Elizabeth Dean PhD PT


Dr. Elizabeth Dean is a Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada. Her academic and clinical career and experiences have spanned the “corners of the globe” with invitations to over 30 countries. Because ‘lifestyle-related conditions’ are pandemic globally, her research has increasingly focused on knowledge translation by health professionals and integrating knowledge of cultural diversity in promoting health and wellness with attention to culture as a means of positively influencing lifestyle and health behavior change. This includes exploiting non-pharmacologic interventions (healthy lifestyles including health education and exercise) as ‘first-line’ interventions to prevent, reverse as well as manage these chronic conditions; conditions that are associated with enormous human suffering and unsustainable societal cost. Related to this theme, she has convened three world summits with international teams. Professor Dean has over 150 publications and is co-editor and an author of ‘Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: Evidence to Practice’ now going into its 6th edition, and translated into Portuguese and Korean. Professor Dean has served as Cardiovascular and Respiratory Senior Therapist with the Kuwait Dalhousie Project in Kuwait and has served as a visiting professor with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She holds adjunct and guest professorships with the University of Iceland, Malardalen University in Sweden, and Manipal University in Bangalore, India, Her clinical practice focuses on people with complex co-morbid conditions.

Lynn Snyder-Mackler PhD PT


Title: Alumni Distinguished Professor
Francis Alison Professor

Contact Info: Physical Therapy, 540 South College Avenue; 302 530-5725; smack@udel.edu

Johns Hopkins University, Quantitative Studies, BA 1978
University of Pennsylvania, Physical Therapy, Cert. 1980
University of Pennsylvania, Organizational Dynamics, MS 1984 Boston University, Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Sc.D. 1990

Brief Biography:
Dr. Snyder-Mackler is an internationally recognized clinician and clinical researcher in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation. She is a Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist who maintains an active Sports Physical Therapy practice at the University of Delaware and serves as a rehabilitation consultant to collegiate, amateur and professional teams. She served as Head Athletic Trainer for the beach volleyball venue at the 1996 (Centennial) Olympic Games in Atlanta. She concentrates her clinical practice and research in the areas of knee and shoulder rehabilitation, and electrical stimulation of muscle. She has authored more than 200 research publications in the areas of knee rehabilitation and neuromuscular electrical stimulation and regularly speaks to national and international audiences on these topics. She was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2003 and Francis Alison Professor at University of Delaware in 2010. Her research has won several major awards helping patients and practitioners and answering critical questions in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation including the APTA’s Eugene Michels Award, Golden Pen Award, Marion Williams Award and Helen Hislop Award, the Orthopedic Section’s Rose Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Research 3 times, the Ron Peyton Award from the Sports Section and the John Maley Award from the Section on Research. Her international collaborative research on ACL injuries was awarded a prestigious NIH MERIT Award in 2013. She was named the American Physical Therapy Association’s Mary McMilllan Lecturer for 2015, the Association’s highest honor.


Sept 2012-December 2016 NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports

1/11 to 12/16 Faculty Athletics Representative and Chair, Faculty Board on Athletics

2006 to present Alumni Distinguished Professor, Department Physical Therapy (Joint appointments in Kinesiology & Applied Physiology and Biomedical Engineering)
2004 to 2009 Director, Biomechanics and Movement Sciences Graduate Program
1989 to 2006 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Department Physical Therapy, University of Delaware

1986 to 1989 Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston, MA
1984 to 1986 Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Temple University, College of Allied Health Professions, Philadelphia, PA