Lisa Carlesso

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27804
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: Rm. 415, IAHS


Dr. Carlesso is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and a physiotherapist.  She completed her physiotherapy training at the University of Toronto, her Masters of Physical Therapy at Western University and her PhD at McMaster in Clinical Epidemiology.  She then completed post-doctoral training at the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto and was a fellow at the Clinical Epidemiology Research Training Unit at Boston University.

Dr. Carlesso’s research program is broadly focused on optimizing outcomes for people with chronic musculoskeletal disorders by 1. Understanding the complex mechanisms of acute and persistent pain through pain phenotyping, 2. Improving prognosis and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal disorders and 3. Knowledge translation of evidence to improve clinical practice. This includes evaluating strategies to improve entry-level pain education for physiotherapists.

Research Expertise

Keywords: persistent pain, pain phenotyping, knee osteoarthritis, low back pain, mixed methods, rehabilitation

Dr. Carlesso currently has studies examining pain phenotypes in people with knee osteoarthritis and in injured workers with chronic low back pain with the aim of improving prognosis and treatment. She is also examining the impact of a restructured competency-based entry-level physiotherapy pain course on learning and clinical performance.

Graduate Students

Dr. Carlesso is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to

Lab/Research Institute

McMaster Institute for Research on Aging
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Group

Recent Publications

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Carlesso LC, Segal N, Frey Law L, Zhang Y, Na L, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Neogi T. Pain Susceptibility Phenotypes and Risk of Persistent Knee Pain. Arthritis and Rheumatology Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, NJ) 2018 doi: 10.1002/art.40752 [published Online First: 2018/10/12] PMC Journal-In Process

Gervais-Hupé J, Pollice J, Sadi J, Carlesso LC. Validity of the Central Sensitization Inventory with Measures of Sensitization in People with Knee Osteoarthritis. Clin Rheumatol[03/09/2018, 37(11):3125-3132]

Carlesso LC, Rampersaud YR, Davis AM. Clinical Classes of Injured Workers with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Latent Class Analysis with Relationship to Working status. European Spine Journal. 2018 Jan; 27(1):117-124.

Lowry V, Carlesso L, Ouellet P, Vendittoli PA, Wideman TH, Desmeules F. Determinants of pain, disability, physical performance and health related quality of life in patients with knee osteoarthritis awaiting total joint arthroplasty. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017 Jul 20:1-11.

MacKay C, Webster F, Venkataramanan V, Bytautas J, Perruccio AV, Wong R, Carlesso LC, Davis AM. A Prospective Cohort Study Examining Medical and Social Factors Associated with Engagement in Life Activities Following Total Hip Replacement. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2017 Jul;25(7):1032-1039.

Davis AM, Venkataramanan V, Bytautas-Sillanpää J, Perruccio A, Wong R, Carlesso L, Webster F. The Person's Context Influences Engagement in Life Activities Following Primary Knee Replacement: A Prospective Cohort Study. BMJ Open. 2017 Aug18;7(8):e015737.

Thoomes-de Graaf M, Thoomes E, Carlesso L, Kerry R, Rushton A. Adverse effects as a consequence of being the subject of orthopaedic manual therapy training, a worldwide retrospective survey. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice (formerly Manual Therapy Journal) 2017 Jun; 29:20-27.

Carlesso LC, Segal N, Curtis JR, Wise BL, Law LF, Nevitt M, Neogi T. Knee Pain Severity Rather Than Structural Damage is a Risk Factor for Incident Widespread Pain: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis (MOST) Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Jun;69(6):826-832.doi: 10.1002/acr.23086. PMCID: PMC5354981

Carlesso LC, Niu J, Segal N, Law LF, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Neogi T. The Effect of Widespread Pain on Knee Pain Worsening, Incident Knee Osteoarthritis and Incident Knee Pain: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis (MOST) Study. Journal of Rheumatology. 2017 Apr;44(4):493-498. doi:10.3899/jrheum.160853 PMCID: PMC5468496.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


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