Lisa Carlesso, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Contact details (Research)



  • B.Sc., Physiotherapy, University of Toronto (1990)
  • M.Sc., Physiotherapy, Western University (2005)
  • Ph.D., Health Research Methodology, McMaster University (2013)
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Health Care and Outcomes, Toronto Western Research Institute (2013-2016)

Current research projects

  • Pain phenotypes in persons with knee osteoarthritis
  • Pain phenotyping of injured workers with chronic low back pain

Selected publications

  • Carlesso, L. C., Segal, N. A., Frey-Law, L., Zhang, Y., Lu, N., Nevitt, M., Neogi, T. (2018). Pain Susceptibility Phenotypes in Those Free of Knee Pain with or at Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Rheumatology. doi:10.1002/art.40752
  • Carlesso, L. C., Segal, N. A., Curtis, J. R., Wise, B. L., Frey Law, L., Nevitt, M., & Neogi, T. (2017). Knee Pain and Structural Damage as Risk Factors for Incident Widespread Pain: Data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Care & Research (Hoboken), 69(6), 826-832. doi:10.1002/acr.23086
  • Carlesso, L. C., Raja Rampersaud, Y., & Davis, A. M. (2017). Clinical classes of injured workers with chronic low back pain: a latent class analysis with relationship to working status. European Spine Journal. doi:10.1007/s00586-017-4966-1
  • Carlesso, L. C., Hawker, G. A., Waugh, E. J., & Davis, A. M. (2016). Disease-specific pain and function predict future pain impact in hip and knee osteoarthritis. Clinical Rheumatology, 35(12), 2999-3005. doi:10.1007/s10067-016-3401-z
  • Carlesso, L. C., Sturgeon, J. A., & Zautra, A. J. (2016). Exploring the relationship between disease-related pain and cortisol levels in women with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, 24(12), 2048-2054. doi:10.1016/j.joca.2016.06.018

Research interests

  • Chronic Pain
  • Epidemiology
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Low Back Pain