Chatham University

Physical Therapy (DPT) Faculty and Staff

Michelle Criss PT, DPT, GCS

Michelle Criss
Visiting Assistant Professor
Hometown : Springfield, VA
Joined Chatham : 2012

Academic Areas of Interest

Frail older individuals with multiple co-morbidities, balance and falls, wound care, and the use of standardized tests and measures in skilled nursing rehabilitation

Personal Areas of Interest

Dance, photography, travel, and, most importantly, spending time with my family


Dr. Criss has been practicing in the area of geriatric physical therapy for 20 years. The setting in which she has the most expertise is skilled nursing, but she has also practiced in inpatient rehabilitation, adult day programming, and home health. She joined the core faculty in 2012 as a part-time instructor after serving as lecturer and adjunct since 2007, and in 2015 joined as full time faculty. Her physical therapy training occurred at the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University and she received her transitional DPT from the University of Pittsburgh. Missy received her specialization in Geriatric Physical Therapy in 2001 and re-certified in 2011. She is currently enrolled at Nova Southeastern University working towards her PhD in Physical Therapy.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2010
  • MS, Physical Therapy, Medical Collge of Virginia (Richmond, VA), 1995
  • BA, Biology and Psychology, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), 1992


  • Criss M and Takacs S. Rehabilitation of hip fractures across the continuum of care. Top Geriatr Rehab. 2013; 29(4): 281-293.


  • Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association


  • Clinician-Educator Award, Chatham University Physical Therapy Program, 2011
  • Geriatric Special Interest Group Award of Excellence, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, 2009
  • President's Award, Section on Geriatrics, American Physical Therapy Association, 2009




  • Lusardi M, Fritz S, Allison L, Wingood M, Criss M, Middleton A, Phillips E. "GeriEDGE Recommendations for Fall Risk and Outcomes Measures." American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Indianapolis, IN), February 2015
  • Criss M and Schwartz S. “Falls and rehabilitation after hip fracture.” Invited presentation. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Southwest District Mini-Combined Sections Meeting, March 2013.
  • Strunk E and Criss M. “Are you a frustrated SNF therapist? What you can do to influence change.” Peer-reviewed presentation. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, January 2013.