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Jason M. Beneciuk, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida


Phone: (352) 273-6696

Lead Mentors

S. George, PhD

Research Areas

Risk stratification models for prevention and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain and use of patient reported outcome measures to enhance clinical decision making processes

  • 1996 BS, Biology, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • 2002 PhD, Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • 2011 MPH, (Concentration in Epidemiology), College of Public Health & Health Professions University of Florida
  • 2011 PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida


Research Funding

PCORI - Pipeline to Proposal (Tier I) (Beneciuk) 08/01/2016 - 05/31/2017 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute As a Matter of Pain - Capacity Building & Community Engagement for Patient Centered Musculoskeletal Pain Research. This project will focus on building the community and capacity to improve patient healthcare experiences for musculoskeletal pain with specific emphasis on the role of physical therapy and identifying processes in care most important to key stakeholders. Role: Project Lead

PCORI (Delitto) 06/01/2015 - 05/31/2020 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Targeted interventions to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain in High Risk Patients: A Multi-Site Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. This study will evaluate the transition from acute to chronic low back pain and compare two treatments that can be delivered in an outpatient PCP setting. The first approach is to allow PCPs to do what they think is best, termed "usual care." The second is to have PCPs team up with physical therapists and deliver cognitive behavioral therapy for selected patients who have LBP along with risk factors for persistent low back pain. Role: Co-Investigator

K12-HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/25/2007 - 08/31/2017 National Institutes of Health Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program The goal of this program is to prepare Scholars, trained Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, to initiate successful and independent careers as rehabilitation researchers. Role: Scholar (Phase 2)

Clinical Research Network Grant (George) 01/01/2013 - 01/31/2017 Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Creation of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy - Investigative Network (OPT-IN) for the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort Study This study has two goals: 1) creation of OPT-IN which will advance the profession by allowing for collaboration on high impact clinical research questions that inform orthopaedic physical therapy practice; 2) completion of the OSPRO cohort study to validate national standard screening tools for red and yellow flags which will enhance patient classification for commonly treated orthopaedic conditions. Role: Co-Investigator

Cardon Research Grant (Beneciuk) 2014 - 2017 American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Mid-Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation for Individuals Status Post-Surgical Cervical Fusion This study investigates the efficacy of receiving physical therapy intervention supplemented with mid-thoracic spine thrust manipulation in comparison to receiving a similar physical therapy intervention that is not supplemented with mid-thoracic spine thrust manipulation in study participants following post-surgical cervical fusion. Role: Principal Investigator

Completed (past 3 years)
Brooks Collaborative Grant (Beneciuk) 01/15/2012 - 01/15/2014 Brooks Rehabilitation Implementing Psychologically Informed Practice Principles into Physical Therapy Management for Low Back Pain: Effects of Clinician Training & Comparison of Treatment Approaches The purpose of this study is to investigate if psychologically informed practice training influences PT attitudes and beliefs about psychosocial prognostic factors for LBP and is associated with improved patient outcomes. Role: Principal Investigator

Brooks Research Grant (Beneciuk & George) 01/04/2010 - 12/30/2014 University of Florida & Brooks Rehabilitation Endowment Investigation of the STarT Back Screening Tool in Physical Therapy Settings This study investigates the discriminant and predictive validity of the STarT Back Screening Tool for identifying psychosocial distress and poor outcomes for conservative physical therapy management of low back pain. Role: Co - Principal Investigator

Publications (past 5 years)

Beneciuk JM, Hill JC, Campbell P, George SZ, Afolabi E, Dunn KM, Foster NE. Identifying Treatment Effect Modifiers in the STarT Back Trial: A Secondary Analysis. J Pain. 2016 Oct 17. pii: S1526-5900(16)30259- 0. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.10.002.

Lentz TA, Beneciuk JM, Bialosky JE, Zeppieri G Jr, Dai Y, Wu SS, George SZ. Development of a Yellow Flag Assessment Tool for Orthopaedic Physical Therapists: Results from the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 May;46(5):327-43.

