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Lisa Chiarello

Lisa Chiarello


Professor, Director PhD, DHSc

Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department

267.359.5532 P
267.359.5576 F
Three Parkway, Room 730

Dr. Chiarello is the Director of the PhD, DHSc and Pediatric Certificate Programs in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. She received her doctoral degree from Hahnemann University. 
Dr. Chiarello is a co-investigator for the Engagement in Pediatric Rehabilitation study, funded by CIHR, to develop reliable and valid measures of child and parent engagement in therapy sessions.  She is also a co-investigator for the On Track study, funded by CIHR and PCORI, to create developmental trajectories on balance, strength, range of motion, endurance, health conditions, and participation in self-care and recreational activities for children with cerebral palsy. Previously Dr. Chiarello was co-principal investigator on the PT COUNTS research study funded by the Institutes of Education Sciences to understand the association between physical therapy and student outcomes in school-based services. She was the principal investigator for Move & PLAY, funded by NIDR and CIHR, to identify the child, family, and service determinants of motor ability, self-care, and play for young children with cerebral palsy.

She is currently on the board of directors and co-vice president for Blossom Philadelphia, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.

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Pediatric physical therapy

Research Interests:

Dr. Chiarello conducts research, publishes, and presents nationally and internationally in the areas of community-based practice, family-centered care, and understanding participation outcomes for children with physical disabilities.

Professional Society:

Dr. Chiarello has served the APTA Section in Pediatrics as the Chair of Early Intervention Special Interest Group and Nominating and Practice Committees and as Region IV Director. She is currently on the board of directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.