Jennifer became a licensed Physical Therapist in 1995 when she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. She returned to Quinnipiac University and subsequently earned an Advanced Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2002, then attended the University of St. Augustine where she was awarded a Doctor of Health Science degree in 2019. Jennifer’s doctoral studies focused on adult learning theory, as well as manual therapy techniques for musculoskeletal dysfunction. Her doctoral research focused on examining the biopsychosocial model of pain, and the effect of educating prelicensure healthcare students about pain neuroscience and psychologically informed clinical practice.
Jennifer’s professional career began with seven years of employment as a Physical Therapist (PT) in a large tertiary care hospital just outside of New York City. She brought her expertise to the academic world in 2001 when she became a faculty member and Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Programs at Mercy College in New York, then at the Community College of Rhode Island. Jennifer transitioned to Bryant University in 2019 and has held a variety of dual academic/administrative appointments since that time. While at Bryant she has led initiatives to develop new programs of study in health and biomedical sciences, as well as serving in the role of Contact Tracing Program Manager and Accommodation Services Intake Coordinator. Currently, she is serving as the Chairperson for the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Department within the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Throughout her entire academic tenure, Jennifer has maintained engagement in part-time clinical practice as a PT in the outpatient setting, focusing primarily on the management of various musculoskeletal diagnoses, both acute and chronic in nature, as well as managing other chronic pain syndromes.
Throughout her career, Jennifer has been engaged in professional service activities including serving on several higher education advisory boards, and a 10-year tenure as the chairperson for the New England PTA Consortium’s Clinical Faculty Development Committee as well as the Technology Committee. Jennifer has also served as a reviewer for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Currently, she is serving as a trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP), a member of the APTA CCIP workgroup, a member of the Board of Directors for the RI Chapter of the APTA (APTA-RI), and a member of the APTA-RI Legislative Action Committee for which she has testified at the statehouse for a variety of issues to expand access to high quality cost-effective healthcare.
Jennifer earned a Certificate in Effective College Instruction from the Association of College and University Educators in 2020. She possesses teaching interests and content expertise in human musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, physical agents, orthopedics medicine and rehabilitation, biology, health and human disease, as well as psychologically informed physical therapy, and enjoys being in the classroom where she can share her passion about these subjects with students.
Human musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, physical agents, orthopedics medicine and rehabilitation, biology, health and human disease, psychologically informed physical therapy.
Pain neuroscience, adult learning techniques, Physical Therapist practice behavior. Current research activity includes:<br><b>Hurrell, J</b>., Beneciuk, J., Utley, J. Effect of Pain Education on Assistant Healthcare Providers’ Knowledge, Beliefs, and Treatment Orientation.<br> <br><b>Hurrell, J</b>., Beneciuk, J., Utley, J., Gatewood, L. Long-Term Effect of Pain Education on Assistant Healthcare Providers’ Knowledge, Beliefs, and Treatment Orientation.<br> <br><b>Hurrell J.</b>, Ullucci, P., LaFerrier, J., Appropriateness of Radiographs Ordered by Physical Therapists.