Butera KA, Lentz TA, Beneciuk JM, George SZ. Preliminary Evaluation of a Modified STarT Back Screening Tool Across Different Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions. Phys Ther. 2016 Aug;96(8):1251-61.

Alappattu M, Neville C, Beneciuk JM, Bishop MD. Urinary incontinence symptoms and impact on quality of life in patients seeking outpatient physical therapy services. Physiother Theory Pract. 2016 Feb;32(2):107-12.

Bishop MD, Torres-Cueco R, Gay CW, Lluch-Girbés E, Beneciuk JM, Bialosky JE. What effect can manual therapy have on a patient's pain experience? Pain Manag. 2015;5(6):455-64.

George SZ, Beneciuk JM, Bialosky JE, Lentz TA, Zeppieri G Jr, Pei Q, Wu SS. Development of a Review of Systems Screening Tool for Orthopaedic Physical Therapists: Results From the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Jul;45(7):512-26.

Beneciuk JM, George SZ. Pragmatic Implementation of a Stratified Primary Care Model for Low Back Pain Management in Outpatient Physical Therapy Settings: Two-Phase, Sequential Pilot Study. Phys Ther. 2015 Aug;95(8):1120-34.

George SZ, Beneciuk JM. Psychological predictors of recovery from low back pain: a prospective study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2015 Mar 7;16(1):49.

Beneciuk JM, Robinson ME, George SZ. Subgrouping For Patients With Low Back Pain: A Multidimensional Approach Incorporating Cluster Analysis & The STarT Back Screening Tool. J Pain. 2015 Jan;16(1):19-30.

Beneciuk JM, Fritz JM, George SZ. STarT Back Screening Tool for Prediction of 6 Month Clinical Outcomes: Relevance of Change Patterns in Outpatient Physical Therapy Settings. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Sep;44(9):656-64.

Salvatori R, Osborne R. Rowe RH, Beneciuk JM. Use of Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation for Neck Pain and Headache in a Patient Following Multiple-level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A Case Report. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Jun;44(6):440-9.

Massey BJ, Osborne R, Rowe RH, Beneciuk JM. Recognition and management of BPPV for an elderly female patient referred for low back pain: a resident's case study. Physiother Theory Pract. 2014 Mar 6.

Nisenzon AN, George SZ, Beneciuk JM, Wandner LD, Torres C, Robinson ME. The role of anger in psychosocial subgrouping for patients with low back pain. Clin J Pain. 2013 Nov 25.

Beneciuk JM, Bishop MD, Fritz JM, Robinson ME, Asal NR, Nisenzon AN, George SZ. The STarT Back Screening Tool and Individual Psychological Measures: Evaluation of Prognostic Capabilities for Low Back Pain Clinical Outcomes in Outpatient Physical Therapy Settings. Phys Ther. 2013 Mar;93(3):321-33.

Beneciuk JM, Robinson ME, George SZ. Low back pain subgroups using fear-avoidance model measures: results of a cluster analysis. Clin J Pain. 2012 Oct;28(8):658-66.

Bishop MD, Beneciuk JM, George SZ. Immediate reduction in temporal sensory summation after thoracic spinal manipulation. Spine J. 2011 May;11(5):440-6.

Fritz JM, Beneciuk JM, George SZ. Relationship between categorization with the STarT Back Screening Tool and prognosis for people receiving physical therapy for low back pain. Phys Ther. 2011;91(5):722-732.

George SZ, Coronado RA, Beneciuk JM, Valencia C, Werneke MW, Hart DL. Depressive symptoms, anatomical region, and clinical outcomes for patients seeking outpatient physical therapy for musculoskeletal pain. Phys Ther. 2011 Mar;91(3):358-72.

George SZ, Calley D, Valencia C, Beneciuk JM. Clinical investigation of pain related fear and pain catastrophizing for patients with low back pain. Clin J Pain. 2011 Feb;27(2):108-15.

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