Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

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 8/15/2023

    Sara LK, Lewis CL. Rehabilitation Phases, Precautions, and Mobility Goals Following Total Hip Arthroplasty. HSS J. 2023 Nov; 19(4):494-500. PMID: 37937096.

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  • Published on 7/26/2023

    Grosklos M, Lewis CL, Ceballos E, Perry J, Di Stasi S. Females with hip-related pain demonstrate reduced kinetics at the hip and ankle during terminal stance of gait. Gait Posture. 2023 Sep; 105:99-103. PMID: 37515892.

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  • Published on 7/4/2023

    Sadeghian SM, Lewis CL, Shefelbine SJ. Can pelvic tilt cause cam morphology? A computational model of proximal femur development mechanobiology. J Biomech. 2023 Aug; 157:111707. PMID: 37441913.

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  • Published on 6/22/2023

    Lewis CL, Segal NA, Rabasa GV, LaValley MP, Williams GN, Nevitt MC, Lewis CE, Felson DT, Stefanik JJ. Hip Abductor Weakness and Its Association With New or Worsened Knee Pain: Data From the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2023 Nov; 75(11):2328-2335. PMID: 37221156.

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  • Published on 3/20/2023

    Graber KA, Halverstadt AL, Gill SV, Kulkarni VS, Lewis CL. The effect of trunk and shank position on the hip-to-knee moment ratio in a bilateral squat. Phys Ther Sport. 2023 May; 61:102-107. PMID: 37001335.

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  • Published on 3/3/2023

    Costello KE, Felson DT, Jafarzadeh SR, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Lewis CL, Kolachalama VB, Kumar D. Gait, physical activity and tibiofemoral cartilage damage: a longitudinal machine learning analysis in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Aug; 57(16):1018-1024. PMID: 36868795.

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  • Published on 1/30/2023

    Corrigan P, Felson DT, Lewis CL, Neogi T, LaValley MP, Gross KD, Nevitt MC, Lewis CE, Torner JC, Stefanik JJ. Relation of Temporal Asymmetry During Walking to Two-Year Knee Pain Outcomes in Those With Mild-to-Moderate Unilateral Knee Pain: An Exploratory Analysis From the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2023 Aug; 75(8):1735-1743. PMID: 36305013.

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  • Published on 10/29/2022

    Grosklos M, Lewis CL, Jochimsen K, Perry J, Ellis TJ, Vasileff WK, Elwood M, Di Stasi S. Females with hip-related pain display altered lower limb mechanics compared to their healthy counterparts in a drop jump task. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2022 Dec; 100:105812. PMID: 36332307.

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  • Published on 9/18/2022

    Kim D, Lewis CL, Silverman AK, Gill SV. Changes in dynamic balance control in adults with obesity across walking speeds. J Biomech. 2022 Nov; 144:111308. PMID: 36150320.

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  • 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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