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Joel Bialosky, PT, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida

Phone: (352) 273-8636

Lead Mentor
M. Robinson, PhD

Research Areas

Investigating mechanisms of manual therapy in the treatment of individuals with musculoskeletal pain conditions


  • 1990 Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY BS, Physical Therapy
  • 1998 University of Pittsburg MS, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
  • 2008 University of Florida PhD, Rehabilitation Science

Current Research Funding

1 R21 AT009787 National Institutes of Health (NCCIH). Testing direct effect of spinal manipulation on movement-evoked pain and pain sensitivity in persons with grade II neck pain. This study considers individual differences in endogenous pain inhibition in patients with neck pain, as a mechanistic based approach to delivering spinal manipulation. Role: Co-I

Recent Publications

Coronado RA, Bialosky JE, Bishop MD, Riley JL, Robinson ME, Michener LA, George SZ. The comparative effects of spinal and peripheral thrust manipulation and exercise on pain sensitivity and the relation to clinical outcome: a mechanistic trial using a shoulder pain model. JOSPT. 2015. April; 45(4):252-264. 

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. JOSPT. 2015 May 21:512-526.

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. 

Bialosky JE, Robinson ME.  Placebo disclosure does not result in negative changes in mood or attitudes towards health care or the provider.  J Man Manip Ther. 2017 Jul;25(3):151-159

Alappattu MJ, Bialosky JE, Gay CW, Beneciuk JM, Bishop MD.  The influence of clinical equipoise and patient preferences on outcomes of conservative manual interventions for spinal pain: an experimental study.  Journal of Pain Research.  Accepted for publication

Goldberg P, Zeppieri G, Bialosky J, Bocchino C, van den Boogaard J, Tillman S, Chmielewski TL. Kinesiophobia and Its Association With Health-Related Quality of Life Across Injury Locations. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jul 29.

Bialosky JE, Beneciuk JM, Bishop MD, Coronado RA, Gay CW, Simon CB, George SZ.  Unraveling the mechanisms of manual therapy: Modeling an approach.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.

Bishop MD, Mintken P, Bialosky JE, Cleland JA.  Factors shaping expectations for complete relief from symptoms during rehabilitation for patients with spine pain.  Physiother Theory Pract. 201 Feb 16: 1-10.

George SZ, Beneciuk JM, Lentz TA, Wu SS, Dai Y, Bialosky JE, Zeppieri G. Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) for Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions: Results From the Validation Cohort. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 April: 1-35.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography

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