Fiss, Alyssa C. LaForme


Alyssa LaForme Fiss


Associate Professor and Director, Physical Therapy Research


Dr. Alyssa Fiss is an associate professor and Director of Physical Therapy Research. She was awarded her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and a certificate in Developmental Disabilities from the University of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University where she also completed a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Early Intervention.

Dr. Fiss holds Board Certification as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and has over 14 years of experience in clinical practice.

Her current teaching responsibilities include pediatric considerations in patient/ client management, pediatric service-learning, research methods and evidence based practice. As Director of Research, she is responsible for mentoring faculty and facilitating scholarship within the Department.

She has published and presented broadly in the areas of developmental disabilities and pediatric rehabilitation. Currently, Dr. Fiss is a member of the multisite, On Track research team determining developmental trajectories of primary and secondary impairments for children with cerebral palsy. She has been named as an International Collaborator of the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research based at McMaster University in Canada.

A member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Dr. Fiss serves as the Practice Chair for Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists. Her service to the profession led to her being named as an APTA Emerging Leader in 2011. Dr. Fiss also serves on the editorial board of the journal Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, and on the Board of Directors for FOCUS, a non-profit organization providing comfort, hope and fun to children with disabilities and their families.


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