Cara L. Lewis, PhD

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Cara Lewis
635 Commonwealth Ave


Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor and director of the Human Adaptation Laboratory. The goal of Dr. Lewis’s research is to further the understanding of motor adaptation and to develop interventions to reduce hip pain. Dr. Lewis is pursuing two lines of research. First, she is using a robotic hip exoskeleton to study the way people adapt to walking with assistance or resistance provided at the hip joint. Second, she is studying the way people walk to determine if people with hip pain walk differently from people without hip pain. People with hip pain may benefit from changing the way they walk to reduce the stress on the hip joint. Combining these two lines of research may lead to the effective use of robotics in gait rehabilitation for people with hip pain.

Dr. Lewis has been supported by the National Institutes of Health. She has published and presented her research nationally and internationally in biomechanics, physical therapy, and motor control forums.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Clinical Epi Research & Training, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Washington University in St. Louis, PhD
  • Washington University in St. Louis, MS
  • University of Notre Dame, BS


  • Published on 5/22/2018

    Lewis CL, Khuu A, Loverro KL. Gait Alterations in Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome Differ by Sex. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 May 22; 1-36. PMID: 29787694.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/6/2018

    Lewis CL, Loverro KL, Khuu A. Kinematic Differences During Single-Leg Step-Down Between Individuals With Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome and Individuals Without Hip Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Apr; 48(4):270-279. PMID: 29510652.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/1/2017

    Lewis CL, Laudicina NM, Khuu A, Loverro KL. The Human Pelvis: Variation in Structure and Function During Gait. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2017 Apr; 300(4):633-642. PMID: 28297184.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/24/2017

    Li JS, Tsai TY, Felson DT, Li G, Lewis CL. Six degree-of-freedom knee joint kinematics in obese individuals with knee pain during gait. PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0174663. PMID: 28339477.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/1/2017

    Felson DT, Niu J, Quinn EK, Neogi T, Lewis C, Lewis CE, Frey Law L, McCulloch C, Nevitt M, LaValley M. Multiple Nonspecific Sites of Joint Pain Outside the Knees Develop in Persons With Knee Pain. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 Feb; 69(2):335-342. PMID: 27589036.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2016

    Whittaker JL, Booysen N, de la Motte S, Dennett L, Lewis CL, Wilson D, McKay C, Warner M, Padua D, Emery CA, Stokes M. Predicting sport and occupational lower extremity injury risk through movement quality screening: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Apr; 51(7):580-585. PMID: 27935483.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Stracciolini A, Yen YM, d'Hemecourt PA, Lewis CL, Sugimoto D. Sex and growth effect on pediatric hip injuries presenting to sports medicine clinic. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):315-21. PMID: 27058819.

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  • Published on 6/1/2016

    Stefanik JJ, Gross KD, Guermazi A, Felson DT, Roemer FW, Niu J, Lynch JA, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Lewis CL. Relation of Step Length to Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Detected Structural Damage in the Patellofemoral Joint: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Jun; 68(6):776-83. PMID: 26413842.

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  • Published on 5/16/2016

    Gill SV, Ogamba M, Lewis CL. Effects of additional anterior body mass on gait. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 May 16; 16:109. PMID: 27185179.

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  • Published on 4/27/2016

    Dwyer MK, Lewis CL, Hanmer AW, McCarthy JC. Do Neuromuscular Alterations Exist for Patients With Acetabular Labral Tears During Function? Arthroscopy. 2016 Jun; 32(6):1045-52. PMID: 27129378.

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