Research Faculty

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley PT, PhD, FAPTA

Director of Rehabilitation Science PhD Program Section Director of Research and Development for the PT Program, Professor
  • Physical Therapy (SOM)


Primary Phone:303-724-9170

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II South

13121 East 17th Avenue

Mail Stop C244

Room 3116

Aurora, CO 80045

  • Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program, Physical Therapy Program
  • Health Scientist, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, VA Eastern
    Colorado Healthcare System
  • Director, RESTORE Team

Teaching Responsibilities

DPTR 7112 Applied Exercise Science


Rehabilitation Science PhD, Primary Mentor
Andrew Kittelson (2011-2018)
Brian Loyd (2013-2017)
Jason Falvey (2014-2018) 
Allison Gustavson (2014-2019) 
Cherie LeDoux (2017-2021)
Julie Stutzbach (2018-2022)
Lauren Kinney (Hinrichs) (2019-present)
Michelle Rauzi (2019-present)
Jeremy Graber (2019-present) 

Clinical Science PhD, Primary Mentor
Michael Bade (2008-2012)
Dana Judd (2009-2014)
Joel Carmichael (2016-2021)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Primary Mentor
Abbey Thomas, PhD, ATC (2010-2012)
Joshua Winters, PhD (2012-2014)
Roger Paxton, PhD (2013-2017)
Victor Cheuy, PhD (2015-2018)
Jesse Christensen (2017-2019)
Jacob Capin (2019-2021)
Katie Butera (2020-2022)
Emma Beisheim-Ryan (2021-2023)
Alex Garbin (2021-present)
Laura Churchill (2021-present)
Janell Pisegna (2022-present)
Mattie Pontiff (2022-present)

Areas of Expertise

Geriatric rehabilitation

  • Total joint replacement
  • Medically complex
  • Telerehabilitation
  • High intensity rehabilitation
  • Personalized rehabilitation (e.g. predictive analytics)

Clinical trials and implementation science

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Florida, Gainesville, Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2005
University of Delaware, Newark, DE, PhD, in Biomechanics, 2002
University of Delaware, Newark, DE, MS, in Physical Therapy, 1998
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, BA in Biology, 1995

Licensure Information/Registration Number
Colorado #9104



American Physical Therapy Association Jack Walker Award for a clinical research publication in Physical Therapy for: Falvey J, Bade MJ, Forster JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Poor Recovery of Activities-of-Daily-Living Function Is Associated with Higher Rates of Postsurgical Hospitalization after Total Joint Arthroplasty, 2022.

Glen E. Gresham Visiting Professor in Rehabilitation Science, University of Buffalo, 2022.

Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker: Building a Clinical Research Program: The view is different from the inside, St. Louis University. 2021

APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow, 2020

Society of Critical Care Medicine Award Winner: Factors Associated With Home Health Rehabilitation Utilization Among Older ICU Survivors, 2020

University of Delaware Physical Therapy Alumni Award, 2020
APTA Rose Excellence in Research Award from the APTA Orthopaedics Section for the article Home-Health-Care Physical Therapy Improves Early Functional Recovery of Medicare Beneficiaries After Total Knee Arthroplasty, 2020

APTA Marion Williams Research Award, 2019

APTA Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, 2019

University of Colorado Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award, 2016

Outstanding Research Poster Award: Multi-Component Rehabilitation Following Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Judd D, Winters J, Dennis D, Miner T, Dayton M, Stevens-Lapsley JE, American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Section, 2015

APTA Geriatrics Section, Excellence in Research Award, 2013

APTA Jack Walker Award for a clinical research publication in Physical Therapy, 2013

APTA Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Faculty Member, 2011

Outstanding Research Mentor Award for the Clinical Science Program, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, 2009

Stackhouse SK, Stevens JE, Lee SK, Pearce KM, Snyder-Mackler L, Binder-Macleod SA. Maximum voluntary activation in nonfatigued and fatigued muscle of young and elderly individuals. Chattanooga Research Award for the best clinical research publication in Physical Therapy for 2001

APTA Viva J. Erickson/Promotion of Doctoral Studies II Scholarship Recipient, September 2001-May 2002

APTA Promotion of Doctoral Studies I Scholarship recipient, September 2000-May 2001
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia, 1995

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Recipient, University of Virginia, 1994

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