Joe Girard

Assistant Professor

Joe Girard Bio Photo


Bachelor of Arts
English Literature
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Franklin Pierce University

Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy 
Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy
Andrews University

Phone: (603) 647-3558

Courses Taught
  • Term I: Anatomy
  • Term 2: Musculoskeletal I Upper Extremity
  • Term 3: Musculoskeletal II Lower Extremity
  • Term 4: Musculoskeletal III Spine
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Orthopaedic physical therapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Complementary and alternative practices in PT

Publications and Presentations

Girard, J, Girard, A. (2018). The effects of qigong on neck pain: A systematic review. Complementary therapies in clinical practice.

Girard J, Feng B, Chapman, C. (2018) The Effects of High-Intensity Interval Training on Athletic Performance Measures: A Systematic Review, Physical Therapy Reviews, DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1462588.

Girard J, Parkman C, Nat K. The Effects of Dry-Needling on Temporomandibular Disorder: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal. Feb.2018

Girard J, Parent-Nichols J, Cleland JA, Evidence Based Practice: Theory and Application. Kinsithrapie La Revue. 2017.

Girard J, Parent-Nichols J, Cleland JA. Therapeutic alliance and patient outcomes. Fisioterapia. 2016 Jun 1.

Girard J, Quigley M, Helfst F. Does the functional movement screen correlate with athletic performance? A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2016 Mar 3;21(2):83-90.

Nichols Robin, Germano Courtney, Burke Morgan, Nolan Kayley, Youngs-Grand Kim, Girard Joe. The effect of foot strike pattern on running economy in distance runners: A Narrative Review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 2016. 21: 32-37

Girard J, Koenig K, Village D. The effect of strength and plyometric training on functional dance performance in elite ballet and modern dancers. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2015 Aug 1;20(4):233-40.

Girard, Joe, and Syed Hussain. "The Effects of Kettlebell Training on Strength, Power, and Endurance." Physical Therapy Reviews 20.1 (2015): 8-15.

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy


  • Institutional Review Board
  • Health Sciences Faculty Search Committee
  • NEASC, 2018  Standard 6 Team
  • DPT Admissions Committee
  • Manuscript Reviewer- Journal of Geriatric Nursing