Lora Packel PT, MSPT, PhD

Lora Packel

Lora Packel PT, MSPT, PhD

Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy


PhD Health Services with a specialization in Community Health Promotion, Walden University

BA Biology, University of Delaware

MS Physical Therapy, Boston University

Research Interests

  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Exercise in the cancer survivor
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Cancer related fatigue
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Professional Education


Dr. Packel is the primary professor for the following courses; Pathophysiology I, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy I, and Oncology Rehabilitation.  Her research interests include cardiac risk reduction, physical activity behaviors, cancer-related fatigue, and cancer rehabilitation.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Packel, L., Fang, C., Handorf, E., Rodoletz, M. (2017). A 12-Week Exercise and Stress management Pilot Program From Theory Through Implementation and Assessment. Rehabilitation Oncology 35(4), 172-80.

Packel, L, Klusaritz, H, Kearney, M, Hadley, PharmD, BCACP, DE, Gibbs, V, Lloyd Doherty, C, Poon, C. (2018). An Innovative Interprofessional Simulation: Preparing Students to Tackle the Challenge of Care Transitions. Health and Interprofessional Practice 3(3). Available at: https://doi.org/10.7710/2159-1253.1132

Packel, L., et al. (2019). Physical Activity Needs of Low-Income Cancer Patients and Caregivers. APTA Combined Sections Meeting Platform Presentation. Washington, DC.

Professional Information

Dr. Packel has been a physical therapist for 20 years. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, cancer rehabilitation, and interprofessional education.

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave., Office 103
Mailing address: Box 39
Office Phone: 215.596.8678
Office Fax: 215.895.3121

l [dot] packel [at] usciences [dot] edu