Therese E. Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA

Contact Dr. Johnston

901 Walnut Street
Room 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-6033
(215) 503-3499 fax


PhD in Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
MS in Physical Therapy, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
MBA in Health Administration, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
BA in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

University Appointment

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, November 2012-present

Research and Clinical Interests

 Dr. Johnston's research interests include interventions to improve the health, fitness, and function of children and adults with spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy, with a special focus on the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES). Currently Dr. Johnston has funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to study the effects of two different FES cycling paradigms in adults with spinal cord injury to identify the effects on bone and muscle. She is also a co-investigator on an NIH grant studying the effects of FES cycling for children with cerebral palsy.

Professional Societies

American Physical Therapy Association
    Vice-Chair: Neurology Section Spinal Cord Injury Special Interest    
        Group (2007 to 2010)
    Chair: Section on Research Early Career Researcher SIG (February
        2010 to present, one of founding members)
    Member: Research Committee for Neurology Section (August 2010
        to present)
    Member: Section on Research Eugene Michels Forum Committee
        (2011-present, chair 2012 to present)

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
    Secretary: Spinal Cord Injury Special Interest Group (2010-present)
    Chair: FES Task Force within Spinal Cord Injury Special Interest
        Group (2010-present)

Courses Taught

PT 741: Comprehensive Physical Therapy Decision Making
PT 716: Neurologic Physical Therapy 2

Consultative and Advisory Positions Held

Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation, Research, and Development: Spinal               Cord Injury and Musculoskeletal/General Rehabilitation Sections
        Grant Reviewer
United States Department of Defense: Spinal Cord Injury Panel
        Grant Reviewer

Recent Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, 2008-2012.
Research Associate, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia, PA
        (1997-2012). Currently still on Scientific Staff.