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Lori S. Madiara, PT, DPT, MSHA

Assistant Professor; Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Chappuis Hall 16


Dr. Lori Madiara is the academic coordinator of clinical education and an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program since 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Stony Brook University in New York. Dr. Madiara has also earned a Master of Science degree in health administration from St. Joseph’s University and a transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University. 

Clinical Experience/Expertise

Dr. Madiara has over 35 years of clinical experience, working in various healthcare settings, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, home health care, long-term care, and outpatient orthopedics. Prior to joining DeSales University, Dr. Madiara was part of the health care management team at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, spent 10 years in private practice, and taught for 10 years in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Dr. Madiara is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor since 2005.

Teaching Responsibilities

Dr. Madiara’s primary role in the DPT program is that of academic coordinator of clinical education, with responsibility for the development, monitoring, and assessment of the clinical education portion of the DPT curriculum. She is also a co-instructor for PT 520 Foundations of Patient Care 1, PT 620 Foundations of Patient Care 2, PT 660 Clinical Reasoning 1, and a lecturer in several of the Musculoskeletal Differential Diagnosis and Intervention courses, PT 740 Special Populations, and PT 792 Promoting Health and Wellness.

Scholarship/Research Interests

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Madiara is a faculty mentor for student research projects. Current projects include research on various clinical education models for DPT education and use of pro bono clinic experiences to supplement full time clinical education rotations to best prepare students for current practice.


Dr. Madiara enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Her other passions include spending time in the outdoors, from the mountains to the beaches, enjoying hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and windsurfing. Dr. Madiara is an active member of the PPTA and current treasurer of the NEDPPTA.