Caroline Lisee


Dr. Caroline Lisee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia. She is the Director of the Orthopedic Health in Motion Laboratory and the Co-Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Lisee started as an athletic trainer graduating from Ithaca College in 2013. She worked for Pivot Physical Therapy as the head athletic trainer for Linganore High School. Dr. Lisee returned to the University of Virginia for her Master’s in 2015 and worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the softball team. She completed her PhD in Kinesiology at Michigan State University in 2020. She continued her research training as a postdoctoral research associate at the MOTION Science Institute in the Department of Exercise Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Areas of Expertise

  • biomechanics
  • rehabilitation


  • physical activity
  • anterior cruciate ligament injuries
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • osteoarthritis
  • gait


  •  Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, 2013
    Ithaca College
  •  Master of Education in Athletic Training, 2016
    University of Virginia
  •  Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, 2020
    Michigan State University
  •  Postdoctoral Training in Biomechanics, 2023
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Research Summary

Dr. Lisee’s unique training blends sports medicine and osteoarthritis (OA) research knowledge to explore OA development in high-risk individuals after musculoskeletal injuries and surgeries. Throughout her doctoral training at Michigan State University and post-doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she has developed a comprehensive research skillset through interdisciplinary collaborations including analysis of 3D biomechanics, free-living physical activity monitoring, and biochemical and MRI assessment of knee joint health.

Her primary research interests include:

  1. Understanding and addressing barriers to aberrant knee joint loading development after musculoskeletal injury
  2. Advancing in vivo assessments of knee joint health to assess OA development and progression
  3. Determining mechanisms of OA pathogenesis and developing interventions to reduce to risk of disability and OA after musculoskeletal injury.