Phyllis Clapis, PT, DHSc, MS, OCS

Professor of Physical Therapy


  • Doctor of Health Science, University of St. Augustine
  • Master’s Degree, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Quinnipiac University
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut

Certifications and Memberships

  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic and Education Sections


  • PTR 7131 Scientific Inquiry I
  • PTR 7150 Fundamentals of Patient Management I
  • PTR 7210 Musculoskeletal Patient Management I
  • PTR 7211 Musculoskeletal Patient Management II (Lab Instructor)
  • PTR 7660 Musculoskeletal Patient Management III

Research Interests

  • Orthopedic tests and measures
  • Low back pain interventions
  • Teaching and learning

Publications (past 10 years)

Chevan J, Clapis P. Management of Low Back Pain:  A Comparison of Approaches in Physical Therapy, Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett; 2011.

Clapis P. (Contributor) In: Rouzier P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, 3rd Edition. Amherst, MA: Sports Med Press; 2010.

Clapis P, Davis SM, & Davis RO. Reliability of inclinometer and goniometric measurements of hip flexor length using the Thomas test. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2008; 24(2): 1-7.

Clapis P. (Contributor) In: Clinical Reference Systems Sports Medicine Advisor Series [computer program]. Broomfield, CO: RelayHealth; 2001.1 –2016.1 versions.


Room: 218 Courniotes Hall

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