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About Richard W. Bohannon

Dr Bohannon is Professor of Physical Therapy in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. He is also the Principal of Physical Therapy Consultants (Fuquay-Varina, NC). He is a licensed physical therapist with 40 years of clinical experience in diverse settings- acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and home-care. He is board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and a Fellow of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation. He is a prolific writer with over 400 publications and 16,000 citations (H Index 57) to his credit. In 1996 he received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Helen Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Literature. In 2005 he was awarded the Association’s Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy and in 2008 he was honored with the Association’s Jules Rothst ein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing. Dr. Bohannon is presently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Dr. Bohannon’s research and teaching is focused primarily on the measurement, implications, and treatment of impairments and activity limitations in older adult and neurologic populations. He serves as a consultant to industry and the legal profession.


Present Professor of Physical Therapy, Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences



2011 - 2016 Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction to Lessen Functional Decline (Subcontract)
University of Connecticut Health Center
2009 NIH Toolbox (Subcontract)
NorthShore University Health System Research Institute
1999 Independence in Sit to Stand: Influence of Knee Extension Strength and Other Factors
CT Physical Therapy Association
1998 Assessment of Easy Slide as a Transfer Aid between Adjacent Surfaces (Contract)
Scan Medical
1998 Sit to Stand Performance of Elderly and Acute Rehabilitation Patients
Crestline Products
1997 Patients with Stroke. Evaluation Across the Continuum
Hartford Hospital Research Committee
1996 Crutch Alternatives: User Preferences and Performance (Contract)
Guardian Products
1990 Association of Balance and Paretic Lower Extremity Strength with Stair Climbing Ability in Patients with Stroke
Physical Therapy Advance
1987 Selected Measures of Ankle Dorsiflexion: Intercorrelations, Reliability, and Effects of a Five Minute Stretch
Clinical Education Associates, Inc.
1985 Reliability of the Pendulum Test for Spasticity Performed with the Cybex II Dynamometer
Cybex, Division of Lumex, Inc
1984 Knee Extension Torque Following Passive and Resisted Knee Flexion
Maggie Knott Memorial Fund
1983 Information Accessing Behavior of Practicing Physical Therapists
Foundation for Physical Therapy
1982 Specificity of Muscle Action in Strength Training
Illinois Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation
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Professional Service and Affiliations

1999 - Present Advisory Board Member, CINAHL Information Services
2018 Mentor, Oakland University PI Academy for Research and Engagement
2017 Advisory Board Member, Convetit
2007 - 2014 Project Reviewer, McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE)
2008 Advisory Committee Member, Urban Nursing and Community Care
1997 - 2005 Advisory Board Member, Mercy Community Health
2005 Physical Therapy Expert, Stroke ICF Core Set Validation
2003 International Advisory Board Member, Journal of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
2003 Expert International Panel Member, Orthotic Management of Patients with Stroke
2001 - 2002 Expert International Panel Member, Management of the Hemiplegic Arm and Hand
2000 Scientific Advisory Board Member, University of Connecticut Pepper Center on Aging
1990 Item Writer, Geriatric Physical Therapy Certification Examination
1987 Session Chairman, American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference
1984 - 1985 Item Writer, Neurologic Physical Therapy Certification Examination
1982 - 1983 Item Writer (writing test items to assist credentialing efforts), American Physical Therapy Association
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Honors and Awards

  • American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section Research Award, 1990
  • American Physical Therapy Association Connecticut Chapter Research Award, 1990
  • American Physical Therapy Association - Helen J Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature, 1996
  • American Physical Therapy Association – Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy, 2005
  • American Physical Therapy Association – Named Catherine Worthingham Fellow, 2006
  • American Physical Therapy Association – Jules M Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing, 2008
  • Division of Physical Therapy of the University of North Carolina - Margaret L Moore Distinguished Alumni Award, 1996
  • Stroke Council of American Heart Association - Named Fellow, 1996
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation- Named Fellow, 2010
  • School of Allied Health of the University of Connecticut – Dean’s Leadership Award, 1998
  • School of Allied Health of the University of Connecticut – Golden Apple Award for Teaching, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006
  • Visiting Professor: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014 to present
  • Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy- Joan Mills Award for Outstanding Service to the Academy, 2015
  • Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy- Acute Care Section Lectureship Award, 2016
  • Campbell University DP Russ Jr and Walter S Jones Sr Alumni Award for Research Excellence, 2018
  • Best of the US- Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2007
  • Research Gate: RG Score: 49.9 (97.5%), Citations: 17,900, H-Index: 60


2007 Ph.D., Boston University ‐ Physical Therapy
1988 Ph.D., North Carolina State University ‐ Adult and Community College Education
1982 M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‐ Physical Therapy
1977 B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‐ Physical Therapy

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