Shelly Lewis, PT, DPT

Shelly Lewis

Shelly Lewis PT, DPT

Director of Clinical Education

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy


DPT, Arcadia University

BS, MPT, University of Evansville


Research Interests

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with a focus on Clinical Education, Professionalism and Ethics


Dr. Lewis develops, coordinates and oversees the clinical experiences of physical therapy students throughout the professional phase of the physical therapy program as part of the clinical education team. Her primary teaching responsibilities are Medical Ethics and labs for Neuromuscular I. She also teaches classes on progressive neurologic disorders, such as ALS, and on topics related to physical therapy in the acute care setting, such as discharge planning. Shelly is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy and was awarded the 2018 Clinical Educator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Shelly is involved in many professional organizations, including leadership roles, such as serving as secretary for the Philadelphia Area Clinical Education consortium.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Manella K, Wilkinson T, Alhajeri S, Dunn J, Konecne J, Lewis M, Myers K. Staying on Task: Successful Strategies of the NCCE Task Force on Payment for Clinical Experience. Presentation at the 2019 Educational Leadership Conference, The Academy of Physical Therapy Education (APTE) and The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), Bellevue, Washington, October 2019.

Lewis, M. Beyond Bulletpoints: Maximizing student engagement and learning through slide design. Presentation at the 17th Annual Faculty Conference On Teaching Excellence, Temple University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Philadelphia, PA. Jan 2019

Lewis M, Folkins E. Grading of Professionalism on Clinical Experience after Implementation of a Professionalism Module. Poster at Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. Feb 2018

Lewis M. “Pro” Active Learning in large classes: Using Debate to Foster Critical Thinking and Communication. Poster at 16th Annual Conference on Teaching Excellence, Temple University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Philadelphia, PA. Jan 2018

Lewis M. Exploring the Influence of Clinical Experience on Students’ Prioritization of Core Values. Poster at Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, San Antonio, Texas. Feb 2017.

Lewis M, Folkins E, Ward K Change in Students' Prioritized Professional Values After an 8-Week Clinical Experience Poster Presentation at Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association: Anaheim, California. Feb 2016

Lewis M. Fostering Professionalism in Experiential Learning. Presentation at Lilly International Conference. Bethesda MD. May 29, 2015.

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
  • Northeast ALS Consortium member 
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor 
  • APTA, APTA Education Section, and PPTA member 
  • Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist  
  • Licensed physical therapist in NJ and PA

Professional Information

Dr. Shelly Lewis has worked in the acute care, rehab, outpatient, SNF/sub-acute and home care settings. She began her physical therapy career at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1997, where she still works as a per diem acute care physical therapist. Shelly is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and served as the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education at Pennsylvania Hospital for 13 years, coordinating up to 40 students a year for physical, occupational and speech therapy. Since 1999, Shelly has been involved in research, peer-reviewed publication, advocacy, educational offerings and volunteer work for the Philadelphia chapter of the ALS Association. She served as the sole PT at the multidisciplinary ALS Center at Pennsylvania Hospital for over a decade. Dr. Lewis continues to remain involved in volunteer and advocacy work for this organization.

Contact Information

Office location: Glasser Hall, Room 301D
Mailing address: Box #39
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-7088
Office Fax: 215-895-3121

m [dot] lewis [at] usciences [dot] edu