I have been a physical therapist since 1993. During my career, I have engaged in academic, research and clinical endeavors, all emphasizing musculoskeletal disorders and evidence-based practice. I joined Seton Hall University on 2016 as an Associate Professor for the Department of Physical Therapy. During the last years I have focused my teaching into facilitating processes of evidence-based practice, specifically translating knowledge into clinical practice. This has informed the development of the foundational kinesiology courses as well as the Habits of Mind courses of the Seton Hall’s PT program, specifically, Critical Thinking, Critical Inquiry I and II and the series of Capstone projects.
My experience as a teacher and clinical instructor started while teaching Basic Biomechanics and Applied Biomechanics at the Department of Physical Therapy, Corporación Universitaria Iberoamericana Bogota, Colombia (1996-98) and later at the Master Program in Ergonomics and Biomechanics at NYU (2000-07). As a physical therapist, most of my clinical practice has been in field of orthopedics, occupational MSK disorders and chronic pain population. From 2004 to 2016, I worked as the Associate Clinical Director at the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center, NYU Langone Medical Center. In that position, I centered my work on promoting the application of evidence-based practice, specifically patient centered models and the biopsychosocial model of pain and disability. Since early 2000, I have worked closely with an interdisciplinary team of experts in the field of MSK disorders, pain, and disability. This presented unique opportunities to participate in research and various academic activities with special interest in biomechanical, psychological, and social factors associated with the risk of disability and work-related MSK disorders. 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 the 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.
- PhD, Graduate Program in Ergonomics and Biomechanics; Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University; New York, USA
- Master of Arts in Ergonomics and Biomechanics; New York University; NY, USA
- Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy; Universidad del Rosario; Bogota, Colombia
- Weiser, S, Lis, A, Brennan, T, Hiebert, R, Ziemke, G, Campello, M. What Do Patients with Musculoskeletal Injuries Learn from Psychologically-informed Physical Therapy? Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2020; 34 (1): 86-92. doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000126
- Weiser S, Lis A, Ziemke G., Hiebert R, Faulkner D, Brennan, Iveson B, Campello M.Feasibility of Training Physical Therapists to Implement a Psychologically Informed Physical Therapy Program for Deployed U.S. Sailors and Marines with Musculoskeletal Injuries. Military Medicine. 2018; 183 Issue suppl_1, 1: 503–509.
- Wertli MM, Campello M, Held U, Lis A, Weiser S. Are Positive or Negative Pain Beliefs Stronger Predictors of Treatment Outcome in Patients with Low Back Pain? Findings from the OIOC Registry. The Spine Journal. 2017; 17 (10): S213. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2017.08.084
- Wertli MM, Held U, Lis A, Campello M, Weiser S. Both positive and negative beliefs are important in patients with spine pain: findings from the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center registry. Spine J. 2018;18(8):1463‐1474. doi:10.1016/j.spinee.2017.07.166
- Martire R, Lis A, Skillgate E, Rasmussne-Barr E. Psychometric properties of the Swedish version of the Outcome Satisfaction Questionnaire. Eur Spine J. 2016; 26: 316-323. doi: 10.1007/s00586-016-4876-7
- Carroll LJ, Lis A, Weiser S, Torti J. How well do you expect to recover and what does recovery mean, anyway? A qualitative study of expectations after a musculoskeletal injury. Phys Ther. 96(6):797-807, 2016.
- Lis A, Weiser S. Triaging For Treatment: A Conservative Care Approach to the Rehabilitation of Patients with Spine Pain in Thomas J. Errico, Gerard P. Varlotta, Thomas Cheriyan, (Eds) HJD/NYU Spinal Disorders and Treatment: The NYU-HJD Comprehensive Textbook. Chapter 26: 178-184. 2015.
- Lis A, DeCastro C. “Biomechanics of Tendons and Ligaments” In “Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System” Fourth Edition, Edited by Nordin. M., Frankel. V., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, New York, NY, U.S.A. Chapter 4: 102-127.2010.
- Beattie P, Nelson R, Lis A. “Spanish Language version of the MedRisk Instrument for Measuring Patient Satisfaction with Physical Therapy Care (MRPS): Preliminary validation”. Physical Therapy Journal. Vol 87 (6): 793-800.2007.
- Lis A, Black KM, Korn H, Nordin M. “Association between Sitting and Occupational Low Back Pain”. European Spine Journal. Vol 16 (2): 283-298, 2007.
- 2019-Current Spine Rehabilitation Committee. NYU Langone Medical Center. “Post- Training Assessment of Back Pain Beliefs and Behaviors of Physical Therapists in an Urban Health Care Setting” Co-Investigator.
- 2017- 2019 REACT Center Pilots Study Program. “Development of a Cognitive Reassurance Training Program on Physical Therapist and Patient Outcomes”. Co-Investigator.
- 2016-2018. Spine Rehabilitation Committee. NYU Langone Medical Center. Assessment of back-pain beliefs and practice preferences of physical therapists in an urban health care system. Co-Investigator.
- 2014-2018. CDMRP Department of Defense, United States of America. A pilot study to test the efficacy of psychologically-based physical therapy training for treating deployed U.S. Sailors and Marines with musculoskeletal injuries. Research Coordinator.
- 2012-2016. The Spine Society of Europe. Eurospine Task Force on Research. "How do patients form expectations of recovery after a musculoskeletal injury? A cross-cultural qualitative study."2016-Present. Spine Rehabilitation Committee. NYU Langone Medical Center. Assessment of back-pain beliefs and practice preferences of physical therapists in an urban health care system. Co-Investigator.
- 2014-Present. CDMRP Department of Defense, United States of America. A pilot study to test the efficacy of psychologically-based physical therapy training for treating deployed U.S. Sailors and Marines with musculoskeletal injuries. Research Coordinator.
- 2012-Present. The Spine Society of Europe. Eurospine Task Force on Research. "How do patients form expectations of recovery after a musculoskeletal injury? A cross-cultural qualitative study."
- 2010-2011. Universities Education and Research Center ERC Pilot Projects. "Impact of patient expectations on the outcome of musculoskeletal injuries." Research Coordinator.
- 2009-2010. Partners Against Pain Award. American Osteopathic Foundation. The Back to Work program. A Database Development. Research Coordinator.
- 2005-2006. Universities Education and Research Center ERC Pilot Projects. Internal consistency and criterion validity of the "Outcome Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire." Principal Investigator. PhD Thesis.
- 2004-2005. Universities Education and Research Center ERC Pilot Projects. Assessing the efficacy of a body safety program. Co-Investigator.
- 2001-2003. Universities Education and Research Center ERC Pilot Projects. Ergonomic information for task-specific training and individual retraining.