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Joyce White

Joyce White, D.Sc., M.S., PT Associate Professor


Orthopedic physical therapy, Epidemiology of musculoskeletal conditions, Medical research design

Research Interest

Research Interests:Examination procedures for musculoskeletal disorders: range of motion, muscle length, muscle strength, and special tests. Most recent focus on the hand and shoulder., Risk factors and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, Effectiveness of physical therapy treatment procedures for orthopedic conditions, Utilization of statistics in physical therapy literature

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


Joyce White, D.Sc., M.S., PT, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell with over 30 years of combined teaching experience at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Boston University.  She currently teaches Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I and II which focus on orthopedic disorders affecting the upper and lower extremities of the body.  She has served as the Chairperson of the University’s Human Subject Institutional Review (IRB) Board (2009-2012) and is currently a member. 

White earned a Doctorate of Science in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at Boston University. Her dissertation examined behavioral risk factors for musculoskeletal injury.  An Advanced Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University focused on applied exercise physiology and teaching.  The Dorothy Briggs Scientific Inquiry Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) was received for the journal article resulting from her master’s thesis.  Entry-level education in physical therapy was completed at the University of Connecticut. 

She is the co-author of the textbook: Measurement of Joint Motion: A Guide to Goniometry which is in its 4th edition, published in eight languages, and cited by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy as among the top three most frequently used textbook by physical therapy and assistant programs in the United States. She is also the author of the book chapter: “Musculoskeletal Examination” in the highly regarded textbook Physical Rehabilitation: Assessment and Treatment (editions 3 to 5) by O’Sullivan and Schmitz. She has presented the findings of numerous research studies at national professional conferences, published research articles, and obtained grant funding to initiate, conduct, and consult on research projects. 

White is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association in the Orthopaedic, and Hand Rehabilitation Sections. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Othopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and FA Davis Publishers. Time has been spent as a research consultant to Transkaryotic Therapies / Shire (Idursulfase Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II) in Cambridge, MA, the Boston Area Heavy and Highway Construction Workers Health and Safety Project in Lowell, MA, and the U.S. Army Institute of Research and Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA. She has participated in the teaching and treatment of upper extremity conditions in Guatemala City with the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation.

Research Interests and Collaborations