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About Sean P. Riley

Sean P. Riley, PT, DPT, ScD, OCS, SCS, ATC is a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of orthopaedic and sports medicine patients. Dr. Riley has a special interest in the treatment of orthopaedic and sports medicine related injuries. Additionally, he is actively involved in research focused on the effects of manual therapy interventions and shoulder impingement, as well as other topics in orthopaedics, manual therapy, and sports medicine.

Sean was honorably discharged from the US Army as an Infantry Sergeant after four years of service. He attended Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) from 1994-98, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education - Option in Athletic Training. Sean earned a Master of Science degree in Biology with a Health Sciences Specialization, 1998-2000 at CCSU. He then entered the UConn Physical Therapy Program where he earned a Masters Degree in 2004. Sean completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Simmons College in 2006 and his Doctor of Science from Texas Tech University in 2013. He became board certified in Orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in July of 2007 and completed his sports certification in July of 2009. He also completed training through the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-US to become certified in Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy (COMT) of the Extremities in 2012.

He is reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training, The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Manual Therapy, and for Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. He additionally serves as a research committee member for the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists were he has served as a grant reviewer, poster presentation judge, and abstract mentor for research submissions.


August 2016 - Present Assistant Professor Physical Therapy, Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy
December 2008 - August 2016 Physical Therapist/Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center


2019 Does Glenohumeral Mobilization Symptom Response at the Initial Evaluation Predict Outcomes in Patients Suffering From Shoulder Impingement?
American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
AAOMPT Cardon Rehab Grant
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2009 - 2013 ScD Physical Therapy/Therapist, Texas Tech University
2004 - 2006 DPT Physical Therapy/Therapist, Simmons College
2001 - 2004 Masters Physical Therapy/Physical Therapist, University of Connecticut
1998 - 2000 Masters, Biology, Health Sciences Specialization, Central Connecticut State University
1994 - 1998 B.S. Physical Education/Option Athletic Training, Central Connecticut State University

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Healthcare Education N186 
College of Health Professions 


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