in combination therapy with home exercise for knee osteoarthritis pain. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88(2):135-141.
- Fellowship, Praxis Program of the Advanced Seminar on Mission, The Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the Center for Catholic Studies, Bernard J. Lonergan Institute at Seton Hall University, 2015
- Fellowship, APTA Education Leadership Institute, 2013 Best Health Sciences Research Award
- Best Health Sciences Research Award, Seton Hall University, SHMS Research Colloquium, 5/2011
- Robert Salant Research Award, New York APTA, 10/2010
- Alpha Eta Allied Health Honor Society Induction, 5/2007
- Community Service Award, Honorable Mention, Russ Berrie Foundation, 2007
- Many Are One Alumni Service Award, University Advancement, Seton Hall University, 4/2005
- Community Service Award, American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey, 4/2002
- 1999 Volunteer Leadership Award, Volunteer Program, Arthritis Foundation, National Office, 11/2000
- Archbishop McCarrick Outstanding Educator Award, Seton Hall University, School of Graduate Medical Education, 6/1999