Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Phone: 814-871-7796
Office: M 148

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service


I was born, raised, and have always lived and work in western Pennsylvania. Until 2000, when I move part-time to Erie to teach at Gannon University, I had always been in Pittsburgh.  My work and service to the local community has been primarily been in the Erie area since moving here in  2000. My commitment to the physical therapy profession, writing and teaching has limited my hobby and leisure time. However, I do like to garden, sew and do cross stitch.

Courses Taught

• GDPT 816: Community Health Initiatives 1
• GDPT 826: Community Health Initiatives 2
• GDPT 856: Community Health Initiatives 3
• GDPT 866: Community Health Initiatives 4
• GDPT 886: Community Health Initiatives 5

• GDPT 814: Research Application: EBP 1
• GDPT 844: Research Application: EBP 2
• GDPT 854: Research Application: EBP 3
• GDPT 851: Research Guidance  3
• GDPT 861: Research Guidance
• GDPT 874: Research Application: EBP 4
• GDPT 871: Research Guidance 4
• GDPT 884: Research Application: EBP 5
• GDPT 881: Research Guidance 5

• GDPT 821 & 823(lab): Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Dysfunction


  • Courses developed and or previously taught:
    • GDPT 810: Health Care Systems and Policy 1
    • GDPT 815: Basic Physical Therapy Interventions
    • GDPT 830: Health Systems and Policy 2
    • GDPT 831: Foundations in Geriatrics

Educational History

  • December, 2000 – Doctor of Education degree from the School of Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Dissertation project is titled, “How Service Learning Experiences Benefit Physical Therapy Students’ Professional Development: A Ground Theory Study.”
  • 1988 - Master of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Professions with an emphasis in Geriatric Physical Therapy. Thesis Research Project: “Seniors’ Walking Exercise Program”.
  • 1972 - Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Physical Therapy from University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Profession

Professional Experience

Prior to entering teaching full time, my clinical practice for 19 years was primarily focused in home care and rehabilitation services in skilled nursing facilities. Although there was also a a smattering of acute care, outpatient PT and pediatrics.  For the past 9 years, my clinical practice has been primarily in the prison healthcare system, both the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Erie County Prison.

Professional Societies


  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
  • Community Campus Partnerships for Health
  • Health Volunteers Overseas
  • International Association for Service Learning and Community Engagement



• Reynolds, PJ. Curriculum Sequence for Preparing Health Care Professionals for Societal Responsibilities. In: P Lan, ed. Service-Learning in Higher Education: National and International Connections. (Proceedings from the 3rd International Service Learning Symposium). Indianapolis, IN: University of Indianapolis Press; 2011:49-62.

• Reynolds, PJ. Developing Cultural Competence through Service Learning. In: RL Leavitt, ed. Cultural Competence: A Life Long Journey to Cultural Proficiency. Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.; 2010:187-201

• Reynolds, PJ. Community Engagement: What’s the Difference between Service Learning, Community-Based-Research, and Community Service? Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Fall, 2009;23(3).

• Reynolds, PJ. Connecting interprofessional education to the community through service learning and community-engaged scholarship. In: Jensen, G, Royeen, C, & Harvan, R. Leadership in Interprofessional Education and Practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 2009:167-187.

• Reynolds, PJ. Exercise considerations for the aging adult. In: Kauffman T, ed. Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual, 2nd ed. London, UK: Churchill-Livingston; 2007:251-257.

• Reynolds, PJ. Cardiac arrhythmias and conduction disturbances. In: Kauffman T, ed. Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual, 2nd ed. London, UK: Churchill-Livingston; 2007:265-274.

• Kauffman, T, Reynolds, PJ, Dalgleish. Clinical development and progression of heart disease. In: Kauffman T, ed. Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual, 2nd ed. London, UK: Churchill-Livingston; 2007:259-264.

• Reynolds, PJ (Guest Editor). Service Learning and Community Engaged Scholarship. . Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Alexandria, Va: American Physical Therapy Association; 2006(3).

• Reynolds, PJ. Commentary and Introduction: Service Learning and Community-Engaged Scholarship. In: PJ Reynolds, Guest Editor. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Alexandria, Va: American Physical Therapy Association; 2006(3):3-7.

• Reynolds, PJ. Service learning: What is it? Why is it important? Health Policy &Administration Resource,2005;5(4):1,3-7.

• Reynolds PJ. How service learning experiences benefit physical therapy students’ professional development: A grounded theory study. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Spring, 2005;19(1):41-54.

