Lisa L. Dutton, PT, PhD

Lisa Dutton, Dean of Health Sciences
Dean of Health Sciences

Lisa L. Dutton is the dean of health sciences for the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and professor of physical therapy at St. Catherine University. As dean of health sciences, Dutton works collaboratively with the dean of nursing and the provost to provide leadership across all health science departments within HSSH to shape an environment of enhanced collaboration and to cultivate consistent university wide policies. Dutton seeks to improve the health of all people without distinction, to dismantle structural barriers to health equity, and to ensure that St. Kate's Henrietta Schmoll School of Health is a leader in the health education space.

During Dutton’s tenure at the University, she has served in a variety of leadership roles including director of the doctor of physical therapy program, department chair, and associate dean. Her areas of teaching content expertise include rehabilitation, neurologic physical therapy, and motor learning. In 2018, Dutton received the Stanford Award from the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, which recognizes authors of a paper containing the most influential educational ideas. The article, co-authored with Debra Sellheim, PhD, explored how students experience and cope with the differences between their didactic curriculum and clinical practice.

Prior to joining St. Kate’s, Dutton served as the founding director for the physical therapy programs at the University of Findlay, and later as dean of the College of Health Professions. Dutton has also served as a board member for the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Physical Therapy Education.

Dutton earned her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She received her master’s in neurologic physical therapy from Rosalind Franklin University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.