Joyce White

Joyce White, Physical Therapy

Joyce White, Physical Therapy

Associate Professor
Weed 208

Research Interest

Research Interests: reliability and validity of examination procedures for musculoskeletal disorders: range of motion, muscle strength, muscle length, and special tests.  Effectiveness of physical therapy treatment procedures for musculoskeletal disorders. Risk factors and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.

Teaching Responsibilities: Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I and II courses.

Educational Background

B.S. in Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1974
M.S. (Advanced) in Physical Therapy, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1980
D.Sc. in Epidemiology, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1996


Dr. Joyce White has been a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 1987 and has taught physical therapy since 1980.  She teaches Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I and II, which focus on disorders affecting the upper and lower extremities.  She typically supervises several groups of graduate students each year in Directed Research. 

Dr. White earned a Doctorate of Science in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at Boston University.   She also has an Advanced Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University focusing on applied physiology and teaching.  She has clinical expertise in the acute and chronic rehabilitation of orthopedic and respiratory conditions. Dr. White is co-author of the book “Measurement of Joint Motion:  A Guide to Goniometry”, which is in its third edition. She is author of a chapter, Musculoskeletal Assessment, in the book by O’Sullivan and Schmitz, “Physical Rehabilitation:  Assessment and Treatment” (edition 4).  She has presented the findings of numerous research studies at national and state conferences of the American Physical Therapy Association, published research articles, and obtained grant funding to initiate research projects and to help support her doctoral education.

Dr. White is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in the Orthopaedic, and Research Sections.  She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and a content expert reviewer for “Hooked on Evidence Database” for the APTA.  Time has also been spent as a research consultant to Transkaryotic Therapies (Cambridge, MA), the Boston Area Heavy and Highway Construction Workers Health and Safety Project (Lowell, MA), and the U.S. Army Institute of Research and Environmental Medicine (Natick, MA).

Dr. White has been active in the university community as a member of the Faculty Senate, and Chairperson of the college’s Academic Standards Committee.  Community activities include Boy Scout merit badge counselor for physical fitness and whitewater canoeing, and program presenter on prevention of musculoskeletal injuries for the Appalachian Mountain Club and on disability awareness for the Weston schools.

Research Interests and Collaborations