Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Cara Lewis
635 Commonwealth Ave


Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor and director of the Human Adaptation Laboratory. She is also the Director of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences. The long-term goal of her research is to improve the lives of individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain and prevent or slow the progression of musculoskeletal damage through improved knowledge of joint function, leading to advanced, targeted intervention strategies. Dr. Lewis’ current focus is on treatment for hip pain, especially in adults with variant hip morphology, such as femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS) and acetabular dysplasia. In the Human Adaptation Laboratory, they are working to better understand the role of movement in the development of hip bone shape and hip pain. The knowledge gained from Dr. Lewis’ work has the potential to redirect treatment for people with FAIS and dysplasia by identifying pathology-specific movement patterns that could be targeted by non-invasive therapeutic interventions.

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, Rheumatology, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Member, Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University


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


  • Published on 4/6/2022

    Lewis CL, Uemura K, Atkins PR, Lenz AL, Fiorentino NM, Aoki SK, Anderson AE. Patients with cam-type femoroacetabular impingement demonstrate increased change in bone-to-bone distance during walking: A dual fluoroscopy study. J Orthop Res. 2023 Jan; 41(1):161-169. PMID: 35325481.

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  • Published on 3/12/2022

    Ismail KK, Lewis CL. Effect of simulated changes in pelvic tilt on hip joint forces. J Biomech. 2022 Apr; 135:111048. PMID: 35325751.

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  • Published on 2/25/2022

    Kim D, Lewis CL, Gill SV. The effect of obesity on whole-body angular momentum during steady-state walking. Gait Posture. 2022 May; 94:93-101. PMID: 35255384.

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  • Published on 2/4/2022

    Li JS, Tsai TY, Clancy MM, Lewis CL, Felson DT, Li G. Cartilage contact characteristics of the knee during gait in individuals with obesity. J Orthop Res. 2022 Nov; 40(11):2480-2487. PMID: 35076128.

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  • Published on 2/1/2022

    Khuu A, Loverro KL, Lewis CL. Muscle Activation During Single-Legged Squat Is Affected by Position of the Nonstance Limb. J Athl Train. 2022 Feb 01; 57(2):170-176. PMID: 33887761.

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  • Published on 11/29/2021

    Kim D, Lewis CL, Gill SV. Effects of obesity and foot arch height on gait mechanics: A cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2021; 16(11):e0260398. PMID: 34843563.

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  • Published on 10/12/2021

    Santos TRT, Ara├║jo VL, Khuu A, Lee S, Lewis CL, Souza TR, Holt KG, Fonseca ST. Effects of sex and walking speed on the dynamic stiffness of lower limb joints. J Biomech. 2021 12 02; 129:110803. PMID: 34688064.

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  • Published on 8/24/2021

    Lewis CL, Halverstadt AL, Graber KA, Perkins Z, Keiser E, Belcher H, Khuu A, Loverro KL. Individuals With Pre-arthritic Hip Pain Walk With Hip Motion Alterations Common in Individuals With Hip OA. Front Sports Act Living. 2021; 3:719097. PMID: 34505057.

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  • Published on 5/29/2021

    Graber KA, Loverro KL, Baldwin M, Nelson-Wong E, Tanor J, Lewis CL. Hip and Trunk Muscle Activity and Mechanics During Walking With and Without Unilateral Weight. J Appl Biomech. 2021 May 29; 37(4):351-358. PMID: 34051700.

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  • Published on 3/20/2021

    Costello KE, Felson DT, Neogi T, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Gross KD, Nevitt MC, Lewis CL, Kumar D. Ground reaction force patterns in knees with and without radiographic osteoarthritis and pain: descriptive analyses of a large cohort (the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study). Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2021 08; 29(8):1138-1146. PMID: 33757856.

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