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Erika Lewis

Erika Lewis
Erika S LewisChair - Physical Therapy, Associate Professor
  • CollegeCollege of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentPhysical Therapy
  • Phone(978) 934-4405
  • EmailErika_Lewis@uml.edu

Research Interests

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.

Education

  • EDD: Leadership and Schooling, (2004), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Intelligence and Clinical Performance in Physical Therapy Students
  • MS: Physical Therapy, (1992), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
  • BS: Pre-Physical Therapy, (1987), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA

Awards and Honors

  • Finalist for Outstanding Scientific Research Poster Award (2011), Scholarship/Research - American Society of Hand Therapists
  • Outstanding Scientific Research Poster Award (2011), Scholarship/Research - American Society of Hand Therapists
  • Research Mentor Award (2011), Scholarship/Research - Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference
  • Certificate of Excellence" in recognition of excellence and dedication to teaching. (2010), Teaching - Student Government Association
  • Award of Excellence in Community Service (2008), Service, Community - President of the Board of Trustees of Meeting House at Stow
  • Faculty Recognition Award (2006), Teaching - National Student Athlete Day
  • Merrimac Valley AHEC HIV Caregivers Award (2001), Service, Community - Merrimac Valley AHEC
  • Medal of Recognition for Research (2000), Scholarship/Research - American Nurses Foundation
  • Eta Omega Chapter Research Award (1999), Scholarship/Research - Sigma Theta Tau
  • Outstanding Research Nurse Award (1999), Scholarship/Research - The Merrimac Valley Area Health Education Council
  • Teaching Award (1999), Teaching - UMASS Lowell Nursing Department
  • American Nurses Foundation Scholar (1998), Scholarship/Research - American Nurses Foundation

Publications

  • Lewis, E.S. (2010) "Finger circumference measurements: inter-and intra-rater reliability," Hand Therapy 15:3 pp. 69-72
  • Lewis, E.S., Fors, L., Tharion, W.J. (2010) "Interrater and intrarater reliability of finger goniometric measurements," The American Journal of Occupational Therapy 64:4 pp. 555-561

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • PI: Comparison of Figure-of-Eight Hand Measurements to Standard Volumetric Measurements and the Reliability within a Clinical Setting With Hand Injured Patients (2012), Grant - SHE Seed Grant Proposal
  • PI: A Randomized Controlled Study of Low Level Laser Treatment on Lateral Epicondylitis (2011), Grant - American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • PI:Fall Risk Self Assessment: How to help yourself and the ones you love (2011), Grant - Deshpande Foundation Campus Catalyst Competition
  • PI: Novel Material for Improved Outcomes with Custom Splints (2010), Grant - NIH R03 Small Research Grant
  • Co-Investigator: Strategies for Success in the Freshman Year: Improving Academic Performance and Student Retention in the Exercise Physiology Program (2009), Grant - Exploration in Teaching and Learning Grant
  • PI: Hands-On Health Fair (2008), Grant - SHE Creativity Grant
  • PI: Trigger Finger Treatment: An Outcome Study (2008), Grant - American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF)
  • PI: Trigger Finger Treatment: An Outcome Study (2008), Grant - SHE Seed Grant
  • Faculty Research Seed Grant (1995), Grant - UML
  • PI: Comparison of Figure-of-Eight Hand Measurements to Standard Volumetric Measurements and the Reliability within a Clinical Setting With Hand Injured Patients (2012), Grant - SHE Seed Grant Proposal
  • Co-Investigator: Echo 360 Lecture Program (2011), Grant - UML
  • PI: Graduate Nursing Education Training Grant for MS, DNP and PhD students (2011), Grant - Health Research Service Award
  • PI: Graduate Nurse Internship (2011), Grant - Occupational Safety and Health
  • Trigger Finger Treatment: An Outcomes Study (2008), Grant -
    Lewis, E.S. (Principal)
  • PI for Subcontract: Novel Material for Conformable Splints (2006), Grant - NIH SBIR
  • Clinical Feedback and Testing of Splints (2007), Contract - NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
    Lewis, E.S. (Principal)
  • Innovative Enhancement Research Award (2007), Grant - UML Committee of Collaborated Centers and Institutes
  • Co-investigator: PHASE -- In Health Care Grant, Promoting Health and Safe Employment in Healthcare. (2000), Grant - NIOSH
  • Principal Investigator: "Raising a Child with HIV: An Emerging Phenomenon (1996), Grant - ----
  • Co- Investigator in a multi-site longitudinal study project entitled: "Nutritional Evaluation and Intervention of HIV-Infected Children (1997), Grant - NIDDK, NIH
  • Healey Endowment Grant, HIV Study (1995), Grant - Healey Endowment Grant