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About Lisa Dutton, PT, PhD

Dutton joined St. Catherine University in 2008. During her tenure here, she has served in a variety of leadership roles, including department chair and program director for physical therapy, associate dean, and most currently as the dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.
In 2018, Dutton received the Stanford Award from the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, which recognizes authors of a paper containing the most influential educational ideas. The article, co-authored with Debra Sellheim, PhD, explored how students experience and cope with the differences between their curriculum and clinical practice. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Catherine University, Dutton served as the founding program director for the physical therapy programs at The University of Findlay and later as dean of the College of Health Professions. Dutton currently teaches content in the area of rehabilitation, neurologic physical therapy, and motor learning.
Dutton has practiced as a physical therapist in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient settings. In keeping with these interests, she has published and presented nationally on topics related to neurologic physical therapy and education.
Dutton earned her bachelor's degree in physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She received her master's in neurologic physical therapy from the Chicago Medical School, and a PhD in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.


2019 - Present Dean of Health Sciences, St. Catherine University Henrietta Schmoll School of Health
Professor, Physical Therapy, St. Catherine University Physical Therapy Department


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Elected Member, Nominating Committee, Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions
2019 - Present Interprofessional Education Committee, Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions
2019 - Present Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Allied Health
2019 - Present Board Member, Minnesota Catholic Health Association
2012 - Present Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Physical Therapy Education
1994 - Present Member, Academy of Physical Therapy Education
1992 - Present Member, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
1985 - Present Member, American Physical Therapy Association
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Honors and Awards

  • Stanford Award, Education Section - American Physical Therapy Association, 2018


2001 Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio ‐ Higher Education Administration
1993 MS, Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, Illinois ‐ Physical Therapy - Neurologic Specialty
1987 BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin ‐ Physical Therapy

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6020


Publications - Articles and Manuscripts (8)

Publications - Books, Chapters and Monographs (4)

Presentations (16)