Lisa Chase, PT, PhD

Associate Professor, PT Programs


St. Augustine, FL


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Cardiovascular and Pulmonary


Doctor of Philosophy, Arizona State University
Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina
Bachelor of Science in Adult Fitness & Sports Medicine, University of Greenville

Research Interests

Adult Fitness & Sports Medicine

Dr. Lisa Chase’s Bachelor of Science is from Furman University in Greenville, SC, where she studied Adult Fitness and Sports Medicine. After undergraduate schooling, she worked with the Olympic Committee and Pan American Games in the area of swimming research.

Seeing a need to further her education, Dr. Chase attended the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, where she obtained a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology. Upon graduation she became a part of a research team traveling to France to investigate the impact of jet lag on human performance. Returning to the United States, she attended Arizona State University, where she pursued and achieved one of the first interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the country in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Exercise and Wellness.

After receiving her doctorate, she taught in the Exercise Science and Human Movement Department at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse. While there, she began teaching Exercise Science and Wellness concepts to the Physical Therapy students. She noted that the students knew a great deal about rehabilitation, but were deficient in their knowledge of prevention. Seeing an avenue to improve her teaching, and impact health care, she returned to Physical Therapy school to gain further insight into the students and the field in which she was teaching. Dr. Chase received her master’s in Physical Therapy from the Institute of Physical Therapy (now known as the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences) in the second class from the institution. At graduation she was awarded the Ray M. Patterson Scholastic Achievement Award. She joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida, where she enjoyed a dual appointment as professor in the Physical Therapy Department and also in the Exercise Science Department.

Employed by the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences since 2000, Dr. Chase teaches the Movement Physiology Laboratory, Therapeutic Exercise I & II and Cardiopulmonary PT. She enjoys practicing in an outpatient Orthopaedic practice to supplement her teaching. She is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician who enjoys teaching locally in paramedic and EMT curriculum.