• Reynolds PJ. Curriculum materials for physical therapy: Integrating physical therapy, emergency management, and service-learning. In: Ready Campus Manual 2005-2006. READY CAMPUS; 2006:81-86.  (Available at:

• Reynolds PJ. Aging. In: A Cronin and MB Mandich MB, eds.  Human Performance and Development throughout the Life Span. Clifton Park, NY: Thompson Delmar Learning; 2005:306-331.

• Reynolds PJ and Ashley MB. Case 30 [Lights on Psoriasis]. In: MA Brimer and ML Moran, eds. Clinical Case Studies, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Sciences; 2004:135-141.

• Reynolds P. Cardiopulmonary Considerations for the Evaluation and Management of the Older Adult (Monograph). Focus on Geriatrics Home Study Course, Section on Geriatrics, APTA, 2000.

• Reynolds P. Comprehending cultural diversity and developing cultural competence. Gerinotes. 2000;7(6):6-9.

• Kauffman T (editor), Jackson O, Reynolds P, Barr J, and Moran M (associate editors). Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual. W.B. Saunders Co; 1999. Including the following chapters:
     - Reynolds, P. Chapter 42: Exercise Considerations for Cardiopulmonary Disease.
     - Dalgliesh, J & Reynolds, P. Chapter 43:  Atherosclerosis and Coronary Artery Disease
     - Dalgliesh, J & Reynolds, P. Chapter 44:  Myocardial Ischemia and Acute Myocardial Infarction
     - Reynolds, P & Dalgliesh, J. Chapter 45:  Cardiac Arrhythmias and Conduction Disturbances

• Kauffman T (Editor), Jackson O, Reynolds P, Barr J, and Moran M (Editores Associados). Manual de Reabilitação Geriátrica. Rio de Janerico, RJ, S.A.: Guanabara Koogan;2001. [Translation of prior listed book into Portuguese]

• Reynolds, P. Celebrating our roots...Let’s not loose our footing. (invited editorial) Physiotherapy theory and practice. 1997;13(3): 177-178.

• Reynolds, P. Characteristics of aging skeletal muscle. Physiotherapy theory and practice.  1991;7:157-162.

• Reynolds, P. Walking: a health promotion initiative. Focus on geriatric care and rehabilitation. 1991;4(8).
        - Geriatric Patient Education Resources Manual, Aspen Publishers, 1992
        - Chiropractic Patient  Resources Manual, Aspen Publishers, 1993
        - Cardiovascular Patient Education Resources Manual, Aspen Publishers, 1993
        - Oncology Patient Education Manual, Aspen Publishers, 1996

• Reynolds, P. Avoiding Injury with patient transfers. Focus on geriatric care and rehabilitation. 1987;1(5).

• Reynolds, P. Implication of mortality and morbidity trends in providing for the health care needs of the elderly. Geritopics. 1987;10(2):4-8.

• Reynolds, P. Hypertension in the elderly. Geritopics. 1985;8(4):5-11.
     - REPRINTED IN: Cardiopulmonary Record. 1987;2(1):7-15.


  • Conduct a Graduate Outcome Study on graduates of two similar Doctor of Physical Therapy programs to investigate the effects that an extensive community-based service learning curricula have had on their graduates professional activities and behaviors.
  • Revise 3 book chapters for Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual, 3rd ed., editors Timothy Kauffman, John Barr, Mike Moran, and Ron Scott.
  • Writer and Contributor to the Rehabilitation Technician Training Manual (for use in Haiti)
  • Community Engaged Scholarship for Health Peer-Reviewer for scholarship project other than manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
  • Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Movement Dysfunction: Physical Therapy’s Role (Develop and post information on PPTA Website)


Gannon University 

    - Rank and Tenure Committee

    - Service Learning Advisory Committee

    - Physical Therapy Program Committees


Global Community: Near and Far    

     -  Health Volunteers Overseas Physical Therapy Steering Committee

     - Rehabilitation Technician Training Program, Hôptital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti

     - KidShape Program (Highmark Program) in Erie, PA

     - Wellsville (Wellfit, Inc.), Erie, PA

     - Oversee/ develop:  student service learning activities, which involves me in numerous community organizations


Professional Service 

     - Treasurer, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Positive Action Committee

     - Inaugural Peer Reviewer in 2008 and current Reviewer

     - Associate Editor: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice Journal