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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 Mentor
S. George, PhD

Research Areas

Risk stratification models for prevention and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain
Shared decision making approaches for musculoskeletal pain
Influence of patient preference and expectations on clinical outcomes
Use of patient reported outcome measures for clinical decision making


  • 1996 BS, Biology, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • 2002 PhD, Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • 2006 Fellowship, Ortho Manual PT, 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

Current Research Funding

CoHSTAR Pilot Study Program (Beneciuk – PI) 02/15/18 – 02/14/19. Center on Health Services Research and Training. Health System Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Neck and Low Back Pain in Outpatient Physical Therapy Settings. This study will investigate implementation of a process to enhance Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) adherence to limit unwarranted variability in initial treatment decisions with high potential for providing more effective and efficient physical therapy management for patients with neck and low back pain. This study, conducted at Brooks Rehabilitation outpatient clinics, will determine if physical therapy clinics that receive neck and low back pain CPG training are associated with improved patient outcomes compared to those that have not received training.

Pipeline to Proposal (Tier II) (Beneciuk – Project Lead) 08/01/2017 – 07/31/2018 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Project #5137554). ‘As a Matter of Pain’ – Capacity Building & Community Engagement for Patient Centered Musculoskeletal Pain Research (Tier II). During Tier I, we have generated a preliminary list of musculoskeletal pain–focused comparative effectiveness research ideas including strategies to improve (1) secondary prevention, (2) tertiary prevention, (3) communication following discharge from healthcare services, and (4) shared decision making. During this Tier II project, we will continue to develop stakeholder partnerships, enhance our communication plan, and provide several skill-building workshops to improve our capabilities for developing a viable comparative effectiveness research question.

PCS-1402-10867 (Delitto – PI) 07/01/2015 – 06/30/2020 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

K12HD055929 (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 (9/1/13-present)

Recent Publications

Joyce CT, Schneider MJ, Stevans JM, Beneciuk JM. Improving Physical Therapy Pain Care, Quality, and Cost through Effectiveness-Implementation Research. Phys Ther. 2018 May 1;98(5):447-456. PMID: 29669090

Beneciuk JM, Lentz TA, He Y, Wu SS, George SZ. Prediction of Persistent Musculoskeletal Pain at 12 Months: A Secondary Analysis of the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Longitudinal Validation Cohort Study. Phys Ther. 2018 May 1;98(5):290-301. PMID: 29669081

George SZ, Beneciuk JM, Lentz TA, Wu SS, Dai Y, Bialosky JE, Zeppieri G Jr. Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) for Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions: Results from the Validation Cohort. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Apr 7:1-35. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2018.7811. PMID: 29629615.

Bialosky JE, Beneciuk JM, Bishop MD, Coronado RA, Penza CW, Simon CB, George SZ. Unraveling the Mechanisms of Manual Therapy: Modeling an Approach. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Jan;48(1):8-18. PMID: 29034802

George SZ, Beneciuk JM, Lentz TA, Wu SS. The Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) in patients with musculoskeletal pain conditions: a longitudinal validation cohort from the USA. BMJ Open. 2017 Jun 8;7(6):e015188. PMID: 28600371

Bishop MD, Bialosky JE, Penza CW, Beneciuk JM, Alappattu MJ. The influence of clinical equipoise and patient preferences on outcomes of conservative manual interventions for spinal pain: an experimental study. J Pain Res. 2017 Apr 26;10:965-972. PMID: 28490899

Neville CE, Beneciuk J, Bishop M, Alappattu M. Analysis of Physical Therapy Intervention Outcomes for Urinary Incontinence in Women Older Than 65 Years in Outpatient Clinical Settings. Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2016 Oct-Dec;32(4):251-257. PMID: 28484306

Beneciuk JM, Hill JC, Campbell P, Afolabi E, George SZ, Dunn KM, Foster NE. Identifying Treatment Effect Modifiers in the STarT Back Trial: A Secondary Analysis. J Pain. 2017 Jan;18(1):54-65. PMID: 27765643

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.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography

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