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

Department Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy

I have been a member of the Seton Hall University community since 1996, and currently am the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy with a rank as Associate Professor. I also hold a clinical faculty position in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.

My areas of teaching include courses relating to kinesiology, therapeutic exercise and research methods. I lecture extensively on topics concerning rheumatic disease and orthopedic dysfunction. Through my experiences in curriculum development, technology and instruction, I serve as an on-site team member for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

My research is in the area of musculoskeletal dysfunction and joint disease across the life span, biomechanical issues of gait and posture, and chronic disease and public health outcomes. Current projects include investigations regarding the influences of carrying backpacks on walking function. Previous studies have included evaluating walking patterns in adolescents with juvenile arthritis and evaluating improvements in pain, stiffness and function in adults with knee osteoarthritis. Some of this research has been supported by research grants from two leading pharmaceutical companies and research sub-grants from the Arthritis Foundation, New Jersey Chapter and National Office.