James O'Donohue, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, FAFS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

As a clinician for 33 years my desire is to bring the clinic to the classroom by infusing relevant clinical examples into my teaching. As a clinician my background has been in the area of musculoskeletal physical therapy practice with an emphasis on closed kinetic chain exercise for restoration of function.  

My desire is to train our students, as future physical therapists, to be patient-focused in their approach to all client interactions and to put the needs of their patients first. I desire to instill the concept of life-long learning into our students to enable them to always stay curious and to continue to pursue knowledge in our ever-changing health care environment in order to ensure ongoing growth in their professional life. 


  • Temple University- DPT, 2007 
  • Boston University- BSPT, 1985 

Clinical Experience/Expertise 

  • Fellow of Applied Functional Science- Gray Institute for Functional Transformation, 2008 
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy- ABPTS, 2002 
  • Certified Athletic Trainer- NATA BOC, 1992 


Scholarship/Research Interests 

My research interests lie in the area of musculoskeletal physical therapy practice, particularly in regard to lower extremity biomechanics and their influence on lower extremity dysfunction.  




O’Donohue JO, Miller JC, Early Recognition of Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax in the High School Athlete: A Case Study, Poster Presentation Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference 2018. (Accepted)

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Dr. James O'Donohue, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, FAFS

Assistant Professor




Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email christopher.wise@alvernia.edu.

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