Therese E Johnston

Professor, Physical Therapy

Health Sciences Building 1 (215) 572-2862 By appointment

About Me

Therese E. Johnston, PT, MS, PhD, MBA is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. Dr. Johnston received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, her MBA in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University, her MS in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University, and her PhD in Physical Therapy from Temple University. Her research has included 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 and cardiovascular and bone health. More recent research has focused on sports related musculoskeletal issues and biomechanics. Dr. Johnston has published over 60 articles in peer reviewed journals and has presented nationally and internationally. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and currently Vice-President of the Academy of Physical Therapy Research. Dr. Johnston also practices part-time at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Prior to joining the faculty at Arcadia, she was a Professor of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University, an Assistant Professor at the University of the Sciences, and a Research Associate at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Areas Of Focus

spinal cord injury, bone health, runners, electrical stimulation, evidence-based practice

Beaver, PA

Home Country
United States


Education History

University of Pennsylvania 1986

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology

Minor in Chemistry

St. Joseph’s University 1991

Master of Business Administration, Major in Health Administration

Arcadia University 1995

Master of Science, Major in Physical Therapy

Temple University 2006

Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Physical Therapy

Research Summary

My research has focused on overall health and function in several different populations, including adults and children with spinal cord injuries, children with cerebral palsy, and female runners. While these populations have some significant differences among them, my common themes of fitness and cardiovascular, bone, and overall health apply to all of these populations.  My goal is to keep people active and healthy. I embrace technology, especially that involving the use of electrical stimulation in addressing function and health.

My list of publications can be found at

My recent research has been highlighted in several media posts

How Women Runners Can Avoid Stress Fractures — Health Nexus (

Female Runners Need More Guidance on How to Reduce the Risk of Stress Fractures - Physical Therapy Products (

Why are female runners at greater risk for stress fractures than male runners? The answer is multifold, Jefferson Health studies suggest | PhillyVoice

Causes of higher risk of stress fractures in female runners -- ScienceDaily

Causes of Higher Risk of Stress Fractures in Female Runners (