Erika Lewis

Erika Lewis, Physical Therapy

Erika Lewis, Physical Therapy

Associate Professor
O’Leary 540L

Research Interest

Research Interests: emotional intelligence, musculoskeletal injury/ interventions involving the hand.  Hand and upper extremity injuries and therapeutic interventions, splinting, emotional intelligence, patient compliance, stenosing tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and grip strength topics.

Teaching Responsibilities: Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; Geriatric Physical Therapy, Clinical Reasoning II.  Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Program; Kinesiology.

Educational Background

Ed.D., Leadership and Schooling. University of Massachusetts Lowell
M.S., Physical Therapy. University of Massachusetts Lowell
B.S., Pre-Physical Therapy. University of Massachusetts Amherst


Dr. Erika Lewis completed her doctoral degree in 2004 in Leadership and Schooling from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Her dissertation was on the topic of “Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Intelligence and Clinical Performance of Physical Therapy Graduate Students”.  Her M.S. in Physical Therapy degree was also earned from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1992 and her undergraduate degree in Pre-Physical Therapy was an individually designed program combining Exercise Science, Psychology, and Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Lewis became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1998. She also earned a certification in exercise for the geriatric population entitled “Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult” in 2010.

Dr. Lewis's clinical experience has been specializing in Hand Therapy and the upper extremity since 1994. In addition she has experience in the orthopedic acute care, rehabilitation and outpatient settings as well as COPD in the rehab setting.  She has been an invited lecturer numerous times on the topic of Hand Therapy and related physical therapy interventions for medical groups and physical therapists in clinical practice.  She was also an invited lecturer on the topic of Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Lewis has publications in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of hand therapy and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Lewis is involved in the university community as a member of the Enrollment Issues Committee and the Faculty Senate.  She is a member of the APTA, the Education Section, Geriatric Section and Hand Rehab Section of the APTA, and the Massachusetts Central District Division of the APTA.  She is also a member of the Hand Therapy Special Interest Group, Baystate Chapter.

Research Interests and Collaborations