PAUL C LASTAYO, PhD, PT portrait
  • Professor, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
  • Adjunct Professor, Health and Kinesiology
  • Adjunct Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Summary

Dr LaStayo is focused on rehabilitation research in the areas of aging, muscle, mobility and human performance; specifically how muscle and mobility changes and how these changes help or hinder physical functioning in daily life, across the lifespan, following injury or disease, and in sport. Dr LaStayo's research also encompasses the specialty areas of upper and lower extremity rehabilitation. Federal funding which supports his work stems from the NIA, NCI, NINDS, NINR.


  • Master of Physical Therapy, HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY
  • Bachelor of Arts, COLORADO COLLEGE


Paul LaStayo, PT, PhD, CHT, is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, with adjunct professor appointments in several other departments. Dr. LaStayo is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.  Dr. LaStayo's clinical interest is in utilizing "exercise as medicine" and he researches the impact of physical activity to improve function following disease, surgery and/or aging.  A current focus is on cancer survivors with a special emphasis on identifying value in rehabilitation initiatives. Dr. LaStayo uses the Utah Population Database and the Utah Cancer Registry to identify participants for his research.