Jennifer Parent-Nichols, MSPT, DPT


Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy Program

BA, Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1990
MSPT, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1999
DPT, Franklin Pierce University, 2011
Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2014

Personal Bio:

Dr. Parent-Nichols earned a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1999 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce University, Concord, NH in 2011. She has worked extensively in the area of pediatrics with experience in early intervention, school based therapy, and adolescent sports medicine. Dr. Parent-Nichols has owned a private practice in Milford, NH since 2004, and has served as adjunct faculty at Franklin Pierce University since 2007. In addition to degrees in physical therapy, Dr. Parent-Nichols earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990. She taught 6-8th grade students and developed curriculum and programming for gifted children.

Dr. Parent-Nichols’ primary areas of instruction are in Pediatrics and Neurology, which include examination, evaluation and treatment of the pediatric/adolescent/ young adult population, neuroscience and plasticity of the brain, and examination, evaluation and treatment of patients with neurologic involvement.  Dr. Parent-Nichols is a Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist and is actively involved in research relating to both pediatrics and neurology.


Clinical Bottom Line Commentary on “Hippotherapy Effects on Trunk, Pelvic, and Hip Motion During Ambulation in Children with Neurological Impairments”. Pediatric Physical Therapy, Vol.24, No. 3, (Fall 2012):251.

Clinical Bottom Line Commentary on “The Relationship between Spasticity and Muscle Volume of the Knee Extensors in Children with Cerebral Palsy,” Pediatric Physical Therapy, Vol. 24, No. 2, (Summer 2012):182.

Clinical Bottom Line Commentary on “Isometric Muscle Strength in Youth Assessed by Hand-Held Dynamometry: a Feasibility, Reliability, and Validity Study,” Pediatric Physical Therapy, Vol. 23, No.3, (Fall 2011): 300.



2011 “The Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Gross Motor Development in Children Aged 3 to 5 Years,” Pediatric Physical Therapy, Vol. 23, No.2,(Summer 2011);144. Research Assistant.


2013 Poster Presentation: APTA Annual Conference and The 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium of The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists “The Effect of Orthotics Use in the Pediatric Population on the Acquisition and Refinement of Gross Motor Skills.” Principal Researcher responsible for developing methodology, collecting data, conducting statistical analysis and discussing results.

Presenter NH APTA Evening Lecture Series: “Interventions for Hyposensitivity and Hypersensitivity Impairments: What Does the Research Say?” (2012)

Clinical Mentorship on Kinesio Taping, 2011


Professional Memberships:
American Physical Therapy Association 1999-Present

New Hampshire Area Pediatric Physical Therapist Special Interest Group 2008-Present
Founding Member, Coordinate/conduct meetings, arrange guest speakers.

New Hampshire Task Force of Physical and Occupational Therapy 2007-Present
Research and develop a draft set of guidelines for school-based physical therapists